Stuart Schuffman

Witnessing the five-alarm blaze South of Market on July 28 prompts the realization once again that renters insurance is a good investment. (Chris Victorio/Special to S.F. Examiner)

A fiery reminder: Get renters insurance

Inexpensive policies cover major losses from a big blaze

Witnessing the five-alarm blaze South of Market on July 28 prompts the realization once again that renters insurance is a good investment. (Chris Victorio/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The evidence is clear: wearing a mask helps prevent the spread of COVID-19. (Courtesy photo)

Not wearing a mask makes you selfish, not an independent-thinker

I’ve never been so bummed out about being right in my life.

The evidence is clear: wearing a mask helps prevent the spread of COVID-19. (Courtesy photo)
Demonstrators protest police brutality and support Black Lives Matter in San Francisco on June 11, 2020. (Kevin Hume/S.F Examiner)

Activism is not a contest

Stand up, show up, listen and learn

Demonstrators protest police brutality and support Black Lives Matter in San Francisco on June 11, 2020. (Kevin Hume/S.F Examiner)
Protesters block and close the Golden Gate Bridge to traffic during a march supporting Black Lives Matter on June 6. (Chris Victorio/Special to S.F. Examiner)

You are an Antifa member, you just don’t know it

Antifa isn’t an organization; there is no president or treasurer, there’s not even a GoFundMe.

Protesters block and close the Golden Gate Bridge to traffic during a march supporting Black Lives Matter on June 6. (Chris Victorio/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Protesters sit and kneel outside the Mission Police Station during a protest over the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd on Saturday. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

It’s time for you to decide: Which side are you on?

You’re either on the side that is actively fighting to end violent, systemic racism or you’re helping maintain the original sin

Protesters sit and kneel outside the Mission Police Station during a protest over the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd on Saturday. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Everyone’s feeling frustrated, fatigued, anguished and angry during the coronavirus crisis. (Courtesy Aaron Blanco Tejedor/Unsplash)

As shelter-in-place goes on, exhaustion sets in

It’s harrowing to witness pandemic’s myriad impacts

Everyone’s feeling frustrated, fatigued, anguished and angry during the coronavirus crisis. (Courtesy Aaron Blanco Tejedor/Unsplash)
From the sushi place down the street to the canceled moments with friends and family, there’s plenty to miss during the pandemic. (Courtesy photo)

The things I miss, hate and love during coronavirus times

I miss hugging people. I miss hugging them when I run into them on the street, in the park, at the grocery, on Muni

From the sushi place down the street to the canceled moments with friends and family, there’s plenty to miss during the pandemic. (Courtesy photo)
After evenings of endless boredom and monotony, even the opportunity to pay $20 for a well vodka Red Bull sounds good right about now. (Courtesy photo)

Despite our losses, it’s what we’ve gained from the pandemic that matters

Quarantine is almost starting to feel like normal life, until I remember how unnormal it actually is.

After evenings of endless boredom and monotony, even the opportunity to pay $20 for a well vodka Red Bull sounds good right about now. (Courtesy photo)
Stuart and friends after breaking out the costume box and dancing to Bill Withers songs in the kitchen. (Courtesy photo)

How are you staying sane in quarantine?

Movies and TV shows didn’t prepare me for how boring the apocalypse would be.

Stuart and friends after breaking out the costume box and dancing to Bill Withers songs in the kitchen. (Courtesy photo)
People wait to shop in line outside the downtown Trader Joe’s on Fourth Street after San Francisco and five other Bay Area counties ordered people to stay at home except for essential services to slow the spread the coronavirus on Monday, March 16, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

How coronavirus might save us all

If it takes a global pandemic to show us how broken our system is, so be it

People wait to shop in line outside the downtown Trader Joe’s on Fourth Street after San Francisco and five other Bay Area counties ordered people to stay at home except for essential services to slow the spread the coronavirus on Monday, March 16, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Leaving a good tip can make an important difference in the well-being of restaurant workers and others in the service industry. (Courtesy photo)

During the coronavirus, it’s important to be a big tipper

Services workers’ livelihoods depend on your support

Leaving a good tip can make an important difference in the well-being of restaurant workers and others in the service industry. (Courtesy photo)
The socialism Bernie Sanders is offering is democratic socialism. It’s not Stalin, it’s Sweden. (Christopher Victorio/Special to S.F. Examiner)

What having a brother with special needs taught me about socialism

From doctors to therapists to special schools, raising a kid like my brother nearly bankrupted my parents.

The socialism Bernie Sanders is offering is democratic socialism. It’s not Stalin, it’s Sweden. (Christopher Victorio/Special to S.F. Examiner)
A big reason why many Californians may not get to vote in the Democratic primary is that two-thirds of Californians vote by mail, and if they aren’t registered as Democrats, they won’t receive a ballot with the Democratic candidates on it. (Courtesy photo)

Why millions of Californians may not get to vote in the Democratic primary

Tens of thousands of people were registered to vote incorrectly by the California DMV

A big reason why many Californians may not get to vote in the Democratic primary is that two-thirds of Californians vote by mail, and if they aren’t registered as Democrats, they won’t receive a ballot with the Democratic candidates on it. (Courtesy photo)
Will Marc Benioff respond to Broke-Ass Stuart’s plea to help fund local journalism? (Kevin N. Hume/SF Examiner)

An open letter to Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff

As you know, the media business model is utterly broken.

Will Marc Benioff respond to Broke-Ass Stuart’s plea to help fund local journalism? (Kevin N. Hume/SF Examiner)
Has staring at technology and navigating sidewalks where there are often mentally ill people made us more anti-social?

Is San Francisco a friendly city?

I’d forgotten that people are hella friendly once you get outside San Francisco.

Has staring at technology and navigating sidewalks where there are often mentally ill people made us more anti-social?
The author at Café Hegeraad in Amsterdam. (Courtesy photo)

Broke-Ass Stuart: Another year of challenging, entertaining — and sometimes –provoking readers

I’ve been writing this column for almost five years now, which means…

The author at Café Hegeraad in Amsterdam. (Courtesy photo)
Throughout most of history, whoever controlled the information had the power. (Courtesy photo)

Is the internet worth the price we pay for having it?

Now that we have over 20 years of connectivity under our belts, it’s worth asking

Throughout most of history, whoever controlled the information had the power. (Courtesy photo)
Demonstrators rally outside Boeddeker Park in the Tenderloin on Nov. 25 in support of Supervisor Matt Haney, who called for an increase in 24-hour public bathrooms across The City. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

How to fix San Francisco’s poop problem

Yes, our glorious city is recognized the world over as the premier defecation destination

Demonstrators rally outside Boeddeker Park in the Tenderloin on Nov. 25 in support of Supervisor Matt Haney, who called for an increase in 24-hour public bathrooms across The City. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
As Californians, we have a huge say in who becomes the Democratic nominee. (Courtesy photo)

Vote for real change in March

The fact that we have individual people that are billionaires is further proof that something is wrong.

As Californians, we have a huge say in who becomes the Democratic nominee. (Courtesy photo)
Leonard Cohen on stage with Bob Metzger in Florence on September 1 2010. (Courtesy photo)

Gathering to celebrate the music of Leonard Cohen

Little did we know that that night of mourning would be the genesis for a festival of celebration.

Leonard Cohen on stage with Bob Metzger in Florence on September 1 2010. (Courtesy photo)