Uhhhh... okay ^_^;. I'm sure it'll make much more sense when I take the time to let it all sink in, but my brain kinda fizzles out over this. It's gonna have to take a lot of brainpower/attention to make sure I understand it. But it makes more sense than what you put on the thread, that's for sure |D.
It looks like anthracite coal from where I'm sitting. I would have to pick it up in my hands. Is it heavy or light for its size? It looks shiny. What color is it? Would you describe the way it reflects light as greasy, metallic, almost-metallic (submetallic), or glassy? Does it leave marks on your fingers? Where did you find it?
BW2 come out on the 6th/7th, so if you posted it perhaps in the first week or two of October, traffic would be a lot higher than normal.
Oh, shoot, and *chuckle* about your first taste of coastal weather. I'm glad you enjoyed the trip. I've never been to California (seems too flashy and self-indulgent for my ascetic tastes); what's awesome about San Francisco?