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.

10/24/15

Patricia And The Rest Of The Story

In one word nothing. This is all new to me but at times I do think I have a clue.

First this came so fast and many just heard of it Wed or after. For most there were few choices if any of getting away and the question then was where because of the ocean and the way it was tracking.

Simply the tension here Friday afternoon in Nogalito was easily felt and no macho shit here this guy was scared even with having probably the best casa in town for an event like this. There were others who felt the same.

In the afternoon it was sprinkling and raining lightly off and on. Walking around talking with others in other words taking up time till the first effects of the "biggest hurricane" arrived.

Had lunch and went up and got things food and other, secured it best I could and went back down to my friends and landlord's to wait as was not going to go through this thing alone.

Was watching the track very closely as the internets and electricity have remained on and here is my take -


Patricia was headed due north directly at Puerto Vallarta with the eye maybe 80 miles away approximately.

15 to 20 miles before making landfall just west of the 105th longitude the eye collapsed. It made land where the eye would have been 60 miles due south of here. We were within the perimeters of this thing and it drifted to the east. A little after 6 I came home.

The wind never blew nor was there intense rain. It rained most of the night but sleeping was good so don't know how much.

The storm weakening PLUS mountains were key without question. That's my story. I really don't know what this has done inland.

Walking around yesterday thought but only for a fleeting second of taking pictures for a before and after comparison. No way was the door going to opened into that realm. Maybe it's because of not doing so that made a difference as well. Just as plausible as other reasons that get thrown around to my way of thinking. In any case -

I am very happy. Not been out but sure many others are just as elated. I will be happy for a long period I think.

This whole coastal area north and south of Puerto Vallarta has been spared. Have not been out yet as the peaceful feeling this morning is wonderful. Cerveza will be had today and more than one.

Feel extremely fortunate and my hopes that others inland faired as well. It truly amazes me that this monster of a storm and so close that if you didn't know it was there you wouldn't have.

10/22/15

New Girl Coming To Town

Her name is Patricia and it's unknown whether she is going to be naughty or nice.

The sooner she takes a right turn is all good with me.

This was bothering no one in Vallarta this morning but one gringo I spoke with was pretty nervous.

10/15/15

Sweat Happens

Settled into a bit more of a routine. Have purchased some items that are somewhat needed and just make things better.

A recliner was more of a must and a grill - well because. Have both now and the grille was used last night for the first time with fairly surprising very tasty results. The reason was the flame was easily adjusted down lower than the temp control allowed. This device will make a difference. The chair is a huge plus as well.

On the issue of perspiration - temps and humidity are up. Both should start to decline in a couple weeks. You're still gonna sweat trust me. It's doable and better than the alternative for this guy.

No one is being shot and killed here. That's a real nice change!

10/10/15

"Living In Mexico Is Like Camping Except You Have Four Walls Around You"

A friend made that comment early this year when I was here in Nogalito. It's fair to include "the tropics" in general. It's warm and humid for sure.

It's good to be back! Was fairly certain that would be the case. Old friends/acquaintances are happy to see me as I them. Feels good. Last several days have been chasing several items down that are important.

One is a propane grill and the other is a recliner. There are just a couple choices found with each and think we'll go in and pull the trigger on both today. I hope the recliner is still there.

Grilling is important me and need to increase the ways I can cook. The chair is even more important as issues and not good ones crop up if a chair is not good for me. The ones in mi casa are not that bad but bad enough to already be a literal pain in the ass. Friends just up the road have torture chairs. It's true. Neither of these two items are perfect but they will do quite nicely and am ready to eat fresh caught grilled pescado.

Stuff like that. A picture just because. It's the road in and out of town. Puerto Vallarta is known as town.