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.


For You Motor Heads

Take a close look here. Never seen this before nor had the wrench who showed this to me who's been doing this for years and years.

The valve keepers came off and the valve dropped into the combustion chamber where the piston of course hit it. In this case it all came together just right and the valve was driven back up and through the cylinder head. The arrow is pointing at the valve. Highly unusual.


  1. whoever owns this engine should go buy as many lottery tickets as they can afford.
    or, just go get some valve keepers and consider themselves extremely lucky.



  2. This was on a v-twin Russ and was under warranty. Never paid any attention whether it was air or water cooled. Factory doesn't want the motor. I wonder what it looks like from the inside.

  3. Bam! New cylinder head. New piston and rings too, most probably.

    As for what it looks like from the inside, I can tell ya what it looks like from the inside, and it ain't purty. (Dropped valves before in engines, and it puts such a purty hole in the piston!).

    And BTW, how can you not know whether a v-twin is air or water cooled? It either has a radiator or it don't! Well, I suppose the oil cooler on some "air cooled" engines might sorta look like a radiator, but still...

    - Badtux the Wrenchin' penguin

  4. The motor was out and on the floor. This was a Kawasaki and it really makes little difference how this was cooled. I just concentrated on what's in the picture because I'd never seen anything close to this before.

    Without question the piston is toast but I'm wondering since the hit was so pure that the head of the valve must have met the piston almost square and possibly did not go clear through the piston which is normally the case.

    I'm going to call and see if my friend will set this aside so next time I come down we can take the head off and have a look see.

  5. Forgot to say the water cooled v-twin Kawasaki motors 18-22hp are well designed and perform without problems. They sound real nice with the muffler off.

  6. Might want to check for a bent rod, too. I have heard of this happening before.