MY 30 PLUS TEAMS TOUR BUCKET LIST – ALL 150 OF THEM!

AttachmentAttachmentAttachmentAttachmentAttachmentAttachmentYou  might  think  that  a bucket  list  for  a blog  called  30 Plus  Teams ,  30  Plus  Dreams  would  mean  just visiting  or doing  things  in cities  in  Canada  and  the  United  States  that  have  teams  in  all four  of  the  major  professional  sports .

You might  be  partially  right .

There  are  cities  in both  countries  that  I  would  like  to  see  and they  DON’T  have  any of the  four  major  sports  teams  in their  cities .

They are, however ,  close enough  though  that  if you wanted to make  a  side  trip  while  on your  own  30 Plus  Teams  Tour ,  you could .

You might  be  surprised  at some  of  my  choices ,  but then again ,  you might  not .

Here’s my bucket  list in no particular  order .

  1. Halifax ,  Nova Scotia
  2. Drinking   Ice Wines  in Canada
  3. Banff, Alberta   because  the name  sounds  so wicked  cool .
  4. Grand Canyon
  5. Lake Louise ,  Alberta
  6. Eating a  bagel  in Montreal  and  seeing  how  different  it is  from a bagel  in New York  City
  7. Stanley  Park
  8. Attending  a  Toronto  Raptors  basketball  game
  9. Hoover  Dam
  10. Civil  Rights  Museum  in Birmingham ,  Alabama
  11. Newport ,  Rhode  Island   to see how  the  other  half  lived back in  the  day
  12. Beale  Street
  13. Museum  of  Human  Rights ,  Winnepeg, Canada
  14. Rock  N Roll Hall of  Fame
  15. Baseball  Hall of  Fame ,  Cooperstown ,  NY
  16. Vicksburg ,  Mississippi  to see the  Civil  War  monuments
  17. Pearl  Harbor
  18. Riding  on the  Montreal  subway
  19. Riding  all the  street  cars in New Orleans
  20. Portland ,  Oregon
  21. Attending  an Indianapolis Colts   football  game
  22. Attending  the  Kentucky  Derby and drinking  Mint Juleps and wearing  my  finest  hat.
  23. Mackinac  Island ,  Michigan .  No cars are allowed
  24. United  States  Naval  Academy ,  Annapolis ,  Maryland
  25. Calgary  Stampede
  26. Parliament  Hill ,  Ottawa
  27. Going  on  an Alaska  Cruise
  28. Getting  my cowgirl  on in Jackson  Hole, Wyoming
  29. Attending  a New England  Patriots  football  game
  30. Yellowstone  National  Park
  31. Trying  my luck and looking  elegant  at the  Casino  Du  Montreal
  32. Albuquerque ,  New Mexico
  33. Catalina  Island
  34. Alcatraz
  35. Santa  Barbara
  36. Visiting  Doctor  Martin  Luther  King’s  graveside  in Atlanta
  37. Riding  the  High Roller  in Las Vegas
  38. Washington  National  Zoo
  39. Seeing  where JFK was shot  in  Dallas
  40. Arlington  House at Arlington  National  Cemetery .  It was once the  home   of  Robert  E. Lee
  41. Senator John  Heinz History  Museum  in Pittsburgh
  42. Harper’s  Ferry ,  West  Virginia
  43. The  Alamo
  44. Attending  a  Montreal  Canadiens  hockey  game  at Le  Centre  Bell
  45. Seeing  as many  lighthouses  as I can in the  state  of  Maine
  46. Kennedy  Center
  47. Sundance  Film Festival
  48. Being  a snow bunny  in Aspen ,  Colorado
  49. Graceland
  50. Walking  down the Las Vegas  Strip in the winter time  when there aren’t  that  many  tourists
  51. Fort Sumpter
  52. Eating  barbecue  in Kansas  City ,  St. Louis ,  Memphis ,  and the Carolinas , and deciding  which  one  I  like  best .
  53. Country  Music  Hall of  Fame
  54. Eating  at Paula Deens Restaurant  in  Savannah, Georgia
  55. Attending  a  Arizona  Diamondbacks  game at Chase Field
  56. Soaking  up  French  Canadian  culture  in Quebec  City
  57. Visiting  Mother  Seton’s  home in Baltimore .  She was  the  first  American  saint .
  58. Visiting  the  Negro  Leagues    Baseball  Museum  in Kansas  City
  59. Tasting  Maple Syrup  in Vermont
  60. Gettysburg
  61. Going  to  an authentic  luau  in Hawaii
  62. Riding  the  Duquesne  and  Monongahela  inclines  in Pittsburgh
  63. Visiting  the  Oklahoma  City  Bombing  Memorial
  64. Riding  a  sightseeing  boat  down  the  Chicago  River
  65. Notre Dame  university
  66. Iditarod  Dog Sled race  in  Alaska
  67. Seeing  all the  neighborhoods  of  New Orleans ,  not  just  the  French  Quarter
  68. Buchard Gardens ,  Victoria ,  Canada
  69. Eating  a hot dog  at The Varsity  in Atlanta  and  a half  smoke  at Ben’  s Chilli  Bowl  in Washington  DC .   and comparing  the  two
  70. Philadelphia  Museum  of  Art, but  not  running  up the  stairs  like Rocky did .  That’s  NOT  an option .
  71. Little  Havana
  72. South  Beach
  73. Louisville ,  Kentucky
  74. Attending  a  Winnepeg  Jets  hockey  game
  75. Supreme  Court  Building
  76. Football  Hall of  Fame  in Canton    Ohio
