Kate Drabinski

Columnist Field Tripping

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  • Field Tripping: In Training

    Field Tripping: In Training

    I’ve been celebrating my 40th birthday, which happened in mid-June, for the better part of a year. My last big present is coming up at the end of the month—a 10-day bike tour of the Adirondacks with a bunch of other mid-life-crisis-suffering middle-class white folks. It’s one of those things that...

  • Boss Hög: Larry Hogan has Baltimore right where he wants it

    Boss Hög: Larry Hogan has Baltimore right where he wants it

    Larry Hogan gave two press conferences during the week of June 22. At the first, on June 22, Hogan bravely announced that he had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a form of cancer. Standing beside his wife, children, and grandchild, he acknowledged that the cancer was “very aggressive...

  • Plantation Touring

    Plantation Touring

    I’m on vacation again, this time in New Orleans on a ticket I booked with bonus frequent-flier miles I got for signing up for a credit card, because that’s about as complicated a hustle as I can run. I only had one real plan when I came down here, if you don’t count eating beignets and riding my...

  • Field Tripping: Niagara Falls-ing

    Field Tripping: Niagara Falls-ing

    It’s my birthday this month—I’m turning 40—and I’ve wisely decided to spend June giving myself whatever I want in celebratory fashion. So far that has mostly meant teaching summer school and lathering on name-brand sunscreen for the bike rides it takes to get me there, but hey, that’s what pushing...

  • Field Tripping: Biking 'The Wire'

    Field Tripping: Biking 'The Wire'

    I have moved every few years since 1993. This means that I’m simultaneously really good at making myself at home in new places, and really good at not getting too attached. Because I’m so good at this moving thing, I spent the months leading up to my arrival preparing to be a Baltimorean. And that...

  • Fieldtripping: Newsing

    Fieldtripping: Newsing

    The ladyfriend and I are celebrating our anniversary this week, and because we are both total nerds, we did it up by taking the weekend MARC train to D.C. for a weekend of learning fun. It was hard to balance our desire to read ALL THE SIGNS at the museums with my sense that we should figure out...

  • Field Tripping: Time traveling

    Field Tripping: Time traveling

    When the editors of City Paper told me that my column should be about what’s happening in Baltimore, about Freddie Gray, about the protests, I wondered how they could imagine I could write about anything else. I’ve been writing about what I’ve been seeing over at my personal blog because I’m a...

  • Field Tripping: Taxing Water

    Field Tripping: Taxing Water

    I took the afternoon off on Tax Day, a reward for having completed my return a full two days before the deadline. I figured I’d earned a little something after pitching in thousands of dollars over the course of 2014, my tip in the jar that holds the social wage—that chunk we shave off to pay for...