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.

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.

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 .

DISCOVERING MILBURN POND PARK

Once again, it was a ride on the Nassau County bus to the incorporated village of Freeport , Long Island to run an errand.

As always, my little notebook or some kind of paper is with me so that I can think of other places to do a stay at home 30 Plus Teams Tour .

Yesterday, September 2nd, was no exception .

On other rides to Freeport , I noticed a park that’s right on the Freeport and Baldwin border.

There were Canadian Geese and Seagulls all over the place .

Now I should let you know that I don’t like birds.

I think I watched the Alfred Hitchcock movie, ‘The Birds’ a little too much.

If you’ve ever seen that movie, you have an idea what I’m talking about.

If you haven’t , rent that sucker. You’ll have the same reaction to birds that I have .

But I digress.

My visit to Milburn Pond Park, which is located on Milburn Road and Merrick Boulevard was very peaceful .

Yes, there were loads of birds, Canada Geese and seagulls around, but they didn’t bother me, and I sure wasn’t bothering them.

Although I must admit when they were flying around , I got nervous.

They landed in the water as if to say , ‘Sports Diva, we ain’t thinking about you . It’s hot, it’s humid, we need some water!’

I wasn’t the only one noticing how peaceful this little park is.

People were just relaxing, wearing their masks of course, and taking in this beautiful but humid day.

I’m glad I finally got the chance to see this park up close.

JULY TRAVEL QUOTES

We are two days away from going into month number eight.

The summer, like the rest of the year, is going by wicked fast.

People haven’t forgotten that the virus from hell is still with us and not going away anytime soon.

In some places, it’s making a return.

In the United States where I am, it never left.

People are traveling though, just not as much or as often.

Masks and hand sanitizer have become everyone’s new best friends .

Even if you can’t or don’t wish to travel, let these quotes continue to inspire you anyway.

We all will be traveling again.

A DAY AT THE BEACH

It was a really hot and humid day on July 27th, so the Sports Diva decided to do her 30 Plus Teams Tour in a place that I hadn’t been to since I was a little girl .

I went to Jones Beach in the town of Wantagh , Long Island .

As usual, I traveled by public transportation .

I took the N88 express bus from Freeport to Wantagh .

It was another Nassau County bus, and it went non stop.

It only took 20 or so minutes to get to the beach.

Once again, since there really isn’t any traveling on an airplane (for the Sports Diva at least for awhile.), I have to make due with trips to Long Island .

When the virus from hell first came on the scene, I was very upset that I had to forget about my usual 30 Plus Teams Tour of Las Vegas and other places.

Now that we’re almost at the end of July, I look at the virus just a little bit differently.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s still that ex boyfriend that didn’t get the memo that you’ve broken up, or those annoying relatives that just won’t get the hint that they have over stayed their welcome.

Now it’s just , ‘Rona’ and as much as we don’t want to , we have to deal with it because it’s gonna be here with us for awhile .

When the bus dropped me off, I realized that there are three areas of Jones Beach

The East Boathouse , which is mostly for adults only, the West

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Boathouse, which is where I was and the the Central Mall which is the biggest area .

With that in mind, it didn’t matter that the Atlantic Ocean was very salty, I dipped my toes into the bright blue water.

I had to keep reminding myself that I wasn’t near the Pacific Ocean and I wasn’t at one of those pool parties that I love to go to whenever I’m in Las Vegas .

There were families at Jones Beach , doing the same thing that I was trying to do, escape the heat and take a dip in the very salty Atlantic Ocean .

At almost 100 degrees, and humidity almost as high, the fact that the water was salty didn’t really matter.

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I was ready for my day at the beach and it won’t be the last day this summer that my 30 Plus Teams Tour is going to be at some beach in New York City or Long Island .

TAKING THE TEST PART ONE

Today ,  July  21st ,  the Sports  Diva  did  another  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  of  New  York  City .

It just wasn’t  the  place  that  I  wanted  to  go  though .

I  finally  made  up  my  mind  and  took  my happy  self  to  one  of  the  many  clinics here in Queens  that give  you  Covid  19  test .

That’s  right ,  I  didn’t  stutter ,  I  spent  most  of  my  own  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  of  New  York  City  not in New York  City  or Long Island ,  but at a place called  CityMD ,  which  are  found  throughout  the  five boroughs .

One of  the  tests was the blood  tests  for antibodies ,  the other was the  infamous  swabs  test that go  up your nose .

