Today was probably the biggest fizzer for finding galleries. All but one of the galleries I found my way to were closed or keeping weird hours for the summer. But it was one of the coolest days because of the place I was wandering through. North Brooklyn felt a little like Brunswick, lots of interesting shops and strange suburbia. Walking around the back streets I started to see how easy it was to find Jim Jarmusch style urban/city waste lands. Brilliant! And there were lots of religious icons and American flags about the place. The one gallery that was open was Like the spice gallery. I didn’t much like the art work a whole lot, but I got into a conversation with the woman who was there, she was very helpful and tried to point me in the right direction. Thankyou Olivia. I also found an old school hatter that I had to go into and buy a hat. The old guy who served me had a mumble and maybe a South American accent. But we got on pretty well, seemed to have similar taste in hats. They didn’t have any of the green ones I liked, and I didn’t like the cut of the blue one I tried on. So I ended up getting the brown straw hat for the New York heat. It was an interesting mix of ethnicities all working in the one place, there was a African American, a Jewish guy and my old south American chap, just something I noticed. There were big yellow school bus loads of little Jewish Kids with their Jewish curls getting driven around as well. Cute. J I had lunch at a very cool little bar called Fatty ‘Cue, curious in amongst the urban waste land. The bar maid was really nice chatting with me about this and that and extolling the wonders of the food. The burger had a sour kick to it and was served with raw celery and radish and it all went together perfectly. Also for the first time someone asked me if I was from Australia, an Ethiopian fellow who was working at the 99c store I went into this arvo. He was very pleased when he had gotten it right. And even more so when I told him I was from Melbourne, he got talking about the large Ethiopian population in Melbourne. So I spoke about working in Footscray and we bonded a wee bit. That was a nice meeting; put a smile on my face. That 99c store was selling pregnancy test kits, I saw one get lifted down off the wall and sold. Random things that shouldn’t be sold in plastic kingdoms.