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BA of the Week – Musician/Writer Diana Salier

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When I asked Diana what she’d like included in her intro she said, “I wrote a book of poems called wikipedia says it will pass (read it free here), I play guitar in a band called Swells, and the last thing I bought before tackling this survey was a bag of trail mix. The nuts and chocolate kind.”

And without further ado, here is Diana as our Broke-Ass of the Week.

Name: Diana Salier

Age: 24

Occupation: Musician // Writer

What neighborhood do you live in: The Mission

Best money saving tip: Threefold: Avoid muni if you can, drink drinks in the Mission, eat mexican food or pizza if you get takeout.

What do you refuse to spend money on: I’ve never felt ok with buying expensive jeans.

Most expensive thing you’ve ever bought: In recent times — my bike. I think I dropped more on that than any guitar I’ve ever had.

How’d that feel: Like sheer luck. I had a tax refund that came through at exactly the right time.

Favorite cheap eat: Arinell pizza // Atlas cafe

Favorite dive bar: Doc’s Clock // El rio

Best deal you’ve ever gotten: When I lived in LA, free laundry and food at a place called my parents’ house.

Favorite free thing to do: Play music. Ride my bike around the city and stop to read/nap somewhere by the water.

If you woke up a millionaire, what’s the first thing you’d buy: A time machine. And some new sweaters. Fall’s coming.

Despite not having money, do you still love your life: Wouldn’t that be depressing if someone said no to this question? I don’t really equate the two…

Do you own my book: Nope, not yet

Best hangover cure: Sleep. And more sleep. You might think greasy burgers and fries, but that usually = passing out in the corner booth at some diner at 3 in the afternoon.

Are you a hipster: If I say no, then I am….if I say yes then I am. I’m wearing a striped sweater right now.

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  1. Anon
    November 15, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Diana, I think you are kinda hunky. I thought this even back in the day at NYU, but I never express such feelings. Plus, we were never really friends… mistake on my part. Good luck with your book and such. Keep it real 😉

  2. Ashley
    November 17, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Hey girl, hey! I’m so happy you were interviewed on one of my favorite websites. Good on you. I reposted on Facebook because I would like more people that I know to know you because I dig your sh*t.

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