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Charles’ answers below are pretty funny. The dude loves burritos and wants to start a scooter gang. He also mentions the Awesome Foundation, which I’d never heard of before but which is in fact awesome. Here’s what he has to say about himself:

A Philadelphian by upbringing, my family moved to Virginia too late in the game for me to acquire a charming drawl. I came to San Francisco for the first time when I moved here with nothing but a squeaky couch bed lined up and all my possessions haphazardly stuffed in a battered mini-van. I had heard for years how amazing the city was – I had heard less about how friggin’ expensive it could be. I have no regrets! The burritos are abundant and delicious, the people mellow and the days interesting.

Read below for his great answers to my mediocre questions.


Name: Charles Edward Hufnagel

Age: 24

Occupation: Oppressed lackey/cat lady extraordinaire.

What neighborhood do you live in?: It’s a little complicated – I live in a tenement on the Mission-Potrero border.

Best money saving tip: Burritos are the most efficient and cost-effective form of nutrition.

What do you refuse to spend money on?: Artisan haircuts.

Most expensive thing you’ve ever bought: A completely unnecessary 80s synthesizer.

How’d that feel?: Decadent/glorious/slightly guilt-inducing.

Favorite cheap eat:  Farolito! Or pho if I need to change it up.

Favorite dive bar: Benders or El Rio. Benders cannot be matched for location/price/alcohol content, but El Rio’s patio is pretty friggin’ sweet.

Best deal you’ve ever gotten: It’s kind of a toss-up! My awesome girlfriend made me a Purple Rain costume for my birthday. Someone hired me to camp out for 5 days for the new iPhone for $1500. The Awesome Foundation gave me $1000 to paint a few hundred cardboard boxes to look like giant building blocks and host a free castle workshop in Dolores.

Favorite free thing to do: Kitties! Help socialize them for adoption and get yer fix of adorable.

If you woke up a millionaire, what’s the first thing you’d buy?: A fleet of Vespas. A longstanding life goal has been to lead a scooter gang.

Despite not having money, do you still love your life?: IT’S PRETTY OKAY

Do you own my book?: It’ll happen someday, honest!

Best hangover cure: Delicious starchy brunch. Supplement with strategic doses of coffee and painkillers.


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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.