With goaty on your side, you can do anything.
Imagine having those horns! Pretty cool, eh!
And look how confidently he thrust that thumbs up.
I feel better already.
Sometimes all it takes is an imaginary mascot.
I like the jacket, too. Comfortable chic. He looks well travelled. Like he'd visit LA quite often. Maybe SF every second time. Good old California.
It's somewhere that I felt drawn to since I was a young teen in Tokyo in the 70's. The 70's were a good decade for CA. Lots happening. I used to read Time, Esquire, DC comics, even Popular Mechanics - all fueled my infatuation with the mythical state of free expression. And movies, of course. There was no English language TV is Japan back then and even video was not invented (betamax did come out around the mid 70's - but not feature rentals for a while - certainly no big new release DVD shelves or movie downloading - we got a black and green screen Commodore PET in '77 - all of 10MB!).
So, going to the theatre (were they showed films in the original English w Japanese subtitles) was an exciting, influential and heady experience for a fifteen year old skipping school and hanging out in Shibuya.
I didn't first visit California till I was 29. But since then I have been back over a dozen times. The last time, I was there, five years ago, for 6 months, I considered living there - in LA. There was plenty going for it but I ultimately realised that I am too connected to Australia, it's people, nature, way of life and beaches to swap for American style. My heart is here. If I was born there, I am sure I would have thrived and loved it. Of course, I look forward to my next LA visit - plenty to like about it - Venice, Melrose Ave, driving the freeways, the comedy clubs, Book Soup, Urth Caffe, the Santa Monica Public Library.... But I don't need a Green Card - I've got me parking pass for down Bondi Beach - she'll be right..!