GOOD RIDDANCE 2020,HAPPY NEW YEAR

By the time this post uploads, many of you will have all ready said, good riddance, don’t let the door hit you on the way out, and go away to the year from hell, 2020.

Who knows if 2021 will be any better?

Honestly, it can’t be any worse than 2020,which came in like an angel, but later turned into an asshole douchebag to put it nicely.

Don’t know what the rest of 2021 will bring, but it’s gonna be good in the beginning.

Hockey comes back in 12 days and the Sports Diva is liking 2021 all ready.

God willing, let those 30 Plus Teams Tours of somewhere, ANYWHERE, start again.

Call me crazy, but I miss writing about those ‘what’s in my suitcase’ posts that so many of you seem to like a lot.

For now though, 2021 is a couple of hours away.

Good riddance 2020, NOBODY is going to miss you.

DECEMBER TRAVEL QUOTES

WE MADE IT!

In a few days, we’ll be in a new month and thank God a new year.

I don’t know about you, but the Sports Diva will be happier than a pig in cacapoo to see 2020 leave and take her friend, Corona, with her.

Some of us have gotten out there and flown in spite of the new strain of Corona that’s lurking in the shadows.

If you’ve been able to resume your own 30 Plus Teams Tour, good on ya.

To those of you who haven’t, as usual, let the travel quotes inspire you.

NOVEMBER TRAVEL QUOTES

Can you believe that in a few days we’ll be in December , the 12th month of the year?

Where did 2020 go?

(If you ask the Sports Diva , 2020 didn’t go fast enough and take his girlfriend , Corona Virus with him, just saying.)

The holiday season is beginning here in the United States and people are traveling , even though people in the know, namely scientists and health professionals are telling us to keep our derriere home.

Do some staycations and explore your own cities or states.

Same goes for those of you who aren’t in the United States .

Explore your own cities, bring your new friends mask and hand sanitizer with you.

As usual, let the quotes inspire you no matter what kind of trip you go on.

OCTOBER TRAVEL QUOTES

It’s a few days before October leaves and November comes in.

Hard to believe there’s only two months left until 2020 is over and hopefully we might be able to travel again.

Travel won’t be the way we used to know it thanks to Covid 19 , but some of us are traveling whether it be to somewhere in our own city, state, country or to a country or state that’s close by us and doesn’t have that many restrictions due to covid.

The Sports Diva is even thinking about a trip somewhere.

Where? Can’t tell you yet, but God willing the ever popular blog post, What’s In My Suitcase , will be making a long waited reappearance.

In the meantime , let these quotes inspire you to travel again or at least think about it

K

GET OUT THERE AND VOTE

Most cities in the United States have what’s called early voting, which means you can vote before the normal election day, which is usually the first Tuesday in November.

This year, its Tuesday, November 3rd and this election is very important.

The United States will either have a new president or the same one.

October 24 was New York’s turn for the start of early voting and like me, many people took advantage of it and waited in line, sometimes more than 2 hours to exercise their right to vote.

As I had absentee ballots for myself, aunt and cousin, I was able to drop my ballots into a dropbox inside the voting place, although it would have been nice if I and a couple of other people who stood in line for almost 3 hours had been given this need to know information earlier.

Luckily I had one of those stadium chairs to sit on while i waited my turn, and discussed politics in the United States with other voters waiting in line also.

Finally, i got to put the ballots in the dropbox.

This was all worth it.

My grandparents who were born and raised in Waxhaw County, North Carolina and Lancaster, South Carolina, couldn’t even vote.

Even though the lines were long, I didn’t mind doing it.

Too many people died trying to vote, it’s the least the Sports Diva can do.

HEALTHY DRINKING AT MR. WISH

While doing a 30 Plus Teams Tour staycation of Kew Gardens , I wanted something to drink, but not an adult beverage and not a coffee from either Dunkin Donuts or Seven Eleven coffee.

While doing some exploring around the area near the Kew Gardens Long Island Railroad Station was, I noticed a place called , ‘Mr. Wish’.

It claimed that it had ‘healthy bubble drinks and fruit teas.’

I looked at the pictures on the store window and on the menu, and I saw a drink that I hadn’t had since I lived in Los Angeles .

It was Pearl Milk Tea.

For $3.75 plus taxes, I figured why not get a medium one?

I had time to kill before my train back to Locust Manor came.

The Pearl Milk Tea was delicious , and made just the way I like my bubble tea.

No sugar needed, and big bubble pieces that are big but not that big that they won’t fit through your straw .

