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.


Social Security And It Seems

One thing for sure is that local offices cannot be reached with a local number anymore. That's pretty much for sure. When I applied I called the local number twice and had a excellent experience. Nation wide it looks. This in itself is a huge negative.

Many have it appears have lost their benefits because of recently found address discrepancies. Two people close by have had this happen.

You can contact the SS Administration by e-mail but you cannot ask or include anything about your situation or account in any form.

The only way to get a hold of them is by phone or in person. Several messages have been left around here for several days with a call back supposedly in less than 24 hrs. Not one has received a call back.

People around the country have to be annoyed I would think. We can do better but of course there are much more imortant items on the agenda of the 1% with the help of the Tpuglicans.


  1. This is becoming a common government response, screw things up and let people sort it out themselves. We were charged a fire tax in California because the state over the years has let people build houses right out in the middle of really flammable areas. Okay, so charge those people, right? I live by a river and pay to belong to a special levee district. It makes sense. But no, the state drew a map that has nothing much to do with fire danger, then sent a bill to everyone who lives within their self-declared special area. There is no number to call if - like me - your property is outside the area shown on the map. You are expected to pay the fee, THEN fill out a bunch of paper work and in a year or two the department in charge of this might decide to give you a refund. If you don't pay you get fined and then there's a lien put on your property. When did this stop being America? Was I sleeping?

  2. I have served 20 years in the Air Force and now have a serious health problem and I learn that may medical bills under the military may not be paid after 3/1.

    Vote the obstructionist bastards out.


  3. When did this stop being America...great question.

    Love your header!

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  4. When for a long time and including now you have government that when it makes decisions or passes laws they are in what's in the best interest of corporations first and foremost then you get what we have now.

    At the very least in respect to this one issue elderly people should be able to make contact with SS easily. People were voted into office this time around to do certain things. In the Senate one item was to change the filibuster rule. It was never going to happen. Profits for the 1% are doing fine and that's all that matters.

    A win would be to change campaign finance rules so those in DC are not whores. That will not happen either. It's broke for sure and can't be made to work given the system of how these people are elected. whores is not a nice word but everyone is just that.

    We are screwed. LTFO!

  5. Just saw Senator Sanders on just this very thing. Sign his petition here on campaign finance reform.