  77. Attending  a July 4th  concert  in either  Washington  DC ,  Philadelphia ,  or Boston .
  78. Attending  a  Milwaukee  Brewers  baseball  game  at Miller  Park ,  especially  to see  ”  the  Sausage  Race” .
  79. Spending  most  of  the  day  in Las Vegas ,  walking  through  the  Caesar  ‘  s Palace  Hotel  and  Casino .  It’s  that big that you’ll  need  most  of  the  day.
  80. Attending  a US  Open Tennis  Match
  81. Richmond ,  Virginia
  82. Attending  a  Green  Bay  Packers  football  game  and  taking  a  tour  of  Lambeau  Field
  83. Riding  on the Atlanta  Eye
  84. United  States  Military  Academy  at West  Point
  85. Stone  Mountain ,  Georgia  and  seeing  the  Civil  War  monument
  86. Riding  “The  Maid of  The   Mist” and seeing  Niagara  Falls  up close  and  personal .
  87. Underground  Railroad  Museum  in Cincinnati
  88. The Trail  of  Tears
  89. Great  Blacks in Wax Museum  in Baltimore
  90. The Bean Sculpture  in Chicago
  91. Staring  at  “Sue” ,  the  T-Rex at Field   Museum  in Chicago
  92. Attending  the  Miss America  Pageant
  93. Space  Needle
  94. Mob Museum  in Las Vegas
  95. Attending  the  Indianapolis  500 Car Race
  96. Riverwalk  in San Antonio
  97. Molly  Brown’s  home in Denver .  She was  one  of  the  few  survivors  on the  Titanic
  98. Palm  Springs
  99. Eating  Tex-Mex  food  in San  Antonio
  100. Seeing  Wrigley  Field  close  up and going  to  a Chicago  Cubs  baseball  game
  101. Johnson  Space  Center  in Houston
  102. Charles  Wright  Museum  in  Detroit
  103. Pikes  Place  Market  Seattle  and  watching  the  fish “fly” .
  104. Fort Lauderdale
  105. University  of  Miami ,  aka ”  The  U”
  106. Attending  a  Seattle  Seahawks  football  game
  107. Williamsburg ,  Virginia
  108. Visiting  the  “Nationality Rooms” at University  of  Pittsburgh
  109. Going  on  a Hurricane  Katrina  sightseeing  tour of New    Orleans
  110. Visiting  The  Ohio  State  University
  111. Attending  a  game  at the  new Little  Caesars  Arena  in Downtown  Detroit
  112. Walking  down  Broadway  in Nashville
  113. Attending  an  Atlanta  Falcons  Football  game
  114. Going  on  a  carriage  ride  through  Old  Montreal
  115. Attending  a Vegas  Golden  Knights  hockey  game .  It’s  their  first  season  in the  league
  116. Walking  around  LODO, the Lower  Downtown  section  of  Denver
  117. Mount  Rushmore
  118. Crazy  Horse  Statue
  119. I want to  take a road  trip  through  the  entire  state  of  Montana  just  to  appreciate  the  beauty  of  this  state .
  120. Take  a  carriage  ride  through  the  streets  of  Charleston ,  South  Carolina
  121. Going  on  an  Amtrak  ride from  Northern  California  all the  the way  to  San Diego  in Southern  California .
  122. Myrtle  Beach
  123. Attending  an  Oklahoma  City  Thunder  basketball  game
  124. Hollywood  Walk of Fame
  125. Attending  the  Tournament  of Roses  Parade  on New Years  Day
  126.   George    W. Bush  Museum  and  Library  in Dallas
  127. Riding  the  trolley  from  San Diego  to Tijuana ,  Mexico
  128. Brooklyn  Bridge  Park
  129. Seeing  President  Andrew  Jackson’s  home, “The  Hermitage  ”  in Nashville
  130. Lombard  Street
  131. Eating  food  in New Orleans  that  I  wouldn’t  think  of  eating ,  and lots of  food  that  I  would  DEFINITELY  eat!
  132. Ben  and  Jerry’s  Ice Cream  plant in  Burlington ,  Vermont
  133. Walking  down  Park  Avenue  in New  York  City   like  I own  this  place!
  134. United  States  Air Force  Academy
  135. Taking  a  bus  ride  through  the  Detroit  –  Windsor  Tunnel
  136. Walking  along  the  Atlantic  City  Boardwalk  when  there’s  no tourists  around
  137. Walking  on one  or all of the  “Three  Sisters  Bridges  ”  in Pittsburgh . (Their  official  names  are ,  The  Roberto  Clemente ,  Andy Warhol  and  Rachel  Carson  )
  138. Seeing  as  many  plantations  down  South  as I  can .
  139. Seeing  the  “Pink  Ladies  “, those  colorful  houses  in San Francisco .
  140. Prince  Edward  Island
  141. West  Edmonton  Mall
  142. Mall of America
  143. Salem ,  Massachusetts
  144. Library  of  Congress
  145. Mount  Vernon  ,  George  Washington’s  home
  146. Monticello ,  Thomas  Jefferson ‘  s  home
  147. Attending  a  Columbus  Blue  Jackets  game, just to hear  that  humongous  canon  go off when  the  team  scores
  148. Attending  a   Cleveland Cavaliers   basketball  game
  149. Attending  an Ohio  State  –  University  of  Michigan  football  game .  Doesn’t  matter  if  it’s  at “The Horseshoe  ” in Ohio   or at ”  The  Big House  ” in Michigan
  150. Taking  a  tour  inside  the  United  States  Capital  Building.

