as if: J. Derrida, "'Eating Well,' or The Calculation of the Subject: An Interview with Jacques Derrida." In, E. Cadava, Editor, Who Comes After the Subject? New York, 1991. pp.111-12. "this process of compounding two things added together does not produce a third thing but suggests some fundamental relation between them." E. Fenollosa. In, L. Géfin, Ideogram: History of a Poetic Method. Austin, TX., 1982.

a cold trail: The first footprint reported by a non-native was in 1811, by explorer David Thompson, near Jasper, Alberta, in deep snow. It could have been a bear, although both bears and sasquatches are not active in cold weather.

pick your teeth: "Aside from genes and tool making, we share with our most distant ancestors a propensity to pick our teeth...Scientists have long noted grooves warn into teeth where root meets crown and speculated that they were caused by rough dental probes. Wooden toothpicks, however, don't leave such marks, said (Leslea) Hlusko....Hlusko ran grass stalks between human and baboon teeth for three hours and eight hours, respectively. The resulting grooves matched exactly those photographed on ancient teeth under an electron microscope. 'It appears that tooth picking is the oldest human habit preserved in the fossil record, Hlusko said.'" M. Wylie, "From Earliest Days, Humans Have Been a Picky Species." New house News Service, 27 Nov 03.