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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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?

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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WAITING IN THE RENAISSANCE WASHINGTON HOTEL FOR MY BUS

It was my last day in Washington DC after having a great time visiting my family for Thanksgiving weekend .

My Flixbus back to New York City was leaving at 1:30pm and due to arrive at 5:45pm.

Because of the Winter Storm Advisory issued for New York City , I was going to try to get on an earlier bus, say like the 12:30pm one.

No such luck.

It was full and unlike my bus, it was stopping in Baltimore.

My bus was going non stop back to the city.

We ended up getting in at 6pm which wasn’t bad seeing that the weather was awful .

As it was raining cats and dogs while waiting for the bus, one of the valet parking people suggested that I do what other people were doing , waiting in the lobby of the Renaissance Washington DC Hotel, which is where the bus picks you up, 904 9th Street NW.

I had never stayed in this hotel, either in Washington DC or anywhere else.

But I knew that it was one of those fancy, smantzy hotels.

They’re so fancy that if you want to use the bathroom in the lobby, you have to go up to the Front Desk and get a room key , which you have to give back, of course .

As I couldn’t get on the earlier bus, I had some time to kill.

So I did what a few people who were either waiting for the bus or hotel guests did .

I went into Starbucks and got a Cheese Danish and one of my favorite coffees whenever I go to Starbucks , a small Vanilla Latte.

I went back to the entrance with the revolving door and listened to the music that was coming out of the loud speaker.

It wasn’t Christmas music , thank God , but something you wouldn’t expect from such a fancy place.

Try Alternative Rock.

By this time it was 1:15pm and I was ready to leave rainy Washington DC and take my bus to snow, sleet, and just gosh awful weather in New York City .

RIDING ON OUR BUS

That is the real name of the green and white bus that leaves from either 26th Street and Madison Avenue or Gate 23 or 25 from Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City like I did the day before Thanksgiving .

The bus going down to Washington DC was clean, or at least the one I was on was.

The fare was high, $40 one way, but thats because I waited until the last minute to buy my ticket .

(How last minute? Say about the day of at 10:30am and my bus left at 3pm)

It was my first time taking this bus and they even give you a free bottle of water with a label that has the company name on it.

You can’t beat that.

I will ride this bus again , but I’m going to get my ticket a lot earlier next time.

RIDING ON THE FLIXBUS

Whenever I go on one of my 30 Plus Teams Tour by bus, it’s usually either Megabus or Greyhound from New York City .

Coming back from this 30 Plus Teams Tour of Washington DC , I took a bus from a company that I had never heard of before, but according to a few of the passengers traveling on the bus also, Flixbus is a well known bus company in Europe .

The fare that I paid for returning back to New York City was, with the tax $6.99.

That’s right, I didn’t stutter , I said $6.99 with the tax and I had a whole seat to myself .

The bus, which is bright green, is really a motorcoach.

The seats are very comfortable, complete with seatbelts and a cup holder .

There’s no electrical outlets for you to charge your phone or other electrical doodads, or at least I didn’t see any.

So bring that portable charger with you and make sure that it’s charged up.

There is wifi on the bus though, and compared to the wifi on Greyhound , this is top notch .

Unlike the other bus companies that go to and from Washington DC , the Flixbus doesn’t go to Union Station .

You pick it up across the street from the Renaissance Washington on 9th Street NW, near New York Avenue.

Even when you arrive in New York , the Flixbus doesn’t go to Port Authority like Greyhound does or 27th Street and 7th Avenue the way Megabus does.

The bus drops you off at 31st and 8th Avenue at Penn Station , very convenient if you have that subway, New Jersey Transit train, or Long Island Railroad train to catch.

God willing , if available , I will be taking this bus again .

It was fast, clean, even the bathroom didn’t have that bathroom nasty smell that you find on other buses.

If you happen to be visiting the United States and Flixbus goes to the city that you want visit, if the price is right, by all means , take it.

You won’t be disappointed .

Or at least , I wasn’t .

FUN TIMES AND LOTS OF SILLINESS IN ATLANTIC CITY

The Sports Diva is on another 30 Plus Teams Tour.

This time I’m going to the original place to gamble, Atlantic City , New Jersey .

Shoutout to Ken Dowell from Off The Lease for correctly guessing where I was going,

I’m not going to a sporting event as there aren’t any professional sports teams in town but you can place a bet on sports teams in United States and Canada, and it’s all legal.

That’s not what I’m here for, though .

I’m here with family members for some rest and relaxation .

Some money might be won and a lot of money will be lost.

We’re even staying at the same hotel that we stayed at last year.

Of course, I’m bringing you along with me for all the Atlantic City craziness .

I’m here for three days, so who knows what kind of craziness is gonna hsppen.

Can’t wait, God willing.

Here’s to some fun times in Atlantic City .