Friday, July 06, 2007

"I'll have 'pancakes in the Age of Enlightenment' "

I leave Denver (again) on Sunday night at 11:55 pm. So, what's a guy to do with his last jaunt out West for a while? Rent a car and drive to Vegas, of course.

"We had two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half-full of cocaine and a whole galaxy of multicolored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers... also a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of Budweiser, a pint of raw ether, and two dozen amyls. But the only thing that worried me was the ether. There is nothing more irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge..."

We leave Denver Saturday morning, drive 10 hours, cause as much debauchery in 15 hours as we can, then drive back to Denver, wheels screeching into DIA 4 minutes before my flight is supposed to leave.

"Stand in front of this fantastic machine, my friend, and just 99 cents your likeness will appear, two hundred feet tall, on a screen above downtown Las Vegas. Ninety-nine cents more for a voice message. "Say whatever you want, fella. They'll hear you, don't worry about that. Remember you'll be two hundred feet tall."

Jesus Christ. I would see myself lying in bed in the Mint Hotel, half-asleep and staring idly out the window, when suddenly a vicious nazi drunkard appears two hundred feet tall in the midnight sky, screaming gibberish at the world: "Woodstock Uber Alles!"

We will close the drapes tonight. A thing like that could send a drug person careening around the room like a ping-pong ball. Hallucinations are bad enough. But after a while you learn to cope with things like seeing your dead grandmother crawling up your leg with a knife in her teeth. Most acid fanciers can handle this sort of thing.

But NOBODY can handle that other trip--the possibility that any freak with $1.98 can walk into the Circus-Circus and suddenly appear in the sky over downtown Las Vegas twelve times the size of God, howling anything that comes into his head. No, this is not a good town for psychedelic drugs. Reality itself is too twisted."

Hunter Uber Alles!


At 2:15 PM, Blogger Face of Spades said...

I want that frickin machine!

At 9:22 AM, Blogger Crystal said...

what a trip. The only thing we screwed up was the tires squealing in the airport parking lot 4 minutes AFTER your flight left, not before. oops.

At least you got in another round of debauchery at Gabor's.


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