Sorry  to  be  so  graphic ,  but it’s  better than the  swabs  going up your you know  where.

I  had heard  people say  that  the test is very uncomfortable .

I was expecting  the worse .

Hate  to  disappoint  some  of  you  who  have  or haven’t  taken  the  test  yet, it’s  somewhat  uncomfortable ,  but going  to  the dentist  or GYN  is much more  uncomfortable ,  just  putting  that out there.

Even though me and and some of  my  fellow  New  Yorkers  had  to  wait  in  line  in 90 degrees  temperatures because there were 10 people  waiting  inside the clinic ,   it wasn’t  that long to be seen by a doctor  for the test.

(Social  distancing  at  its  finest  here  in  New  York  City ,  folks.)

After putting  in some info into the paperless computer and scanning my Medicare  card ,  I was ready to  be  seen .

(Medicare is for 65 and older here  in  the  United  States . )

I’d  be  lying  if  I  said  that I was there for an hour.

I wasn’t .

30 minutes is more like it.

Did I   mention  that  the tests were free?

It will take 7-14 days to get my results  because the lab that the clinic uses is so backed up .

Taking the test was easy.

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A DAY AT JFK AIRPORT

As usual , because of the Corona virus , my 30 Plus Teams Tour isn’t made by flying out of state, but by taking a New York City bus, Nassau County bus or the Long Island Railroad somewhere.

Saturday , July 18th was no exception .

I had a choice, either go to Belmont Park Racetrack in the village of Elmont, Long Island or right in my own backyard to JFK Airport, a 20 minute bus ride away.

Since I haven’t been to JFK in oh forever , why not go and take pictures?

Unfortunately , due to the quarantine , I couldn’t see as much as I wanted to see.

Much of JFK was closed off especially if you weren’t either an essential worker or a ticketed passenger .

However, I did get to go next door to JFK and walk inside the TWA Hotel , which used to be the old TWA terminal.

More about that hotel in a later post.

Right now, enjoy some pictures from another 30 Plus Teams Tour Day trip in the New York City area.

A Walk Down Rockaway Avenue

Once again, my 30 Plus Teams Tour has brought me to the place known as The Incorporated Village of Valley Stream.

My ride, better known as the Nassau County Bus, brought me to one of, if not the main street of the village, and that’s Rockaway Avenue.

On this street, which takes you all the way down to Sunrise Highway, where the Long Island Railroad stops, one will find shops, office buildings, restaurants, and lots of houses of worship.

The restaurants had outdoor seating as we’re still on Phase 3 of opening New York.

Like their neighbors in the five boroughs, masks are a requirement here on Long Island.

Even though I miss traveling to another state for my 30 Plus Teams Tour, I’m enjoying my bus rides and train rides to the cities that are close by me.

It was a nice day as I walked down Rockaway Avenue and in other sections of Valley Stream.

It didn’t even bother me that one of the streets that I walked down was South Corona.

How much do you wanna bet they want to change that name when the virus from hell is over?

A DIFFERENT JULY 4TH , 2020





Usually , most people in the United States celebrate Independence Day, July 4th by going to the beach, amusement parks , or a weekend getaway .

The Sports Diva is no different .

Last year, I spent July 4th in the birthplace of the country, Philadelphia .

My plan this year was to celebrate with family down in Washington DC or other family members up in Boston .

No such luck this year thanks to the virus from hell who’s gotten like that ex husband that just won’t go away.

It’s sticking around for a long time, and like that ex, you wish it would exit stage right.

So since my 30 Plus Teams Tour was ruined somewhat, I did what I have been doing lately.

Get on the bus or Long Island railroad and do a day trip somewhere.

My very own 30 Plus Teams Tour took me to the section of Queens that’s known as South Jamaica and Jamaica Centre, where I did what I do best, shop.

We’re in Phase 2 of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan for reopening New York City .

Shops and department stores were open and virus or no virus, we New Yorkers do what we always do, talk fast, walk fast, and virus be done, you’re annoying all ready.

We may not have gloves on but we have our new best buddies with us.

(That’s hand sanitizer and masks , my peeps)

Masks here are mandatory , but even though we all don’t want to wear them, it’s either wear a mask or wear a ventilator .

It’s that simple .

As I got back on the bus to go home, 6 feet apart of course, I realized how this was a very different Fourth of July than I have ever seen.

But guess what?

I can deal with it now.