Rest up well, Joe. Always best to be in the best place for one’s own self, as priority.
I know this isn’t quite the most apt or suitable moment, but I just has a thought about F1 that made me want to shut down a while also, which is the absurdity of other teams being able to decide on their rival’s future viability, as with the recent malarkey. I mean, FFS, sure thing a rival will always say you’re in the best possible shape, eh? That is so broken a idea, I wish the whole circus could be locked in a cool dark room for a month, in forced incommunicado, in Coventry. I’m convinced the actual situation is by itself defect corrupt by nature of how it is and nothing else, and I don’t know how F1 as a whole is gong to dig their way out of the legacy of things said and done in recent weeks. It may all be a storm in a teacup over a back marker team, so everyone will try to say, but this time I do not think that will be a effective brush off, I think we’re seeing everything hang out, it all on everyone’s wrists, and the whole thing is transmitting ugliness on every carrier wave imaginable. I really think recent events have been more than just jumping the shark, they have triggered a new train of dissatisfied action and reaction that is going to be pure pain for all.
Sorry, Joe, admixing such heavy but comparatively totally meaningless thoughts with the foremost concerns and considerations of life. You’ve done so much to bring clarity and focus into a over wrought, often pathetically emotional, childish, world of this sport, tried to inject so much maturity of thinking that has been oft rejected as fresh greens puked up by a junk food junkie, and I know it takes so much of you to keep on keeping on at that thankless task. It’s the absolute very least we can do to be patient and gratefully wait for your return. Meanwhile I hope you find what you need the most, and peace from unnecessary, undeserving, distractions. Until then, my best wishes, ~j
Joe, I don’t know what your loss has been (and why should I? we don’t know each other), from other comments I can deduce that it was someone close.
Your life (and family) is far more important than keeping us all informed and entertained, I send my condolences and look forward to your return.
I dont know what has happened but I gather from the comments there has been some sort of death in your family.
I know it doesnt mean much coming from me a faceless internet guy you have never met but as a long time reader of your blog and GP+ I just wanted to offer my condolences and send my best wishes to you and your family.
Trying to get my subs money together. Will be the best value for money I will find all year. I feel bad for not having done so sooner, but I there are genuine financial reasons for not having been in a position to do so. Nothing to do with the cost, it’s peanuts compared to the goodness that a GP+ sub provides.
Have already expressed my condolences in an earlier post so won’t repeat them, but nice to see the outpouring of gets wishes from the community here.
I agree with all of the other contributors here. Family always comes first, and your needs you, as much as you need them right now. Best wishes to you and all your family at what is always a difficult and sad time….however, you will all be thinking of the good times you all had as a family, as you go through this period, and that will bring out some happiness and fond memories. Take care Joe and take your time too.
Please accept my apologies for this out of turn again. It’s just also lately I cannot get over how many families and employees are being mucked around this off season, I’m struggling to figure out in what way I am going to approach the new season. I’ve had a feeling of things being just very very wrong, past weeks. I don’t mean to hijack anything to do with Joe’s loss.. what I want to say could only be said in person, for the simple words be known to be all I feel, but here we are and the backdrop of this racing game seems to me to be turning into a mockery of so much that is good in life, that I have started to wonder if genuinely some important goodness has departed too many who inhabit the paddock. I think I may for the first time, actually be depressed, about the sport, in a technical sense. When I think what life Joe pours in energy into it all every day, so much so I wonder if I didn’t hold on a little more hope for him being around, well… I don’t know what to say. I know Joe is not gone, of course, but I sense suddenly the more how much he is here when he is here, and look about, hoping for some spark elsewhere, and become disappointed too quickly. Does this game deserve such love? Unimportant disconnected fan I am, my reactions are not the matter. I just want to know, somehow, very deeply, if the quiet good spirits of the paddock will show something to Joe, for all the care he too freely gives. Because we all want to know why we do whatever it is we do, and for some things we may spend forty nights willingly again. But there must be some care in return. I don’t want to hear it, I don’t want to be told it or know it. I just hope there may be that same care for who walks among them, because in the end, if the words don’t touch that deeply, there is little reason to spill them.
Absolutely no apologies necessary . Fact is in light of the circumstances I’m surprised you didn’t do this earlier . Take all the time you need . Please ! Trust me … as I stated earlier the wife and I have been dealing with this multiple times over the last five years .. and time is the only thing that does help . Till then to reiterate the old bit of wisdom ;
” You just keep on living till you finally feel alive again ” .. and you will … in time
And if I may Joe … recognizing fully that the circumstance and legalities are different on our respective sides of the pond . Fair warning . Be prepared for the mountain of paperwork etc to come after the fact regardless of how well things were taken care of legally . Sometimes honestly it can feel as if dealing with all the paperwork etc is almost worse than the loss itself
I for one will be waiting with baited breath for the return of your indelible style, and (hopefully) look forward to An Audience with Joe in Melbourne again…along with my GP+ sub. There is no one quite like you out there Joe… all the best wishes during this tough time.
Hi Joe, take care. I remember when my father passed away and I shut myself down for about a week. The grief isn’t over by then, in my experience. But I still own his car and know he drives along with me on the sunny days with the sunroof open. It helps me to cope and understand.
Since you haven’t announced the reason for the hiatus on this blog, I don’t know whether it’s appropriate, but I offer my condolences anyway. And, I don’t need to tell you this, but don’t be sorry for doing what you have to.
Entirely up to you if you want to let it through or not.
Than Almitra spoke, saying, “We would ask now of Death.”
And he said:
You would know the secret of death.
But how shall you find it unless you seek it in the heart of life?
The owl whose night-bound eyes are blind unto the day cannot unveil the mystery of light.
If you would indeed behold the spirit of death, open your heart wide unto the body of life.
For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.
In the depth of your hopes and desires lies your silent knowledge of the beyond;
And like seeds dreaming beneath the snow your heart dreams of spring.
Trust the dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.
Your fear of death is but the trembling of the shepherd when he stands before the king whose hand is to be laid upon him in honour.
Is the sheered not joyful beneath his trembling, that he shall wear the mark of the king?
Yet is he not more mindful of his trembling?
For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?
And what is to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?
Only when you drink form the river of silence shall you indeed sing.
And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb.
And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.