Field Tripping

Field Tripping By Kate Drabinski
Field Tripping: Resolutioning

It's a new year, and that of course means a new you, right? Looks like I'm going to be stuck with the same old me, unfortunately, but this past month of field trips has got me thinking about resolutions for 2017.

My first December field trip took me to New Orleans to visit old haunts from my time living in that ridiculously beautiful and complicated place.

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Field Tripping: Christmasing

I am not a Christmas fan. I love presents, sure, but I hate the relentless commercialism of the holiday and the way it pushes so many of us to spend money we don't have on things nobody needs. I hate traveling when everyone else is trying to do the same thing, all of us packed like sardines as we sit through delay after delay. I hate the relentless music, advertising, and expectations.

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Field Tripping: Thanksgiving

Wow, November was a rough month, and sticking Thanksgiving at the end of it sure didn't help things. I'm all for a day set aside for gratitude—I've got a lot of it for so many things in my life—but Thanksgiving's so wrapped up in ugly histories, it's hard for me to get really pumped for it.

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Field Tripping: Honeymooning

The ladyfriend and I got hitched at the courthouse on Monday, November 7. The ceremony was two minutes long, streamed live on Facebook, and after a few hours hamming it up for pictures we were happily settled in at Charles Village Pub, our neighborhood bar, eating chicken strips dipped in buffalo sauce and drinking afternoon beers.

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Field Tripping: Bike Lane-ing

One of my favorite things about riding a bicycle is that every morning starts with a field trip—I hop on my bike and pedal through different neighborhoods, say my how-you-doings to folks, and get to fit in a little exploring on my way down the hill to the bike racks at the University of Maryland Medical Center where I catch a bus out to UMBC, where I work.

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Field Tripping: Queer Interioring

My Friday nights usually consist of ordering in and staring at the television—long work weeks will do that to you.

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