That’s  my bucket  list ,  all 150 of them .

God  willing ,  I’d  like  to  see  and  do  some ,  if not  all  of  them .

What’s  on your bucket  list ?  Let  me  know .

Thanks  for  reading  this post and following  my blog .

LEARNING THE ALPHABET 30 PLUS TEAMS TOUR STYLE

Remember  when  you  were  in elementary  school  and learned  all  about  Reading ,  Writing ,  and Arithmetic ?

You also  learned  to  recite  those  ABC ‘ S ,  no matter  what country  you were in or what language  you spoke .

It was all about  the  alphabet .

If you  were in the  United  States ,  you probably  learned it like this, “A is for  Apple ,  B is for Boy, C is  for  Cat, you get  the  picture    .

 Just for fun we’re   going  to  recite  the  alphabet  in a different  way.

I  like  to  call  this learning  your alphabet  30 Plus  Teams  Tour  Style .

Are you  ready ?

A  is for:

Anaheim

Atlanta

Amtrak – this is  the  national train carrier  in the  United  States

Atlantic  City

Alamo

Arlington – It’s  a  city in  Texas and Virginia .  You might be  visiting  both of  them

“All  I Do  Is  Win  ”  –  Song by rapper  DJ Khaled .  You’ll  definitely  be hearing  this  song a lot if your 30  Plus  Teams  Tour  brings  you  to  Boston  and you go to  a  New England  Patriots  football  game .

B  is for:

Baltimore

Brooklyn

Boston

Beverly  Hills

Blog

C  is for:

California

Canada

Calgary

Central  Park

Cape  Cod

Camden  Yards

Charlotte

Cleveland

Chicago

Columbus

Cambridge  –   Massachusetts ,  home of  Harvard  University

Chinatown  –    No  matter  what  city  your  own  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  brings  you  to ,  there’s  going to  be  a Chinatown  somewhere .

D is for  :

Dallas

Detroit

Denver

Disneyland  and Disney World

E is for  :

Edmonton

Ellis  Island

Eating  – Trust  me ,  you’re  going  to  be doing  LOTS  of  this .

F is for:

Facebook

Florida

Fenway   Park

Fort Worth

Fort  Lauderdale

Fort  McHenry

Fanueil  Hall  – While  you’re  visiting  this Boston  landmark ,  say hi to  that humongous   statue  of  Samuel  Adams  that’s  right  in front  of  the  building .

