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.


It's So Easy To Get Hurt

We had ice fall on us today from an ice dam we have removed for about the last ten years. I just drew a tiny bit of hurt but my partner took a bunch. We changed the way we had been doing it at my request.

We would have been okay but almost the whole length of the dam fell something that has never happened before.

Missed this by a mile and if I'm around next year and it needs to be done
again which it will this will never happen again. One of the issues many face when you live in snow country.

As is his will cost $400 easy not to mention the time. Click on the picture and look at the hood.

This is dangerous doing these things. Not this year but someone and it's not me in this picture have to go up and clear the fresh air and exhaust vent that gets covered in snow so the furnace continues to function

Last year about this time and not going to dig up bad memories posted here but I hurt myself and was very lucky to be able to walk away from what happened. My boss was driving down the road and saw it happen and thought I was probably dead. But he's still here and can't tell you how fast this shit can reach out and kick your butt.

I am going to make a point and a commitment from here on out in the time I have left in this type of work environment to take just a little bit more time to evaluate what needs to be done and how it will get done.

Over the years there have been no serious accidents of any kind in what is a inherently dangerous environment.


  1. Always love to see building in snow country designed by architects that reside in the city and have no idea of the actual environment that the building reside in. Where I lived in Vermont the condo collection next door had 2 guys on full time in the winter clearing snow and ice fron the valleys of the roofs. Betcha that hooanit gonna be cheap, I'd guess $450.00 without the decals.

  2. Getting 10% off and even at that without shipping the hood is $312 alone plus there's other stuff involved as well. It's a bunch no matter what.

  3. sorry to see that. hope your partner is OK. I have the same problems you do. I think(but dont know)that you are too old to be doing that type of snow removal. Be safe FLY, Mr. Danger is always lurking

  4. Glad you weren't seriously hurt - and hate to hear your co-worker was. Sounds like you had a bit of luck on your side. Some of those chunks look to be damned heavy.

  5. They were jeg and even though one of the places he got hit was the top of his forehead it still gave him a black eye. Like I say from now on out put a bit more thought into things.