HAPPY NEW YEAR

Good riddance 2021, hello 2022.

We made it.

I want to thank you who have followed my little old blog about what to do in a city after you’ve gone to that baseball, hockey, football or basketball game.

I hope in the upcoming year that you continue to follow 30 Plus Teams 30 Plus Dreams.

Of course I hope that you’re able to do your own 30 Plus Teams Tour of somewhere, and of course you won’t forget to bring that hand sanitizer and your face mask because unfortunately, Corona is doing a 30 Plus Teams Tour also.

Happy New Year and stay safe, everyone.

GETTING THAT BOOSTER SHOT

The last time I got my second dose of the Pfizer Coronavirus vaccine was in March.

Now I’m sorry, I’m not going to get into the tired debate of  should you get the vaccine or not to get it, even though here in the city of New York, you either get it or you don’t get work.

This isn’t what this post is all about.

I just know that at 68 years old, I have to get a booster shot because I had the Pfizer shot more than 6 months ago.

Now even though this is the greatest time of the year for the Sports Diva, (that’s hockey season in case you didn’t know), I kept putting off getting the booster shot even though I was eligible to get it when it was first available to New Yorkers over 65  around 25 September.

Last week, I made an appointment at my local Walgreens, which is a drug score located all over the United States, no matter what state you live in.

My appointment was today, October 13th, around 11:45am.

As with the other two shots that I received, I brought the necessary papers, New York state ID, Medicare card for those over 65, and the most important thing here in New York, my vaccination card.

As for the side effects, not going to lie and say that I had none.

My arm was sore, and a few hours later, it still is but Tylenol is my best friend right about now.

I can deal with the soreness in my arm from a vaccine, compared to what the alternative would be.

RIDING ON THE NEW YORK CITY SUBWAY AGAIN

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.

There is one major change though.

Don’t forget to wear that mask.

STAYING AT BALLY’S HOTEL AND CASINO FOR THE FIRST TIME

Usually when I come to Las Vegas for a 30 Plus Teams Tour, I stay downtown at either Four Queens or the Las Vegas Hostel for a few days then I go to another hotel, more often than not, Excalibur.

This trip was different.

I stayed on the Las Vegas Strip, right in the center of things at Bally’s Hotel and Casino, which is connected to the Paris Hotel and not far from the Flamingo, Linq, Planet Hollywood, Bellagio and Caesars Palace.

To say that it was located in the center of everything would be an understatement.

It is.

This was my first time staying at Bally’s and as a member of Ceasar’s Rewards, I got a not good, but great room deal for the three days that I stayed there.

(You can’t beat $10 a night really. That’s how much I paid and had a double room, not a king sized bed like I had requested.)

My cousin and I were in the middle of everything and we pretty much walked every where, including to T Mobile Arena to see a Vegas Golden Knights Stanley Cup playoff game(which they lost but more about that in another post.)

Even though Vegas is somewhat open, some places require you to wear a mask.

However, while at the pool, one wasn’t required.

The pool at Bally’s was nice and not too crowded, which was great because the temperature was 105 degrees and the water felt oh so nice.

Because I got in so late, I didn’t have to wait to check into my room, which was on the 8th floor.

I had a very nice view, or at least I thought I did.

Good rate, bad rate, or great rate, I think Bally’s is going to be added to the list of hotels that I’m going to stay at when I come to Las Vegas

MARCH TRAVEL QUOTES

In a day or so, we’ll be in month number 4, April.

(That’s no April Fool’s Joke, either.)

Even though we’re still going through Covid 19, some people have done not one but two or more 30 Plus Teams Tours of their own.

Need I say that in April, God willing, the Sports Diva will be getting ready to do a three day 30 Plus Teams Tour of some city.

Sorry, but no guesses as to where I’m going to from y’all yet.

You’ll know soon enough.

But what about the rest of you?

Have you done a 30 Plus Teams Tour yet?

Let these quotes inspire you.

TAKING THE VACCINE, PART TWO

I did it.

I had heard all the bad things that would happen from well meaning friends and family.

“My arm was so sore from the second one”

“I got chills. Is that supposed to happen with this one?”

“I got really bad dizzy spells.”

I didn’t get any other advice, but my landlady/cousin made sure she gave me some need to know stuff:

” You’ll still have to have a Covid 19 test when you come back from your trip. Oh and by the way, get me some proof that you had the test and it’s negative.”

I get what you mean, cuz, but really , proof like a note?

What are we in high school here?

Anyway, even though it was raining, the Sports Diva took herself back to York College and got the second dose of the Covid Vaccine shot.

This time it was so much easier.

There was a separate entrance for people who were there for the second dose.

There were no forms to fill out this time, just bring that appointment card and your New York State identification card.

My appointment was supposed to be between 9:15-9:30am, but at 8:39am, I walked on in, got my temperature taken and at 9:08am, after sitting down for about 15 minutes or so, I walked on out of the building, brand new bandage on my shoulder.

I explored the neighborhood of South Jamaica a little and walked into the place where I had my Covid 19 test, City MD.

I just had to know.

Did I STILL need to get a Covid 19 test when I come back?

I was told yes and by the way, I can get my results back the same day and to make my cousin happier than a pig in you know what, I can get a note for her.

God willing I’m ready.

Let that 30 Plus Teams Tour begin again.

FEBRUARY TRAVEL QUOTES

In a few days we will have gone through two months all ready and going into month number three.

Some people have even been on not one, but a few of their own 30 Plus Teams Tours.

Sorry, the Sports Diva isn’t one of them.

