GREYHOUND BUS BLUES

It’s 10:45pm and do you know where your bus to Pittsburgh is?

It’s the night before my birthday and I’m standing in line at Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York waiting for the 11pm bus to the city on The Three Rivers, Pittsburgh .

The blue and grey bus with the Greyhound dog on it is standing at the gate, waiting for passengers .

So why aren’t we boarding ?

I haven’t been to Pittsburgh in two years and I’m really wicked excited about spending my birthday there with a friend .

If that wasn’t nerve wracking enough, we’ve been told that we have to wait for another bus because the bus that’s at the gate isn’t working right.

No, this isn’t happening .

Are we for real right now?

This isn’t the way I wanted my 30 Plus Teams Tour of Pittsburgh to begin.

Finally, after 11:15pm, it was time to board and because I’m a “senior”, I get to sit right behind the driver.

The bus isn’t crowded and I get my own seat, right behind the driver.

I’m on my way to a little birthday “turnup” and a 30 Plus Teams Tour.

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WHAT’S IN MY SUITCASE?

The last time I did a post like this was in the summer of last year.

I was doing a 30 Plus Teams Tour of one of my favorite cities , Baltimore, Maryland .

This time I’m getting ready to go on another 30 Plus Teams Tour .

I’m going to the city on the Three Rivers, Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania .

More on my adventures in the Steel City in upcoming posts .

Right now, it’s all about what’s going in my suitcase .

The last time I took a small backpack .

I’m staying for three days , but a small backpack isn’t going to cut it.

Not only is it going to be my birthday when I arrive, but after all this is a 30 Plus Teams Tour , so you just know a sporting event is just waiting to happen, and yes, the Sports Diva is going to be there, God willing .

Besides the hair products , unmentionables , and toiletries , let’s see just what else is going in my suitcase .

Sneakers from Payless Shoe Stores and boots from Macy’s , cause it may snow in Da Burg !

Yeah , I’ve gotta bundle up. Temperatures are supposed to be in the 30 ‘ s. Coat from Marshalls .

Robe from my late aunt and pajamas are from Primark Store in Boston .

Black jacket from thrift shop , gloves from Rainbow Shops , and of course my stuff animals, Jorge, Aaron , and Piglet MUST come along for the ride.

Unfortunately , these guys have to come along for the ride too.

Jewelry , socks, and leggings from the Rainbow Shops, blue sweater ftom a thrift shop.

Sweater from Rainbow Shops , bag from Payless Shoe Stores , scarf a gift from my cousin , makeup bag also from Rainbow Shops, jewelry a Christmas gift.

My City of Pittsburgh shirt, a gift from a friend who lives there and Pittsburgh Penguins hockey shirt from the Pittsburgh Penguins store.

Grey shirt from Uniqlo Store and shirt from Penguins store. This is the player’s name that happens to be on the back of the shirt in the above picture . As he is one of my favorite players on the team, you’d better believe this shirt is going to be in my suitcase . Being the Team Sports Apparel Fashionista that I am , I will be ROCKING this shirt at the game.

There’s what’s going to be in my suitcase this time.

What goes in your suitcase when you go away?

Let me know and as usual , thanks for liking and following my blog .

MY “SICK” PLAYLIST  

I just don’t  mean music that I’ve  been listening  to  while I’ve  been  sick, but music that’s  great to listen to any other time.

You know,  the kind of music that makes you say, “that jam was KILLING  IT! It was ‘sick!’.

Anyway ,  I’ve had plenty  of  time  to listen  to  and download songs to my cell phone  that  I’ve  heard on the radio or in true Sports Diva 64 fashion , heard played at either a football ,  basketball  or hockey game.

Baseball  season hasn’t  started yet, but you’d  better believe  that if they were playing a song that I liked at some baseball  park and I liked it, it would definitely  be downloaded  to my cell phone in a New York  minute, and that’s  pretty fast.

Not only do these songs make me forget that I’ve  been ill, but some of  them pass the “Lawery  Toe Tapping Test.”

What’s  that, you might ask ? 

