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.


Lumberyards Falling Like Trees

"We're in the midst of the steepest downturn in the lumber industry in history," said Butch Bernhardt of the Portland, Ore.-based Western Wood Products Association.

It ain't good that's for damn sure. This morning the local fish wrapper came out with these numbers. In bed with the chamber and the realtor's this stinking wrapper has always been very willing to flaunt sales and tourist bookings. Not so much these days until now in respect to real estate. To me the town seems half dead and people tell me there are not that many people on the mountain and still no numbers on bookings as in the past.

To this day there has been no charges brought against those involved with the soldier who died on main street three weeks ago and this fish wrapper sticks their nose and opinions in others communities business rather than taking a position on the negative effects of promoting alcohol consumption has in this community. Whores they are one and all. They too banged the drums of war in Iraq. Fuck 'em!

If you are planning any construction projects in the near future now is the time to buy your wood products as the prices are cheaper than ever.

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