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Broke-Ass of the Week: National Skeeball Champion Joey the Cat

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Joey the Cat is a National Skeeball champion. Like for realsies. He’s even in the Brewski Ball Hall of Fame. So I’m honored to have him as Broke-Ass of the Week. Here’s what he has to say for himself:

After four and a half years living in San Francisco, I’ve fallen in love. This is the best city in the world and we know how to have fun. I’m such a fan of fun that I decided to start renting out Skeeball machines for parties, events and tournaments. I even went so far as to build a Skeeball trailer, it’s at SoMa StrEat Food Park. You can find out more at Meow!

Now read below to get some insight into his life of brokeitude.

Name: Joey Mucha

Age: 26

Occupation: Skeeball Rental and Restoration Expert. Product Marketing at an Advertising Tech Startup

What neighborhood do you live in: Inner Mission

Best money saving tip: Setup a recurring deposit into a savings account. It will become a part of your budget. Just kidding, become friends with your favorite bar tenders.

What do you refuse to spend money on?: Dessert at restaurants, they’re way over-priced. Buy a half-gallon of ice cream instead. Half the price and quadruple the fun.

Most expensive thing you’ve ever bought: My scooter.

How’d that feel?: Liberating. Wind in your hair. Parking is a breeze. See the city from a new angle.

Favorite cheap eat: Super baby burrito from La Corneta. It’s a great value and the perfect sized burrito.

Favorite dive bar: Delirium. Drinks. Dancing. Video Games. Pool. Perfect.

Best deal you’ve ever gotten: $200 off my Mission bicycle. My previous bike was stolen and they sent me a “sorry for your loss” card.

Favorite free thing to do: Window shop on Valencia St, especially Paxton’s Gate.

If you woke up a millionaire, what’s the first thing you’d buy?: The taxidermied Tiger from Paxton’s Gate.

Despite not having money, do you still love your life?: Absolutely!

Do you own my book?: Yeah boyyyyyyyyyyy!

Best hangover cure: Chef’s mess at St. Francis Fountain

Are you a hipster?: Sometimes.

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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 Comment

  1. March 21, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Joey the Cat knows where its at! He is absolutely correct about burritos and becoming friends with bartenders.

    Who needs savings when you have a good connection at your local watering hole?