auntdot - I always said octopus was like biting into the cartiledge of your ear - right? It's terrible.
texascowgirl - you can tell immediately if your raw fish is ok because it doesn't smell like fish, it smells like a fresh glass of water.
pds - cooked salmon can be quite fishy. A lot of people can't eat it.
RP - I started eating the raw stuff on a regular basis after 40. I think if I concentrated on the texture I may not eat it. Since I concentrate on the clean flavor I can't stop eating it.
But as far as sushi, if you don't like raw, get the tempura rolls, or the unagi rolls, or even the vegetable rolls. I have even seen smoked salmon rolls. I guarantee the tempura shrimp rolls will be a hit. I'm just of the "school" that if I don't have raw I am not satisfied. I have turned many people onto the tempura shrimp rolls, spider rolls, and crab/cucumber/masago rolls. It's all good no matter how you like it.
But if you don't like the raw then you just don't like it. We all have our preferences and are old enough to determine what we like and don't like. My favorite to suggest is the tempura roll when it comes to sushi and someone doesn't either like the texture of raw or they are unsure.
Oh wait - sushi wasn't even mentioned was it?