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.


On Changes

One thing has struck me in the last couple months and that is so many people I meet have/are or are going to have significant changes in their lives. It may be by choice or not. Might not be for the better either but it's happening. More boomers than not like myself. Needs to be said as well that not as many but there are a good number who just wanna keep on working.

I asked Fred how long he'd been selling insurance. "Right at 42 years". Ever think about hanging it up? Fred responded with "I'll probably do it to the end". If that's what gets people off good on you.

I sold the small RV I had to a young lady who was educated, hard traveled just returning from Thailand. She was excited about life and understood the simple things can bring pleasure and great quality of life. Disappointed too after seeing what's out there and where we are at here.

My changes in the last two years have been by choice. The place I was living was sold and I moved to town. I never imagined this was going to be the place. In came together in a coincidental way - the way things happen to me including a time many years ago with some of the same players.

I am excited in the changes I made for myself. It is the beginning of a completely new and different chapter in my life. It feels good and am soooo fortunate to have what I have. Knowing a move was inevitable (plus it was faster than anticipated) I find that the criteria I wanted in my life was here - almost every bit of it and just didn't see it.

I hope to post more now. The move is over and just about settled in. One of criteria I had was to walk or bike whenever possible. Have been doing both quite a bit. Friday I actually had a purpose for pedaling and it was to deliver some the best ever sweet corn I picked up for the second time in Pueblo to some long time friends here in Walsenburg.  I went down.

Point being - - - - - WEAR GLOVES. If I hadn't had them on it would have been the emergency room for sure. It's not the first time gloves saved my ass. My hands are hurt the worst and I'm thinking two weeks anyway but it's fine damn day and I have a smile on my face.

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  1. So, I gather you're now living in Walsenburg?

  2. Beautiful Header, My Friend! It seems to MY old ass, that we spend the first half of our lives accumulating STUFF (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvgN5gCuLac), and the second half divesting S#!*! Changes goin' on for me too, Fly. Hope yer kickin' back and enjoyin' life more at yer new place .....

    1. I sure am bj and with a lot less "stuff" but still too much. I have plenty of room leftand it's not big in here at all. Carlin is soooo right.

  3. Yes, that's one of the best shots of the Spanish Peaks I've ever seen.

    1. Thanks Fearguth. I walk up to the water tower where there is a 360 view. Pretty impressive. That is a bit over two miles away or I take the bike. I went for a short ride but my hands and wrists hurt too much to go very far and I can't get my gloves back on.

  4. I'm glad to hear that the move is completed and you are happy. I looked up Walenburg and it looks like you've got a lot near to keep you busy. Seems like a nice place to live... Sorry about your hands, but you're lucky you had your gloves on.

  5. Lots of changes recently for me too. I don't know whether it's the economy, or just some of us reaching a certain age. Maybe change has always been there, we just didn't notice it because we were young and *everything* was new to us...

    And yah, agree about the gloves. They've saved my hands plenty of times. And the helmet saved my life once. I don't "get" people who don't want to wear common-sense safety gear. Even before there was a law mandating wearing seatbelts, I didn't go anywhere without wearing mine. Boggles the mind that there's people who won't even do something that common-sense and easy...

  6. There are a lot of different day trips one can do here TMoon. For instance it's 115 to Taos and maybe 60 to the sand dunes.

    I think it's all that BTux with maybe age leading the pack. I think it's fair to say the transfer of wealth that started with our war for lies in Irak escalated this quite a bit.

    What happened was totally my fault. A BAD misjudgement. I did get on it yesterday and will today to just putt. Can't come close to getting gloves on and bumps hurt. There is a different front tire in my future.

  7. Glad you're settling in. Great picture, nice scenery around there.

  8. WHEW! Sounds like you were lucky to not break something...or maybe you did and aren't aware of it. I LOVE your header! It's good to have you back! How is Stretch doing?