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Broke-Ass of the Week – Morgan Fitzgibbons of the Wigg Party

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Morgan is doing good things.  He and his crew the Wigg Party are doing their best to make San Francisco a more sustainable place.  When I asked him to go further in depth into what exactly he’s involved in, this is what he had to say:

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Mostly, I’d just like people to become more aware of our community organization The Wigg Party. We are working to make the community that uses and lives around the bike route known as the Wiggle a leader in the transformation to sustainability.  We’re trying to show people how to move your community in the right direction and have fun doing it. People can learn more about us at wiggparty.org and on our facebook page at facebook.com/wiggparty.  Also, we have monthly community meetings which we call Wigg Party Parties – the next Wigg Party Party is Thursday December 9th at 7:30 pm at the Sunshine Castle (1571 Fulton St). It’s an hour-long meeting followed by some light-hearted socializing and music (this month we’ll have the Bag Hat Brigade featuring Molly McEachen and Nick Baranowski playing a short set for us). We end the evening by chalking the Wiggle.

Sounds dope right?  Read what the man has to say below:

Name: Morgan Fitzgibbons

Age: 26

Occupation: Community Organizer/Philosopher

What neighborhood do you live in?: I take the Wiggle to the Panhandle

What are you listening to these days?: Dubstep. The revolution will be 140 beats per minute.

Best money saving tip: Go to Hayes Valley Farm (almost) every Sunday for free produce gleaned from what would have otherwise gone to waste at the end of the Farmers’ Markets '“ presented by the Wigg Party, Hayes Valley Farm and SF Glean.

What do you refuse to spend money on?: 'œThis shirt is dry-clean only, which means it’s DIRTY!' '“ the late Mitch Hedberg

Most expensive thing you’ve ever bought: My Masters degree in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness.

How’d that feel?: Amazing. I got initiated into the sacred work of our moment '“ building a cosmological response to the planetary crises. Plus we all know the financial system is going to collapse before I have to pay those loans back. DEBT FREE NOW!

Favorite cheap eat: A family meal with free produce at my home – the Sunshine Castle.

Favorite dive bar: The Page '“ I’m happy to see the talent level in there grow from B/B+ to a pretty solid A- in just four short years.

Best deal you’ve ever gotten: I don’t know what I had to give up to become an extraordinarily privileged human being alive at this moment of profound importance, but it was a steal.

Favorite free thing to do: Riding the Wiggle to play Frisbee Golf

If you woke up a millionaire, what’s the first thing you’d buy?: The ARCO station on Fell and Divisadero – then I’d burn that mother fucker down and build Wigg Party HQ. Either that or a whole bunch of City Officials.

Despite not having money, do you still love your life?: Were all the atoms in my body created in a supernova roughly 9 billion years ago?

Do you own my book?: Well, I have a public library card, but I owe them $27 for an overdue book, so' no.

Best hangover cure: The 3 W’s: Water, Weed and Watching sports.

Are you a hipster?: If by hipster you mean someone who, for lack of any meaning in their lives or any vision to ask a question of the slightest import, fills the void that is their existence with a pathetically singular striving towards being 'œhip' until they turn 35 and realize they’ve been wasting the astounding gift that is a human life and clogging the airwaves with a bunch of 'œironic' bullshit that nobody gives a fuck about then, no, I am not a hipster.

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Stuart Schuffman, aka Broke-Ass Stuart, is a travel writer, poet, TV host, activist, and general shit-stirrer. His website BrokeAssStuart.com 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, Geek.com 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.