So last year at this time, my little sandbox on the interweb was the best kept secret out there. My own personal soapbox from which to shout my approval or dismay at the state of open wheel racing, in virtual privacy, with but a handful of eyeballs perusing my words, mostly by accident, or by acquaintance.
Then came “unification” (which will always have quotes to signify how not unified it actually was), which prompted a whole new set of commentary and tags, which in turn put me in a completely different search pattern on google. Zoinks! Can open, worms all over the place! (thanks CJ 😉 )
Suddenly I found myself ensconced, via direct linkage, in the fast paced world of “IndyCar bloggers”, sharing similar stories and opining with the likes of IsitMayyet? and Pressdog… but specifically getting linked to/from some guy named Jeff at “MyNameIsIRL”.
To be honest, we butted heads a little at first. He being true red & blue IRL, and I coming from the black & orange world of Champ Car.
I was so used to having to defend my position over the years during the split, that I immediately got my ire up around him. But a funny thing happened along the way. A silent truce was instantly engaged. We, without statement, agreed to disagree. He allowed me my opinions (no matter how wrong he thought I was), and I his (no matter how wrong I thought he was!)
By mid-season a mutual respect for our individual passionate views grew into a playful comradery and eventually a friendship, and now I can’t imagine my racing circle of friends without him. (I also have him to thank for the substantial increase in traffic! More of you find me via his site than via any other portal! )
So here we are, on the precipice of the 2009 race season, and I had the honour of being invited to be Jeff’s first guest out of the gate on the “I am MINDY” podcast! This is the big leagues people! And on the heels of participating in the “big hairy audacious predictions” summit over at Pressdog! Well, to say I was feeling the pressure would be an understatement. This is like cotillion season for me. Being presented to racing society by some of it’s finest representatives.
To be honest, I gave it a little listen first to decide just how mortified I should be… and whether to link to it, or change my web link and go into hiding.
On a scale of 1 – 10, I think my embarrassment level only reached a high of 3.5 at one point. (and truthfully, I have to give myself kudos for the creative, in-my-head editing I was doing to keep myself from dropping some of my more trademarked… “colourful” language)
Luckily for you all, Jeff was wise enough to “stop tape” when he did, as we went on to chat for about another hour and a half “off the record” LOL! This would have been a 4-parter otherwise. (it was our first time talking without a keyboard, so we had lots to catch up on!)
Anyway, if you’re so inclined, head on over to MyNameIsIRL and give a listen as we put on our “radio voices”, chit chat like two old friends and speculate wildly about the upcoming season.
And if you haven’t already done so, bookmark him dammit!
That’s an order!