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.


The Petraeus Needs More

That's right-2000 more.

The stepped-up NATO training effort envisages boosting the size of the Afghan army to 171,600 by October 2011 and the police force to 134,000.

They make it sound like they'll get other country's to contribute cannon fodder to die for nothing but don't expect many takers because other countrys don't love death caused by war like we do. It will be ours that willingly will go because of just that.

So a year from now there will be 305,600 Afghan forces ready to stand up to them Talibans!

That's got to mean after 10 years some must be ready you would think but do not do that. After years in Iraq of the same shit not one of ours "stood down".

I expect nothing except more of the same.


  1. Gee, just like the last guy wanted. Go figure.

    The problem with Afghan forces is that they don't seem to be all that effective. There's a similar problem to Iraq's - a force that's run by a very ineffective and corrupt government isn't likely to be well run, which means it won't be well trained, well disciplined, or well led.

    At least, that's how it typically goes.

  2. Turning the page O.
    Is the same as.
    Stay the course W.

  3. It does just that Cujo. After all these forces are probably going to be trying to kill cousins and even worse.

  4. We'll crack before then. The clock is running, and the speed is picking up.

    I hope that I get to be in the same country as Lincoln's house. I'd like to go back there again without the need for a passport.