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Broke-Ass of the Week – Allan Hough from Mission Mission

Updated: Jun 13, 2012 17:27
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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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This week it’s Allan Hough, the man behind SF’s wildly popular, Mission centric blog, Mission Mission.  Allan also writes SF Weekly’s I Heart Street Art blog and contributes to The Onion’s Decider.  Yet despite being a being a successful writer, he’s still a broke-ass (damn that sounds familiar).  Let’s see what kind of knowledge he’s got to drop on us.

Name: Allan Hough

Age: 28

Occupation: Professional writer

What neighborhood do you live in?: The best neighborhood.

Best money saving tip: Cease desiring material things.

What do you refuse to spend money on?: Pieces of scrap metal. There’s so much just lying in the street, ripe for the taking.

Most expensive thing you’ve ever bought: The rent, motherfucker.

How’d that feel?: Not good at all.

Favorite cheap eat?: Bacon Xiao Long Bao: dumplings filled with bacon, pork, and bacon broth. $5.50 at Lung Shan on Mission Street. And $0.50 of that goes to charity.

Favorite dive bar?: Pop’s. Remember? I wrote a thingabout what a good time we had there together.

Best deal you’ve ever gotten: Dicky Davies charged me just $40 for an epicly badass painting he did of a forest fire.

Favorite free thing to do: Dolores Park.

If you woke up a millionaire, what’s the first thing you’d buy?: That big-ass former church turned single-family homeacross from Dolores Park. 

Despite not having money, do you still love your life?: Yep. Money ain’t shit.

Do you own my book?: Fuck no. I don’t read books.

Best hangover cure: Eat a banana cream pie tartlet and a chocolate croissant, drink a tiny bit of coffee, and then go back to sleep for four hours.

Are you a hipster?: Well, I am wearing a fanny pack.

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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. “The name fanny pack is derived from the fact that they were traditionally worn facing the rear above the buttocks, for which fanny is a slang term in America. Despite the name, many do not wear fanny packs on their rear because they are easier to pick pocket and harder to access. In the United Kingdom and Anglophone Oceania, the term bum bag or belt bag is used for this product. In English Canada, bum bag is widely used with fanny pack being less common.” -Wikipedia

    sweet bum bag dude!

  2. Broke-Ass Stuart - Editor In Cheap
    April 21, 2009 at 10:38 am

    And in England, Fanny is slang for vagina. So for them, when they hear “Fanny Pack”, it’s like hearing, “Pussy Pack”.

  3. Monica Miller - The Intern
    April 21, 2009 at 11:45 am

    what are you talking about? this picture is greatness.
    also, i want to go to bacon night at pops soon. yesss.

  4. C.
    April 21, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    What is that photo? Is that Allan up Mission Creek WITH a paddle?
    Also – excellent fashion compendium, Allan. (I was gonna say, stripes at the tops of the white socks, but nah…) Black All-Stars: rock on!
    But: does the combination of Allan being Broke-Ass OTM *AND* a “successful writer” mean that writerly success is independent of pay? (Is this the same as or different than “literary success”, which does not necessarily imply a profession, as might ‘writer’?)

  5. Broke-Ass Stuart - Editor In Cheap
    April 21, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Good question and word play C 🙂

    My answer is that each person’s view of success is different. To me, the fact that Allan is able to make his whole living as a writer, is a sign of success. Many writers (including yours truly) can’t say the same for themselves. That’s about as much as one can ask for.

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