1) I had no clue that one could get an email notification of a Forum PM. Seriously, no clue! So for a year and half I've been signing in to check messages, and thought everyone else was too, until I was enlightened at Broomfield. I never could get my Comcast email to accept the auto-notices from the Forum, no clue why. I know how to deal with my junk mail filters. But since I switched to my GMail address, I'm getting all the notifications. So in case anyone else was as clueless as me (unlikely as that may be), now you know you can get emails when you get a PM. Boy, do I feel stupid for sending PMs to folks that weren't hanging around the Forum anymore, thinking they didn't know about them!!
2) Here's where NGA really opened my eyes to a glass-related issue! Dylan, if you could please correct/expand on this for me, I'd greatly appreciate the public service it would do!! Apparently, glass pipes from overseas can only have one hole drilled in them, which means usually a second hole is made by the vendor for a carb. And if the glass shavings resulting from making that second hole aren't washed out of the pipe, they're going to be inhaled by the first person using that bowl, which would not be a nice thing for your airway at all. The shocking part was finding out about one multi-store head shop owner who did NOT clean his pipes out. So the moral of the story is, always clean out your new glass pipes before using them, or better yet, only buy US-made glass products, ideally from the actual maker of the pipe.