Broke-Ass of the Week – Eric Kauschen of Baghdad By The Bay

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 spirit — probably not.

Wanna be a Broke-Ass of the Week?  Holler at us here and we’ll send you the questionnaire.

Eric Kauschen, self-proclaimed “perpetrator” of culture & events blog Baghdad by the Bay and native San Franciscan, thinks he’s too old to be labeled a hipster.  But I say to you, iPhone-owning, black-skinny-jeans-wearing, El-Burrito-Express-eating blogger, the spirit of a true hipster never dies!  Also, check out Eric’s killer doctor-recommended hangover cure — it makes me want to get obliterated tonight just so I can try it out tomorrow.

Name: Eric Kauschen

Age: 48

Occupation: Musician/Writer [i.e. unemployed]. Perpetrator of Baghdad by the Bay, the blog about life and events in and around San Francisco

What neighborhood do you live in?: Sunset District, I was born and raised here. Me likey the fog.

What are you listening to these days?: Right now, the news to get up to the minute coverage on Japan, but I’m usually listening to suggestions from my friends on Facebook. I didn’t even know Iron Maiden was still together.

Best money saving tip: Craigslist. I search for free stuff there all the time and I don’t think I’ve had to buy much for my daughter

What do you refuse to spend money on?: Movies.  I like my nice 42″ screen with the home theater hook up and don’t have to worry about kids kicking the back of my seat or uber tall people who sit in front of me.

Most expensive thing you’ve ever bought: 2005 Nissan Altima $16k

How’d that feel?: Not too bad at the time because I was employed. I got a pretty good deal on it.

Favorite cheap eat: El Burrito Express! 26th & Taraval. $4.65 Carnitas Bronco Burrito. I have yet to finish one completely.

Favorite dive bar: Riptide @ the bottom of Taraval Street

Best deal you’ve ever gotten: My house. 4 bedrooms, free, no cost other than my mother had to die for me to get it.

Favorite free thing to do: Randall Museum. It’s small, but my daughter loves it and she gets to play with the chickens, bunnies and guinea pigs.

If you woke up a millionaire, what’s the first thing you’d buy?: A new kitchen.  We still have the original kitchen that was built with the house in 1954.  At least the appliances have been updated a bit.

Despite not having money, do you still love your life?: Yeah, I’m doing pretty good overall.

Do you own my book?: It said it was sold out on your site. Fire your publisher!

Best hangover cure: 1000mg Milk Thistle, 1200mg Lecithin and a big bottle of Pedialyte. I learned that from a doctor and you can get it all at your local Walgreen’s or CVS :)

Are you a hipster?: I’d like to think I am, but I’m a little old for titles like that. I’ve got an iPhone and skinny black jeans, does that count?

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Christy Jovanelly - Cheapskate Commentator

When Christy announced she was leaving her family's Southern California home and moving to San Francisco, her mom said, "Have fun in that den of sin." This is the only (however sarcastic) advice Christy has ever taken from her mom, who also told her to join eharmony.com and cover her eyes during sex scenes in movies. Christy puts her creative writing degree to good use by locating the typos on Chinese food menus and spends most of her time challenging friends to all-you-can-eat contests and trying to get that one bartender at Zeitgeist to smile.

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