G is for:

Grand  Canyon

Graceland

Green  Bay

Greyhound

Golden  Gate  Bridge

God- The reason  that I’m  able  to  do  a 30  Plus  Teams  Tour  .

H is for  :

Houston

Harvard

Hollywood

Hopkinton  –   The  city  where  the  Boston  Marathon  begins .

I  is for  :

Ice Cream

Independence  Hall

Indianapolis

Instagram

J   is for  :

JFK  – The airport  and  the  late president

Jack  Daniels  – My adult  beverage  of  choice

K  is for  :

Key West

Kansas  City  –  Doesn’t  matter  if  it’s  Kansas  City ,  Kansas  or  Kansas  City ,  Missouri ,  visit  either  one  of  these  cities  and have  some  great  barbecue .

L  is  for  :

Little  Italy  –   Every  city  that  you  may  visit  has  a  Little  Italy .

Las  Vegas

Los  Angeles

Liberty  Bell

M   is  for  :

Montreal

Memphis

Milwaukee

Minneapolis

Miami

Martha’s  Vineyard

Madison  Square  Garden  –  While  you’re  in  New  York  City ,  you  have  to  take  in  a  game  or  a  concert  at  the  place  that  calls  itself ,  “The  World’s  Most  Famous  Arena  ” .

Manchester  –  New  Hampshire ,  not  England .  You can  do  a  day  trip  here  from  Boston .

Metro  –  It’s  the  subway  system  in Washington  DC .  Just  don’t  call  it  the subway  while  you’re  in  town .

Mexico  –  Don’t  laugh .  You can make  a  day  trip  here  if you  happen  to  be  in  San  Diego .  A trolley  will  get  you  there .  Just  remember  to  bring  that  passport .

N  is  for  :

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New  York  City

New  Orleans

Newark  Liberty  Airport

Niagara  Falls  –  It  doesn’t  matter  if  you’re  visiting  the  American  or  the  Canadian  side, you can do a day  trip  from  either  Buffalo  or Toronto .

O  is  for  :

Ottawa

Oklahoma  City

Oakland

O’Hare  Airport

P  is  for  :

Philadelphia

Pentagon

Phoenix

Pittsburgh

Providence

Pennsylvania  Station  –  The  train  station  in New  York  City ,  Baltimore  and  Pittsburgh

Primanti  Brothers  –  You  have  to  go to this  restaurant  while  you’re  in  Pittsburgh  and  have  one  of  these  sandwiches .  RIGHTEOUS !

Q is  for  :

Queens

Quebec  City

R is  for  :

Richmond  -Take  a day  trip  from  Washington  DC  to Virginia ‘ s capital .

Raleigh

Riverwalk   -Another  place  to  visit  while  you’re  in  San  Antonio .

Redskins  – You  might  have trouble  saying  the  name ,  but if you’re  going to Washington   DC ,  this is  the  name  of  the  football  team  that  you’re  going  to  see .

S is  for  :

Salt Lake  City

Staten  Island

St.Louis

Seattle

San Francisco

Sacramento

San Jose

South  Street  Seaport

Statue  of  Liberty

San Diego

San Antonio

Smithsonian  -So many  museums  in DC ,  so little  time  to  see  them  all.

Subway  -You really  haven’t  done  a real  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  of  New  York  City  if you  haven’t  rode  the   subway  at least  once .

Sports- The  real reason   why  you’re  doing  a 30  Plus  Teams  Tour  in the  first  place .

T is  for  :

Twitter

Toronto

Tex-Mex-Gotta have  some  of  this  food  while  you’re  in  San  Antonio .

“The T”-  The subway  system in   Boston  and  Pittsburgh .

U is for  :

United  States

V is for   :

Virginia

Vancouver

Victory- What you  hope  your team  has  on your  30  Plus  Teams  Tour .

W is  for  :

Wrigley  Field

White  House

Washington DC

Williamsburg  -It’s  the  neighborhood  in Brooklyn  or the city  in Virginia .  Be sure  to  visit  both  of  them .

X is for  :

Sorry ,  I  got nothing .  No, really   I   GOT NOTHING ! !

Y is for   :

Yankees

Z is for  :

Zoo- You have to  visit  at least  one of  these  even if  you’re  traveling  by yourself.

 

There you have  the  alphabet ,  30 Plus  Dreams  Tour  style.

Hope you  had  a  little  bit  of  fun  learning  your  alphabet  all over  again .

What about  your  own alphabet travel  style ?

Drop me   a  line in the  comments  section  and tell  me  all about   it.

I  might  use them in another  A-Z post .  Thanks  for  reading .

