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.


Command Center Central

When the giant mansion is built to prove to the world just how important I am I will forgo the great and or trophy room and opt instead for an observation tower similar to the one below. I have always wanted one of these for a number of reasons.

The only reason this picture is up is that while looking at this close up could not figure out what in the hell those things are that have the arrow drawn to them.

FYI-this is an old ranch house that was redone.

The exit out to the top balcony has glass on either side which is kinda cool. If this were mine there would be some sort of walkway around the cupola along with places to sit in able to view from any window. Click on this and you will see there are two of these things mounted and this is the east side of the house.

Really don't know and if I can't get a clue from one of you guys next time I'm up there might have to drive in there and ask - that is if the gate is open down to the "Motherlode's" main house.


  1. My guess is skylites with louvers attached to pump lite down a spiral staircase. We did something similar on a hi-end remodel in La Jolla in '88. It worked great during the day but was incredible at nite with a full moon. My other guess is you photo-shopped this to create controversy and split your readership so we don't get the public option we all want.

  2. My first thought was skylites, too.

    Other than that, it beats the hell out of me as to what it could be.

    And about that public option that Anon mentions....

  3. I have no idea what it is, but it looks like somebody is building their dream home.