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.


Read It And Be Pissed Off

UPDATE 10AM MST: FYI   I see where six of our guys and 12 Afghan civilians have been killed today.

Bits of bull shit from this article.

Slow, deadly road to peace for U.S. troops in Kandahar.

The reason the insurgents are putting up a tough fight in Arghandab is because the district forms a gateway to Kandahar from the north and the militants do not want to give that up.

Instead of launching a massive offensive as in Helmand earlier this year, however, commanders are talking of bringing a slow wave of security to the area with alongside more effective government and backed up with economic development.

"It gets really frustrating trying to walk the line between a counter-insurgency fight and not harming the populace and trying to kill the enemy,"

If there is anything in this piece that is correct it is this.
"In 2007 I was getting blown up and shot at. I come back now and guess what, I'm getting blown up and shot at. Nothing changed,"

Now there is talk of changing the rules of engagement to make it easier for our troops to shoot. The rules will be changed and yes there will be plenty more shooting going on.

And nobody gives a shit here that we have been at this for 10 years and the deaths keep coming ours theirs and everyone else. Congress members beat each other off on both sides of the aisle and appropriate more funds time after time. History of the area and this country of course is not discussed and concern over civilians deaths is there but the same happens daily and nothing changes. We got basketball and hollywood to talk about after all.

They say maybe Monday a new cap "may" stop the gush. Well maybe and let's hope so but til then all we got is squat in the gulf and a country that loves it's perpetual wars because we fear so much so lock and load and let's go get them baddies even though we're not quite sure how to do it. We'll just shoot anyway wtf!


  1. My son Tom is right now on his way from Iraq to Afghanistan to join the fray and it really concerns me.

    I am so sick of hearing the lies about the gulf. They killed the shrimp, shell fish, 75% of the corral, the plankton everything lives on. It is dead thanks to their oxygen depleting dispersant. This is barely beginning and they still just claim stupidity.

  2. As many are I'm so sick of War and what our brave troops have to endure.
    I just don't know why...
    As I've written before we've been in at least 42 Wars and conflicts since the end of WWII. God Damn we must love War.
    Of coures I hope they cap the well. Then I hope they inspect the 27,000 other wells, some abandoned.
    I also hope if we survive this Gulf thing, we learn something. I don't have High Hopes....

  3. Me either-not even a little bit.

    "I also hope if we survive this Gulf thing, we learn something. I don't have High Hopes"