Thank you very much for this. I've been spending a lot of time evaluating my own interpretation of Aikido and how it fits with who I am. Not everyone's way of doing Aikido is going to be the same, We all learn differently and get slightly different results, as you are aware
I find this particularly interesting now, as I am considering studying another art - Tai Chi or Jiu Jitsu (there are no Aikido schools here). There are many things that are similar, so it tends to make the learning a little easier
I hope to see you when I am next in Austin.