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.


One Thing Known For Sure

After being away for well over a week I say in jest at times that there is a readjustment that needs to happen but the truth is that it's true and particularly this time.

After spending a few days where another culture lived for centuries walking where they walked seeing the same things they did and visiting what were their homes you cannot come away without feeling humbled about the whole thing.

During the last week there has been no politics or news of any kind heard or seen except for just a bit of local stuff yesterday. I mean nothing and I kinda like that and we're going to keep it like that for awhile anyway.

This blog over the several years of posting has gone through several changes and this may be another. I'm tired of the bullshit, lies and nonsense coming everyday with even more outrageous idiots being given credibility where there is none.

I could go on and on and will not. So when you don't see me come around it's nothing personal and I very much respect those I link to and what they have have to say. This is the time of year that I need to focus on what's at hand anyway with my job and the need to prepare to move in the fall. I have a couple ideas of a post or two and just have to see where this goes if anywhere. Right now I prefer to be unaware for awhile except for - - -

The one thing for sure is and if you have ever trampled around in the bowels of nowhere where many passed before you understand once more that in the big scheme of things we are all nothing but piss ants in time and I'm okay with that.

I want to go back to the desert now. The sun will not be seen all week here. Thanks for taking the time to read this!


  1. Sometimes, it's just best to let the world of political shenanigans go and witness it without emotional involvement, keeping our thoughts and feelings for those things that truly reflect our own lives. Like canyons, and mountains, and friendship.

  2. O F Hey you no I take time off when I need it. Many of us have a heightened awareness and are attuned to social injustice. You have such beauty all around you. I suspect it's very nourishing to the soul.
    I just play guitar...lol
    Be well...

  3. Don't know how long this will go. It's easy to get suckered into the samo. Netflix is the best $8 deal around.

    Do me a favor you two - - if there is something I really need to know. Please tell me. Thanks in advance.

  4. OF, good to hear you are back, glad you had a little cleansing of the psyche. As for the politicos, they are all in it for the power ie..MONEY no matter what the affiliation and do not give a shit about you or me. Never have.

    Enjoy the seperation/isolation I do. Tim in KC

  5. YO TIM - it's true. Thanks!

  6. Never heard it said any better then this:


    and One Fly I'm with you on the politics stuff, why complain. I'm gonna enjoy the ride and stop parsing and worrying about DC and Albany and Montpelier.

    Gotta go now and look at a new Kayak.

    I also would like advice on a digital camera as someone stole my camera out of my car along with a small peanut can in the console for my change. Can I deduct the value on my tax return next year for supporting the local drug trade? I know there was $6,000.00 in nickles, dimes and quarters in the can. Had very few pennies.

  7. That's so good Russ. He didn't even stretch a truth even a little bit. Thanks!

  8. With apologies to George C. Scott in Doctor Strangelove, "I sure wish I had ME one of them caves to live in."

    Great pic. Love that ruin.

    Thanks for sharing it amigo.

  9. Thanks for that Jules. If a few people see a bit of merit in this stuff then it's worth the effort.

    It's fun damn it!