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.

Waiting on my results ,  now that’s  the hard part.20200721_154741FB_IMG_159536466376720200721_15495420200721_153352

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.

CORONAVIRUS WHO? I’M GOING ON A DAY TRIP

We here in New York City just entered Phase Two of what politicians in the United States like to call, ‘Flattening The Curve’ when it comes to the virus from hell.

While other states like Florida, Texas and Arizona , among others couldn’t wait for people to throw away their masks and party like you just don’t care, here in New York City , our Governor and mayor basically said, ‘Don’t even think about partying yet. Corona is still here and he hasn’t left yet.’

As a result, New Yorkers like the Sports Diva have to be creative with their 30 Plus Teams Tours.

Hello Long Island Railroad .

I could take the good old New York City subway down to 34th but since the Long Island Railroad is basically in my backyard (no really, I can see the Long Island Railroad IN MY BACKYARD!), why not take that for a daytrip to Manhattan , also known as ‘The City’ to those of us who live in the Outer Boroughs (aka, Brooklyn, The Bronx, Staten Island and Queens.)

I wanted to see for myself just how the city looked since we were under an 8pm -5am curfew imposed by our Mayor because some folks don’t seem to understand the difference between peacefully protesting and looting, but that’s a post for another day .

(The curfew ended a week or so ago by the way. So New York is back to being the ‘city that never sleeps.’)

Today, June 26th was all about riding comfortably and peacefully on the train as it passed by the Queens neighborhoods of Rosedale, Laurelton , Forest Hills, South Jamaica, Kew Gardens, Woodside and my own neighborhood of Locust Manor as it made its way past the skyscrapers of Manhattan on the way to one of the biggest transportation hubs in the United States , Penn Station .

As I made my way upstairs to 34th Street and saw all the stores filled with people , masks on , going about their businesses as if to say, ‘we see you Corona, you’ve been here long enough. Go away allready.’

As I returned home, after a day of shopping, I felt the same way also.

Go away Corona, I’m going on a day trip.

COPING WITH THE VIRUS FROM HELL A LOT BETTER

At the end of my last blog post in April, Coping With The Virus From Hell Part Two, I ended that post by saying that there would be no Part Three because I wouldn’t be able to take it.

Here we are in the United States and the Corona virus is still here like those relatives who just won’t leave your house or that ex boyfriend/girlfriend who didn’t get that memo that the relationship is over.

We still have way too many deaths than we should have but I’m not here to put the blame on anyone.

As I said in my last post , I don’t really care whose government did or didn’t do what or what city it began in.

Let’s move on from that and try to do something about this.

I have been coping much better with this now than when it first began here in the United States.

Some states and countries in the world are getting back to the new normal, which is masks and not everyone and their mama in the same place.

Some folks, unfortunately , haven’t gotten this memo and still think this is some kind of joke or some kind of conspiracy in which the government is taking away our freedoms.

To those folks, I say, bless your hearts, but y’all need to stop the madness and get a life.

Folks are dying every day.

This ain’t no joke.

As I said, I’m coping a lot better than in part 2.

I’ve been actually shopping, not for just food, but online in stores like Rainbow Shops , ZARA, and Forever 21 where I brought clothes for my 30 Plus Teams Tours before the virus from Hell came around.

I’ve even looked at the catalog for all things Vegas Golden Knights, because after all quarantine or no quarantine , I STILL am that Team Sports Apparel Fashionista.

The Sports Diva needs new swag for the next 30 Plus Teams Tour in God Willing, the end of July or the end of August .

Where am I going ?

Sorry, can’t tell you just yet.

What I can tell you though is this .

Even though my state of New York hasn’t officially opened for business yet, a lot of states around us have and they’re taking precautions to keep people safe.

Now, I’m not going to jump on a plane a day or two after quarantine is lifted no matter how low the fares are, and trust me, from JFK and Newark Liberty, they’re lower than I have seen them.

I’m going to wait one or two months before any major 30 Plus Teams Tours of anywhere happen.

But it’s nice to finally be able to say that I can finally cope with the virus from hell and that feels good.

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MORE APRIL TRAVEL QUOTES

A lot of us still can’t  travel anywhere due to the Coronavirus ,  aka the virus  from  hell .

It’s  almost the end of month number four and here in the United States ,  a lot of governors are opening up their  states for business again.

As much as I  miss traveling, I happen to live in a state, New York ,  that won’t  be  ready anytime soon, and I’m  sure a lot of the places where my readers live aren’t  anywhere ready to travel either.

In the meantime ,  while y’all  are  thinking about travel, let these quotes  inspire  you  when travel is officially  back.The Best Travel Quotes to Fuel your WanderlustFill your life with adventures, not things_ Have stories to tell not stuff to showTRAVEL QUOTE_ I Love AirportsTop Struggling Quotes of the Year #Quotes #InspirationalQuotes36 of the Best Solo Travel Quotes_ Inspiration for Solo Travelers

COPING WITH THE VIRUS FROM HELL PART 2

When I wrote my post on how I was doing on March 29, I didn’t think I would be doing a part two of how I was coping with this.

I want to know why the virus from hell is still here with us.

Why are we here in New York City leading the nation with the most cases, sometimes switching places with New Orleans?

This virus is like a renewal of a very bad tv show or a gosh awful movie thst doesn’t need a sequel.

I’m not even going to get into who started it, what government didn’t do what, I just don’t care anymore and I’ve stopped watching news reports about it.

To be honest, I have gotten to the point where I don’t care if it started in Wuhan , China , West Bubblepuck, West Virginia or even West of Whiskey, Kentucky.

This virus is here and it’s like that relative that just doesn’t want to leave.

That’s how I feel about Covid-19.

It’s time for you to go already.

I would be lying if I said I didn’t miss watching my sports.

I do.

I am the Sports Diva , after all.

Seriously though, I don’t miss my sports as much as I thought I would .

What I do miss a lot though, is doing a 30 Plus Teams Tour of somewhere to WATCH a sporting event and do other things.

Yes, I am missing telling you all about what’s in my suitcase .

I can’t say that I’m bored though.

There’s videos to watch, music to download, reading other folks blogs, laundry, cleaning ,cooking, eating ,and drinking non alcoholic and alcoholic drinks, sometimes both together.

I go for walks still just to break up the monotony , still with my trusty mask and gloves with me.

When I return back home, gloves and masks go in the garbage where they should be, not on the the sidewalks or in the bushes where some peeps who didn’t get the memo on staying safe, just leave them.

I also spray everything, including the coat or jacket I wore, as well as the doors and hallway.

Then I wash my hands with warm water and soap.

I can only imagine what people who work in essential businesses have to go through .

This is harder on them and their families than it is on me.

This is a new “normal” that I thought I would never see in my country, let alone in my city in my lifetime .

This should have been over by now, but, unfortunately , it’s not, and life must go on as the cases in New York City especially seem to go higher and higher.

I still wish this virus from hell and the horse they rode in on would just go somewhere far, like to the moon or something .

I don’t want to write another blog post titled coping with the virus from hell part three.

I don’t know if I can cope with it.

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