FIELD TRIPPING

I’m not really much for Christmas. I mean, I’m not one of those scrooges who actively grouses about it, complaining about the blurring of the lines between church and state when school and government calendars are explicitly...

I’ve lived within spitting distance of the Baltimore Museum of Art since moving to the city, but somehow, in spite of the part where it’s free, has bathrooms, and is a very short bike ride away, I’ve never spent much time there. I don’...

Leave it to capitalism to make shopping a holiday. I mean, really—we’re almost at that time of year where it’s common sense to just go out and buy all the things, whether you need, or even want, the things, because it’s the end of...

The only thing I love more than a good coupon is a membership card. I remember gazing longingly at the ads in my Archie Double Digest as a kid, the ones that promised a four-color button along with a shiny new membership card. I mean, who doesn’t want...

I have one of those sweet day jobs where I don’t generally have to be anywhere on Fridays. I schedule all the stuff of life outside the workplace in that day—dentist appointments, therapy, trips to the aquarium to avoid the...

Like many a field trip, this one started with the phrase, “well, there’s a coupon,” this one for something called TrawlerFest, to be held down at the Inner Harbor on a late September weekend. I’m pretty much game for anything with...

I feel like I’ve been star-spangled celebrating since I arrived in Baltimore three years ago. My first bike ride was out to Fort McHenry where I found myself actually tearing up a little at the Visitor’s Center film. That part where the star-...

A lot of ink has been spilled about the new casino downtown. The folks in charge would have us believe it’s a boon to tourism that will bring classy high rollers to our city to play a gentleman’s game of poker and then enjoy a “famous” chef’s $14 ($13...

When the ladyfriend asked me out on a date recently and hinted we’d be heading toward the Inner Harbor on our bicycles, I jokingly asked if she was taking me to Ripley’s Believe It or Not. Turns out I was dead right, so there I was, spending my Friday night taking in the...

Well, I’ve got to admit I haven’t had time to take a real field trip in the last couple of weeks, unless you call shoving all my personal crap into boxes that I should probably just have set on fire and then hiring a couple of guys to drag said boxes to a new house where...

Real summer field trips mean trips to the beach, right? I’ve seen the movies and been in the traffic to the Eastern Shore, so I know it’s true. Two summers ago I even went to Seacrets: I obviously know how to party. But I also know how to ruin...

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I love Election Day. I mean, I really, really love it. It’s my mom’s fault, I think. She took us with her to punch the ballot every November at Madison Square Elementary School; she’d let me and my twin sister take turns poking the metal stylus through the metal hole,...

Embarrassment of field-tripping possibilities, so much so that sometimes it feels oppressive. I mean, last weekend I really just wanted to stay in bed all day and read and nap and read and eat and nap, but the early summer mild weather combined with an O's game, the farmers market downtown,...

This week's field trip started like every single one should start for the next few months: a quick dip in ye olde sunscreen vat. That smell of fake coconut not quite masking the smell of chemicals is my summer signature scent, and with the Memorial Day weekend, I have officially...

It was raining, but fuck it, it was my spring break, and I was going to get some spring-breaking in, weather be damned. I decided to bike down from Charles Village and over to...

Most of my field trips keep me local, partly because I'm too lazy to plan ahead, partly because I'm too loathe to give up the rare morning when I can just lounge around in bed with...

Baltimore's been a city since 1796, and though the place has been rebuilt and expanded a bunch of times since then, it has that good ol' heritage feel to it. Maybe it's because I hail...

I don't know if you've noticed, but there's a behemoth rising on the south edge of our city. It's been growing for a while, but they're putting its skin on now, and...

I consider myself a pretty savvy consumer. I don't fall for name-brand bullshit unless we're talking cereal, and even then, I don't pay full price. I shop around, balancing my...

I got rid of my car a couple months ago-or, rather, my car got rid of me. Only 80,000 miles in and the transmission decided there was no going back, literally, so it was $2,500 or...

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