A volte mi chiedo: ma se invece di fare la niu economi mi fossi messo a vendere i gelati o le birre senza licenza al Parco Sempione, non sarei messo molto meglio, adesso?
And that, I think, was the handle – that sense of inevitable victory over the forces of old and evil. Not in any mean or military sense; we didn’t need that. Our energy would simply prevail. We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave. So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look west, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark – that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back.
– From: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas