R had an appointment in Dandenong. As we had the opportunity, we could shear two sheep with one stone and go on to Mother's.
While R went about his business, I killed time in the main street, well just off the main street of Dandenong. This is the Town Hall, well remembered by me as Lonsdale Street used to be part of Australia's Highway 1.
Not my photo but this animated neon sign, the oldest in Victoria, advertising Dandy Hams and Bacon, has long disappeared but how it enchanted us children as we passed by.
I have fond childhood memories of Dandenong, when my grandfather used to sometimes take us to the Dandenong Market. It was not very far from the centre of town and it was a cattle market as well I think. My grandfather would be more than surprised, should he still be alive, to learn of Payday Advances and Halal Charcoal Chicken.
The 901 Smart Bus travels through the the street where I was sitting. It travels from down Frankston way to Altona Beach I think, Melbourne Airport via a very outer route. The trip takes about four hours to complete.
This is a first class butcher, fishmonger and green grocer and it was very busy, even at ten in the morning. I wish we had a shop like this near us.
Dandenong is an area of low socio economic status now. There are a lot of brown people there now. I don't mean the brown people who serve us in supermarkets and at petrol stations, I mean the very very brown people who are rarely seen in my part of town. I suppose the local council can't control what shops look like. The Hi Viz bloke was not unattractive.
Intellectual pretensions in Dandenong? Not at all. Some heavily clothed Asian guys with long and dyed hair, one carrying a guitar, started a game of chess while I was sipping coffee.
These last photos are of offenders breaching the bus only street. This is a small selection of what I snapped in twenty minutes. Even as a stranger to the town, I noticed the street where I planned to turn into had a sign, No Left Turn, No Entry, Buses only. The cars in the first photos do not get a green light to turn. They are faced with a white 'B' for bus light, and away they go. If the point of having a bus only street, admittedly with a lane for cars to access a car park, is to reduce the number of cars in the bus only street, then it is a success. If the point is to have no cars in the street, it is a failure. The more cars I saw using the street, the more annoyed I became at such blatant lawlessness. Instead of discreetly snapping the cars as I begun, I stood boldly and faced them with the lens. There is only one way to stop cars using a bus street and I thought I had posted about it already, but I can't find the post in a search. I will post it as Friday's You Tube vid.