It was right around Christmas time, when I decided to do a Google search of my name, that I came across a most pleasant and touching surprise.
One of my more loyal readers from Yahoo, a gentleman from the United Kingdom country of Wales, decided to post a video on YouTube.com entitled "Don't Check Up, Jerry Bonkowski."
I must say that in over 35 years in the sports media field, this was one of the most touching thank you's I've ever received. It actually brought tears to my eyes at a time where I was feeling very low and depressed, extremely devastated that Yahoo would lay me off after I helped build the site from virtually nothing into the No. 1 sports Web site in the world.
And we did it in just over four years!
Many of you don't know it, but I was the second sportswriter Yahoo hired, back in 2004. I take a great deal of pride that I not only anchored Yahoo's NASCAR content, but that I also helped build our NASCAR page into the No. 2 most popular source of NASCAR information in the sports world behind only NASCAR.com. More importantly, that means Yahoo's NASCAR coverage outdrew ESPN.com, FoxSports.com, CBSSports.com and every other Web site that contained NASCAR-related content.
Anyway, I'm looking forward to the challenge of getting going again in the coming days.
Frankly, I've been quiet for the last month -- and that's one month too long. So, get ready for the return of my usual brand of biting commentary and analysis.
One last thing before I forget: I know these are very challenging times right now, but I wish you all a prosperous and healthy 2009.
Now, as Darrell Waltrip loves to say -- and I love to hear -- "Let's go racin', boys!"