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Broke-Ass of the Week – Jocelyn Blore

Updated: Jan 11, 2013 09:19
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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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Jocelyn Blore, seen here after hopping the fence into SF’s Oysterfest, epitomizes the Broke Ass spirit. After four years of living and traveling abroad, she settled back into her favorite city by the bay where she juggles her soccer ball, gorges herself on public library books, and waxes not-so-poetic at Despite her frugality, she often wonders how a $0.50 price increase on a Beefy Crunch Burrito spurred a gun battle at a San Antonio Taco Bell.

Name: Jocelyn Blore

Age: 28

Occupation: Former addiction specialist at a non-profit for recovering heroin users turned writer/editor

What neighborhood do you live in?: Lower Haight

Best money saving tip: Don’t burn any bridges. You’d be surprised how much you save in the long run by having a social life with a strong pulse. Airline buddy passes, beds to sleep in, free concert tickets, invites to catered parties… friends scratch each other’s backs and give what they can from what they’ve got.

What do you refuse to spend money on?:A new backpack. I have a beige, corduroy Jansport that looks like it’s been through a wood-chipper. My friends affectionately call it the “Raptor Bag”.

Most expensive thing you’ve ever bought: Two college degrees.

How’d that feel?: Like the intelligent thing to do.

Favorite cheap eat: A Payday and a glass of red wine from a jug.

Favorite dive bar: Toronado. I used to have a weekly event with my girlfriends called TITS (Tuesday In Toronado Social).

Best deal you’ve ever gotten: I spent $700 on a first-class, round-trip ticket to Brazil. It pays to have friends in the airline industry.

Favorite free thing to do: I make the rounds through the Haight, the Mission, and Hayes Valley going to shops that offer free postcards. Then I test my hand (long atrophied by years of computer use, mind you) and write sweet snail mail to my friends and family.

If you woke up a millionaire, what’s the first thing you’d buy?: A nice $8 bottle of shampoo.

Despite not having money, do you still love your life?: Definitely. It’s priceless knowing that when someone calls me, I don’t have to wonder what they want. People hang out with broke-asses for their personalities, not their assets.

Do you own my book?: I stumbled across your site because my friend from New York has a crush on a previous Broke-Ass of the Week: Isaac Fitzgerald. That said, I shall seriously consider purchasing it.

Best hangover cure: Three strips of bacon wrapped in bacon with a side of bacon.

Are you a hipster?: I’ve been tested and it came back negative. Thank you for being so interested.

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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.