Let’s  say a song comes on the radio  and within the first few minutes, my feet start to move.

BA BAMM!

That song is a keeper and more than likely , it’s  going to be downloaded  to my phone.

These are a few of the songs that are on my ‘sick’ playlist.

1. “ALL I DO IS WIN”- DJ KHALED

2. “THE WAY I ARE”- TIMBALAND

3. “ALL THE WAY UP”-FAT JOE, REMY MA, FRENCH MONTANA  

4. “GDFR (GOING DOWN  FOR REAL)”- FLO-RIDA

5. “ZILLIONAIRE”- FLO-RIDA  

6. “WELCOME  TO  MY  HOUSE  “- FLO-RIDA  

Okay, I’ll  admit it, I  really do like FLO-RIDA ,  don’t  judge me . 

7. “SORRY ,  NOT SORRY”- DEMI LOVATO  

8. “HAVANA “-CAMILLA CABELLO

9. “EARNED IT”-THE WEEKEND  

10. “BIG RINGS  “- DRAKE AND FUTURE

11. “ROCK THE CASBAH”- THE CLASH

12. “CHELSEA DAGGER”-THE FRATELLIS

13. “CENTURIES”- FALL OUT BOY

14. “I’M  SHIPPING  OFF TO  BOSTON  “- THE DROPKICK MURPHYS  

15. “SING”-ED SHEERAN AND PHARRELL  

16. “I’M BLESSED”- CHARLIE WILSON AND T.I.

17. “LATCH”-DISCLOSURE AND SAM SMITH

18. “MANEATER”-NELLY FURTADO

19. “FEELS”-CALVIN HARRIS ,  PHARRELL ,  KATY PERRY ,  BIG SEAN

20. “PEG”-STEELY DAN

21. “RUNNING DOWN A DREAM”- TOM PETTY AND THE  HEARTBREAKERS  

22. “WORTH IT  “-FIFTH HARMONY

23. “STITCHES”-SHAWN MENDES

24. “TROPHIES”- YOUNG MONEY AND DRAKE  

25. “ANIMALS”-MAROON 5

26. “MISTER BRIGHTSIDE  “- THE KILLERS

That’s  my sick playlist ,  what about yours ? 

What do you like to listen to whether you’re  sick or not or going on your own  30  Plus  Teams  Tour ? 

Drop me a line  in  the  comments  section  or  shoot  me  an  email  at  sportsdiva63@gmail.com  and let me know.

As usual, thank you for liking and supporting  30  Plus  Teams  30  Plus  Dreams . 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DOCTOR MARTIN LUTHER  KING  

Today is January  15th ,  and in the  United  States  it is the birthday  of Doctor  Martin  Luther  King . 

We usually celebrate it the second Monday in January  but this year the holiday  does fall on his actual  birthday . 

It’s  a national holiday in most of the United States ,  but some states were late to the party of really honoring MLK.

Arizona of all states was one of the last states to honor the holiday and they only did it because  they were losing tourists  dollars.

Yes, even in the United States ,  boycotts do work.

Today is the day that a lot of politicians basically  give lip service  to Doctor  King’s  words.

They can quote all of his speeches but when it comes to actually  doing the words in those speeches, that’s  another story.

This doesn’t  just include politicians  in the United  States , but many countries because  Doctor  King was influenced by  the  teachings  of  Gandhi . 

Happy Birthday ,  Doctor  King.

It’s  too bad you aren’t  around right now because not only does the United States  needs your calming influence ,  but the rest of the world  does also . 

BE CAREFUL  WHAT YOU WISH FOR.

I’m looking forward to to my birthday and my next 30 Plus Teams Tour .

I should be really excited to be taking my first trip to anywhere in 2018.

Instead, I’ve got another nagging medical problem .

I’ve got a massive toothache that won’t seem to go away.

I should make a trip to the dentist , but no, instead I’m self medicating myself with the following things:

Gargling with warm salty water.

Taking Motrin like it’s candy, not pills that I can get addicted to.

