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.


Exporting How To Do Incarcerate Better

We oughta know because that's another thing we're a leader of the world at. Briefly one state prison is closed and another about to and the state has been and wants to expand this program.  "For about two years, trainers employed by the Department of Corrections whose salaries are funded by federal grants have taught foreign criminal justice officials everything" 

The reason sounds like Empire talk. "the last state prison to be shuttered has a new purpose spreading the American vision of corrections to developing nations."

Why you may ask - well it's easy.  “Countries can’t get stable if their criminal justice system is not stable,” Sanguinetti said. “If they are inhumane or unstable, the society can’t stabilize.”

This plan for our leading War Front is sound you see. “Goats are a staple of the diet and the economy in thisparticular country,” Sanguinetti said. “They’ll give the offendersan actual job like they’ve never had before. Instead of raisingopium, they’ll be raising goats. That’s beneficial for theirsociety, helps the economy and gives offenders something todo.”

Yup that should do it.


  1. I can't believe your state prisons are closing. I thought California was shopping around for places to send our extra prisoners.

  2. Slightly OT: You need to read "We Meant Well" by Peter Van Buren. He was a Field Service Officer in Iraq and his book explains how all our nation building there worked.

    Spoiler: they didn't.

    Despite getting initial approval from the State Dept, they are now trying to "Snepp" his book.