 

 

 

MY OWN 30 PLUS TEAMS TOUR FAVORITE PLACES

I  usually  don’t  do  a Top 10  List, but  I’m  going  to  change  it up a little  bit  for  this  post .

Some  friends  wanted to   know  if I  have  a  favorite  list  of  my favorite  places ?

I  do, but  keep  in  mind  since  this  blog  is  called  30  Plus  Teams ,  30  Plus  Dreams ,  don’t  expect  to  see  Tokyo ,  Paris ,  or Cape  Town  on this  list .

The  theme  of  this  blog  is  what  to do   in  a  city  after  you’ve  gone  to  that professional   hockey ,  football ,  baseball ,  or  basketball  game .

The last  time  I  checked ,  Tel Aviv   doesn’t  have  any of those ,  neither  does  Dubai ,  Nassau ,  or Mumbai .

So  ,don’t  be surprised  to  see  American    and  Canadian  cities .

Even  though  I  live  in  New  York  City ,  and  everyone  and  their  mama  seems  to  either  want  to  visit  here  or move  here ,  sorry  “Big  Apple  “,  you  are  NOT  even  on my   list  of  my  favorite  30 Plus   Teams  Tour  cities .

These  are  the  10 cities  that  made  the  cut  and  not  just  to see  a sporting  event  but  today  visit  again  and  again .

They’re  in reverse  order, 10 all the  way  down to my  number  one favorite  30 Plus  Teams  Tour  city .

 

TAMPA ,  FLORIDA

Love  the  Spanish  vibe  of  the  city ,  the  beautiful  waterfront  and the  fact  that  in  the  middle  of  April ,  I  can go swimming  and  go to  a  Tampa  Bay  Lightning  hockey  game  wearing  nothing  but  my  hockey  jersey  and  a skirt .

PHILADELPHIA ,  PENNSYLVANIA

Very  underrated  city  in the  shadow  of  New  York  City .  Cheesesteaks   Rocky ,  The  Liberty  Bell ,  and  one  of  the  best  mascots  in  sports ,  the  Phillie  Phanatic  doing  his  thing  at Citizens  Bank  Park .

PITTSBURGH ,  PENNSYLVANIA

Black  and  yellow  everywhere  from the  color  of  the uniforms  of their  sports  teams  and even  the  bridges .  Primanti  Brothers  for  one  of  their  RIGHTEOUS  SANDWICHES ! !  The  skyline  of  the  city  rivals  the  skyline  of  New York  City ,  and  Chicago  for  some  of  the  most  breathtaking  views ,  especially  at  night .  This  is another  very  underrated  city .

DETROIT ,  MICHIGAN

Don’t  laugh ,  yes ,  I  LOVED   the  ”  Motor  City  ” .  This  city  gets  really  bad  press  and to be  honest ,  I   don’t  know  what  I  was  expecting .  Yes I  was  expecting  the  worst .  I  was  wrong ,  very  wrong .  The  “D”   is  making  a  comeback .  I want  to  see  this  city  again  and  again .  . Thank  you ,  Motown .

TORONTO ,  CANADA

No  matter  if  you  refer  to  it  as  ”  The  Six  ” ,  ”  The  416  ”  or  just  ”  T.  O.  ” ,  Toronto  ROCKS ! !  !  It  might  be  known  as  the  land  of  hockey ,  but don’t  tell  that  to  Toronto  Raptors  basketball  fans  or  Toronto  Blue  Jays  baseball  fans ,  they represent  their  teams  too.  Don’t  forget  to  visit  that  big  tower  that  seems  to  dominate  the  skyline  of  the  city   the  CN  Tower .

NASHVILLE ,  TENNESSEE

When  you  say  Nashville ,  people  automatically  say  Country  and  Western ,  Cowboy  Boots  and  Line  Dancing .  Music  City  is  more  than  that .  This  city  has  some  of  the  friendliest  people  I  have  ever  met  and they  are  more  than  happy  to  tell  you  about  their  city  and ask how  are  you  doing ,  and really  mean  it .  I can’t  wait  to  come  back  to  ”  The  Athens  of  The  South  ” . FB_IMG_1500995065051

LOS ANGELES ,  CALIFORNIA

For  10  years  I  called  this  city  my  home  and  I  didn’t  have  a  car .  I  definitely  don’t  know  how  to  drive ,  but  I  got  from  Point  A  to  Point  B  by  public  transportation .  Lots  of  people  hate  the  freeways ,  the  traffic ,  the  smog ,  how  expensive  it  is  and  above  all ,  the  phony  people .  I say  WHATEVER .  I  miss  those  beaches  that  I  went  to  on  my  days  off  from  work .  And  yes ,  I  did  take  the  bus  to  get  to  all  four  of  them  that  were  close  by  my  house .

