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.


Whattaya Do In The Wintertime

One of the inside jokes we get a chuckle out of every year and you get this question a lot if you work on a golf course is "What do you do in the wintertime?". We think it's funny but it does get old and at times you just give a smart ass response if it's warranted. Something like watch golf or wash golf balls or something like that because most just don't have a clue.

Some time ago I wrote a tongue in cheek piece about just that but of course can't find it and now the question has been popping up once more I thought I'd explain.

Simply the answer has many similarities to farming although the reasoning for that has changed a bit but is still valid. A good operator spends his time preparing for the next season repairing or modifying his equipment so that when he takes it to the field it's going to work during that critical time of year of field preparation and planting.

It the same with this business as that's what I/we do is prepare our equipment for the coming spring and golf year. The mowers have to be in top notch shape because when you cut acres and acres of grass on a daily basis the demands are huge. Some of the equipment we have is old to say the least up to 30 years and some not so old but have many hours on them.

Yesterday did a swing around video of what's in the shop. Some of it has been worked on some not but you can get the idea anyway that there's plenty to do and below this floor there is a huge basement with a whole bunch more. One thing that makes the day go faster is good music and generally it's KDNK out of Carbondale that we listen to much of the time. Just don't know how they can play so much incredible music day in and day out.

It's Friday-maybe we watch TV and throw snowballs at the cars that continually run the stop sign. After all it's winter time.

Give'em hell!


  1. Ok Eskimo Joe, you keep a nice clean shop, always a good sign of well maintained machinery. We've had 12 successive nights of frost (no big deal, right) but right now it's in the mid 60s and I've just cut the weeds, got a bit of a sweat on.

  2. If it was completely like farming you'd be in Texas sitting in front of the RV right now. Quite the operation, One Fly.

  3. Man, quite the shop you have there. I saw mainly Toro with a Jake in the background. Do send the bedknives out to be sharpened, or do do your own? That Jake has to be 20 years old. Who's the guy in the picture on the wall with the blond afro? You at Halloween? What day does the Snap On truck stop by? Gotta come visit and paly a few rounds this spring.

  4. One thing about weeds Holte and I gotta add this to One Fly's sayings at the bottom of the page and that is "Mowed weeds look better than non mowed weeds". I bet it looks real nice around your place.

    Yea Camper I got it all. I've come to the realization my purpose in life is to croak while using the business end of a fucking grease gun.

    It is mostly Toro Russ but the three main players all have some good stuff but I am a Toro man for sure. That Jake walker is about 10 years old I suppose and I hate these things. A real piece of shit. We bought these things not with maintaining them in mind but for operating features that made them easier to mow with. That will never happen again. I do all the grinding and there are close to 60 reels this winter that will have to be serviced. We have state of the art grinders -even a half wit can do this not like the old days. Did not get the new bed knife grinder until 5-6 years ago. Up till then was still doing them by hand. The tool guys have been scared away for years cuz they don't like to be hit up for discounts as they think like the rest of the rich whores that you must have a lot of money if you live here. Fuck 'em.

    You come out and we'll golf till you drop and it's on me. That would be fun! Do you understand that I hate golfers?

  5. You shouldn't hate golfers they keep us employed! Besides I would call you a golfer.

  6. I do not do much different in winter than in summer. I blog, play with the dogs, smoke my weed, drink my scotch (or beer), cook my beans, and take occasional trips to Santa Fe; only dressed more warmly in winter, more sparsely in summer...

  7. The way I swing-I'm a golfer and you know the hate golfers thing is used very loosely but at times it is true.

  8. I envy you Woody-I do not see myself ever being able to do something similar. That's a mighty nice lifestyle. Good for you!

  9. if you got 4 guys you can play cards