FIELD TRIPPING

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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 Pennsylvania Avenue to check out its Star-Spangled Heritage Trail, brought to you by the National Park...

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 cats, book, and-if we're being honest here-Candy Crush, and definitely because I'm too cheap to pay...

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 from the wild west of Boise, Idaho, where everything seems new enough to be made of plastic, but...

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 shit is getting real. The arguments for and against putting a giant casino in downtown Baltimore have...

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 budget with my commitment to shopping local. I belong to Thread Coffee's local coffee CSA, keeping 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 car-free living, and I chose the latter. Life is much improved without the worry and cost of a car,...

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