I like Footscray. It has good and well patronised public transport. Most of its residents who shop in Footscray are either South East Asian or of black African heritage. The black men can be very tall and slim. In years past it was known for its open drug dealing but in the couple of years I've been going there, I have not seen any of that. It is not an area of wealth and has an edgy feel to it. There are white people there of course and those with mental issues are quite obvious and as per usual, loud but harmless. While R being less used to the area is not so relaxed, I feel quite safe there.
Maybe a year or more ago I sat at the same cafe as below and a handsome young black man gestured if he could sit at my table. He wasn't one of the tall ones. No reason to say no his request. He sat at a 90 degree angle to me. He was wearing very stylish jeans, bought deliberately threadbare on the legs with the flesh of his legs showing. He was one very sexy and stylish bloke. It was clear his English was poor. He gestured to his exposed legs and said sorry to me. And there gentle reader we enter what I should have said and not what I did say. I did not tell him how sexy he was, or that I wanted to have his babies. I just said 'fine, no problem'. I think about it every so often and I can never decide if it was an offer of a commercial transaction or I read too much into it.
Anyway, back to the outing.
If I had to choose a religion, Buddhism would be high on my list. It is such a peace loving religion. No? Burma? Army? Ah yes. There are always folk who spoil things.
Nevertheless for years seeing only the back view of a Buddhist temple and the large Heavenly Queen statue from the train line to the west was getting up my goat.
I bribed R with the offer of a bacon and egg brunch sitting outside in the cold wind at Maples Cafe in the Nicholson Street Mall in Footscray to make the trip by car. I even offered to drive. It was a little complicated to get there from Footscray so we followed 'Missy's' directions. She was wrong. We used instinct when we left and it was much quicker and easier.
The temple was quite lovely. It is not finished and I can't wait to see the Chinese garden to be built around it.