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.


Is This The Year

It's always about the money!

Not many can get it. The year there is no corn or been crop. The numbers aren't good right now.

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/07/10/155668/midwest-drought-may-spark-food.html#storylink=cpy

A common point of articles about Climate Change was the scientists continually "under estimated" the rate of change they were studying. That always stood out.

Talk about the money all ya want but what will you talk about when it doesn't rain next year or doesn't snow in the Rockies again this winter.

I don't give a shit what anybody says. That scenario is on the table for sure. I hope there is decent harvest and it very well may come about. There have been several close calls in recent years.

Eventually there will not be a harvest in the Corn Belt. That will be a monster negative event with world wide consequences. Like the ranger said to me recently at Sand Creek "We're in the 14th year of drought".   


  1. It's really bad and we will feel it directly in grocery stores. and...once prices go up, they never come back down. Remember sugar?

  2. At my wife's family reunion in June, I talked to a Texas rancher who had been to a conference recently where a climatologist said we are in the 15th year of a 45-year drought. Holy hatrack, Batman!

  3. Damage done guys and there ain't no going back. Maybe there was a chance awhile back but if it's impossible to have a logical discussion on issues well then ......

    I do believe we are well over the hump. What a shitty message!

  4. I guess it's time for my posting about the Hohokum and the drought that ended civilization in the Salt River Valley...

  5. The problem I've seen is that people are sitting at their desks running a simulation program instead of just stepping outside and looking up to the mountains. And no one takes into consideration that farmers really, really need to know what's coming because they only get paid once a year. But their bills come once a month just like everyone else's. And there needs to be some way to keep them going if there are years when they won't be able to grow a crop. Otherwise developers will end up with every bit of open space.

  6. One of the big differences from not that many years ago is bushel per acre in that it has doubled or tripled. Over all loss of production adds up real quick even though a drought may be spotty.

    I'm not sure as a farmer in these days how you can plan to fight against drought. Especially when you played such a huge role in these conditions developing. We all did.

  7. Look at those lovely shinning blue skies!!!