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BA of the Week: Technologist Chad Klumpp

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An amateur photographer, attempted artist, barely average writer, and professional technologist, Chad has done a complete 180 compared to others where he is from. Raised on a farm, he ditched country living to occupy an area that is filled with a variety of different minded people. He believes it is better to be weird than just follow the status quo, and is intrigued by polarizing personalities. He is a fan of the DIY mentality, and sometimes he writes, is quoted, and takes a lot of photographs, all that can be seen here.

Now let’s see what he has to say about being a broke-ass.

Name: Chad Klumpp

Age: 32

Occupation: Information Technology (I play with computers and gadgets all day)

What neighborhood do you live in?: Currently I live in Lafayette, LA. I’m sure this neighborhood has a name, I just don’t know what it is

Best money saving tip: Avoid being “Trendy”. That’s way to expensive for something we will all make fun of in 10 years anyway

What do you refuse to spend money on?: Anything that is high priced simply because of it’s logo or name brand.

Most expensive thing you’ve ever bought: A House.

How’d that feel?: At first, exciting, now ready to get rid (due to location).

Favorite cheap eat: Chinese buffet.

Favorite dive bar: Right now I don’t really have one, but years ago, we used to hang out at a bar that was frequented by veterans. We got to drink, shoot pool, and hear some awesome stories.

Best deal you’ve ever gotten: Hanging out in a store that sold used cd’s in the 90’s. Before the internet, this is how I found the oddball stuff I enjoyed

Favorite free thing to do: Lately, go out and walk, jog, whatever and listen to music, podcasts, etc. Clear my head.

If you woke up a millionaire, what’s the first thing you’d buy?: Book shelves for my wife

Despite not having money, do you still love your life?: Ok, so I can’t make this claim like I could a few years ago, but to be honest, it’s all about the quality of people you surround yourself with. Good Friends = Good Times

Do you own my book?: Isn’t it standard issue?

Best hangover cure: I don’t know, I never think about it until I’m hungover

Are you a hipster?: If I say no, doesn’t that mean yes?

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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.