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.


More Than Shades Of Iraq In Afghanistsan

From this article it isn't necessary to read between the lines to understand the situation is seriously fucked up and not getting better. Look at this shit.

homemade bombs have become a weapon of "strategic influence"
"It's a weapon system that the enemy has figured out has strategic impact"
"It really hampers our ability to execute a counterinsurgency doctrine"
The number of effective IED attacks in Afghanistan has grown from 19 in September 2007 to 106 last month.

55 killed this month the highest ever since 2001 and we get this kind of shit from the mouths of the military in Afghanistan.

It's like these people don't have a clue what business they are in. WTF!

Let reality rain down from the heavens and have Obama say we're getting the hell outta Dodge pronto!


  1. Reality rain down from the heavens? Things that make ya' go Hmm. Just my usual helping of extra snarkyness. Anywho; ya this is a disaster waiting to swallow Obama like Viet Nam did Johnson. This is a civil war among two groups who don't like each other, ya know, sort of like the Mormons vs. the Atheists. Hopefully, since Obama like Clinton, has never been shot at somebody will pull him aside and say " Not there, not now." Please will someone save us from ourselves (besides the Pashtuns).

  2. I am going to offer a slightly different view on this. I have been, lived and worked in both Iran and Afghanistan for the last 3 years. It is not that easy of a thing to too. In Iraq, yeah a lot easier. We should have never went and leaving was mostly on us. Afghan is different, that is an area that all of our allies are at. They have shed blood with us there. To just break camp will destroy a lot of other things going on that he will want to do now and do in the future. This is nothing like a civil war btw. You have to have some sort of structure in a country to call something a civil war. This is a tribal conflict in its oldest sense.
    Its hard to see the faces and to hear the stories and wonder what decision is really right for us to make.

  3. Thanks for that Blakkmonk. Since the history over eons it seems that outsiders can't win or control for long this country -how are we?