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.


Detroit's Natural Fire Disaster

Part of the reason these fires are so bad is because the city is being reclaimed by nature. It's just that simple.

When I saw this today I immediately remembered a video posted here in what turns out to be almost two years ago. Have always remembered and this video is still active. Yes Detroit in places has been taken over by nature and with the economy that made this what it is in the two years since this video was made the undergrowth has increased that much more for sure as there certainly is no money to keep it under control. Watch this and you'll understand.

From an article about the fires that were many places around the city.


  1. Boy, those are people taking their country back, one seed at a time. Kudo's to them.

  2. I read in a couple of the news articles on the fires that some had involved abandoned houses. There are at least a couple of trends that are creating such places - Detroit's loss of industry, which means jobs are moving elsewhere, and the more general problem of home foreclosures and mortgage defaults.

    It hasn't helped that Detroit, like many U.S. cities, has had to cut back on services lately.

    I look at this as a sort of microcosmic view of what's going on in the rest of the country that isn't Washington, DC.

  3. This has been ongoing but damn straight this is starting elsewhere as well. Can't be much else when there's no money.

    I assume Obama won't get shit with his new proposals today so the chances are probably pretty good the spiral downward will continue.

    It may be someday there will be much less texting because the kids have no choice but to work in the garden.

    Where is it more humid and warmer longer-the NW,Detroit or the NE?

  4. As a third world nation we're number one

  5. Detroit's proximity o Lake St. Clair (and Lake Erie to the south) probably means that the frost comes there a little later than most other places.

  6. A plants grow like crazy I'm sure.