Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Peter and I took the van in for an oil change today. The car dealership is in a seemingly decent part of downtown Victoria. We dropped off the car and walked two blocks, crossing a tourist-trap street known as "Antique Row". I had spotted a little restaurant called Bubby Rose's that I thought might be a good place for breakfast. It was too noisy so we didn't go in. We headed back in the direction of the dealership. In the first block we came up behind a man who turned his back and proceeded to piddle against a wall. We approached the corner at the same time as three rough-looking kids. Two girls and one boy, they were probably in their late teens or early twenties. They looked 'Goth' -- rings through the lips and tattoos. One girl was pulling a shopping cart that was loaded with sleeping bags, blankets and miscellaneous clothing. This is the city core.