‘I’m leaving Los Angeles and I’m moving to Las Vegas . ‘

“Las Vegas ? Do they have houses on the Las Vegas Strip?”

“Do people ACTUALLY live in Las Vegas ? ”

‘Yes, and I’m going to find a place in Downtown Las Vegas . ‘

“Downtown Las Vegas ? There’s really a Downtown Las Vegas ? ”

‘Yes, it’s where Las Vegas actually started.”

“No, seriously. Where are you going to live in Las Vegas , a casino?”

Long before I had even thought about or even considered doing a 30 Plus Teams Tour , well meaning friends and definately many family members who didn’t know that much about Las Vegas asked me questions like this constantly .

I told them that I was leaving Los Angeles after 10 years.

I had quit my job at Malaysia Airlines and like Lebron James, I was taking my talents elsewhere .

I wasn’t moving to South Beach, though.

Nor was I moving back to the East Coast .

I was going to Sin City, Las Vegas , aka New York City on steroids.

What was I going to be doing?

I didn’t know that much about the city, even though I visited there, a lot.

Las Vegas is just about as close to a suburb of Los Angeles as you can get.

I signed up with a temporary agency, but I wasn’t going to do any kind of job in the city until I got fingerprinted by the Las Vegas police department, which EVERYONE in town must do if you’re applying for any kind of job.

Contrary to popular belief though, prostitution is ILLEGAL in Clark County , where the city is located , not that was going to be my job, mind you.

The agency paid for my fingerprints, which I think were either $50 or $75.

(It was 12 years ago, people. My memory isn’t that sharp !)

When I first moved, I had enough money to stay at El Cortez Hotel, which is downtown, and was once owned by Bugsy Siegel, the mobster.

I stayed for about a week or so.

When my money ran out, I didn’t know where to go.

I still didn’t know the city that well enough.

Someone at the agency suggested a place in North Las Vegas called Shade Tree Inn.

It became my home for awhile.

Did I mention that this was a homeless shelter for single women and women with children ?

Yes, I stayed in a homeless shelter for awhile and I’m not ashamed to say so.

You do what you have to do to get by.

I had to learn when to get up at a certain time, when to bathe at a certain time, what time to be in bed, and try to find something to do in the morning because the shelter didn’t let you in your room from the hours of 10am until 4:30pm.

I had to check in with the staff if I came in after 11pm, which was when the staff turned the lights off.

I did find an apartment as well as a job after awhile.

My apartment, which was a studio with kitchen, bathroom and a balcony, cost less than my place in California and a heck of a lot less than what I’m paying here in New York City .

Like my job, my place was located in Downtown Las Vegas , mere blocks from my job on Fremont Street.

Where did I work?

It’s Vegas, I worked at a casino.

I worked at Fitzgeralds Hotel and Casino, which is now known as “The D”.

I was one of those people who make the players cards, which you give to the dealer at the table ,or put in the slot machines .

My fancy schmanzy job title was “card ambassador”.

Did I enjoy those three years that I lived in Las Vegas ?

Yes and no.

I didn’t know what to expect.

I didn’t follow my own advice.

I didn’t do my research .

Visiting Las Vegas is very different than living here.

The cost of living is low.

There’s no state tax.

Now some of you may say what’s wrong with that?

I’m greedy.

When those tax refund checks come in, I want to see a federal AND a state in my account, just saying.

Need I bring up the heat in the summer?

I don’t care if it’s a ‘dry heat'(my microwave is too.), I can never get used to getting home after midnight and it’s 99 degrees.

Plus my neighbors are in the huge pool that takes up most of the apartment’s courtyard .

Definitely wasn’t used to that.

Nor could I get used to waking up at 9am, and the temperature is 106 degrees and climbing.

Needless to say, the casinos made it very easy for locals to lose money.

Need your paycheck cashed?

We’ll do it for you so you can play those slots.

Even the casinos on the Strip began catering to the locals who rarely gambled there .

I took advantage of everything because I liked playing the slots and getting all the perks that I could.

After work it was always party time.

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas , right?

There’s more partying going on now it seems than when I lived in Vegas.

Every day a new restaurant , hotel, dance club or show is opening up or so it seems.

After three years in Vegas, I decided to move again, back home to New York City where most of my family and friends are.