But God willing, that’s going to change.

What about you?

Have you gone on your own 30 Plus Teams Tour yet no matter if it’s in your own backyard or the state or country over, if you can.

As usual, let these quotes inspire you.

GETTING THE CORONAVIRUS VACCINE

I had been debating and debating about it since December or whenever it first was offered.

When it came time to do it, I was late.

Everything was booked up.

I finally got lucky and finally did it.

What is “it”?

I got my first Coronavirus Vaccine.

As a senior citizen over 65 years of age in the state of New York, I fell under category 1B as dictated by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

1B meant that senior citizens would be in the first group to get one of the two vaccines offered in the state, Pfiser and Moderna.

Group 1A was essential workers, and they were the first to receive the vaccine.

After I finally decided that I was going to take the vaccine, I found out how hard it was to schedule an appointment.

Many places only took you if you lived in the area.

Everything was booked up and it didn’t seem to matter if you tried to make appointments at CVS, Rite Aid or Walgreens or even at Yankee Stadium or Citi Field.

(Yes, the mayor of New York City and governor were so desperate for ALL New Yorkers to get this vaccine that they even made it available to get a shot at baseball parks.)

There were even appointments at the huge convention center, the Javits Center and Aqueduct Race Track, here in Queens.

The sad part was that you had to be vaccinated in the place that you lived.

So basically, if you live in The Bronx, don’t even think of going across the George Washington Bridge to New Jersey and try to get vaccinated there.

It’s not going to happen.

Finally two new centers opened up.

Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn and York College in Queens where I went.

These two are the largest vaccination centers in New York City, vaccinating 3,000 people in one day.

Except for a little bit of soreness, I’m feeling okay.

Now I’m not going to get into a debate with some of you on if you should get the vaccine or not.

It’s up to you and besides, that’s not how the Sports Diva rolls.

DO YOU BOO, but don’t forget the hand sanitizer and the mask,okay?

My second shot, also Pfiser, is going to be in the middle of March.

It’s also going to be at York College.

After much debating, I finally got off my rear end and put my feelings and fears to the side and got the Coronavirus Vaccine.

What took me so long?

EVEN TRAVELING DURING A PANDEMIC, DO YOUR RESEARCH

We’re still in the middle of the virus that won’t go away but many people in the United States are still traveling.

Even if you’re doing your own 30 Plus Teams Tour, one thing never changes.

Please do your research before you go away, especially now during this pandemic.

Here in the United States, every state has their own requirements for entering that state.

If you don’t follow or research the requirements, your own 30 Plus Teams Tour is going to be delayed, let alone ruined.

My two great neices, S and B, plus S’s almost two year old son, found that out the hard way, or at least my two great neices did.

(I’m only using their initials not to embarrass the heck out of them, but because both of them are on social media and S just happens to be a reality star.)

Anyway, they were all set to go to on a 13 hour flight from Miami to Honolulu.

Bags were packed for all three of them, tickets purchased, covid tests done for the three of them.

They were ready for luau and lei time .

Or so they thought.

When the flight landed, they discovered that somebody should have done their research on Hawaii’s requirements for entrance to the Hawaiian Islands from the mainland.

The test that the three of them took in Miami didn’t hold water for Hawaii.

Baby S didn’t even need to have another covid-19 test.

(Yes, I said ANOTHER COVID-19 test. At almost two, Baby Boy S has traveled more than his great great aunt, the Sports Diva, and unlike me, he travels in First Class always!)

As for my two great neices, they couldn’t enter Hawaii with the tests they had.

So they left Baby Boy S with his daddy, who was flying in from California, and who did his research.

My two great neices had to fly to another airport to get another covid-19 test that Hawaii would recognize.

They had to take an unscheduled 5 hour flight to SFO, San Francisco International Airport.

There is a happy ending to this though.

They made it to Hawaii at 2am, Hawaii time.

The moral of this blog post is this-.

No matter where your own 30 Plus Teams Tour takes you, please do your research before you travel, especially during this pandemic.

A VISIT TO BELMONT PARK

  • I thought I  would  be missing  all the 30 Plus  Teams  Tours  that I  would be making since the Virus  from  hell  came  on the scene .
  • I couldn’t  understand  why y’all  were so interested  in what was in my suitcase.
  • In other words, I  really thought that I would really miss plane travel for another 30 Plus  Teams  Tour  of  anywhere .
  • Believe it or not, I’m  really enjoying visiting  places by public transportation .
  • I  took  another trip on the local Queens bus to Elmont, Long Island .
  • I was going to see Belmont Racetrack ,home of the third leg of horse  racing’s ‘triple crown’.
  • But no, I don’t   bet on horses .
  • I just like looking  at  them.
  • (Besides the  Belmont Stakes, there’s  also the Preakness  Stakes, held in Baltimore  and of course, something that’s  on my bucket list ,  the Kentucky  Derby, held in Louisville ,  Kentucky  .)
  • The Sports Diva  had another reason for visiting  Elmont and Belmont  Park .
  • Right next door ,  under construction ,  is Belmont  Arena .
  • It’s  going to be the new home  of  the  New York  Islanders  hockey club.
  • You just know ,  the Sports Diva  had to see this.
  • As it was a very nice day, I  really enjoyed  my day and am looking forward  to  the next place to visit.
  • I said it before and I’ll  say it again.
  • I  can get used to not flying anywhere but taking public  transportation . 20200814_12581020200814_12414720200814_125158FB_IMG_159745653520320200814_12564620200814_12473920200814_12450220200814_13043620200814_13012820200814_130518