The Beer: IPA - India Pale Ale. So named because in addition to being a flavoring and aroma agent, hops are also a preservative. The British, in their infinite beer wisdom, heavily hopped beer destined for the far reaches of their empire, specifically India.
The Bicycle: The 1977 JC Penney-labeled 10-speed needs a 5-speed SRAM chain (or any other 5-speed chain, for that matter). Nobody seems to make one anymore. On the other hand, the tires still hold air. They don't make 'em like they used to.
A friend is on a bicycle tour of New Zealand. I'm jealous. Those of you stopping in from that part of the world, give a shout-out to my peeps, Mr. and Ms. MPA.
The VRWC: I'm not convinced the President-Elect is going to do all the "wonderful things" he claimed in his campaign. With the crappy economy, most, if not all of the giveaways will be near impossible. Most will require money that just isn't there and mandates on employers will slow any rehiring. Unless the new administration decides some type of real tax cut is in order - for example, lowering the 25% tax rate to say, 15% - to put money back into consumers' pockets, this could be a very protracted recession. The federal investment in infrastructure is laudable, but it is only make-work. Real expansion of competetive manufacturing is what will bring the economy out of its woes. That means the government allows the losers to lose and the winners to win. I don't see that happeneing. It's not "fair".
Edit 1115 11/23/08: Apparently, Nancy Pelosi is reading my Blog. ;-)