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.


Sword Striking - Ramping Up In Afghannystan

Don't ya love the pet names the military gives military operations. Names that evoke a sense of legitimacy that really isn't the case.

Officials described the operation — dubbed Khanjar, or "Strike of the Sword" — as the largest and fastest-moving of the war's new phase and the biggest Marine offensive since the one in Falloojeh.

Ain't it fucking great and then making comparisons to what we did twice to Falloojeh and the people who live there indicates to me it's business as usual from a country that loves war and death just as long as it happens to people of color and is a long way from here.

We are so screwed!


  1. One of my sons is headed there in December I'm very concerned. The Taliban is headed back to Pakistan where hopefully Pakistan will kill them.
    This all pisses me off! The Taliban is anti drug and until they needed the money to fight Bush nearly had it eradicated. Thanks to Bush they are the number one producer and produce more than the entire world can consume.

  2. Sometimes I just don't know what to say.

  3. Sounds to me like another chapter of VietNam, Revisited.

    Can you say "Fire-bases" in the Hellmand Valley?

    Which one will be our "Dien-Bien-Phu?"

  4. We gonna use White Phosphorous again?

  5. We gonna use White Phosphorous again?

    We ALWAYS use Willie Peter. Makes an indelible impression on those who see its effects...