Kate Drabinski

Columnist Field Tripping

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  • The Final Field Tripping

    The Final Field Tripping

    This is my last Field Tripping column for City Paper. It has been a good run, a gift to be allowed to write every other week about another adventure in or around the Greatest City In America, for over three years. For this last turn, I'm going to take a field trip around Field Tripping, even though...

  • Field Tripping: Bicycling

    Field Tripping: Bicycling

    As I'm sure you've heard, City Paper is winding down after 40 years of weekly publication. It's such a bummer in so many ways, a sign of times I don't always like very much. On a personal note, it means just a couple more columns before I'm off field tripping in obscurity. As commenter once tweeted...

  • Field Tripping: Annapolis Floating

    Field Tripping: Annapolis Floating

    I've been so busy lately. If I'm being real, I've largely been busy resenting the idea of being busy, but it all feels busy nonetheless. I have been promised many things by capitalism—alienated labor, unpaid reproductive labor, the enshrinement of racism, ideological support for heterosexual family...

  • Field Tripping: Shenandoah Reduxing

    Field Tripping: Shenandoah Reduxing

    I love Labor Day, and not just for the three-day weekend that at this point in my life I'm finally blessed to get. Not everybody gets Labor Day off, as evidenced by the many laboring to sell us last-minute groceries, gas, fast food, and all the other sundries those with days off threw money at...

  • Field Tripping: Summer Vacationing

    Field Tripping: Summer Vacationing

    It's summertime, and that's the time that every family packs up and heads to the national park/beach/grandma's house, at least according to my Facebook, TV, and the cost of flying anywhere. My twin sister's summer vacation took her to the Philippines for three weeks, a 12-hour time difference that...

  • Field Tripping: Cryotheraping

    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...

  • Field Tripping: Pride Parading

    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...

  • Field Tripping: Prom-ing

    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. My circadian...