I'm a long-time plant hobbyist, mostly have kept various epiphytic cacti, especially Rhipsalis, but lately I've gotten "into" the primitive plants like Selaginellas and Liverworts and of course, the CP's. My intro to the CP obsession came with me seeing various carnivores occasionally offered for sale at reptile shows. I bought a young rooted cutting of Nepenthes miranda x hybrid at a reptile show last spring, and quite by chance, found a decent-looking N. alata at a Bi-Lo supermarket early last fall, which has graced my classroom window since and been the subject of much discussion at the school where I teach Middle School Science. It has done very well for me, so I've since attempted to branch out to some other CP families. I still need a lot of advice and assistance, though, which is why I joined up here, so please bear with me in my CP "noob" phase!