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.


It Was Hammer Time For The Old Man

I saw this story yesterday - shook my head and laughed at the same time. This is something my dad would have done.

A cell phone used by a Wyoming 13-year-old to run up a nearly $5,000 phone bill will text no more thanks to her angry father and his hammer.

Adults text a lot to but not like the kids. What kills me is seeing so many young people walking with their heads down. They have no clue what is going on around them. Personally I like to know what's happening in my immediate environment.


  1. it will come as no surprise to you,perhaps, that I have a theory about texting/twitter and the ubiquitous cell-phone:

    These phenomena are the "modern" equivalent--and replacement-- of the familiar chattering and grooming that occurs constantly among individuals in other primate societies, which serves always and instantly to reassure them of their status in the troop...

  2. I'll put my money on that Woody.

  3. not to mention their incessant need for instant gratification as well- but i guess you already said that, Woody.

    i can remember the good ol' (analog) days when everyone knew and accepted the fact that a phone call meant that someone answered it... or not, and that was o.k.. then there were answering machines, which were o.k., too. point being is that the caller knew that they would eventually get in contact with the other person or that they would probably get a call call back if a message was left on the machine. now we have the "miracle" of cell phones and if some callers know that you have one, you are just a dog on a leash and they get all butt-hurt if you don't answer or call back right away. patience is truly a lost virtue.

    don't even get me going about the idiots who text/twitter/yap on these damn things while they are driving... argh.

  4. All this technology is isolating everyone.

  5. It pisses me off that:
    1) No cell phone is made that will not receive text messages, and
    2) There's no way to turn off either the reception or sending of same.

    The young lady in question is lucky her dad took the hammer to her phone and not her head. . .