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5 Tips for Traveling as a Broke-Ass

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Want to travel like a broke ass? Here are some pointers from Stuart Schuffman a.k.a. Broke-Ass Stuart, the host of “Young, Broke & Beautiful.” These tips and more come from Stuart’s new book “Young, Broke & Beautiful: Broke-Ass Stuart’s Guide to Living Cheaply.” You can pre-order the book on Amazon. You can download a free chapter from the book on his website.

5 Tips for Traveling as a Broke-Ass

(excerpted from the new book “Young, Broke & Beautiful: Broke-Ass Stuart’s Guide to Living Cheaply”)

Travel During the Off Season: When I went to Ireland to do work for Lonely Planet, I was there for all of January and February. Do you know how wet it is in Ireland at that time of year? Wetter than your mom after a bottle of wine and a Brad Pitt movie. But because of that there also weren’t many a lot of tourists around, thus making everything a hell of a lot cheaper than it would be normally, including the plane tickets. . Even the plane tickets were cheaper. That was excellent. The downside was that bus service to some of the more remote places was discontinued for the winter (or in some places, seasonal activities like vineyard visits might not be available),. This meant that after I had hitchhiked into a tiny town in West Cork, and unknowingly deflowered a hot 18 year old barmaid (she didn’t tell me it was her first time until afterwards), I had to stand in the rain and hitchhike out of town with the very serious fear that any passing car full of guys was a bunch of her brothers and certainly the end of my life. Truthfully, I don’t even know if she had any brothers or if she did, why she would tell them, but regardless, I got so spooked that I paid a cabby 70 Euro to take me to the next big town. So, I guess what I’m trying to say is that traveling during the off season is FUCKING AWESOME!!

Travel Light: I try to travel as light as possible and only travel with a carry-on whenever I can. It’s easier than you think. On a trip awhile back I was able to live out of a carry- on for two weeks and during that time I went to a wedding, filmed a TV pilot for two days and threw a huge party in NYC, all thanks to the power of rolling up my clothes. I also take last-leg clothes (or thermal shirts from the $1 store) for layering that I won’t feel bad about donating if I need more space in my bag along the way. But not everyone can do that, so if you do decide to check some baggage, make sure that it is only clothes in that particular suitcase. Seriously, I can’t emphasize this enough: put anything that you consider important in your carry-on luggage. Medicine, toiletries, sunglasses, film equipment, and even your security blankie should all be in your carry on. Luggage gets lost or stolen more often than you think and it’s easier to deal with losing your clothes than losing your antipsychotic medicine. For more ideas on light traveling check out TraveLite.org.

Flash Drive: This is actually more important than it sounds. See, since flash drives are so tiny, they can be easily concealed. Cameras on the other hand, not so much. So take a flash drive with you when you travel and every few days or so, put all the photos from your camera on it. You can do this at pretty much any internet café. That way if you camera gets jacked you still have the most important part: your photos! If your flash card gets full, you can always ship it home fairly cheaply and it will be waiting for you when
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Bring a Bandana: Me to bandanas is like Ford Prefect (from “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”) to towels. This is once again just one of my weird little travel habits (we all have them), but I always bring a bandana when I travel. They are multipurpose and can be used for just about anything. Amongst other things, I’ve used mine as: an eye mask (for sleeping in bright places), a neckerchief (for if it’s really cold out), a head covering (for hiking in hot places), and an extra wrapping for an ipod, camera and other breakable things. Just make sure to find out if certain colored bandanas have any special significance in the place where you’re traveling. If your rag is the wrong shade in a place like South Central Los Angeles you might find yet another use for it, a tourniquet.

Towels: While the name Ford Prefect is in the air I might as well mention towels. I personally travel with a little shammy instead of a big cloth towel. Towels not only take up a lot of room in your pack, they also need a lot of time to dry. If you pack them up while still moist they get mildewy real quick. So get a shammy, hell you can even go the ShamWow route and get more shammies than you ever thought you needed for only like $20. Just don’t beat up any hookers like the ShamWow guy did. Actually, I think she ended up whooping his ass.

New episodes of “Young, Broke & Beautiful” air on IFC on Fridays at 11 p.m. ET

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Hard Out

Comedy From The Closet

Janice and Jeffrey Available Now On IFC's Comedy Crib

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She’s been referred to as “the love child of Amy Sedaris and Tracy Ullman,” and he’s a self-described “Italian who knows how to cook a great spaghetti alla carbonara.” They’re Mollie Merkel and Matteo Lane, prolific indie comedians who blended their robust creative juices to bring us the new Comedy Crib series Janice and Jeffrey. Mollie and Matteo took time to answer our probing questions about their series and themselves. Here’s a taste.

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IFC: How would you describe Janice and Jeffrey to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Mollie & Matteo: Janice and Jeffrey is about a married couple experiencing intimacy issues but who don’t have a clue it’s because they are gay. Their oblivion makes them even more endearing.  Their total lack of awareness provides for a buffet of comedy.

IFC: What’s your origin story? How did you two people meet and how long have you been working together?

Mollie: We met at a dive bar in Wrigley Field Chicago. It was a show called Entertaining Julie… It was a cool variety scene with lots of talented people. I was doing Janice one night and Matteo was doing an impression of Liza Minnelli. We sort of just fell in love with each other’s… ACT! Matteo made the first move and told me how much he loved Janice and I drove home feeling like I just met someone really special.