Taking Orajel, which is a dental product here in the United States that people take when you can’t make it to or don’t want to go to the dentist.

In my case, I don’t want to see the dentist .

I don’t like them.

It’s gotten so bad that for the past two nights, now three if you count today, I can’t sleep on my right side, because it hurts so badly.

Now, compared to what some other bloggers are suffering from , this toothache is a minor thing.

If you’ve ever had a toothache, you know that they’re the worst.

Which brings me to the title of this blog.

Be careful what you wish for.

No, I didn’t wish for a really bad toothache that would prevent me from sleeping on my right side .

Nor did I wish to be really sick during Christmas and New Year’s Weekends.

There’s an American football championship game on and I can’t even enjoy it because I just want to lie down and stop the throbbing that’s going on in my mouth.

What I wished for really badly was to be older when I was a little girl.

I prayed that the good Lord would protect me and watch over me.

He has all through every illness that I’ve gone through no matter if it was my Hysterectomy , my mini stroke, the sarcoidosis that I suffer from and even the heart attack that I had when I was 16.

In the United States with our lack of health care , seniors are basically a gold mine for doctors and hospitals.

They know that we have insurance so they make appointments for us whether we need to see them or not or even to prescribe more medication for us.

When you wake up in the morning , the only snap, crackle, and pop that you should be hearing should be coming from your cereal , not your legs or any other part of your body.

I am grateful to be at the age that I am now, but I do remember the times that I would tell my parents , sister and brother , who were much older than me, how much I couldn’t wait to get older.

‘Don’t rush it you’ve got time’, my sister would tell me.

I didn’t understand what she meant then as I couldn’t wait to get older.

I might have been a teenager or in my 20 ‘ s and couldn’t wait to be oh so much older.

Don’t get me wrong , I’m blessed to be the age that I am now, but I never realized what happens when you get older.

If you get sick, it doesn’t last a few days , try more like a week or longer.

Doctors want to see you so they can tell you not what you really have, but something that you DON’T have and they’ll prescribe some medication that your insurance only pays a part of.

Looking back now, my late sister’s words ring true.

‘Don’t rush it.’

For those of you who were like me, in my 20’s, who can’t wait to be older , the Sports Diva has a piece of advice for you.

Don’t rush it.

Be careful what you wish for .

WHAT’S  THE MATTER HERE?

In October of last year, (yeah it seems strange saying that)I wrote  a  blog post begging, no pleading with the rest of the  world  to ignore warnings from their countries  and not visit the the United States because it was too dangerous . 

(See sportsandtravelblog.wordpress.com/2017/10/21 – dear-foreign-tourists-an-open-letter – to-the-world-from-an-american)

I  asked you to visit our big and little  known cities.

I BEGGED you not to judge all Americans  by our politicians.

I don’t really like to get into politics because  that’s  not what 30 Plus  Teams ,30 Plus  Dreams   is all about.

But this time I have to.

After the remarks made by my president (and even though I didn’t  vote for him, Donald Trump  is still the president  of  my country.)about some countries  being “shitholes” I, as an American  and someone  who  loves to travel just can’t  keep quiet about this.

Travel is supposed to bring people together not showcase our ignorance of people  and countries and continents . 

As an American  I am ashamed that this is  the way politicians ,  especially  the leader of  the  so called free world, feels about the majority of  countries in the world.

This made me wonder . 

After hearing that your country is the second coming of a cesspool ,  would YOU want to visit ANYWHERE in the United  States ? 

Mister President, what are you  DOING?!

Foreign tourists have ALWAYS wanted to  visit your home (and mine too), New York  City  along with those other cities in the country ,  big and small.

I understand  that  you’re  talking about  immigration  in the United  States  and that’s  something  totally  different from what I’m  talking about  here . 

What  are you doing by calling most of the countries in the world  “shithole  countries  “?

At a time when  the world and especially  the  United States  needs all the good  will that it can get as well as more and more tourists seeing the Grand Canyon ,  Times Square ,  Mardi Gras  in not only New Orleans ,  but Savanah ,  Georgia  and Mobile, Alabama, you aren’t  helping  us Mister President . 