There are times that I question moving back to New York .

However, if you were to ask me if I did move , would it be back to Las Vegas ?

I don’t know honestly .

I have way too much stuff going on and I really don’t have the patience anymore to reapply for services that I’m getting here in New York .

You know, that “senior stuff”.

I enjoy visiting though where for a couple of days or even a week, I can say that I live

in a casino .



For once, the Sports Diva wasn’t at home watching some sporting event.

Nor was I on another 30 Plus Teams Tour, getting ready to go to some sporting event.

Instead, I went to Carmine’s Restaurant for a late birthday dinner, courtesy of my nephew and sister in law.

There are two Carmine’s Restaurant branches in New York City .

There’s branches in the Theater District of New York City , and branches in Atlantic City , Washington DC , Las Vegas and even in the Bahamas .

The one that we’re going to is on the Upper West Side on Broadway at 91st street.

Reservations are required and make sure if you make a reservation for four people, all four of you are there when the host or hostess is getting ready to seat you, otherwise you won’t be seated.

Everyone in your party must be there.

You’ll notice that the restaurant seems to be loud.

It is and it’s not just because you’re in New York .

The tables are close to each other .

It was my first time at Carmine’s .

I’m so glad that I hadn’t eaten either a big breakfast or lunch.

The amount of food is amazing .

When you’re shown to your seat, your waiter greets you and tells you the specials for the evening.

Once you order, you’d be amazed at how big the portions of food are, even if you order an appetizer .

There were three of us at the table, and there was so much food that we ended up bringing home leftovers , even salad and bread.

Once your food is ready, your waiter brings your food out on a platter .

He or she then puts your plates on the table and proceeds to serve your food to you on the plates.

It’s a lot of food as you can tell by the pictures.

I apologize that the pictures are dark, but you can see how huge these platters are.

To say that this is a lot of food for one person, let alone two or four, is an understatement .

You definitely won’t go home hungry at this restaurant .

If you do, there’s something wrong with you.

The food not only looks delicious, it is at this family style restaurant that has been around since 1990.

Prices are higher for dinner than they are for lunch .

The restaurant on Broadway and 91st is open for lunch and dinner every day .

When you come to Carmine’s , enjoy yourself and definately bring your appetite with you.

Carmine’s Restaurant

Upper West Side

2450 Broadway at 91st Street

New York , NY 10024


Sunday-Thursday 11:30am until 11pm

Friday – Saturday 11:30am until 12am


I  was reading  a blog post from November 30th  written by blogger Sam from Living and he was talking about  the  places where  he had lived and how his current place of residence  felt like  “home” to him.

It made me  think.

Just what is the definition  of  “home”?

No, not the definition  that’s  found in the dictionary.

What does that  word “home” actually  mean  to  you?

Is it  the place where you live now?

Or is it the place where you were born?

Like Sam, I  also have lived in  four places.

New York  City ,  Boston ,  Los  Angeles ,  and Las Vegas . 

I also lived in  Dayton , Ohio ,  but as I  only went there for a year of college, I  really  consider  it as a”layover”.

Looking  back on it now, and nothing  against  the  city of Dayton ,  but outside of a University  of  Dayton  Flyers  basketball  game where it seemed as though  the whole town showed up, there really  wasn’t  anything  to do . 

Even though  I  was born in “The City  That Never Sleeps  “, I really  don’t  consider  it home.

Don’t  get me wrong ,  there are more than  enough  things to do here and even  though  some of my family  members  are still here, nope, it’s  not “home”.

New York  City  is  just the  place that happens  to  be  on my birth certificate  and the place that I  live now.

I liked the  10 years that I  spent in Los Angeles  and the three years that I  lived in Las  Vegas ,  but these places  weren’t  home for me either.

I’m  an East Coast girl at heart and I was “homesick” when I lived on the West Coast . 

Now, when I say I was “homesick”, I  don’t  mean  for my family  and  friends . 

I meant that I  missed  the quicker pace of life that I experienced  and that I was used to back east.

I even missed the rudeness and the no nonsense, take no prisoners  attitude of the two cities  back east that I lived in, New York  City  and Boston . 

Home to me just isn’t  the  city that I happen to  live in, it’s  the city that I can be myself  and be comfortable  as well as safe, knowing  that when I go back to the place where I live, my “home” will always be there.

