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.


FYI - Afghanistan Body Count

Paid close attention to the deaths in Iraq for a long time. Now that Afghanistan is the hot bed for US troop deaths here is the link to get those numbers and below is what it looks like. 37 this month - 217 for the year and sadly bound to continue to go up.

Fatalities by Year and Month

Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total
2001 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 4 12
2002 10 2 9 5 1 3 0 1 0 1 1 1 34
2003 4 7 11 2 1 2 1 4 2 3 6 0 43
2004 9 2 3 1 8 4 2 3 4 5 7 1 49
2005 2 1 5 18 4 27 2 15 11 4 2 3 94
2006 1 7 7 1 11 18 9 10 6 10 7 1 88
2007 0 13 3 8 11 12 13 18 8 9 11 6 112
2008 7 1 7 5 16 28 20 22 27 16 1 3 153
2009 14 15 13 6 12 24 45 51 37 0 0 0 217

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  1. How many wounded? In Iraq it's about 5 wounded to 1 dead so I quess that's accurrate in Afganistan, too. Will Obama cave to the NeoCons and weakkneed Dems? Seems he's in his own mental quagmire on this deal. Pull out and he gets the wrath of Repugs and MSM; stay and he catches all hell from Progressives. Stay tuned. This will get very interesting in the worst way for 2010 and beyond. Anyway, maybe we'll forget about it with the war against Iran set to begin after the holiday shopping season ends.

  2. This is Barack's, Lyndon Johnson's moment he realized Viet Nam was not a win for the U.S. and he must be reading up on what Lyndon did. George Aiken, a Vermont senator stated it rightly, "Let's just declare victory and go home".

    Now George Aiken was no scholar and grew up in Vermont's northeast kingdom where common sense and the reality of being honest was applauded and the need to be politically correct was disdained by voters. I really believe the saying, " don't bullshit me" was coined at a country store near his house.

  3. We'll see before long and do not have my hopes up. My sense is that Obama will try to appease both sides. Thanks guys!

  4. This was supposed to be the good war for the Democrats, the war we "need to win," according to President Obama.

    Here is the twisted logic:
    one war = bad, another war = good.

    Such a position is contradictory and ridiculous.

    If there was nothing to be "won" in Iraq, there is nothing to be "won" in Afghanistan.

    The U.S. government should pull the troops there if it doesn't intend to give them sufficient backing.

    There is no sense in U.S. soldiers dying for nothing, and that is basically what is happening in Afghanistan. More U.S. soldiers have died in 2009 in Afghanistan than in any other year since the U.S. military went there.

  5. With the 10 killed this weekend the number of dead was 20 but now it's been changed to 17.

    No matter what friends we are correct in our logic but the truth of the matter is that we will not get our way.

    Americans will continue to perish for a lie and many will weep for their lost loved ones and then go home and wait till the next one dies-on and on it will go.