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 Reason For Some Of The No's

Here is another study that is covered by one of our guys Nicholas Kristof that suggests it's hard wiring in the brain.

That’s the suggestion of some recent research. It hints that the roots of political judgments may lie partly in fundamental personality types and even in the hard-wiring of our brains.

No doubt the differences between those on opposite sides politically is genetic or something like that because nothing else makes any common sense why these people think and vote the the way they do.

This does not give them an out for being obstructionists and racists like we are seeing now not even a little bit.


  1. I believe in the hard wired theory, people down here are very different to anywhere I have ever lived or visited in the country and I put it down to the history of the South from the beginning of the American experiment.

    Distrust, dislike and even plain old hate are not unusual emotions to come across, they weren't born feeling that way, it is impressed upon them around their kitchen table growing up. A poor and slanted education system certainly doesn't help. Only the freest of thinkers can throw those shackles off.

  2. Without question Holte that is a major part of the equation. A while back I saw pictures of brain activity that was a done and the differences between the left and the right was striking.

    Parents can make a Hitler,Pol Pot or if they want a Gandhi or a Mother Theresa. But in the south Jessie Helms is the choice it seems.