It just so happens that Mr. Wish’s teas and fruit juices are the number one brand in Taiwan and besides having stores in Taiwan and the United States , they also have locations in China , Vietnam , plus 150 other locations.

It’s easy to see why.

The store that I went to is located at 80 – 62 Lefferts Boulevard , Kew Gardens .

Mr. Wish claims that they have ‘authentic Fruit and Bubble Teas.’

They do.

If you can’t get to New York City or the borough of Queens, see if there is a Mr. Wish in your city.

You won’t be disappointed and the prices are very reasonable .

VISITING KEW GARDENS, NEW YORK IN PICTURES

Once again, the weather is nice here in the beginning of October all ready.

I decided to do another 30 Plus Teams Tour day trip of another neighborhood in Queens , Kew Gardens .

Kew Gardens is actually close to the section of Queens that I live in.

I can either take two buses to get there , the subway, or as usual, the Long Island Railroad .

The Kew Gardens Long Island Railroad Station is two stops away from me, after Jamaica JFK .

If the name sounds familiar , it’s because like most towns in the eastern part of the United States , there’s towns in England with the same name , and many of the buildings in Kew Gardens look like houses in England .

While many of us can’t get to England or anywhere else, enjoy the pictures from my day in Kew Gardens .

SEPTEMBER TRAVEL QUOTES

 

The weather is getting cooler, and honestly , the Sports Diva can’t be happier.

I hate the summer, and love the cooler weather.

Pumpkin spice stuff, fall leaves, fall jackets and sweaters, and yes football is back.

Some stadiums have a few fans, socially distancing , of course.

Some of us are even traveling , and I don’t mean doing a staycation 30 Plus Teams Tour.

They are actually going somewhere , whether it’s by plane or by automobile .

Travel is back.

Not the way it used to be but it’s back and that’s a good thing.

We’re going to month number 10 in a few days , so let these quotes inspire you to get out there.

JOURNEY TO THE END OF LONG ISLAND , MONTAUK

My 30 Plus Teams Tour staycation took me to a place that I hadn’t been to in years .

59 of them to be exact.

People on Long Island call this village, ‘the end of Long Island’, because technically , it is.

You can take a ferry across the river and you’re in the state of Connecticut .

You discover , as I did, if you’re listening to your radio and expect to hear stations from New York , no such luck.

Try stations from the Nutmeg State, Connecticut .

The village is Montauk and if you look on a map of Long Island , you’ll discover that it’s on the very tip of Long Island .

If you go by Long Island Railroad as I did, be ready for a long ride.

3 hours to be exact, with two transfers to get there going.

My first transfer was at Jamaica – JFK , the next transfer was in the village of Babylon .

Coming back though, I just had one transfer at the last stop, Jamaica – JFK .

If you go in the summer , especially on a weekend or a holiday, expect to see a really crowded train.

When I was little, I went fishing with relatives out to Montauk .

Nothing has changed, Montauk is still known for fishing.

Don’t be surprised to see young and old bringing their fishing equipment on this train.

Technically , the village of Montauk is part of those ritzy Long Island villages known as The Hamptons .

The Hamptons are made up of the villages, West Hampton , North Hampton , Hampton Bays, South Hampton , Bridgehampton and East Hampton .

Montauk is part of East Hampton .

Like many parts of Long Island , Montauk is known for its beaches.

Many of the beaches on Montauk are now private, but you can take pictures.

Montauk’s most famous landmark is the Montauk Lighthouse , but because it’s not close to the Montauk station and I didn’t have that much time to explore, I didn’t get to see it up close and personal.

Every picture you see of Montauk, you’re going to see the lighthouse .

It’s that much of an icon here at the end of Long Island .

To say that I was tired from this 30 Plus Teams Tour of Montauk would be an understatement .

I was and I walked so much in the wrong type of shoes that I got blisters on the back of both of my feet.

But call me crazy, I would do it again .

No, not get blisters on my feet , go out to Montauk .

If I had one problem with the station at Montauk it would be get some benches on the platform.

Other than that, I enjoyed my journey to the village known as the end of Long Island .

RIDING FAR ON THE LONG ISLAND RAILROAD IN PICTURES

Once again, my 30 Plus Teams Tour took me out to Long Island .

This time instead of just going to Nassau County , I went farther .

I went to the end of Long Island , Suffolk County .

I started in Queens , Locust Manor and 3 hours later, I ended up in Montauk , Suffolk County , Long Island .

More about my visit to Montauk in an upcoming post.

Right now, come along with me and see the stations in Nassau and Suffolk County , Long Island in pictures .