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

SPENDING TIME IN FREEPORT, LONG ISLAND

If I have to run any kind of errands , they’re usually done in the cities of Springfield Gardens /Locust Manor, where I live or either in the cities of Lynbrook or Valley Stream on Long Island .

I decided to do some errands in another city on Long Island , the incorporated city of Freeport .

I’ve been to Freeport before, sort of .

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Transferring to another Nassau County bus at Freeport Transit Center doesn’t count, though.

Neither does waiting at the Freeport Long Island Railroad Station .

Like everywhere else, social distancing is the norm in Freeport .

This means, have those masks, and stand six feet away no matter if you’re in the line for groceries , medicine or money at the bank.

I’m sorry that I didn’t spend a little more time here in Freeport , but I will.

It was such a nice day, but a hurricane which ended up knocking out my power for almost 4 days, was on the way .

Tell me what else can happen in New York City in 2020?

THE 400

No, it’s  not a title  for a movie.

The  Sports Diva  has reached a milestone   and wasn’t  really aware of  it.

Even  though 30 Plus  Teams ,  30 Plus  Dreams  is about what to do  in a city after you’ve  been  to that baseball ,  hockey ,  football ,  or basketball  game, there hadn’t  been  any 30 Plus  Teams  Tour  of  anywhere to go to ,  thanks to you know  what .

Instead, it has been lots of  public transportation  rides somewhere in New York  City .

One thing hasn’t  changed though.

Many of  you are still interested  in  my little  old story, and a lot of you have joined along the way.FB_IMG_1596242970760FB_IMG_1596242940958

Many of you have been with me through my travel quotes, my visits to some sporting event, and you still want to know what’s  in my suitcase .

400 plus people want to know this and for that, I  am  very grateful  and extremely  blessed that you find my posts entertaining .

Even though there  is  no  airline  travel or travel to sporting events, (no fans but there are sports, people  ), I’m  going to keep on giving you the best posts that I  can.

I hope that you’ll  continue going on this blogging journey with me .

Thank you for liking my  little  story.

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