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.


Fires Plenty In The Cornfield

In one day local fire departments were ever so busy and the picture helps tell the story as well.  This is actually from the county I grew up in.

Many area farmers brought their discs, field cultivators and chisel plows into the fields to assist firefighters in battling the numerous field fires last Thursday afternoon, but this local farmer found his field cultivator ablaze as he worked to create a firebreak east of Emmetsburg. He stopped, unhooked the implement from his tractor Emmetsburg firefighters arrived to extinguish the implement’s tires and a ditch fire adjacent to the scene. –-Dan Voigt photo


  1. I have a number of connections to Iowa. My son went to the University of Northern Iowa for his master's. While there, he met his wife to be, who was from the Elma area. They were married in a church in Chester. I had a drinking buddy back in the 1970s who was from the Lake Okoboji area. Later, my brother, while a veep at Stephens College in Columbia, MO, was responsible for some sort of retreat facility the college owned at Lake Okoboji. And my first employer after I graduated from high school was from Cedar Rapids. My daughter-in-law's parents--now almost 90--live in Waterloo. And then there's you.

  2. I remember you mentioning a connection to Iowa before. Used to hang out in Columbia in the old days. A lot of guys kept there eyes open for those Stephens girls.

    The two lakes the other being Spirit are know to everyone just as "the lakes". Close to home and many fun times there. I remember too the connection with Stephens. Never saw any girls around there though.

    Have you heard about the college?


  3. Now that you mention it, that drinking buddy--his name is Tom D'Spain--often wore a University of Okoboji t-shirt.