This is Bistek al la Mexicana a common dish found many places. There are several places I get this some better than others but all real decent! Kind of a tomato based sauce with generally pretty tender pieces of beef and a fair amount of it. The rice is pretty generic but the frijoles can be something else. This also includes as many fresh made in front of you tortillas you want and brought to you with a smile. Something like this costs around 50-60 pesos or $3. The squeezed as you watch orange juice is 20 and brings the price up a bit but worth it. Nothing in the States I've ever had compares to this not even close plus it'll cost 7-10 smacks. I don't know what I'm going to eat when I return. It will be an adjustment as I do this so much that is go into Puerto Vallarta on the south side and have me a excellent lunch with "real" Mexican food not the slop I get back there. I do not plan on eating out much at all only at maybe three select places. Pricey yes but worth it because it's so good. I threw away so much money last summer eating way overpriced shitty food. Several times the food got thrown away as well. The whole of Mexico is an eating machine I tell you. I'm gonna miss this.

I feel good and and think the higher temps and humidity contributes to that. It's the same every time. After a month or two you realize and say " Hey I feel pretty damn good!"

Just as important I believe the food made fresh with wholesome fresh ingredients as well contributes to that. Get off the bus in town the food smells everywhere make me hungry just like that.


The Surf Ballroom And The Day The Music Died

This hits close to home in more ways than one. There were so many ballrooms in Iowa at one time. There were at least five within a 20 mile radius of where I grew up. That's a story for another time that I must do because it's interesting. Surprisingly quite a few survive and the Surf is one of them and it is a legend even more so after these 50 years today.

For whatever reason we got into the car the next day and drove over to the crash site and in those days 70 miles was a long ways. Wasn't much out there. A tarp covering the wreckage with a couple cars next to it. I was a month from turning nine. Rock & Roll had touched many even in the cornfield in those early days. Dad hated the music at least that's what he said.

There are so many articles on this anniversary but I like this one. It's a fun read.

You may have to try this link twice.

Starting Wednesday, thousands of people are expected to gather in the small northern Iowa town where the rock pioneers gave their last performance. They'll come to the Surf Ballroom for symposiums with the three musicians' relatives, sold-out concerts and a ceremony as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame designates the building as its ninth national landmark.

I lucked out and found this video that is outstanding.

I have been to the Surf a few times and one stands out. Probably in '71 or 2 saw the James Gang play. Drove over a '59 Bel Air station wagon I had bought a few days before for 50 bucks. Passed the inspection law no problem. Painted army kinda green plus had a spot lite. Didn't think it would make the trip because it had a noisy throwout bearing. Drove it for 80k miles and that bearing was still going strong. WTF do I know. I know that the Surf Ballroom is a place you're gonna have fun- listen and dance to good music for some time to come just as we did that night. Of course nobody got hammered and there were no drugs around. Yea right.

Now we're going some place we've not been before and that's because I have only one picture of the Surf and in that picture is my Mom. Now she'd probably wouldn't like this particular picture so as to not fuck up the space time continuum I have included a few others that I like. Period for sure. Early 40's and before.


  1. Your mom was quite a looker!

    The pic I see at the top of your blog right now is stunningly beautiful :)

  2. There were five of those girls Nunya. One brother remains out of nine. So long ago.

    Glad you liked the picture. There were two of these guys boppin around and I was lucky. One hopped and stopped so close he brushed against me. Didn't even know I was there. Stayed a couple seconds a took off for more play.

    It's a squirrel tomorrow. A cute one at that.

  3. very nice post, one fly. linked to it on mine...

  4. Thanks for the memories, One Fly. I was born on the 11th, a week after the crash. My parents were big fans and were crushed by the tragedy. We still have many of Mom's old 45's of the Crickets.

  5. juliecampbell7@hotmail.comFebruary 19, 2009 2:12 PM

    Your MOM was the BEST!!! even if she did love the GROTTO!!
    She was a babe, as well
    Julie, Oakland

  6. Great post! Too bad the link's dead. Reckon what that OD Green belair would run ya' today?