I really should consider a career change because my last ditch effort at negotiation and diplomacy with Rabbi M seems to have resulted in some minor success. His reply to my "I'm not that big of a loser, really. You should rethink that dealbreaker of yours" email follows:
"Well, you should have been a lawyer or maybe in sales...hmmmmm. You write a convincing e-mail and I am up for another shot. Lets talk.. "
Kind of cryptic, but the lines of communication are at least reestablished and the battlefield is temporarily cleared of landmines.
I promise to shed some light on my warfare metaphor soon, but this initial battle has been such a cliffhanger I had to report on that first.