Normally when I travel to Boston, Philadelphia or DC, I take a bus from Port Authority, but this time I decided to do something completely different.
I’m going by Amtrak from the new Penn Station in New York at the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Hall .
More about this station in an upcoming post.
I rarely took Amtrak because their fares were outrageous to put it nicely, even in coach class.
This time, I kept checking prices and discovered with my senior citizen discount, the most it would be one way was $29-69.
I could afford that and only paid $29
I was going one way on Amtrak because coming back on Sunday, even with a discount, the fares are ridiculous.
I didn’t even have to print out my ticket.
Hello e-ticket, which was right on my phone along with any information about the ride, not to mention those miles I’m going to get from signing up for Amtrak rewards.
I hadn’t been on Amtrak in years especially down to DC, so the Sports Diva was like a kid in a candy shop looking out the window for stations that I recognized like 30th Street in Philly, Newark Penn Station, Baltimore Penn Station and stops that I had no idea where they were, like the Amtrak Metropark station, which I discovered from friends who live near there , that it’s in Iselin, NJ.
When we got to DC after a delay due to switching problems at the New Carrollton, Maryland station, I realized that unlike a bus ride, I wasn’t tired.
I was very relaxed and ready to take the Washington Metro train to meet up with my family.
As I mentioned in my last post, my 30 Plus Teams Tour took me to Jamaica Hospital in the Queens neighborhood of Richmond Hill.
To get to Jamaica Hospital, I had to do something that I hadn’t done since March 2020.
Take the infamous New York City subway.
Since the coronavirus happened I hadn’t taken the subway at all, and given all the negative things that had been going on since the coronavirus happened and people in New York City, who grew up taking the subway suddenly got stuck on stupid, I was apprehensive taking any train, let alone the two lines that are closest to me, the E and F trains.
Unfortunately, the only way I could get to the hospital was on the E train, so I had no choice but to take the train, mask in hand.
Luckily, I only had to go two stops from Jamaica Center.
Nothing had changed.
The subways are still dirty, still crowded and still slow.
I started doing a countdown for my next 30 Plus Teams Tour, but something got in the way.
On this past Saturday, I got sick.
Sniffles, watery eyes, and coughing.
I knew I was sick because when the Sports Diva can’t concentrate on a sporting event, yeah something is wrong with her.
Sunday it got worse.
The hoarseness and coughing turned into heavy sneezing and blowing my nose.
It was as though I had just brought some stock in the Klennex company with as many boxes of tissue that I went through.
I tried to eat but all I could manage was a scrambled egg, grapes and a cup of Honey Ginger and Cinnamon tea.
Today it got worse.
There was only one thing to do.
A 30 Plus Teams Tour of Jamaica Hospital in the Richmond Hill section of Queens.
I don’t need to tell you how family and friends were very concerned, given my age, my underlying health issues and Coronavirus’ cousin, Delta Variant, making an appearance with a vengeance here in the United States and many other places.
I headed out to the hospital not just worried about the diagnosis would be, but doing something that I haven’t done since March of 2020.
Taking a New York City subway.
With all the horror stories about the largest subway system in the United States, I was apprehensive about getting on “the Iron Horse”.
(More about that in an upcoming post.)
Three hours later in the emergency room, I got my answer.
I had something called, “Allergic Rhinitis”, which not going into all the yucky stuff that happens to you when you have it, is just a fancy schmanzy medical term for seasonal allergies.
The last time I was in the hospital for this was also in August.
August 2019, so you might say that whenever the Sports Diva goes on a 30 Plus Teams Tour in August, an uninvited guest is coming along also.