WASHINGTON  ,  DC

What  more  can  you  say  about  our  Nation’s  Capital  that  hasn’t  been  said  before ?  It  doesn’t  matter  if  you’re  a Democrat ,  Republican ,  Independent ,  or  you  didn’t  vote  at  all ,  this  city  has  something  for  everyone .  All these  monuments  and  museums ,  not  to  mention  the  memorials  that  you  only  read  about  in  school  are  right  here  in front  of  you .  Most  of  them  are  free .

BALTIMORE ,  MARYLAND

This  city  is  right  down  the  road  from  Washington  DC  and  many  people  for  some  reason  avoid  this  city  like  the  plague .

By not   going  to  Baltimore ,  you’re  missing  out  on  seeing  the  Inner  Harbor ,  Fort  McHenry ,  Lexington  Market  for  restaurants  and  shops ,  exploring  the  city  on one  of  the Charm   City  Circular  buses ,  that  are  free ,  by the   way ,  Little  Italy ,  and  my favorite  baseball  park ,  Orioles  Park  at  Camden  Yards .

 

My number  one  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  city  is a city  that  has  a very  special  place  in  my heart ,  and  for  those  of  you  who  know  me  ,  you all ready  know  what  the  city  is.

To those  of  you  who  don’t  know  me,  it’s  the place  that  I lived  in  and  worked  in  for  13  years ,  and  it will  ALWAYS  be  the  place  that  I  call home .

It’s  the  city  that  I escape  to when  I  want  to  get  away  from  the  madness  that  is  New  York  City .

It’s  “The  Bean  “,  Boston ,  Massachusetts  and  just  where do  I  start  with  the  oh so   many  reasons  that  I  love  my city  so much  .

I’ll  just  name  a  few .

The view  of  the  city  from  the  Cambridge  side  of  the  Charles  River .

Walking  across  Harvard  Yard  and  taking  a  picture  with  the  statue  that’s  supposed  to  represent  John  Harvard ,  the  founder  of  the  school .

The  accent .

Not  for  nothing ,  but  when  I  get  either  wicked  excited  or wicked  upset ,  my Boston  accent  comes out .

The  Celtics ,  Red Sox ,  Bruins ,  and  Patriots  and  just  how  very  passionate  their  fans  are.

I  should  know  I’m  a fan  of  three  of  these  teams ,  and  this  is  a 30  Plus  Teams  Tour  of  my  favorite  places ,  after  all .

Walking  through  the  Public  Gardens  and seeing  the  statue  of  George  Washington  on his  horse .

Don’t  do this  at night ,  though .

The Golden  Dome  on top  of  the  Massachusetts  State  House .

Riding  on one  of  the  Swan  Boats  in the   summer .

The  cobblestone  streets  and  the  old  fashioned  street  lamps .

Lobster  Roll Sandwiches  and  New England  Clam  Chowder .

Sorry ,  you  can  call  me  a  Clam Chowder   Snob,  but  Manhattan  Clam  Chowder  just  ISN’T  Clam  Chowder  to me .

Walking  along  the  Rose  Fitzgerald  Kennedy  Greenway  and  looking  out  at the   Boston  Waterfront .

The  Boston  Pops July  4th  concert on  the  Hatch Shell  and  seeing  the  fireworks  going  off all over  the  city .

All that  history  that’s  a  part  of  the  United  States  History .

I could  go on   and  on about  my  city ,  but  I  think  you  get  the  idea .

 

MEMORIES OF APRIL 15 , 2013

FB_IMG_1501245727736FB_IMG_1501245733104FB_IMG_1501245742088FB_IMG_1501245736873We  can  all  remember  where  we  were  when  certain  events  happened

September  11th  and  the  assassination  of  JFK ,  among  others .

I  can  say  that  I  remember  where  I  was  on  April  15th ,  2013 .

I  had  just  arrived  in  Boston  at  around  6  am  or  so ,  had  breakfast  and  texted  friends  back  in  New  York  City  and  Pittsburgh  to  tell  them  that  what  was  going  on .

I  described  to  them  how  festive  the  city  was  and  that  even  some  of  the  bars  were  open  early .

It  was  a  holiday  in  Boston ,  Patriots  Day ,  which  is  not  only  a  holiday  in  Massachusetts ,  but  Rhode  Island  as  well .

