Hi, I'm Joy, I'm living in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and I'm Erich Orser's sister. Actually my husband is lurking on the list still, he hasn't posted anything yet. (hint, hint, Tom I actually found this site and turned my brother on to it. I thought since he is the squid head in our family, that when I found this I had to let him know. Funny thing about my life... I seem to always end up with cephalopod freaks in my vincinity... first my brother, then a boyfriend I had, and then my husband. Don't know what it is about me, I must have the Goddess Hitt energy or something. Being a non swimmer, I've never seen an octopus or squid in the water, except for once running across them in tidal pools, but I've always had a deep fascination with the sea, and love learning about the wonderful creatures that live there. I have visited many aquariums, so that counts for at least having seen them (octopuses) in captivity. Of course I've probably watched about every discovery channel special on them, and my brother educated me in them from the age of three, so I probably know more than most people out there, though certainly not more than the people here. Currently, I raise alpacas here in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and love to spin, weave and knit their fiber. I also love to cook, and love this whole area from the forests here to the Monterey Bay. I really feel that there is an amazing intelligence to the "headfoot" critters, and hope, as I'm sure we all do, that their species will continue to thrive. I worked on water issuese at an environmental organization in DC before I got married and there are vast and horrible threats to all creatures in the ocean right now, to say nothing of the land critters and plants. That has me deeply concerned. My favorite ceph? That's a hard one. I think like many I really love architeuthis, but I also have a special place for the grimpoteuthis, and vampiroteuthis. I think grimpie is almost too cute. While I'm not a marinebiologist, or a scientist, or even as knowledgeable as my brother, I hope that I can contribute to this nice group of people.