"...there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know therre are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns -- the ones we don't know we don't know." -Donald Rumsfeld

What you need to know:

a)
Not for repose; [the mountains] are more
strained than the mind of a man; tortured and twisted
Layer under layer like tetanus, like the muscles of a mountain
bear that has gorged the strychnine
With the meat bait: but under their dead agonies, under the
Nightmare pressure, the living mountain
Dreams exaltation; in the scoriac shell, granites and basalts, the
Reptile force in the continent of rock
Pushing against the pit of the ocean, unbearable strains and
Weights, inveterate resistances, dreams westward
The continent, skyward the mountain... The old fault
In the steep scarp under the waves
Melted at the deep edge, the teeth of the fracture
Gnashed together, snapping on eachother; the powers of the
Earth drank
Their pang of unendurable release and the old resistances
Locked. The long coast was shaken like a leaf.

b)
This curious world we inhabit is more wonderful than convenient; more beautiful than it is useful; it is more to be admired and enjoyed than used.

c)
"[Joe] Strummer was like a propeller cutting through 50 Britany Spears."

d)
“If I were an American, I should ask myself is this good enough to exist in the same country as the Canyon? How would I feel about this man, this kind of art, these political measures, if I were near the Rim?”

e)
"The absence of evidence is not evidence of absence".

f)
I believe what I said yesterday. I don't know what I said, but I know what I think, and , well, I assume it's what I said."

g)
They've reached the Zen level of ultra running...it's the journey, not the destination that counts.

h)
"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt."

i) Red Spicer on running the Wasatch 100 miler: “I hammered down the trail, passing rocks and trees like they were standing still.”

j) Red Spicer on life: “Life is a headlong rush into the unknown. We can hunker down and hope nothing hits us or we can stand tall, lean into the wind and say, ‘Bring it on, darlin', and don't be stingy with the jalapeños."

k) "The irrationality of a thing is no argument against its existence, rather a condition of it." - F. Nietzsche

a) Robinson Jeffers, The Women at Point Sur, b) Henry David Thoreau, c) Henry Rollins, d) anonymous, e & f) Donald Rumsfeld, g) Anonymous UltraListServe post, h) Abraham Lincoln.