Broke-Ass of the Week – Bearlesque Dancer P.A. Cooley
Every week we feature a different person from the community shedding a little light on their life of brokeitude. Who knows, maybe you’ll learn something about the human spiritâ€¦probably not.
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P.A. Cooley is a local San Francisco Actor who took a detour this past year (and a half) to do good for the local theater community by fund raising…by taking his clothes off. He entered the Bay Area Cub 2010 competition and won, and went on to form a burlesque amateur talent show with members of the Bear Community called Bearlesque. It raised over 10K for theater and theater related programs. Unfortunately wearing very little has cost him quite a bit and he indeed is a Broke-Ass. Let’s see what he has to say about it:
Name: P.A. Cooley
Occupation: Admissions Director to a Non Profit Skilled Nursing Facility and San Francisco Celebutante â€“Pageant winner Bay Area Cub 2010 (The Cub gig I don’t get paid for and have incurred a phenomenal debt as a result of it)
What neighborhood do you live in?: Miraloma Park in San Francisco â€“or some people call it West of Twin Peaks but seriously â€œWOTPâ€ is hard to say â€“ AND NO I don’t own one of these million dollar homes I live in a toxic mold infested inâ€“law.
What are you listening to these days?: I desperately need new Tunes â€“Maroon 5, that Spears girl, Leona Lewis, Old Madonna and Young Madonna.
Best money saving tip: Not owning a car. I am sure I have saved 1000s by being the Guy at the party that says, â€œ Hey â€“anyone heading back to the city?â€
What do you refuse to spend money on?: Splenda, The Damn stuff is everywhere and I am Low Carb baby!
Most expensive thing you’ve ever bought: My imac
How’d that feel?: Like Oh my God â€¦what have I just done? Then YAY â€“ I have a cool computer with a GIANT Screen to look at pretty pictures of ME !
Favorite cheap eat: Hot Dogs at the Lone Star Beer Bust â€“It’s a lotta wiener for 2 bucks. All Beef too!
Favorite dive bar: The Edge â€“ Strong Drinks, Dark Barâ€¦Menâ€“except on certain days the walls smell weird.
Best deal you’ve ever gotten: A cashmere argyle sweater originally priced at $395.00 and I got it for $40. They almost threw me a party at Macys for being the best example of how to use your After Christmas Couponsâ€¦.I miss Macysâ€¦sniff â€“These days it’s Ross and Marshalls and (gulp) Sears.
Favorite free thing to do: Judge the commuter’s fashion choices while riding the train to work and then tell everyone on Facebook about it.
If you woke up a millionaire, what’s the first thing you’d buy? A high priced fancy schmancy Lawyer to sue all the people that caused me emotional damage. Might cost more than a million thoughâ€¦okay then I’d buy stock in Tillamook Ice Cream. Have you had Grandma’s Cake Batter Ice Cream? It’s likeâ€¦to DIE for!
Despite not having money, do you still love your life? I guess I have a lot to be grateful for. A loving partner, and a meaningful day job, I try to be as generous a person as I can but ya knowâ€¦my friends are beginning to figure out I bought their gifts at The Dollar Store.
Do you own my book?: Noâ€¦But I will shortly — do u take Credit?
Best hangover cure: Vicodin â€“ gives you a nice toasty â€œI don’t give a shitâ€ feeling.
Are you a hipster?: No but I play one on TV.