Well ... El Topo said he was good, and El Topo knows his stuff :-)
Anyway, I'm leaving Austin, about to get on my plane, and in just a few short days, I have a new romance and potentially a new teaching partner. There was a really beautiful moment when we could have written each other off and disconnected from each other. We could have taken the easy way out and said "dealbreaker" and so forth. We almost did. And then he got really, really honest, which was an invitation for me to do the same. Then we both got really, really honest and connected exactly where we were in that moment. We decided to find the places where we can help each other.
The most touching part was during the intimacy itself, when it got really intense and I was tempted to pull back. He held me close and said "stay with me." I did. :-)
Magic. Really beautiful surrender. Maybe there is hope for me to find intimacy and continuity and longevity all in the same place.
It just goes to show you that sometimes charm has substance underneath it. He wasn't joking about the one-way ticket :-)