It’s  also  the  day  of  the  Boston  Marathon ,  one  of  the  biggest  races  in  the  country .

The  runners  start  in  the  town  of  Hopkinton ,  Massachusetts  and  end  up  26  miles  later  at  Copley  Square  in  Boston ,.

 

Many  years  ago ,  I  was  a  race  volunteer  because  the  company  that  I  worked  for ,  John  Hancock  Insurance  Company ,  sponsored  the  race .

They  still  do ,  by  the  way .

I  hadn’t  been  to  the  marathon  since  I  left  Boston  and  I  couldn’t  wait  to  see  this  one .

I  would  always  remember  it ,  but  not  for  the  reason  I  wanted  to .

At  around  1:  50pm  or  so ,  I  left  the  spot  where  I  was  watching  the  race  on  Boylston  Street ,  in  front  of  Lord  and  Taylor  Department  Store  and  headed  to  Prudential  Center ,  a  shopping  complex  in  the  Prudential  Building .

The  race  wasn’t  over ,  but  I  had  already  seen  the  top  male ,  female  and  wheelchair  runners  cross  the  finish  line ,  so  it  was  time  to  make  my  way  through  the  crowd  to  buy  a  coworker  a  souvenir  from  Boston .

By  the  time  I  did  that  and  picked  up  a  pastry  from  Crumbs  Bakery ,  it  was  near  3 pm .

It  didn’t  cross  my  mind  that  a  lot  of  sirens  were  going  off  as  I  was  three  blocks  away .

But  looking  back  on  it ,  it  made  sense .

They  were  ambulance  sirens .

Two  bombs  had  gone  off  at  the  marathon .

Bombs ?  !

Two  bombs  at  the  Boston  Marathon ? ?  !

NOOOO !  NOOOO !  NOOOO !

Some  bastard  actually  did  THIS  to  MY  CITY ?  !

I  remember  all  the  text  messages  and  voice  mails  I  received  but  couldn’t  answer  because  because  cell  phone  towers  were  down  and  NO  ONE  in  the  city  was  able  to  get  calls .

”  Jo ,  are  you  all  right ?  ”

”  Jo  Ann ,  it’s  the  job .  Call  us  and  let  us  know  you’re  all  right .  ”

”  Jo ,  Michele  and  I  are  worried  about  you .  Are  you  ok ?  Jo ,  please  answer . ”

Facebook  was  really  my  friend  that  day  because  that  was  the  only  way  I  could  communicate  with  people .

I  was  first  in  shock ,  then  anger .

I  asked  friends  to  pray  for  us  up  in  Boston .

I  didn’t  have  any  physical  scars  or  wounds ,  but  mentally  I  have  scars  and  still  do  years  later .

They  even  made  a  movie  about  the  bombing  called  Patriot  Games ,  which  recently  came  out .

I  won’t  see  it .

I  refuse  to  .

I  don’t  need  to .

I  was  there  that  day .

I  saw  the  crime  scene  tape  around  Copley  Square  and  the  place  where  I stood  just  an  hour  before .

That’s  where  one  of  the  bombs went  off .

As  I  said  my  shock  turned  into  anger .

Anger  at  the  two  low  lifes  who  did  this  to  my  city .

I  want  to  know  what  the  hell  the  city  of  Boston  ever  did  to  you  to  make  you  want  to  bomb  a  big  part  of  it .

You  injured  so  many  and  killed  five  Bostonians  who  you  never  knew  and  did  nothing  to  you .

One  of  them  a  little  boy  who  lived  in  my  old  neighborhood  of  Dorchester .

It’s  going  to  be  four  years  this  Patriots  Day  and  the  race  will  go  on ,  but  I  will  ALWAYS  remember  April  15 ,  2013 .

I’m  not  the  only  one .

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS OR GETTING TO KNOW SPORTS DIVA 63 (THAT’S ME ! )

FB_IMG_1501244723872I’ve  had lots  of  people ,  not just friends  ask me a lot of  questions  about  the  blog and things they didn’t  know  about  me. So I’m  going  to  try to  answer  some of  them  for you. If you  have any  other  questions  that I  don’t  answer  here, feel  free  to  contact  me  by email  at Sportsdiva64 @gmail.com .

WHAT’S  UP WITH  THAT  TITLE ?

In all  four  of  the  major  professional  sports ,  that’s  hockey ,  football ,  baseball ,  and  basketball ,  there  are  at  least  30  or  more  teams .

As for the  30  Plus  Dreams  part ,  well, for some  people  who love sports  as much  as  I  do, it’s  a  dream  to  attend  a  game  in  person no  matter  which  one  of  the  sports  it is.

