4/16/17
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.

3/6/09

This Young Lady Rocks And Fights For What Is Right

A Storm Lake teenager was suspended from school this week because she refused to take a test for students who are not fluent in English. Lori Phanachone, the U.S.-born daughter of immigrants from Laos, says she proved her grasp of English in other ways. The Storm Lake High School senior has a near-perfect grade-point average and acceptance letters from two Iowa colleges.

Born in the US and entered Lao as her official language out of respect for her culture and her parents but punished because she refused to jump through hoops to prove something that is already a given.

She paid a price for that but didn't give in. I respect that.

A better article here.

5 comments:

  1. Schools are so authoritarian and that is why so many students either drop out or do poorly.

    Thank you for your kinds words, yesterday :)

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  2. The school didn't make the rule on this, it is dictated from the Federal Government. The attack of the Anal Retentives having to have their data.

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  3. Born here and she is a senior honor student with a 3.9 illiterate? What are they on drugs? I don't care about the rules I do think they get paid for being able to reason and make judgment calls!

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  4. Dude,

    I'm all for fighting the good fight, but she did this to herself. If she was raised here she knew that Lao was HER second language.

    "But because she listed Lao as her first language on a school registration form, Phanachone said administrators forced her to take a test for students who lack basic English skills."

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  5. Sorry, One Fly, I gotta agree with nunya.

    The Feds put that rule in 'cause of all the Hispanic kids who Do have English as their second language, if they speak it at all.

    The High School here has a separate class for Hispanic kids that don't speak English at all. They are not making these kids learn English.

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