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.


The Wild Bunch

Back in '69 a western movie called the  The Wild Bunch. What stood out and remembered to this day was it was the first time being shot was made to look realistic. By the standards of today this was like Mr. Rogers Neighborhood.

We've never looked back. I like this movie but not because of the violence. That's what people talked about after seeing it - was the realism for the time.

There's little if any of that in this clip. We are obsessed with violence and the tool for dealing with issues here is guns.

After all it's just business ya know.


  1. I would say The Wild Bunch is a metaphor for the USA today.

  2. Just a note...Jesse James is considered an American hero??? and the man that shot him is a coward. I do love my westerns tho...

  3. The Wild Bunch anybody sees these days is just an ordinary western. The original Peckinpah had realistic carnage, filmed in slo-mo, woven throughout the film in some grotesque ballet of death. Whatever his vision for the film was, the studios did not let it last long before they pulled all the copies and chopped it down to what you see today. It's still a bloody film but it makes little sense or much of an impression compared to the original, which was about a half hour longer.

  4. This just popped into my head today and I had forgotten about the cutting they did on this. They still got the job done. It was a first for spurting blood I believe.

    I think the new True Grit is in the top 10 of good westerns.

  5. This is one of, if not my all time favorite movie.
    I can not tell you how many times I have seen this.
    It was and is the true example of brotherhood, and friendship. Of a dying era, where men had to survive with their principals. Their word was their one and all.
    The cast was one of the best casts put together ever.
    i can see Strother Martin kissing his rifle on the roof top. LOL
    It represents what men would do for their fellow compadre even if they were Angel a Mexican.
    I knew Jack Elam, you guys remember him he was the western character actor with one eye going the other way.
    Well, he passed up the part of the old man. His wife told him - - - no way am I letting you go to Mexico with Peckinpaw, and Holden and the rest of that crew.- - -Both were known as boozers and womanizers.
    I bet I know almost every line of that movie.

    1. That's funny and I'm glad this struck a chord with you RZ!

  6. ooh gee...someone else (besides me) liked that version of True Grit!! But I'm a fan of Jeff Bridges...

  7. Others you know didn't like it?

  8. If I could pick a time in history...and I have several times I would like to pick...the early 1900's would work for me. Although, I don't know how to shoot or to even hold a gun. I wouldn't learn I just want to live back then.


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  9. You would have. I think that was just part of the equation for the girls back then.

    I think a couple years after WW11 ended and the shock of losing everyone lessened was a fun time for what would be our parents generation.