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.


Part Of Work That Can Be Interesting And Fun / Mysteries

To myself and the two friends I have worked with for years, through the course of the year items show up and we don't know where they came from sometimes but it gets us thinking for sure.

An example of that is here with these two items. The red one  I know where that came from but that is a different mystery that remains unsolved that I'll mention last.

The piece on the left was found on one of our narrow bridges that crosses a creek. Looked familiar but we didn't know what is was from. So these lay around on the bench as a reminder and generally an answer can be found eventually as it was in this case. It must have taken three months at least before it came together.

While working on one of these it had to be jacked up and noticed the front wheels turned almost 90* to the right. Upon further investigation as they say the mystery was solved with the first piece but that's not the whole story.

That piece is a steering stop that had been broken off.
These vehicles are electric and require little care. Just don't deal with them much or I probably would have caught this sooner.

Here's what I can tell you for sure. See that protective post just in the front of the hood in the second picture? The right front wheel's position from the drivers seat is decieving at best and sticks out further than one thinks. I know this because I ran into that post pretty damn hard while making a turn. It threw me into the steering wheel which raked my right forearm open. It was nasty!

We take pictures of everything and there is one of that and just have not put up hurt pictures here but there has been blood and skin drawn many times by the three of us as it's just the nature of the beast. Literally it goes it spurts this getting hurt and drawing blood shit and you just can't be a pussy or you'd be at the doctor's office all the time. If someone wants to to see the actually damage that was done let me know  and I can arrange a whole barrage of hurt pictures for you.

Welded found piece back onto the spindle which was very straight forward and it will work until it happens again I suppose.

A general rule of thumb in many of these matters is that usually there will be more to the story as there is in this case. After all it is modern day Caddyshack ya know.

The kicker here is that we have two of these and the other one was broke in the same way and it wouldn't surprise me if it happened on a bridge.

Made a piece for the other one . It's not identical but will serve the purpose just fine.

These machines can reach out and bite you so hard so fast you'll be hurt before you can get scared. There are one to four people that took two really hard dead stop hits. I'm happy no one got hurt but I'm sure there was some hurt going around!

The other piece came off of or fell from a new mower itself and an attempt made to cut it like a blade of grass. The iron won.

If you click on this picture you can see the radius is the same as the axle. At the bottom there is a laser cut opening of the same diameter but no circle that I could see. The kicker here is that this piece is painted everywhere. I'm thinking it may have been laying inside the axle and fell out but still how did it get painted so well. Again this was a new machine and required little. Soon this will be up in the air with the tires and shrouding off. Maybe then an answer may be found as to where this came from but I have my doubts.


  1. Pretty Good, if that was me those things would never work again!

  2. I've done this for a long time Jim. I should know a little bit but some times I wonder.

    I'm completely serious about getting enjoyment out of figuring this stuff out.