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.


Baghdad Burning's Third Anniversary

The third year has gone by and the message remains the same and the light will stay on in the hopes this young lady and her family survived what our country did to theirs. I want to hear the rest of her story and as long as this blog exists this will be the post for October 22.

A post from a year ago with the same feeling as then maybe more. And the light will remain on for another year.

One year ago today was Riverbend's last post. Many of you have read her posts I'm sure and I for one looked forward to every new one. As things deteriorated in Iraq her postings became less frequent and her family made the decision to leave Iraq for Syria.

I learned so much from this young women things you wouldn't find anywhere else. A perspective of life in Iraq that was so very negatively affected by our invasion that was close to normal before our intervention even with Saddam at the helm.

Just wanted to acknowledge this date. The light and the link stays on in the hopes that she is okay and that the next time I visit there will be a new post. That would make it a good day if that happened and hope very much it does.


  1. How many innocent people have been killed?
    How many innocent people have been
    How many innocent people have been
    How many innocent people have been
    How many innocent people have been
    suffering for lack of basic needs?
    How many innocent people have been
    terrorized and demoralized?
    How many innocent people have been
    exposed to chemicals, and depleted uranium?

    This happened because of the W/Cheney illegal invasion of Iraq.
    Not under the Sadam regime.

    So I must ask.
    What makes us any better than the atrocities that Sadam committed?

    Why is the W/Cheney regime not on trial for War Crimes against humanity?

  2. One Fly and RZ,
    Her posts shamed me.Her strength and hope and belief were wondrous, but those wondrous quality caused me deep shame for what my country did and for my own inaction, my own comfortable life uninterrupted as her was. Like her people,she was and is blameless.
    To hell with the empire.

  3. Men-the leaks will be more reasons why we've been correct all along this path of wars for lies.

    Some of here posts stick in my mind like episodes of "Next Generation". If she never posts again I would like to know as to the welfare of her and her family. It was like you were living what they were. Her writing about our troops were going door to door in the dark of night scared the living shit out of me.