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About 5dayscapilano

We are students from Capilano University participating in the 5 days for Homeless campaign. 6 students will be living homeless for 5 days relying solely on donations to get them through the week. They will also host and attend a speaker series each day. Please follow our blog to hear our stories.

Sage Birley – Thursday

Last night I can’t believe it I don’t know were the time has gone the weeks already done! This has been such an incredible experience I’ve had the most unreal conversations with people today! It was a beautiful day today the sun was shining the weather was sweet I got to recharge my batteries in the sunshine it was so nice! I only had one morning class so I was done by eleven but I had to go work on a main assignments for English class. My mind is not nearly as sharp as it was a few days ago I think it must be from just being on the go constantly. I spent the rest of the day running around promoting our final events like carts of darkness and our final forum. People seem to be hearing about the campaign and their coming to track us down to discuss it it’s awesome! I love hearing the prospective of other cap students and I’m stoked to see how positive everyone is. Some times it’s easy to get caught up in the problems of the world but my experience here has showed me how people can make a change in the world we just need to realize we all have a common ground. We’ve all been separated by social barriers we put up but when we realize were all human we  are incredible kindcan do incredible thing. Everyone in this campaign has been incredible I’ve loved getting to learn the other participants stories it’s defiantly a bonding experience spending 5 nights sleeping outside cap. It’s so rad staying up all night talking and it will defiantly be weird to finally leave the other participants behind and go home. I’ve loved the experience and I couldn’t be happier to be a part of 5 days!

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Brandon Hofmarks – Tuesday

Dear Dairy,

 

WOW, I raised 150 buckaroonies today whilst roaming around the school and approaching strangers.  Totally a positive vibe from students and faculty.  I had class today, and I felt like I was going to pass out, but on the other hand, I think I learned more today because I didn’t have my phone to screw around with the whole time.  After all my classes I had a Board of Governors meeting which I got to eat LOBSTER Stuffed pasta, chicken and asparagus J  The board graciously donated the rest of the left overs to the rest of our tribe out here in the cold.  Tonight has been a blast, we have been throwing around the Frisbee, and having great discussion.  I fear that some of the member of our tribe are starting to feel the weather.  If one of them passes away, I plan on making a great feast !!!

 
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Liam Danger Park – Wednesday

It started with our czeck security guard struggling to find the word epistemology. 430am and I can’t go to bed yet since these thoughts need punctuation and final address. The first concept of the night that was new and of interesting was what Frank (the guard) called the 4 Anthological Givens; being in no particular order as far as I know (1) you have to make decisions (2) there’s never enough information (3) you are alone and finally (4) you will die. This concept states that these are pretty much all that we can be sure of.

I’ll address them & see what else I can remember from the night and then probably hit the sack (of newspapers) by 5ish. (1)you have to make descisions, this is the leap of faith, you have to choose action or you’ve chosen inaction, either way is your choice. If you choose not to decide then your life will happen just as surely as if you do. (2) For any given choice it’s a leap, you can’t analyse every bit of available information instantly so you have to just go for it. Information is missing from the analasys of your perception and you can’t let that hold you back. You don’t know every variable of every situation, life’s not a physics exam and what if a metiorite hits the school? (3) no one’s seen what you’ve seen or been where you’ve been, eaten the food you’ve been fed or wrinkled the books that you read. You are alien to every other person in the world and alone, but it’s not so bad, you are unique. (4) you’ll die. Go ahead. Try to stop it.

Early morning workers are already arriving at school.

From epistemology we moved onto the philosophical field concerning  the sense of self. My past late o’clock mind can’t find the word. From there we went to existentialism. Discussing how liberating it can be. Frank mentioned a concept that I think he called phenomenological existentialism is the analasis of your immediate perception. My thoughts are clouded with fatigue, maybe tomoro I’ll rembmber it all.

 

Franks email axiomq@yahoo.ca

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Sage Birley – Wenesday

Last night we had great cloud cover it was actually surprisingly warm. I feel like I’m getting better at sleeping on the streets every night. I’m getting better at building mats. We fill garbage bags with newspaper to make a makeshift mattress. Its getting easier to continue myself to fall asleep as I’m getting used to the noise of the night. The sugar and caffeine donations keep up wired so it took forever to fall asleep! We tried to ware ourselves out by playing Frisbee till 2 am. It was wicked our security guard mohammad even joined in. He is so kind and takes care of us as best he can. He even told us a bed time story!

 Early morning wake up again with people trying to get into the birch building. After getting up to move my mat I went back to sleep. Woke up to a few strange looks from people from my English class. Its always funny seeing the reactions from other cap students when I’m brushing my teeth in the bathroom. It reminds me of the movie terminal were the dude has to live in an airport. We had an incredible speaker from mental health and addiction that really hit home today and as usual the generosity of people blows me away.

– Sage Birley

 
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Melanda Danenhower – Thursday

Hi,

Today I arose a bit more fatigued then mornings previous as last night I failed to cover myself with a cardboard shield. I felt the steady stream of rain that covered the group left its chilling vapour drift into my bones.

 I crawled out of my fabric cacoon and breathed in the fresh capilano air.

 Although I did not spend much time at the camp today, I did do rounds with desiree and got involved in some pretty awesome conversations with people about what we were doing and the issues surrounding homelessness. It’s kind of awesome to see that my time as a living poster may have gotten some conversations flowing!!!

 YIPEE!!

 Now I am going to go watch carts of darkness which I am super excited about.

Till next time

Peace, Love, and Chocolate Peanutbutter Sandwiches

 
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Melanda Danenhower – Thursday

Hi,

Today I arose a bit more fatigued then mornings previous as last night I failed to cover myself with a cardboard shield. I felt the steady stream of rain that covered the group left its chilling vapour drift into my bones.

 I crawled out of my fabric cacoon and breathed in the fresh capilano air.

 Although I did not spend much time at the camp today, I did do rounds with desiree and got involved in some pretty awesome conversations with people about what we were doing and the issues surrounding homelessness. It’s kind of awesome to see that my time as a living poster may have gotten some conversations flowing!!!

 YIPEE!!

 Now I am going to go watch carts of darkness which I am super excited about.

Till next time

Peace, Love, and Chocolate Peanutbutter Sandwiches

 
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Melanda Danenhower – Wednesday

This morning I did not want to get out of my sleeping bag. Ever. But I did and went to class and it was lovely.

 A wonderful person came and brought hot soup at around lunch time and I thoroughly enjoyed his and his friends company. Imagine if everyone picked a new and exciting person to eat lunch with each day, the stories we would know would be incredible!

 The response has been amazing and we got incredible gifts of steaming hot chocolate we hung out with Joe, who taught us how to tie a tie, and wore a half woolen suit.

 If I took away only one thing from today, it would be that people are quite amazing and that I am going to try and make a pact with myself to eat lunch with a new person at least once a week (I’ll start off with that goal).

 Peace and Love,

 Melanda 

 
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