There's a man that gets on my bus at Chermside every morning, and gets off at my campus, so he's obviously a student.
He is of Asian decent, so he is probably doing one of our migrant education programs. He speaks little English, but is polite and always smiles. He always wears a cap, and always waits for everyone to get on the bus before he boards.
He has no hands.
I want to know his story. Not just the macabre aspect of it - were they chopped off by militia in his war torn country? Was it an industrial accident? Was he born that way? But I want to know where he is from, how he came to be in Australia, how he copes without those limbs.
But I don't want to seem like some sort of slack-jawed yokel, who points and stares and asks the same questions he has been living with most of his life.