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We’d Rather Have the Iceberg Than the Ship

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If MTM has a male soul mate, it is Miguel Roldan. MTM met Miguel when he lived in Barcelona. They taught architecture together. They debated design together. They brainstormed. They laughed.

MTM even learned to appreciate coffee (in espresso form) from Miguel.

It has been almost a decade since MTM and Miguel have been together. But we are lucky. Miguel is in Charleston for the weekend. And MTM is cramming as much juju as he can into around sixty hours.

Because he loves Miguel. Not THAT way, but in the old fashioned male friendship way.

I almost felt like a third wheel when I hung around with them on Friday. I got over it, because I didn’t want to miss anything.


Miguel is one of those people who pass us in life, and he makes us want to get off the ship. Stay a while. See. Listen. Experience what’s there. I think that’s what MTM loves about him. He sees the world through Miguel’s eyes, and it’s different.

The world is possibility.

I love watching MTM see the world like that again.

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  1. It’s great to have a friend like that.

    April 6, 2013
  2. I’m glad the skies have finally cleared for Miguel and now if we can get rid of the iceberg weather, all will be good.

    April 6, 2013
  3. alice #

    If his talk is any indication it is no wonder that his point of view is infectious. I’ve seen a number of colleagues speak this year and I think his was one of the most inspiring.

    April 6, 2013
    • Even I enjoyed it. 🙂

      I hope you have a safe trip home. I am sorry I had to leave early yesterday.

      April 6, 2013
  4. Have fun! Being around that kind of energy is wonderful. Store it up. Take it in. Bottle it. And thanks for sharing just a bit of it here.

    April 6, 2013
    • We are taking him to Scott’s today.

      April 6, 2013
      • WOOOOO! That will be grand. And what a wonderful day to ride across S.C. with the top open on Miss Mini!

        April 6, 2013
  5. YES! I love Scott’s friends like that.

    April 6, 2013
  6. tarakianwarrior #


    April 6, 2013
  7. I’m lucky that I had some family members like this. I love the post. Makes me happy!

    April 6, 2013
    • I hope your book is going well. Would love to hear an update sometime.

      April 6, 2013
  8. My “Miguel” is up in NYC. I hope he comes back someday! Nothing wrong with loving your brothers in arms!

    April 6, 2013
    • I miss Andrew, too. You two were always nice counterpoints at our lunches.

      April 6, 2013
  9. Enjoy his visit! . . . 10 years is a long time.

    April 6, 2013
  10. Like minds. You don’t find them often, and they are for treasuring when you do. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

    April 7, 2013
    • It was such a treat to host Miguel. He is teaching at Texas A&M this semester, so it was easier for him to fly here for a quick visit. We are already scheming to go out there in May before he goes back to Barcelona.

      April 7, 2013
  11. I really love the statement that Miguel makes you think about getting off the ship! What a wonderful way to go through life. I’ve had a crazy weekend and am about to enter an equally “crazy” week…I think that phrase is going to stick with me! How delightful for MTM to be with a special friend after a decade’s absence. I’m sure it was the best!

    April 8, 2013
  12. What a wonderful post… the photo says it all. (hey, did they really have a choice? at least they got some nice photos to remember their reunion by)

    April 10, 2013

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