IFC: How would Janice describe Jeffrey?

Mollie: “He can paint, cook homemade Bolognese, and sing Opera. Not to mention he has a great body. He makes me feel empowered and free. He doesn’t suffocate me with attention so our love has room to breath.”

IFC: How would Jeffrey describe Janice?

Matteo: “Like a Ford. Built to last.”

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Mollie & Matteo: Our current political world is mirroring and reflecting this belief that homosexuality is wrong. So what better time for satire. Everyone is so pro gay and equal rights, which is of course what we want, too. But no one is looking at middle America and people actually in the closet. No one is saying, hey this is really painful and tragic, and sitting with that. Having compassion but providing the desperate relief of laughter…This seemed like the healthiest, best way to “fight” the gay rights “fight”.

IFC: Hummus is hilarious. Why is it so funny?

Mollie: It just seems like something people take really seriously, which is funny to me. I started to see it in a lot of lesbians’ refrigerators at a time. It’s like observing a lesbian in a comfortable shoe. It’s a language we speak. Pass the Hummus. Turn on the Indigo Girls would ya?

See the whole season of Janice and Jeffrey right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Die Hard Dads

Inspiration For Die Hard Dads

Die Hard is on IFC all Father's Day Long

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Yippee ki-yay, everybody! It’s time to celebrate the those most literal of mother-effers: dads!

And just in case the title of this post left anything to the imagination, IFC is giving dads balls-to-the-wall ’80s treatment with a glorious marathon of action trailblazer Die Hard.

There are so many things we could say about Die Hard. We could talk about how it was comedian Bruce Willis’s first foray into action flicks, or Alan Rickman’s big screen debut. But dads don’t give a sh!t about that stuff.

No, dads just want to fantasize that they could be deathproof quip factory John McClane in their own mundane lives. So while you celebrate the fathers in your life, consider how John McClane would respond to these traditional “dad” moments…

Wedding Toasts

Dads always struggle to find the right words of welcome to extend to new family. John McClane, on the other hand, is the master of inclusivity.
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Using Public Restrooms

While nine out of ten dads would rather die than use a disgusting public bathroom, McClane isn’t bothered one bit. So long as he can fit a bloody foot in the sink, he’s G2G.
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Awkward Dancing

Because every dad needs a signature move.
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Writing Thank You Notes

It can be hard for dads to express gratitude. Not only can McClane articulate his thanks, he makes it feel personal.
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Valentine’s Day

How would John McClane say “I heart you” in a way that ain’t cliche? The image speaks for itself.
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Shopping

The only thing most dads hate more than shopping is fielding eleventh-hour phone calls with additional items for the list. But does McClane throw a typical man-tantrum? Nope. He finds the words to express his feelings like a goddam adult.
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Last Minute Errands

John McClane knows when a fight isn’t worth fighting.
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Sneaking Out Of The Office Early

What is this, high school? Make a real exit, dads.
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Think you or your dad could stand to be more like Bruce? Role model fodder abounds in the Die Hard marathon all Father’s Day long on IFC.

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Founding Farters

Know Your Nerd History

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC.

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That we live in the heyday of nerds is no hot secret. Scientists are celebrities, musicians are robots and late night hosts can recite every word of the Silmarillion. It’s too easy to think that it’s always been this way. But the truth is we owe much to our nerd forebearers who toiled through the jock-filled ’80s so that we might take over the world.

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Our humble beginnings are perhaps best captured in iconic ’80s romp Revenge of the Nerds. Like the founding fathers of our Country, the titular nerds rose above their circumstances to culturally pave the way for every Colbert and deGrasse Tyson that we know and love today.

To make sure you’re in the know about our very important cultural roots, here’s a quick download of the vengeful nerds without whom our shameful stereotypes might never have evolved.

Lewis Skolnick

The George Washington of nerds whose unflappable optimism – even in the face of humiliating self-awareness – basically gave birth to the Geek Pride movement.

Gilbert Lowe

OK, this guy is wet blanket, but an important wet blanket. Think Aaron Burr to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. His glass-mostly-empty attitude is a galvanizing force for Lewis. Who knows if Lewis could have kept up his optimism without Lowe’s Debbie-Downer outlook?

Arnold Poindexter

A music nerd who, after a soft start (inside joke, you’ll get it later), came out of his shell and let his passion lead instead of his anxiety. If you played an instrument (specifically, electric violin), and you were a nerd, this was your patron saint.

Booger

A sex-loving, blunt-smoking, nose-picking guitar hero. If you don’t think he sounds like a classic nerd, you’re absolutely right. And that’s the whole point. Along with Lamar, he simultaneously expanded the definition of nerd and gave pre-existing nerds a twisted sort of cred by association.

Lamar Latrell

Black, gay, and a crazy good breakdancer. In other words, a total groundbreaker. He proved to the world that nerds don’t have a single mold, but are simply outcasts waiting for their moment.

Ogre

Exceedingly stupid, this dumbass was monumental because he (in a sequel) leaves the jocks to become a nerd. Totally unheard of back then. Now all jocks are basically nerds.

Well, there they are. Never forget that we stand on their shoulders.

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC all month long.

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