Instead of  me sending a letter to all the foreign tourists as an American ,  maybe I should  send another one to my president .

I could start the letter with Dear Mister President  –

START SPREADING THE NEWS – NEW YORK CITY . SPORTS DIVA 64 SHARES SOME TRAVEL TIPS ON YOUR OWN 30 PLUS TEAMS TOUR NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY .

I’ve been talking about how I’m in “a New York State of Mind” and lots of bloggers have mentioned how much they want to see The Big Apple. Before you go, there’s some things you ought to know about New York City . Enjoy and don’t be intimidated by the city. EMBRACE THAT CRAZINESS!

30 Plus Teams 30 Plus Dreams

FB_IMG_1501337670663First of all , Manhattan is the city , the other boroughs of Brooklyn , Queens , The Bronx , and Staten Island are known as ” The Outer Boroughs ” .

Explore more than Manhattan while you’re doing your own 30 Plus Teams Tour .

The Bronx has the zoo , the Botanical Gardens , Arthur Avenue and the Yankees baseball team .

Staten Island has the ferry , which is free and for a change of pace in cuisines , try some Sri Lankan food , as this borough has the largest Sri Lankan population in New York City .

Brooklyn is so big that if it were to break away from New York City , it would be the 5 1st state .

It has the Brooklyn Bridge , the Grand Army Plaza , the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Brooklyn Nets basketball team and the…

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THEY CALL IT  BLOGGER BLUES, MAYBE.

My paper , pencils and tablet are in front of me .

I’m using all three of them to write about another upcoming 30 Plus Teams Tour of some city.

I could write about my next adventure to some city to meet up with friends .

Or I could write about going to another sporting event.

God willing , that’s coming up in around 21 days, but who’s counting ?

I also could write about some restaurant , hotel or hostel that I’ve ever slept in or eaten at.

I haven’t done any of these things, nor have I done any museums , monuments or memorials in awhile .

So just what’s going on here?

I’m not suffering from Bloggers Block.

It’s more like the line in that old Billy Joel song,

“I’m in a New York State of Mind.”

What does that mean?, you might ask.

Basically , I want to stay in my little corner of The Big Apple and not really do anything .

I know what you’re saying to yourself .

New Yorkers are ALWAYS on the go, always in a hurry.

What’s your problem ?

It’s the weather that’s making me this way, among other things.

As I look out my window , I still see snow.

New York as well as some other areas of the Northeast , got hit by the infamous snow storm known as the “Bomb Cyclone ” last week .

So instead of the “Nuisance Snow ” of 4-6 inches, we received “inconvenience snow” of 12 inches.

Most of it is still there , right in front of my doorway and across the street in front of my neighbors house.

As usual , no snow plows in sight.

It’s not 9 degrees Fahrenheit outside like it was last week .

We actually have a “heat wave “.

It’s 41 degrees Fahrenheit .

If the snow weren’t bad enough, I’m getting over being sick, which really puts me in a sad state of mind.

So what’s a blogger supposed to do if the weather and your health put a damper on your big plans for your 2018 ,30 Plus Teams Tour ?

Simple .

You do what I’m doing now.

You blog about it even as I’m looking out the window and see all of that dirty left over snow and try to read all those travel brochures that seemed to have taken over my mailbox .

You sit down at your table or bed, make yourself a nice cup of Ginger Tea, write your blog post and listen to some relaxing music.

New York State of Mind sounds pretty good right about now .

PICTURES FROM  MY VISIT TO THE MASSACHUSETTS STATES HOUSE

Before I  got sick, I took a visit the Massachusetts  State  House .

This is the “the new” statehouse ,  as the old State House, which is located in the Financial  District of Boston on State Street ,  has remnants of  Massachusetts  before it was one of the 13 colonies.

There is no trace of Great Britain  in this statehouse except the portraits of all those colonial governor’s of Massachusetts . 

Enjoy the pictures from my day at the State House  and get to know some of the history  of  the  Commonwealth  of  Massachusetts .