Kate Drabinski

Columnist Field Tripping

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  • Field Tripping: Safety foruming

    Field Tripping: Safety foruming

    My third date with the ladyfriend kind of sealed the deal: She met me at the bus stop between our two apartments for a ride down to the Pratt's main branch on Cathedral to attend a reading by their community writers program. The bus, the library, a community meeting, all in one night? She had my...

  • Field Tripping: Back to school

    Field Tripping: Back to school

    It's back-to-school time, and that means lots of think pieces from professors full of gentle chiding at students, reminding them to read the syllabus and the books, put their phones away, and do their homework. I'm always struck by the harsh tone of that writing, as if professors have completely...

  • Field Tripping: Baseballing

    Field Tripping: Baseballing

    I might from Boise, Idaho, a town hours and hours away from the nearest pro baseball team—glancing at a map I'd say the Seattle Mariners are the closest I could get to a hometown team—but I was raised by a rabid Dodgers fan. The first three things I can remember learning didactically are first,...

  • Field Tripping: Adventure Cycling

    Field Tripping: Adventure Cycling

    I got myself a bicycle built for touring years ago, an aspirational purchase that I hoped would set me up for bike camping trips all over the world, so then I would be the kind of person who takes bike camping trips all over the world, and that would be cool. I've made lots of buys like this, and...

  • Field Tripping: Seadogging

    Field Tripping: Seadogging

    It's the height of summer right now, so I thought I'd do what Baltimore hopes and prays people do in the summertime: head down to the Inner Harbor and spend some money. The city has been relying on this strategy to save the city from the dire economic fates of the postindustrial wasteland for years,...

  • Recording the Rainbow Revolution: As gay bars in Baltimore shut their doors, activists work to document LGBTQ history

    Recording the Rainbow Revolution: As gay bars in Baltimore shut their doors, activists work to document LGBTQ history

    The Hippo opened in the summer of 1972, and in the ensuing years, the bar has been the setting for Pride block parties, for political organizing, for first kisses and last breakups. Early fundraisers for AIDS were held here, and the bar's regular Gay Bingo nights and annual 12 Days of Christmas...

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