Field Tripping

Field Tripping By Kate Drabinski
Field Tripping: Cryotheraping

My dad was really proud of how little he gave my siblings and I when we headed off to college. "All I got was a carton of cigarettes and 50 bucks," he'd chuckle, "and I made it!" I rolled my eyes at that talk, but it was what it was, and I got by pretty fine on my own with the help of a work study job, cash from my mom, and a yearly scholarship from my grandpa's American Legion branch.

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Field Tripping: Baltimore-Linking

I don't own a car. I didn't even learn to drive until I was 30. I mostly ride my bike to get around, but I also need public transit, and I love it. Public transit shows you parts of the city you'd never see inside your car and throws you into crowds of people you might not otherwise meet.

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Field Tripping: Pride Parading

It's that Pride time of year again, a whole month celebrating The Gays and our insistence that we're here, we're queer, and you should probably be getting used to it by now. I've been celebrating this month since I came out to my friend Liz over a bottle of Boone's Farm in the beginning weeks of my second year of college back in 1994, and you know what? I'm still absolutely thrilled to be a lesbian.

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Field Tripping: Prom-ing

This May marks the end of my first decade as a full-time college teacher. I've been moving in school calendars for virtually all of my 41 years, minus the first few before kindergarten and two eventful years between college and graduate school; I'm basically in the 35th grade this year.

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Field Tripping: Menstruating

I've been menstruating for almost 30 years now. I got my first period at my cousin Rachel's wedding in August 1987. I was really excited for the big day because Rachel was my oldest, fanciest, prettiest cousin, and she was marrying like, the cutest guy I'd ever seen.

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Field Tripping: Coal Mining

Big field trip news this week: I got to go to Scranton, Pa. and learn all about coal. It was amazing and I can't wait to go back.

Central Pennsylvania is the world capitol of anthracite coal. Before this trip I thought there was just "coal" and "things that steal jobs from coal."

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