"We're half way there, oooh oh livin' on a prayer". At 8am this morning reached a significant milestone in our homeless adventure. We are now more than halfway through our week on the streets. This is pretty big for us, not to say that we haven't got a lot out of the experience so far, but the physical toll of the lifestyle is certainly beginning to show.
An observation that's been made is James and Chris both have different attributes suited to different aspects of the homeless life. James larger seize means that he hardly feels the cold at all, where Chris's smaller build means that he can manage the long distances walked in poor footwear much easier.
In many ways the last 24 hours has proved the most challenging of our week so far. Due to a range of factors, including poor weather and a relatively large amount of left over money from the previous two days, we decided against doing any more work. The result was a strange mixture of boredom and climate influenced depression. Until Squiff and Sam turned up for a check up, spirits were rather low. We did get an opportunity to check out the GAP project by the station, and were shown round be a very helpful man called Miguel. It was interesting to see what goes on there and the commitment shown by the volunteers and staff members was very impressive. We did notice that in general the people we met in the GAP were less friendly and open than the people we had met outside, this was mainly due, we believe, to the younger ages of the people in the project.
Given that we still had a bit of left over cash in our pockets, we decided to make the most of orange Wednesday and went to the 2:30 showing of The Incredible Hulk. This move may receive criticism from some quarters, but we are keen to point out that this doesn't brake any of our rules. Almost all the homeless people we've met have got mobiles, some of which will be on orange.
The film itself represented two hours of escapism in a warm and comfortable environment. We left the cinema and then headed over to the Westgate Sainsbury's to fill up on reduced products for diner as well as getting today's breakfast. We then spent the rest of the evening trying to find one of the people we had met in the previous days to kip down in town with. Unfortunately all we found was James's boozed up former rugby team mates! One of which told us not to worry because cold was just a perception. Very helpful. We had previously made the decision that we were not going to sleep in town on our own for safety reasons, so we made our way back up to our regular spot in Summertown somewhat frustrated.
But today is a new day, the sun is shining, the cars of Oxford all look filthy and we are now more that half way there! Thanks for reading,
Chris and James