Broke-Ass of the Week

Broke-Ass of the Week – Monica the Intern

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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. 


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Name:  Monica Miller aka Stuart’s unpaid and underappreciated intern.
Age:  22.
Occupation:  Student journalist and Stuart’s lowly intern'as you can see, I got the short end of the stick.
What neighborhood do you live in?:  Japantown, San Francisco. Konichiwa, bitches.
Best money saving tip:  Work at a restaurant that serves delicious food and eat for free constantly. Working in the Ferry Building really taught me that you definitely need a job you can get some sort of money saving perk. And considering Stuart doesn’t even feed me for the work I do'
What do you refuse to spend money on?:  Makeup. My mom works for Maybelline, and I have never ever paid for makeup. I was taught to always get the hookup.
Most expensive thing you’ve ever bought?:  I have a tendency to save and spend big on things, but'probably my Ipod Photo when it came out. That shit was like $400! Insane!
How’d that feel?:  I suddenly realized how my parents felt when my brother and I badgered them for stuff constantly. So, I guess you could say it was the defining moment of me never wanting to have kids.
Favorite cheap eat:  Tacos. Tacos. Tacos.
Favorite dive bar:  The Phone Booth, by far.
Best deal you’ve ever gotten:  About a month ago, I was heading to the TL for some delicious Indian food and I was with my friend, Jack. As is anywhere in the city, we saw a huge pile of junk on the street, just chillin’. As we crossed, I had the best score moment of ALL TIME: 1952 mint condition Olivetti [Italian] typewriter, with working ribbon still in it! I love it, but you better believe I disinfected that motherfucker about a billion times.
Favorite free thing to do:  God, there are so many, I don’t even know what’s best. Maybe a stroll through Golden Gate Park or 40’s at the pier.
If you woke up a millionaire, what’s the first thing you’d buy?:  Considering I work for free [grr], there is a lot I’d buy. But probably tickets and trip money to Disneyland for me and all my friends.
Despite not having money, do you still love your life?:  Always! I love working 16 hour days, having a dumb ass as a boss and managing dimwits at a low life paper!
Do you own my book?:  It’s somewhere. Check it out, guys '“ Stu is so fucking cheap, I don’t even have a copy of the New York book yet. And I’m his UNPAID INTERN.

*Editor’s note: In my defense, I don’t have any copies to give Monica right now.  I only have one for myself.  But I swear you’ll get one someday-ish.
Best hangover cure?:  A joint in a warm shower, followed by ½ of the eggs in a tasty nest at the Pork Store. Pop two painkillers, eat half of your plate, pass out, and have the rest later. Works everytime.
Are you a hipster?:  Are you a dumbass?

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Broke-Ass Stuart - Editor In Cheap

Broke-Ass Stuart - Editor In Cheap

Stuart Schuffman, aka Broke-Ass Stuart, is a travel writer, poet, TV host, activist, and general shit-stirrer. His website is one of the most influential arts & culture sites in the San Francisco Bay Area and his freelance writing has been featured in Lonely Planet, Conde Nast Traveler, The Bold Italic, and too many other outlets to remember. His weekly column, Broke-Ass City, appears every other Thursday in the San Francisco Examiner. Stuart’s writing has been translated into four languages. In 2011 Stuart created and hosted the travel show Young, Broke, and Beautiful on IFC and in 2015 he ran for Mayor of San Francisco and got nearly 20k votes.

He's been called "an Underground legend": SF Chronicle, "an SF cult hero":SF Bay Guardian, and "the chief of cheap": Time Out New York.

1 Comment

  1. alexis
    March 29, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    i love you monica. you’re hot. and funny.
    i miss you already!