Shopper's Diary 1st September 1999
Having booked my B&B accommodation at Hazeldene Guest House, Catford, I now
feel that my pilgrimage is really going to take place. The proprietress,
Valerie Holben took my booking, and noting my phone number said "oh, you're
local". I chickened out of lengthy explanations about the purpose of my
visit. My somewhat inadequate response was that I was "doing a walk". The
whole point of my pilgrimage is my interaction with all the various people
that I will meet along the way, so I'm going to have to find a bit more
courage between now and the big day.
3rd September 1999
I have had some thoughts about my chosen profession, and title of my tale.
I describe myself as The Shopper, but my pilgrimage doesn't relate to
shopping specifically. I will be asking people to give me things rather
than buying them. Why assume the role of Shopper out of all the many that
are either thrust upon me or that I have chosen in life? We are all
shoppers so why make that ubiquitous persona particularly my own? I have
chosen it because it reflects my interest in my role as a being whose main
function in life is to consume. I have made this assumed role more
palatable through my guise as an excentric shopper with trolley.
As a true shopper, however, I doubt my ability to resist the 'must have'
bargins that I will inevitably see along the way. Maybe I will be doing
some shopping afterall!