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.


A Question About Geodes

There are a bunch of these around at the ranch. Some of them are huge perhaps approaching three feet in diameter and they are geodes but the crystalline center is not that large.

I have searched but yet to find information on geodes of this size.

My question to you if you care to respond is - do you think there is any value in something like this in particular the larger ones as perhaps an art form not to be broken open but to be adapted into landscaping and such things.

I find their size to be somewhat unique and certainly unusual but what the hell do I know. I'd dig these damn things out all day long if I could sell them for big bucks to insane rich wingers and nutters.

Thanks and have a good Monday. It's snowing with 3" on the ground.


  1. A guy I knew in Missouri 20 years ago, used to slice them up thin, polish them and make, and sell, the most exquisite wind chimes. It was a hobby for him, not a career. You never know what's in them until you open them up. There was a market for cut (in half) and polished Geodes.

  2. If you crack them open and it's purple inside (amathyst) I've seen large chunks for sale at tourist spots for over a thousand bucks.

  3. A bunch of us hauled 2 truckloads back from Geode State Park near Keokuk: not that size,tho. We sold them unbroken for $10 a piece. To cut them involves an industrial diamond saw, etc. They are beautiful sometimes and make interesting yard and garden ornaments. The big ones might be worth a bunch if can open, clean and find good stuff in them. How about a U-Pick-Em Geode Ranch: that way you wouldn't have to do any heavy lifting.

  4. wow one fly, you might have something really valuble there! I have seen the smaller ones at tourist and gift shops. You should call someone in your area and look into it!

    I'm so jealous of your snowfall, I hope we get some in NJ this winter!

  5. i like that dig your own geode idea

    bike master's comment needed a spew warning -- thank lard i missed the dog and the laptop.

  6. There has been cattle mutilations fairly close by and having told to you first hand from a pretty conservative fellow and he don't know what to think.

    Anybody want to buy a big ass geode for big bucks yet to be determined? Shipping is free ya know.

    Thanks and send some warm weather. 4* this morning.