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 Roll Is Over

May not mean a whole hell of a lot in the big scheme of things but to me it's huge and have enjoyed this for the longest time in my life excluding the time spent in West Africa.

Didn't leave the house much yesterday. It was rainy and low 50's. This morning overcast and 50 out. May get to 60 with some sun today maybe.

I need to go out and that will mean the shorts have to come off for the first time in four and a half months. From the end of April till the middle of September it's been put 'em on in the morning and take 'em off at night.

That's what I call a roll and it's been a giant simple pleasue for me. They'll be back on Friday when it warms up.

It's part of my job now to take full advantage of these simple pleasures that are free.


  1. If you've been wearing those shorts for 4.5 months, they probably need to be washed anyway. :>

  2. 62 degrees here in KC... and, wash the shorts!!!

  3. I was just thinking this morning that I still have a closet full of lovely work clothes, but in my retirement I find I'm wearing the same pants and sloppy Tshift every day. Actually I have 2 pairs of retirement clothes because I do wash them. Though I've been known to sit at my computer in my bathrobe while the clothes are being cleaned. Retirement life IS pretty easy when it comes to figuring out what to wear.

  4. Me too Jan. I do not go or nor am I asked to go where nicer clothes are needed. When I put on something better then I feel uneasy and out of he element so to speak. When traveling where pretty much the same thing. Now I shop I second hand stores. That's part of my new job too.

  5. When I retired I took all my business clothes to the Salvation army...farm life is the life for me!