A couple of you have asked, what in the name of all get out is the orb on your signature?
I was at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show and found this beauty. They start with a quartz crystal that is about 6 ft tall and 30 in dia. They cut it into chunks and then turn it on a lathe. Finally pollishing it out. This Crystal ball is 28″ and weighs close to 800 lbs. Thought you all might enjoy it!
And no I could not see to Mordor and Mountain of Doom, let alone have all the answers to this site…. Haha ;>)