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.


And The Number Means

UPDATE 8/2   Add two more to the number below. They count too.

That Americans still die in Afghanistan on a daily basis. The numbers are down the last two months which  no way changes the dynamics.

Of course we are supposed to be drawing down from our second war front after well over 10 years of death and there is a bit of talk about doing that. As has been pointed out here previously that you just don't up and say we're going home now for tens of thousands of soldiers with out major planning and that has not been done. Even when there is a plan things like this do not happen fast.

I expect nothing as always because after all there's terrorists still out there some where praying to Allah to take our freedoms away so that they an have them. It only takes a few of them for another attack anywhere here ya see.

Our country loves us our wars and bleat to stop funding school programs/other social programs and most programs that benefit the middle class. I mean after all this is terrorism plus we love our wars ya see again.

Tighten the seat belts another notch it's going to a Baja 100mph crash ride you betcha.

Coalition Military Fatalities By Year and Month

Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total
2001 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 4 12
2002 10 12 9 5 1 3 0 1 1 5 1 1 49
2003 4 7 12 2 1 3 2 4 2 4 6 1 48
2004 9 2 3 3 8 5 2 3 4 5 7 1 52
2005 2 1 6 18 4 27 2 15 11 7 3 3 99
2006 1 17 7 1 11 18 9 10 6 10 7 1 98
2007 0 14 5 8 11 12 14 18 8 10 11 6 117
2008 7 1 8 5 17 28 20 22 27 16 1 3 155
2009 15 15 13 6 12 25 45 51 40 59 18 18 317
2010 30 31 26 20 34 60 65 55 42 50 53 33 499
2011 25 20 31 46 35 47 32 0 0 0 0 0 236


  1. Morning amigo. Can't help wondering how many US citizens would die from terrorist attacks every day every month every year if the US just pulled spang out and tended affairs at home.

    Might be more than are killed annually over in foreign lands, or it mightn't. Almost certainly wouldn't after the new wore off and the nearer neighbors pissed them off enough to cause them focus their energies and explosives on people they've had reason to hate longer [just over the hill].

    Brings to mind Yosarian's problem in Catch 22: "They're trying to kill me! Every time I fly over to drop bombs on them they shoot at me. They hate me!"

    I wish I was wise enough to know the way out, but I'm stuck with being just another stupid old man with a lot of questions about all those mercenaries we're sending over to run things and paying enough money to do it so's not doing it might be a better option.

  2. Incidently, I love the BW Dairy King pic you're using as a header.

  3. I see by the sign that the Dairy King has either abdicated or has been deposed.

    Hey, fatalities dropped from 65 in July 2010 to 32 in July 2011. We must be winning.

  4. No one would die Jules if we left both of these hell holes and you're plenty smart enough to know that. If fact you're smarter then every repug out there and there's bunches of them. It's only a scam as an excuse for the war machine to keep ramped up ya see.

    I guess the numbers pepole would say it's a positve indicator of less death and to some that may be winning. So let's keep on with the samo - you betcha.

    As for the dairy queen it looked like it had been OOB for a whiole. It was either death or sickness issue that played a part. There is a modular in the back that was the home for this.

    I see so much of this sort of thing as well as you guys I'm sure. In addition the amount of "stuff" for sale along side the road seem to increase every time I go for a cruise. People are struggling and it's going to get worse.

  5. We haven't even got out of Iraq yet. Getting out of Afghanistan is a problem for the grandkids.

  6. Hi Fly: You're probably right, but consider if it was the same number that would be killed, even steven and what it would mean if you were that much wrong, but no wronger:

    Looks as though something in the neighborhood of 1500 US citizens died over there so far. It would be plenty easy enough to weigh the cost of getting them killed there, as opposed to the cost of none of that crap happening but 1500 people getting killed here by similarly ill-wishing people with axes to grind.

    If it's cheaper to get 1500 people killed here than it is to get 1500 people killed over there, and if we're suffering from the cost of the luxury of getting them killed over there it seems to me any cost/benefit analysis would result in a decision to get the 1500 killed at home, where it's far and away cheapest.

    That's all I intended to convey. Cost/benefit.

  7. I shoulda know that Mont. It's the cornfield thing ya know.

    Understood and agree Jules and please don't think I was taking issue with what you posted. I was not.

  8. They say we could be in Afghanistan for decades and I am afraid that is an underestimate because we are too fffing stupid to leave until we join the graveyard of nations. I just wish we would come home regroup keep our heads up and use the drones when needed, then respond somewhere if need be.