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BA of the Week – Musician/Writer Diana Salier

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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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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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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.

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