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 Takes A Real Commitment

I'm sure you've done it too - clicked on the "next blog" icon on the top of the page. Or from the profile page of someone looked to see what or who else was there when you clicked on "location".

What I've found for the most part is not a whole hell of a lot at all!

The last example was bloggers from this location. Blogger said there were 460 but I could get to just 160. Out of those there were maybe 10 blogs that were current and associated with family events which is a great way to share with other as we know.

I've used the "next blog" thingie a number of times just to see because it can be interesting and for the most part the results are the same. The number of one time posters is surprising to me and hardly do you find a political blog which I find interesting as well.

These are my observations over several years and are only that.

What I'd like to say is how much I respect all the blogs linked to here at OTC and the people who post on a regular basis with a fervor I admire equally as much.


We had some hellacious winds yesterday and at the end of the day found out we lost some real giants. I feel sad when a 100 footer topples. It's like losing a good friend. When it warms up I'll go and see how bad it is and maybe show them just to inform.

20* this morning. Have a good one and giv'em hell my friends!


  1. I'm sure people come here because they like what you have to say, except the people who come here because they don't like what you have to say.

  2. Yeah, looks like it coming my way on Saturday, although it should be warm enough to keep the ssnnooooww away.

    Most of my blogger neighbors are foreign, mostly Japanese and European.

  3. It really helps to have committed readers, too. Thanks, One Fly!

  4. It amazes me what you and Maru put up Fearguth. Thanks guys!

  5. The wisemen and women, when speaking of the human spirit, say hope is the last thing to leave before the spirit which makes us human beings dies. Hope builds a community. Hope creates the foundation for improving and advancing most challenges individuals and societies face. Well hope just got shit on by the Democrats: House and Senate together. Health care will remain a dream for 15-20 million Americans after The Obaminator signs this Christmas " lump of coal" into law during the Yuletide season. A lot is written at OTC about accountability and complicitness when it comes wars, religious bigotry, etc, etc. That's good. We Americans need it. But the bottom line is this health bill is a death warrant for 20,000 of our once hopeful fellow citizens. More dead than in the current wars. More dead than our atrocious murder rates, more dead than from alcohol related auto acidents. I could site more statistics but it doesn't matter. Maybe it never mattered to most Americans. But accountability and complicitness is, at least, a double edged sword. We are now, as Americans, in the extermination business as it pertains to the treatment of our fellow Americans. It's a good thing flu season is here. The excessive handwashing by our elected officials will appear normal, even wise. It is capitulation to state murder by willful neglect. It cements fascism into our legal foundations. It accepts rascism as part of our nat'l health policy. It will tell other wise people around the world what they can expect when dealing with our gov't: when push comes to shove we will kill you and yours for money. 17 years, hundreds of volunteer hours and thousands of dollars later we get the "bait and switch." There ought to be a law against these deathdealers. Political Irony should replace American History as a requirement for high school graduation. Excuse me while I run to the store before all the handsoap is gone.

  6. After visiting 40 websites today I am asking anyone who gives a shit to contact their Dem. representatives and demand a NO vote on the health care bill. It is a true wolf in sheeps' clothing for all but the wealthy. Thank you.