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.


Business Pretty Much As Usual

After the Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas hearings have always said if I was on the stand and was guilty and had to lie to save my ass Arlen Specter was the one guy I wouldn't want asking me the questions.

Tough talker over recent years like he was going take the other side and because his repug buds were being very bad boys. Fact is he never did do that much at all. He basically stuck with them through thick and thin he did. That's what I think without checking for sure.

He says-"my change in party affiliation does not mean that I will be a party-line voter any more for the Democrats that I have been for the Republicans."

He's telling the truth for damn sure here.

It will be business pretty much as usual. Maybe he will make the difference on something very important down the road that we the people need. That would be nice. I'll believe it when it happens. When the hell are that damn Rove and Miers showing up to testify under oath.

Love this saying from West Africa "Any day from now" that would be the response to any number of questions. And it meant just that. It could be the next minute tomorrow or whatever. If it did happen the next day you were very lucky.

If congress could for once pass quality legislation for us instead of against us any time from now and we actually see it happen that would really be something.


  1. Don't count on Arlen Spectator for help. He did this to save his ass and to save BIG COAL in Pennsylvania. He's gonna water down carbon emissions, oppose progressive judges, make sure his country club Repubs don't pay their fair share, it goes on and on. He's stealing a chance for a younger more populist Dem. to step up. But the biggest pisser is he can move his seniority over to the Dem side and try to bump off Harkin on health care and other more progressive Committee heads. Mr. Microphone will be no friend until he gives us the truth behind the Kennedy assination and serves Bush, Cheney, Rove and Rummy to me for dinner on a pike. At least their eyeballs, anyway.

  2. I like Specter as he is tough! However despite what is said, Obama is going to campaign for him and raise money. Obama is going to go for his energy reform and health care soon. I think he can count on Specter who is also interested in both of those. It will be interesting to see.

  3. Principals stake you to a certain values and positions and allow you to not be swayed by the blowing winds of whatever is popular. When you ride the fence you can see both sides and reach over and eat from both sides. There is nothing wrong with this as long as you are consistent. I believe if most politicians operated this way we would be better off. H/T to Mr. Spector.

  4. Energy reform? There is no such thing as clean coal, period. Maybe in 20 years? Sometimes people hold to principle because the facts, history and perspective align to create a word not used enough; insight. Sometimes the world can't wait for fence sitters and their political calculation more acurately described as self-preservation. Obama campaigning for Specter is insightful self-preservation but can the world survive politicians who seem to worry only about saving themselves; I would venture not well or for long but what the fuck do I know.