The Beer: The Saison is bottled and ready to drink. It came out better than expected.
The Bicycle: Still "cooler near the Lake", but the weather has become nice enough to ride. Today, I plan to bundle up nice and warm, ride west, toward the kettles and ride 30-40 miles.
The VRWC: How quickly things change. When oil was $150 a barrel, Americans were screaming bloody murder. "Drill Here, Drill Now". Washington listened (kind of). Oil is running about $50 a barrel now and gasoline is commensurately less expensive. The silence of the consumer is deafening. Policy is returning to the anti-oil rhetoric.
The panacea of wind and solar will only impoverish the consumer further and widen the "rich-poor gap" (I'm not certain how much of that gap really exists, but TCO's policies will ensure it comes to its' full fruition). The unreliabilty of wind and the facts of Earth's rotation will make these no more than bit players.
(Alleged) AGW hype and "The Precautionary Principle" are driving energy policy. This is not good.