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.


Another Year Another Number

These dead are seldom mentioned and the ones that do are few. At least no one died in Afghanistan on Xmas day. 18% of these deaths are by non-hostile means. 




  1. This is very sad! Absolutely no progress...
    Oooh, and are you getting excited to head back to CR???

    1. Yes but not like the first time.

      Don't forget that we're leaving (in two years) and the 100's more that will die are just going to be a never mind.

  2. Monday is getting closer...I miss the green


  3. Me too. I went for a four mile walk and saw nothing except a few small birds in the bushes. I think while in CR the focus will be photography and just plain daily life and not much else.

  4. Fly,
    You cannot win a counter-insurgency war (Now the Brits managed to quell one in Malaya in th 50's). It is all about hearts and minds - and like Vietnam we aren't doing a good job of that.
    Ho Chi Mihn ran the French out of IndoChina then we came along and in the eyes of the Vietnamese became the new French. Bin Laden and the Mujahideen/Taliban (with our help) ran the Russians out of Afghanistan. Along came us and we became the new Russins in the Afghan people's eyes.

    It is past time to toss Karzai the keyes and see the last GI walk up the ramp to that C-17 bound for Ramstein and home.

    Evansville, In

    Oh, righteous blog..

  5. Agreed Sarge. OTC has linked to you. Thanks for the visit and have a good one!!