FIELD TRIPPING

Field Tripping: Basketballing

It’s my spring break, and I usually spend this week fretting about the work I should be catching up on—the writing, the grading, the exercising, the bill-paying—but this year I’ve decided to just do the grading without fussing about...

Field Tripping: Get on the bus

I didn’t learn to drive a car until I was in my 20s. Rather than save my meager McEarnings toward a vehicle, I was the ultimate nerd, using my hard-earned cash to help pay my way to debate camp every summer instead. And then I went to college in New...

Field Tripping: Dipping a toe in

I’ve never gotten a pedicure. Manicures and pedicures have always felt to me like something straight women get with their girlfriends, bopping into a place, arms draped with shopping bags and already-done nails, gossiping on their...

Field Tripping: Missing Mardi Gras

When people from outside New Orleans think of Mardi Gras, I think they mostly imagine people flashing their tits at drunken men leaning over balconies, throwing beads and trying to ring the most erect nipples in the crowd. Or at...

Field Tripping: National Memorializing

My twin sister and I meant to head straight to the Johnstown Flood National Memorial on our annual Sister Trip, but instead we found ourselves feeling almost blasphemous—an odd feeling for two people with no religious beliefs of note whatsoever&...

Field Tripping: Bed and Breakfasting

One of the problems with all the Groupon-like things I tend to buy is that then they pile up in my inbox, expiring, taking my savings and cash with them. In the new year, along with my commitment to continue flossing every day—haven&...

I’ve spent a lot of time in airports in the last month. And I mean a lot of time. It’s not like I’m one of those business travelers who has medallion status and gets to do everything first, or one of those people with matching luggage that...

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...

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...

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...

I am filing this week’s column from a hotel room off Delaware’s Route 13 in Dover, as I finish up a weeklong field trip along the Harriet Tubman Byway, a self-guided 125-...

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;...

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...

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...

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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