That’s  why  Boston  will always  be  home to me.

When New York  City  gets to be too much  and I need that personal  space to go to, I  have  one.

It’s  called Boston . 

Yes, I can definitely  do  a 30  Plus  Teams  Tour  there as well . 

Home means different  things to  everyone . 

What does home mean to you ? 

Drop me a line  in  the  comments  section  or  shoot  me an email  at  and let me know.

Once again ,  thank you for liking  and  supporting  30 Plus  Teams  30  Plus  Dreams . 


The  year isn’t  over yet ,  and I’m  sure  that I’ll  have  many other favorite  memories  to talk about . 

At this time  though ,  at the middle  of  October ,  my favorite  memory  from this year so far occurred in a five day span, June 18th  until June 23rd . 

This was my annual  trip to  Las Vegas  for the NHL  Awards  and  red carpet  ceremony.

This year was an extra  special  one though.

Las Vegas  was getting  a  brand  new  hockey  team, the Golden  Knights.

(You know what  that means ,  right? Las Vegas  has become  a stop on the 30 Plus  Teams  Tour . )

Not only was the city hosting  the awards, something  that they had done for the  past few years at some theater in one of the many casino – hotels in  town, but they were going to hold the ceremony  and  the Expansion  Draft  at the T-MOBILE  Arena ,  home of the team.

Everyone  who attended  the  awards ceremony  also got to see and hear just what players would  be  wearing  that black hockey jersey trimmed  in gold and red with the gold Knights  shield  on the front.

I was really  excited  because  for once not only was I  going to  the red carpet  ceremony  and take pictures  with hockey players nominated  for  awards, but I  could  actually  afford  tickets to  the  awards  for once.

$25 for a seat in Section  13, row 9 sounded awfully  good to  me.

The only thing  that  I  didn’t  like was the unbearable  heat.

The  city does get wicked  hot in the months  of  June, July ,  and August ,  but maybe because  I’m  getting  older and hadn’t  lived in  Vegas in 7 years, the heat did bother me a lot this time and  I  was wearing  a  sleeveless  dress.

I can never forget how excited  I was when five of the newest members of  the  team came on stage and greeted the crowd.

They were wearing  their jerseys without their names or numbers on the back.

I wasn’t  the only one  who  was excited . 

The crowd in the arena was electric  and this wasn’t  even a hockey  game  that was being  played . 

There was even a question  and answer period after the ceremony  was over with not only the same five players, but the coach of the team as well.

It was something  that  I’ll  never forget . 

Vegas was ready to  show the world  that the newest member  of “The Shield  ” could  put on a show worthy of “The Entertainment  Capital  of  the  World  ” when their first inaugural  home game happened on October  10th . 

Yes, this was definitely  my favorite  memory  of  the  year ,  if not the summer.

I couldn’t  wait to  see  them play, and it’s  even part of  my bucket list to see a game at the  T-MOBILE  Arena . 

Who would  have  known  or even  thought  that  just a few  days  before  October  10th ,  someone  would  make  my favorite  memory  of  the  year very bittersweet ? 

I  will  still  remember  in spite  of  everything those days, June 18-23, 2017, and how they will be my favorite  memory  of  the  year.


I was going to  do a post on the World  War I I  Memorial  in Washington ,  DC .  

But I’m  going to  save that for another day.

As I woke up this morning, I was texted by friends and relatives about a shooting  in a place near and dear to me, Las Vegas ,  Nevada.

In case some of  you  don’t  know, not only is it the newest city on my 30 Plus  Teams  Tour ,  but in 2010, I moved to  New York  City  from Las Vegas , after living and working  there for three years.

50 people ,  who were just doing what everyone  does in Las Vegas ,  having a good  old time at a music festival ,  lost their  lives  to a deranged gunman.

This was at the Mandalay  Bay  Hotel and Casino, which if you’ve  ever been to Las Vegas ,  is the first hotel you see when you go on the Strip . 

It’s  the  hotel right next to the  Luxor . 

200 people  were injured, making this one of the  worst shootings in a whole  string of worst shootings in this country.

I’m  not going to  get into a gun control debate here because this blog isn’t  about that . 

