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.


Alternative Transportation Options

Have long thought it's time to take a look at less expensive options for transportation in this country. Hate to use this term but a peoples car so to speak. It can and could be done and needs to be done because people still need to get places and the less expensive it is for them the better.

No cheap cars are not for everybody nor will they be perfect. And yes there are obstacles in respect to mandated features and insurance issues. My point is that it's time people had more choices for getting from one place to another.

This vehicle below is a Mitsubishi Mighty Mits. 18 years old and still going strong. Comes in different configurations including van style. Very well designed and get super gas mileage. Not all that cheap and at present not available. The motor is running.

Below is the world's cheapest car the Tata Nano. Being made and sold in India and beyond but not here for the obvious reasons. It would set you back 2500 smackers. I'd love to drive this thing-seriously I would.

In 1971 the only new car I ever bought was one of these a Honda 600 Coupe. Drove to Kansas City and it was a done deal for $2006. It was a impressive car and don't let the size fool you as there was ample room inside and got 40 to 50 mpg depending of course how it was driven. 80 was about the top speed. Mine was blue and the mirrors were not like these ugly ones seen here.

Given the technology we have today I'd like to see what somebody could come up with here if they got their mind right and put that mind to work. There's a market out there for vehicles such as this - a big one.

Just saying.


  1. Wow, I remember those Hondas. The brother of one of the girls I went to school with had one.

    Subaru had one about the same time that was just a little smaller but got something like 55 mpg.

    I think that car from India is pretty cool. I wouldn't mind havin' one, either.

  2. Ford is selling a two cylinder diesel hybrid that gets 60mpg in Europe, but won't bring it here because "Americans don't like diesel cars." They just don't want to piss off the oil industry.

  3. Personally, I think the best transporation alternative except for rural areas is subway and above ground rail.

  4. I always think about these cars until I think of an SUV hitting it head on. Wonder if it takes up as much room as a coffin when buried?

  5. Demeur-you do a header like that in anything and it's not going to be good.

    When I had that Honda the things people would say. Kinda like old wife's tales in a way.

    I can say this that in a small vehicle it's much easier to avoid things. Small vehicles like this are not meant to play with the big boys and what I'm saying is that these could do what big vehicles do now much of the time with a much smaller footprint.

  6. I've been interested in small fuel effecient vehicles for awhile now. I don't know if you've heard of this yet, but Tata Motors over in India is also going to make a compressed air fueled car. I don't know if it will ever make it to the states, but if it does, or something like it does, I'm getting one!


  7. Jeremy, there is a video from awhile back showing the air car that I found so interesting. Your link tells more. Thanks for the visit.

    Here is the link from Jeremy.