think how deep it might go. All I knew was that I was going to places that I’d never been before, and it was both exhilarating and terrifying at the same time.Part of the problem was that I had no one to talk to about these things. But that was allabout to change.It should have been me that leapt into the meditation room, bravely leading Paul. Butalas, it was not so. Two weeks after my first meeting there, I was returning at Paul’sinsistence. Paul bounded through the door as if he owned the place. He was a man on amission. I had a fair idea what that mission was, but I didn’t care to dwell on it. Isuspected that it had something to do with the male to female ratio I had previously mentioned. Paul was a lot more upfront with the ladies than I. That’s not much of acompliment to him though.Geoff Masters was there, and he greeted me with his Buddha-like smile. We were a littleearly, and there were only two students in the room. Much to my shock, one of them wasa guy. Not that I have anything against males, of course. It was simply that I wasn’texpecting any, well, competition.Paul took a seat precisely 180 degrees opposite the unknown male, sat down with a huff and crossed his arms and sat there with his legs splayed out like he was a gigalo trying todrum up business. I genuinely wished he wasn’t wearing shorts.That should have sounded a warning to me.“G’day”, the other guy said to us with a nod of the head, and Paul and I returned hellos.He had red hair and a ready smile.Paul leaned over to me and whispered. “Three males to one female. I make that to be aratio of three to one. You were bullshitting me, dude. I want my money back.”“No problem. The cheque’s in the mail.”Paul smiled despite himself, and went back to the opening and closing of the legsroutine. The other guy seemed unmoved by it all, and was flipping through one of thecounseling department newsletters.The male-female factor soon improved as another half a dozen or so girls walked in.There was no sign of Amanda though, and I was surprised to find my heart sinking. It was after Geoff had begun to make his introductions that she stumbled in lookingslightly flustered.