►GOOD NEWS!! The quality of The Silent Pagoda is about to improve by roughly 48,000%. (YAY!!) But only briefly. (Booooooo!) I’m out of the country until next Wednesday, and in my stead, the universally beloved Speedgeek takes control of the site. You may notice some subtle stylistic differences between the two of us. For instance, whereas my style involves waxing moronic about fine jellies & German pirates & other such nonsense – his style is best described as brilliant & exceedingly clever writing from someone with unlimited IndyCar knowledge. We’re almost identical, really. Except for in every feasible way. Between he & Jeff Iannucci & Thackston, you’re all in good hands for the week.
►Also — in case you didn’t know — Jack Arute has purchased a home here in our charming little Blogohood. And while Jack & I are often at odds, I’ve always considered him to be a fine writer who taps into the awesome power of LSD to fuel his stories. His new blog is no different. Do go check it out. Because I vow to burn it to the ground after my return.
►Lastly, no matter your views on the Health Care proceedings in the House last night, you must respect the stoic RIGHTEOUSNESS of David Obey — the twitchy, no-nonsense cyborg running the show. He did not suffer fools gladly — Democrat or Republican — and if you came incorrectly, he swatted your shit up into the Gallery. Quickly. Anyway, we now have a version of him patrolling the comments section. He is the “Parliamentarian,” and he is charged with clearing out the crazy from the comments — which has become a problem of late. THERE WILL BE ORDER IN THIS HOUSE!
Enjoy the week, everyone. It’ll be a good one — for Butler WILL beat Syracuse … Hunter-Reay WILL edge out Franchitti & Justin Wilson for the win … and the Pagoda WILL be a respectable IndyCar blog, if only for a short while. Peace, I’m out.