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.


Screwing The Little Guy As Usual

I'll help do the math here and I understand but do not agree with this rate structure. Everyone here in town pays the first 20 KWH at 31.5 cents a KWH and the next 130 @ 18.7 cents a KWH. After that the rest is billed at 12.4 cents a KWH.

That first 150 KWH costs 20 cents a KWH and this bill for 187 KWH averages before taxes at 18.9 cents a KWH.

I will now have some of the highest electric bills of my life and these rates per KWH have got to be some of the highest in the nation in counties that are the poorest in Colorado full of people who live below the poverty line.

Here you are like myself trying to live frugally but are penalized because you do not use massive amount of electricity. It appears for this month my usage will be around 230 KWH's and the average for that amount before taxes will be around 15.6 cents a KWH.

I don't give a shit what anyone says this is what you called getting screwed.

 This bill is for 187 KWH's and was for three weeks.

KWH CHARGE  $35.19
    20.0 KWH x 0.315384 = $6.31  
    130.0 KWH x 0.186668 = $24.27  
    37.0 KWH x 0.124652 = $4.61  
CITY TAX  $1.09

Where I moved from the town owned it's own electric company and we bought on the open markets just like the big boys do and just like this company in this case. Bought electricity around 4.2 to 4.5 cents a KWH and the rates being charged to customers has remained fairly constant and are at 9.5 in the summer and 8.4 in the winter months.

San Isabel Electric is a co-op and supposedly a nonprofit. I just have an issue with ripping people off who have little to begin with and this little burg is full of people just like that.


  1. If the city were trying to encourage energy conservation, the rate structure would be inverted.

  2. The city used to own this but sold out. There are less than 25 towns in Colorado I believe that own their own electric company and the big boys are always trying to get their hans on them. Once gone there is no getting them back. Boulder is in the process of buying theirs and when it's done it will be better. There's money to be made but you don't have to screw people to do so.


    Terry has the same issue as you...only it really is Tr-State's fault 70% of the bill goes to Tri-State. Then of course the REA family has to live High...just saying.


  4. Maybe they don't want any indoor marijuana farms.

  5. We have an "Electric Co-operative" here in Middle Tennesse; where TVA once boasted of the 'Lowest Electric Rates In The Country'. Those days are sadly long gone and now our rates are about like yours and also of the inverted scale variety so ditto on regular sex for we of le$$er werth.
    Are you keeping dry, over to your place? Or have you been relocated along with the thousands of others? I read that over 17,000 homes have been destroyed by the flooding. Here's hoping your new digs ain't now yer old, wet digs .....
    And ..... That is a VERY Chesire Cat-like grin on ol' Stretch's mug in yer header! Life must be very sweet for him ... hope you have the same expression .....