I’m  very  angry and disgusted that someone  actually  was staying on the 32nd  floor of the hotel and instead of enjoying the scenery  in front of  him, not to mention the good music and happy vibes coming from the concert, did the unthinkable . 

He killed and wounded so msny innocent people who never did anything  to  him.

They may not have even known who he was, nor he them.

We may never know  this man’s  motives and why he had so much firepower with him to do more damage because he killed himself.

If he had lived, I would have liked to  know one thing.



In an earlier  post  on Las Vegas ,  I asked  the  question ,  Las Vegas  Strip  or Downtown  Las  Vegas ,  where  should  you  stay when you’re  in  town ?

(See  /  2017/06/30 Las  -Vegas  -Baby – Las – Vegas  -Nevada  -The – Las – Vegas – Strip  -or – Downtown  -Las  -Vegas  –  Where  –  Should  -I – Stay  -When  -I – Go  –  To  -Las  –  Vegas  )

My personal  choice ,  as I  mentioned  in  the  post ,  was  the place  where  the  city  of  Las  Vegas  actually  began ,  Downtown .

One  of  the  hotels  that  I  would  suggest  that  you  stay  at  is the  hotel  with  the  name  that’s  very  easy  to  remember .

It has one  letter ,  and it’s  called ,  “The  D  ” .

It’s  the  tallest  hotel  in Downtown  Las  Vegas  with  35 floors .

If you happen  to  be  staying  on the  Las Vegas  Strip ,  you  can’t  miss  it  if you’re  going  to  watch  the  light  show  on Fremont  Street .

The D is right  in  the  middle  of  all that  action at  the  Fremont  Street  Experience .

The  Third  Street  Stage is right  next  door  and if you have to ,  there’s  a  McDonald’s  there too.

This is  the  third  name  change  for this  hotel .

It  was  once  called  Sundance, then Fitzgeralds .

Now ,  about  that  new name, “The  D  ” .

What’s  that  all about ?

There’s  three reasons ,  depending  on just  who  you speak  to  or believe .

Reason  number one:  The  first  name  of  one  of  the  owners  is Derek .

Reason  number  two  :  The  hotel  is  located  in  Downtown  Las  Vegas .

Reason  number  three  is closer  to  the  truth .

The owners  of  the  hotel  are from  Detroit .

Besides  ”  Motown  ”  and ”  The  Motor  City  “, just  what  is the  other  nickname  for  Detroit ?

You guessed  it ,  The D .

While  most  of  the  hotels  on the Las Vegas  Strip  especially  have some  kind  of  exotic  city  theme  like  Paris ,  Venice ,  Lake  Como  ,Egypt , and  Monte  Carlo ,  this  hotel  is  about  all things  Michigan ,  not just  the  city  of  Detroit .

You  want  to  see  everything  and all that  has  to  do  with  Michigan  sports ,  no matter  what  the  sport  is, you’ve  come  to  the  right  hotel  and  casino .

Right behind  the  bar  that  calls  itself ,  ”  The Long  Bar  “, all those  television  sets are turned  to not only  local  and  national  sports ,  but Michigan  sports  as well .

Don’t  be surprised  if  one  of  the  patrons  at the  bar enjoying   himself  is one  or both of  the owners  of  the  hotel .

As for  ”  The  Long  Bar  ” ?

According  to  the  state  of  Nevada ,  this casino  has the longest bar in the state ,  so you’ll  always  find  a seat somewhere  at the  bar.

Are you  hungry ?

Besides  the D Café  inside the  hotel ,  and the  McDonald’s  outside  the  hotel ,  there’s  the  24  hour  American  Coney  Island  Chilli  Dog  Restaurant  that  specializes  in  those  mouth  watering  hot  dogs  with the  secret  sauce  just  like  you’d  find  at  the  American  Coney  Island  Chilli  Dog  Restaurants  back  home  in Detroit .

This  casino  likes  to  say that  it provides  the  most  fun not only  in Downtown  Las  Vegas ,  but  in the  whole  town .

They  just  might  be  right ,  and  the  fun just  doesn’t  begin  when  you  check  into  your  room .

When  they  aren’t  taking  your  bets ,  some  of  the  dealers  are dancing  on the tables  to the beat of  the  music, which you can hear  throughout  the  casino .

