Re: Newbie thoughts - think back your early years - what comes to your mind?
I too started when I was 35. Some of the things I love about this art are the use of body mechanics to control and direct my partner. It just fascinates me that when someone does THIS to me, my body does THAT! Another thing I really enjoy is the diversity in execution of the techniques ... so many ways to do the same technique! The wonder I find in the most subtle and small movements having a profound effect on my partner is also something I enjoy.