4/16/17
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.

11/27/15

Possible Scenario

Having not been so political for a time there are some things that can not slide. I am referring to this. Where you are told to rat out your neighbors for actions you think suspicious.

Caller: ringy dingy
Cops: Cops
Caller: I want to inform you about this guy in the neighborhood who is - different.
Cops: go ahead we need all the intel we can get.
Caller: He lives alone and we see him leaving most mornings early on foot and doesn't come back for a couple hours or more. Sometimes he has a bag on his shoulder. Nobody does that here. He's seen all around town on foot and no one does that either. He has no dogs and just one car and it runs. But sometimes it doesn't move for a week or more at a time. He rides a bike too all over and it has these two black bags one on each side of the rear wheel. A lot of times these black bags are packed full of something. There's a gray cat that hangs around his place too. Instead of a lawnmower he goes round and swings a cutter of some kind. Weeds don't bother us around here.
Cops: How many cats?
Caller: Just one but it looks like it could be mean. There's more too.
Cops: That's fine we got plenty to work with here. We'll get this forwarded to Central.
Click

It's been my experience in respect to New York the state and the city there are two types of people and if anyone is offended - tough shit.

Outside the city the "Upstater's" who I have met and known so many of are a fine lot to the last. That is the honest truth.

Downtown Yorkers is another matter. A 180° matter.

Like most of them this Trump fellow is first of all a huge horse's ass. The other day I actually listened to a few seconds of him. Been years.  What a New York prick.

Downtown Yorkers and Texans - hard to call. Sorry Fearguth.

It's not as much what this asshole says that I find interesting as the numbers of people who identify with it. Any one of these repug candidates pose close to an equal amount of a threat.

Our country is in severe divisive turmoil that continues to unravel in an ever quickening pace as we head towards what may be the most important election ever.

11/22/15

A Good Thing

Vitter is gone!
 Doesn't happen much these days.

11/14/15

Colors And Stuff

If not you should know pictures of anything are taken around here at times. This guy was inside and a bit over a 1/2" long. This new camera does not do macro's near as good as the three Pentax camera's that came before it. Still worth clicking on to get a better look though.
And yes there is quite a diversity in plants and colors.

This fellow was no more than an 1.5" long. Do not have a clue what he was going to grow up to be. This could be it.

Took a cruise a bit north of Vallarta and then east into farm country and there was a lot going on. There is no lack of food around here that is for sure.

Behind these mountains not seen here are some massive scraggly fourteener's. Do not have a picture at all. Just looks interesting and here is maybe a few hundred feet above sea level.

The job to have around here may be a tractor operator.

Many inexpensive places to eat. None out in the country though like Costa Rica.

The place I live is almost dead center.

The mountains around Nogalito are pure jungle that's all there is too it. To get to the other side here would not be easy.

11/8/15

Brothers In The Jungle

Pancho and Andres. These two grew up in this environment. Their father owned much of the area above town where they farmed hiking much much farther than Andres and I do to get there several times a week. Can't begin to imagine the intensity of what that must have been like. This is tough terrain to raise crops and a few animals. These fellows are two tough hombres!

Click on the pictures to hugen up then agen.
That continues for Pancho who in this case harvested four pieces of bamboo that is transported like this back down to town. I did not attempt to take the fourth.
This is a wider part of the trail.
Quite a bit of bamboo and some can approach 5-6 inches in diameter.
Somebody from Vallarta picks it up and Pancho gets 1500 pesos or about $90. That can go a long way here.