All that being said, personally I don't see there being one fixed and rigid Aikido. From what I can tell, O Sensei's Aikido grew and changed through out his life. The great consistency was that Aikido should be "a way to peace in the world". I have done a fair amount of traveling and try to put in some practice with what ever dojo is in the area. While I almost always learned, the dojos I gained the most from were those in which the sensei and most of the students practiced technique as a way to the inner strength and self knowledge that enables them to move through life calmer, more peacefully and more in control of themselves and circumstances as they come at them.
Great blog, I really liked this part.