The bartenders  at the bars  throughout  the place don’t  want to  feel  left out on all this fun.

Watch as some of  them juggle  those rum, vodka  ,and whiskey  bottles around  before  they  make  your  drink.

This is Las Vegas ,  after all .

EVERYONE  puts  on a  show .

Now  that  you’ve  seen what’s  going  on  downstairs ,  what about  your  room ?

We won’t  even  talk  about  that choice  you have on whether  to go frolicking  in the outside  pool or chill out  in the jacuzzi .

The  D is  the  only  hotel  on Fremont  Street  that has both .

One  thing  you’ll  notice  is that red and  black  seems  to  be  the  color scheme  of  the  hotel .

The color  is all over  the  casino, the  hallways ,  the lobby ,  the front  desk ,  and even when you  enter  your  room .

One thing you might notice  about the elevators  in the building .

Besides  the fact that they’re  also  red and  white ,  that is  .

When you push the floor you want , the letters  A, B, C, and D come up.

This tells you what elevator  you’ll  take  to your  room .

For example ,  if the elevator  says  C17 ,  you take elevator  C to the 17th floor .

Strange, but a lot of  hotels  in  the  United  States  seem  to  be  doing  this .

The  rooms  aren’t  as spacious  as some  of  the  the other  hotels  Downtown  or on the  strip ,  but the  beds  are  comfortable .

I  would  advise  asking  for  a  room  on a higher  floor  because  you are in the middle  of  the  action  on the  Fremont  Street  Experience ,  and if you’re  a light  sleeper ,  a lower floor  isn’t  going  to  block  out  the  noise .

If you  want  a microwave  and  refrigerator  in your  room ,  that  will  cost  you  extra .

There’s  a  resort  fee at the  hotel ,  like  many  others  in town .

It’s   $20 per night ,  plus the  hotel charges  11538970_10205479491680084_3275377891109438708_o10380824_10205456904475418_1441072148386311670_o11406234_10205460832813624_6298998669153517731_o11206516_10205479455199172_2196017128786538446_o1262554_10201143754089354_1146120132_o10985185_10205479480759811_6978073834829958690_o10339401_10205460876014704_4966264098478081690_o11026264_10205479307675484_6204006098143301757_o$100  on your  credit  card  for incidentals ,  which  is  refunded  to you, providing  that you haven’t  used up $100  worth of  stuff .

You can either  pay the  resort  fee when you check in or when you’re  ready  to  check  out .

The fee isn’t  optional ,  so don’t try to  get  out  of  it.

The  hotel  is  easy  to  get to  by  either  the  Deuce  or  SDX  bus.

(See  2017/06/29/Las  –  Vegas  –  Baby  –  Las  –  Vegas  –  Nevada  –  Yes  –  You  –  Can  –  Take  –  Public  –  Transportation  –  Here  )

If  you’re  coming  from  the  Las  Vegas  Strip ,  both  buses  stop right  across  the  street  from  the  hotel .

If you’re  arriving  by  plane  from  Las Vegas  McCarron  Airport ,  you  can  either  take  a  cab  or one  of  the  many  shuttle  vans ,  which  are  cheaper  than  getting  a  cab .

Keep  in  mind ,  though ,  that you  will  be  sharing  the  van  with  people  going  to  some  of  the  other  hotels  or hostels  in town ,  so  the  ride  will  definitely  take  longer  than  usual .

If you happen  to  arrive  at  night ,  you’ll  get  to  see the city  when it looks  the  most  beautiful ,  at night with the  lights  from the different  casinos  all lit up  like  Christmas  trees .

You  have  your  choice  of hotels  to stay  at while  you’re  in town .

You want to have some  fun without  the all crowds  on the  Las  Vegas  Strip ?

Make your  home  in Las Vegas ,  the hotel  with  just  the  initial .

The  D .


Recently ,  I read an article  in  one of  the  travel  magazines  that some  countries  were going  to  limit  the  number  of tourists  due to overcrowding . Some  cities  have  even  seen violence  against  tourists ,  telling  them  to  ”  Go  Home  ” ,  or even  being  physical  with  some of  the  tourists .

