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.


Happened To See These Kids

Just a little over a week ago I was in this area and where I went you go past this school and it stands out as it's a cool building and location.
The linked to article below tells the very interesting history of this school and the difficulties it faces today as many do. The piece also mentions the whole school hiking in Sand Canyon just up the road. I met all of them on the way back and even after almost six miles every one of them including the teachers were wearing huge smiles. I like that! Here's a picture I took that same day.

The school was built in 1915 to serve families in the canyon, most who made a living ranching or farming. In 1994, when the district threatened to close Battle Rock because of low enrollment and the retirement of its longtime teacher, the community pulled together to save the school by turning it into a charter. It was the first of its kind to be created under such circumstances. 

In the 18 years since, the school has faced its fair share of financial, administrative and academic struggles. Wright, the school’s director, is working for free this year to help the school scrape by. Somehow, it has continued to weather those storms and remains a central pillar of this historic canyon community.

We need schools like this no matter where they are. Corporate power chooses war over education damn near every time. If the right saw god associated with this the money would flow you can bet on it.

The kids pay the price and and the War Machine grows larger and more powerful.


  1. Hey, Have you ever been to Westbend?

  2. I find it very heartening to hear of school such as this still in existence. Very cool old building, nice ruin, too. :)

  3. Yes! This is a great kind of school. When I worked with teachers, some of them fantasized about what they would do under a voucher system. They would open their own schools. One wanted 18 students, of all ages, and would keep them, like a family, from the beginning to the end of their primary education. I went to a school that had about 70 students, it was wonderful. Maybe the best thing that could happen would be to have public education as we know it totally die off. I'd volunteer in a minute at a neighborhood school.

  4. I went to a small school 7 kids in my class until 8th grade then went to a huge school of 33-35 kids until graduation. I understand small.

    Love your header!


  5. Thanks girls! The one at the top is not a girl but a Wisconny feller who's a real mess.

    I'll say again the skills that carry me today were mostly learned from K-6th grade in a very small building that educated little cornfield kiddies like myself from K through grade 12. I am so happy for that. What a fantastic learning environment that was. There is one teacher left who taught me. I went to see her last time I was back. This time she didn't tell me that I was her best student ever. That's okay.

    I graduated from a different school in the largest class and that was 50. That school has been consolidated some time ago.

    Schools like this can work so well and we could use more but again the religion aspect can not be part of that.

    If you read here much you know the two years I had to attend (7&8) a catholic school that it was so terrible for me and not all the fault that is was catholic. I'm honest damn it. Those negatives experienced there I carry with me today.

    It was fun to see how happy every one was in this group of people from this school. They were all simply beaming.

    This ruin Teresa was in Sand Canyon. I may hike one more time there - where I did the first time and go "off trail" to ruins I saw a ways away. It's emphasized by park people to stay the hell away from what's here. I understand all that but ---. I'm too old to chewed out but I maybe will chance it. I can be real quite and generally hear others before they hear me. Like an Indian ya see. I do want to get closer to the couple I saw the first time.