Today 5/25/10 It the same a year later just as it was the same six years ago. This post has a much merit now as it did then and will have more next year. We are not leaving Iraq for years as the plan was just that from the beginning. That has not changed and is not going to no matter what is said. It is so sad. There have been 18 of ours killed in Iraq so far this month and that will never stop until we are gone.
Memorial Day Today And Five Years Ago
These pictures were taken five long years ago the very same scene above being played out once again today for the sixth time at the same place here and everywhere around our country since the invasion of Iraq. Each flag here a representation of a veteran who is no longer with us.
There is not a person I know who does not respect the service any man or women has given to this country but given these times and this day of remembrance Iraq and those who put us there has got to be part of the picture. The vets from this small Iowa town were adamantly opposed to the invasion and remain opposed to the chain of events since then. How many more of the same scene above will play out while this country occupies Iraq? It's likely there will be many.
With the war whores pounding the drums for war leading up to the invasion the opposition to such a venture was not heard from those who understood the ramifications of such an action namely the vets above and those no longer with us who now include my own Father. Although OTC did not exist five years ago the stance taken at that time remains the same today. We were one of the biggest supporters of the troops then and now. We supported them not going to Iraq and continue to support them coming home to their families immediately!!
Thank you to all Veterans past and present for your service and sacrifices and may the future for those who are serving abroad in this theater called Iraq and Afghanistan be able to return home very soon. That is my hope but the reality at this time is that many more graves will be dug for the casualties of this debacle.
4/16/17This 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.