Rome has limited  the  number  of  visitors  to  some  sites  in  the  city ,  such as St. Mark’s  Square  and  Trevi  Fountain  because  some of  them  have  waded  into  the  water ,  rather  than  throwing  coins  in the fountain  like you’re  supposed  to  do .

There  have  been  street  protests  in cities  like  Venice ,  Florence ,  Rome ,  Dubrovnik ,  and Barcelona  most notably .

This  fact  not  only  saddens  me, but it also  has  me thinking .

Could  this  happen  here  or in Canada ?

What  would  it be  like  to not  be  able  to  do a 30  Plus  Teams  Tour  of  New  York  City  due to  overcrowding ?

OK ,  I  get it.

New York  City  is a  bad example  because  if 8 million  plus  of us can live together  in five boroughs ,  what’s  a million  or so visitors  trying  to  pour into  Yankee  Stadium ,  the Empire  State  Building  or One World  Observatory ?

But  let’s  say that New  York  City  Mayor  DiBlasio  suddenly  said that Central  Park  would  be  closed  due to  overcrowding  by tourists ?

Or that only  a  certain  amount  of  people  would  be  allowed  in  Times  Square  on New Years  Eve ?

What about  two somewhat  “smaller  ”   cities  like Miami  and Las Vegas ?

Suppose  the mayor of  Miami  said that they were going  to  limit  the  number  of  tourists  that go into  South  Beach ,  Little  Havana  or Petite  Haiti ?

Could  you  imagine  the  uproar  if the mayor  of  Las Vegas   were to limit  the  number  of  tourists  on the  Las  Vegas  Strip  due to  overcrowding ?

Could this even  be a possibility  here in this  country  or even  in Canada?

Too many tourists  in Montreal  or Toronto ?

Is there really  such  a  thing  as too much tourism  and  too many tourists ?

Could  it be  due to  some  other  reason  that  some these  countries  are taking  such  drastic  measures ?

Could  it  be  that  maybe  in spite  of  all  that  money  that’s  brought  into  certain  countries ,  the  local  people  aren’t  really  that  fond  of  foreign  tourists  taking  way  too  many  pictures  of  things  that they  shouldn’t  be  taking  pictures  of ?

The tourists  might  even be  taking  selfies  of places that  are  sacred   and therefore  basically  interrupting  the  day  to day  lives  of  the  locals .

Maybe these  tourists  aren’t  even  respecting  the customs  of the  locals .

(  See my two blog posts ,  / 2017/03/09 please-act-like-you’ve-been-there-before  and  /  2017/  03/ 06 Capital  -Journey  -please  –  respect  -the –  monuments  –  and  –  memorials  -when – you  –  visit  -Washington  -DC)

What’s  really  fueling  this  suddenly  new phenomenon  of  “overcrowding  by tourism  “?

In defense  of the local  people ,  I can  understand  why  you  would  want  to  limit  the  number  of  tourists  just a little  bit .

Some  people  just  don’t  know  how  to  conduct  themselves  when  they’re  out  of  their  own country  .

That’s  right ,  it’s  the  case  of  ”  not  acting  like  you’ve  been  there  before  “.

Why are  you  wading  through  Trevi  Fountain  like  you’ve  lost your fool  mind?

Are you  for  real ?

That’s  not  only  disrespectful ,  it’s  wicked  rude  and  it shows  a lack  of  training  on your  part .

Everyone  should  be  able  to  see the  sights  of a place whether  they’re  going to  London  to see Big  Ben ,  Buckingham  Palace ,  or the London  Eye .

This also applies  to  Spain if people  want to experience  Flamenco  dancing  where it originated .

This even  holds  true  if you’re  going  to  see all those  monuments ,  memorials ,  and museums  on that  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  of  Washington  DC .

There should  be  some  kind  of  happy  medium  between  tourists ,  locals ,  and the city  you’re  going  to .

No tourist  FB_IMG_1501857041654FB_IMG_1501510261303FB_IMG_1501940755403FB_IMG_1500913445983FB_IMG_1501595978629FB_IMG_1501324004596sites  in a city  should  be  off  limits  due to  overcrowding .


How do you  feel  about  some  countries  limiting  the  number  of  tourists  visiting ?


Do you  think  this  could  happen  in your own country ?



Tell me  what you  think by dropping  me a line in the  comments  section  .