BEING A SPORTS DIVA DURING COVID 19

As some of you may or may not know, I like sports .

No, let me stop with  the boo crap.

I LOVE SPORTS !

I’m  not called the Sports  Diva  for nothing .

This is what 30 Plus  Teams ,  30  Plus  Dreams  is all about.

It’s  a love of sports and traveling  to  a  city to see a game, not to mention  what to do in that city once   that   baseball ,  hockey ,  football  and  basketball  games are over.

The virus  from  hell, also known  as  Covid  19 ,  not only stopped  my travel, it also stopped  me and a lot of other sports fans from doing what we love  best.

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The last sporting  event that I  attended  on my 30 Plus  Teams  Tour  was in Las Vegas   between  the Golden  Knights  and Los Angeles  Kings.

It was on my bucket list  to do this.

There haven’t been any more games for me to attend because of the pandemic .

At the beginning  of  March ,  the NBA   (National  Basketball  Association  ) and the NHL   (National  Hockey  League  )decided to postpone  their season until God knows when.

I don’t  need to tell you how this made the Sports Diva  feel.

You can only imagine .

I  didn’t  care that  I  wouldn’t  be  able  to  travel to a game, I  can live with that.

No, seriously, I’m  dealing with taking public  transportation for a 30 Plus  Teams  Tour   and not airplanes  .

But to not be able to watch a game on television  or listen  to  it on the radio, no the Sports  Diva  wasn’t  feeling this.

I  was going crazy.

It came  to  the  point where I  would go to YouTube  to watch reruns of New England  Patriots  Superbowl  wins, New York  Yankees baseball games and all the  hockey replays that I  could  stand.

I was even watching people going to their favorite stadium, ball park or arena on the Travel  Channel ,  no less.

That’s  how much I  missed my sports and I wasn’t  the only one as I discovered  from Facebook   and other social media posts.

When hockey came back on August  1st   for the playoffs   with no fans, did the Sports Diva  care?

Not  at all, it was sports and yes, I planned my day around what time games were on TV or radio for the two New York  City  teams that were  in the playoffs .

I’m  not kidding .

If a game began at noon, you’d  better believe that the Sports  Diva  was going to  have all of her housework done by 11:59am, no matter what team was on.

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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?

TAKING THE TEST PART 2

On July 21st ,  I took the Covid  19  test   here in Queens .

I was told it would take  7-14  days  to  get  my  results .

Friends who  took the  test received  their results  earlier than that so I  was very nervous  about  my own  results .

Let me say that tests that I  took in high school and college didn’t  make me as nervous as the results  from taking the test for the virus  from  hell .

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20200721_153352When day 7 came and went, I was checking  my results almost every day, sometimes twice.

Friends and  family  members  weren’t  helping me by asking all the time if I had heard anything  about  my test results .

To say that the Sports Diva was more nervous  about this test than I am watching one of my sports teams in the seventh  game of a championship that goes into overtime ,  would be an understatement .

I was  nervous, I’m  not  going  to  lie .

Finally ,  on August  4th, exactly  14 days from when  I  first took the test, my results came in.

I was even more nervous when I read the email I  received.

NEGATIVE  PEEPS !

Even though I was more nervous than anything, fam, please take it from the  Sports  Diva ,  especially  if you’re  here in the  United  States .

If you have any symptoms  or have come into  contact  with someone  who may or may not have any symptoms ,  please get yourself  tested.

In some parts of the United States, the test is free.

Once again, in spite of  all that you’ve  heard, this is no joke and no  it isn’t  the flu .

People are dying here in the United States ,  especially  from this every  day ,  even as I’m  writing this post.

The test might seem uncomfortable  and the waiting for the results  may  seem like it takes forever, but please even if you have underlying  health issues as I do, please get this test done.

Many of you will be glad you did .

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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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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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.

GO AWAY CORONAVIRUS, I’M GOING ON A BUS RIDE

It was Memorial Day here in the United States , a day where we honor all those veterans that made it possible for us here to enjoy the right to shop, live and yes , do those 30 Plus Teams Tours we sports fans love doing.

Thanks to the virus from hell , it’s not possible for us to do what we used to do.

But here in New York City as well as some other states in the country, places are opening up.

While large groups of people can’t get together and act the fool, it is okay if up to 10 people do this.

Just remember your masks and gloves people.

You can’t swim on the beaches but at least you can walk on the sand here.

Usually, for Memorial Day, the Sports Diva is doing some kind of 30 Plus Teams Tour of somewhere.

Virus from hell or no virus from hell , 2020 is no different .

Except, I’m doing a stay cation 30 Plus Teams Tour.

Hello to that orange and blue bus route N4 that starts in the borough of Queens and ends in Nassau County Long Island.

Instead of going to Philadelphia, Boston or Washington, DC, my trip is taking me to the cities or incorporated towns of Baldwin , Valley Stream, Lynbrook and Rockville Centre , Long Island.

While buses in New York City are run by the MTA or Metropolitan Transit Authority, buses in this section of Long Island are run by Nassau County transit.

Like everything else in New York City , don’t even try to come on without your mask and please forget about paying, get on the back of the bus please and stay away from the driver.

If you need to ask for directions on how to get where you’re going, too bad.

No interaction with the driver.

Didn’t you get that memo about staying 6 feet away?

So with camera phone in hand, the Sports Diva said stand back coronavirus, mama is going away, if only for a few hours.

Guess what?

It felt so good, I just might do it again.