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BA of the Week: Hilary Hanselman from New Cadence

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.


This week’s featured Broke-Ass is Hilary Hanselman from the band New Cadence. I really like her answers below. They are cute and clever. When I asked her what to include in the intro she had this to say:

I play with an indie-folk group called New Cadence, and we have a show with Great White Buffalo at Bottom of the Hill on 12/27. We just released The Yesteryear EP, which can be purchased here. When I’m not playing music or working my day job, I contribute my significant wisdom to a dating advice blog and spend time with my three cat daughters.

You can stream the band’s new EP below. Then read Hilary’s answers to our grueling questions.

Name: Hilary Hanselman

Age: 27

Occupation: Admin, Musician, Advice Guru 

What neighborhood do you live in?: Oakland

Best money saving tip: Eat at home. It doesn’t take much to make a healthy, fast meal.

What do you refuse to spend money on?: Dental insurance, cuz who needs teeth?

Most expensive thing you’ve ever bought: My keyboard. It’s a lot of keyboard, but I think I’m starting to get the hang of it.

How’d that feel?: Like a very strong gust of wind and a flowy skirt.

Favorite cheap eat: Taco Trucks!

Favorite dive bar: George and Walt’s. They have cheap beer, lots of TVs to watch the sports, and it’s easy to get a spot at the pool tables.

Best deal you’ve ever gotten: An invite to join New Cadence, complete with free rides to practice, countless smiles, and one magical ride through the extra-planetary spaceship museum of friendship.

Favorite free thing to do: Tickle fights, and making art and music.

If you woke up a millionaire, what’s the first thing you’d buy?: Fancy breakfast for all my friends!

Despite not having money, do you still love your life?: I make up for my lack of money with cats. I am the richest when it comes to cats, but a couple more hours in the day wouldn’t hurt.

Do you own my book?: Not yet.

Best hangover cure: 2 fingers, right down the old food canal.

Are you a hipster?: Man, I hope so.

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