You  don’t  even  have  to  be  a  fan  of  the  team .

WHO IS THE  INSPIRATION  FOR  THE  BLOG ?

That  would  have  to  be  my  girlfriend ,  Mish  T ,  who  is  forever  asking  the  question  “but what’s  there  to  do  there ? ” Hopefully ,  this  blog  answers  that  question  for you  after you’ve  gone  to  that  sports  event.

HOW DID  YOU  GET  INTO  SPORTS ?

I  have  been  a  baseball  fan  since  1963, when my late  Aunt  Blecka  took  me  to  a  baseball  game  at  Yankees  Stadium .  I don’t  even  remember  what  team  was playing  against  the  Yankees  that day . Sports  was always  something  we  talked  about  in my  family ,  the  women  as well  as  the  men .

Some  things  don’t  change, although  some members  of  my family  just don’t  get my crazy  obsession  with  hockey .

I  was a  freelance  sports  writer  and  most  of  my  work  was done  with  the  Boston  Bruins  and  Los  Angeles  Kings  hockey  clubs .

WHAT  ARE  YOUR  FAVORITE  SPORTS  AND  TEAMS ?

In  this  order ,  Baseball ,  New  York  Yankees .  Hockey ,  New York  Rangers  and Boston  Bruins .  BASKETBALL .  Boston  Celtics  and football ,  New England  Patriots .

HOW  DID  YOU  GET  INTO  TRAVEL ?

I  took  my  first  plane  ride  at  age  12  from  Martha’s  Vineyard ,  Massachusetts  to New York  City .  I  worked  for  Delta  Airlines  in Boston  and  Los  Angeles ,  and for  Malaysia  Airlines  in Los  Angeles .

WHERE HAVE  YOU  LIVED?

I  have  lived in  four places. I  don’t  count  Dayton ,  Ohio, because  I  went to  college  there from August  to April  of 1971 at the  University  of  Dayton .  I have lived in Boston ,  Los Angeles ,  Las Vegas ,  and  New York  City ,  where I  am  now .

WHERE  HAVE  YOU  TRAVELLED  TO?

This is  a  very  long list and forgive  me if I  left out a few places. INTERNATIONAL  and I  do consider  Canada  as international . Kuala  Lumpur ,  Malaysia ,  London ,  England ,  Singapore ,  Brisbane ,  Australia ,  Sydney ,  Australia, Penang ,  Malaysia ,  Niagara  Falls ,  Canada ,  Toronto ,  Canada ,  Vancouver ,  Canada ,  Barrie, Canada, Calgary ,  Canada, Ottawa, Canada and Montreal ,  Canada.

In the  United  States ,  Portland . , Maine ,  Providence ,  Rhode  Island ,  Baltimore ,  Philadelphia ,  Pittsburgh ,  Washington  DC ,  Atlanta ,  Los  Angeles ,  St. Louis ,  Boston ,  New Orleans ,  Phoenix ,  Detroit ,  Nashville ,  San Francisco ,  San  Diego ,  Salt Lake  City ,  Denver, Buffalo ,  and Wheeling ,  West Virginia .

WHAT  CITIES  ARE YOUR  FAVORITE ?

International ,  it’s  a  tie between  Toronto  and Kuala  Lumpur .  In this  country ,  there’s  no contest .  It’s the  city that will  ALWAYS  be  home  to me, Boston .

DO YOU  HAVE  A  BUCKET  LIST  OF  CITIES  THAT YOU’D  LIKE  TO  SEE ?

Yes, Dublin , Belfast ,  Tel Aviv , Dubai, Winnepeg, Memphis ,  Seattle ,  Chicago ,  Miami ,  and Cleveland .

DO YOU  HAVE  A  BUCKET  LIST  OF  ARENAS THAT YOU  WANT TO  SEE ?

DEFINITELY !  Progessive Field  – Cleveland ,  Miller  Park  – Milwaukee ,  Lambeau  Field  – Green  Bay ,  United  Center  – Chicago ,  Great  American  Ballpark  -Cincinnati ,  ComericaPark-Detroit ,  Gillette  Stadium  -Foxboro ,  Massachusetts ,  Nationwide  Arena  -Columbus ,  Quicken loans  Arena  -Cleveland ,  and the new Busch Stadium  in  St. Louis .  I saw the  old one ,  but the  new one looks  amazing !

HOW DID  YOU  GET  INTO  BLOGGING?

I  had started  a blog  on blogspot .com many years  ago ,  but I  wasn’t  really  passionate  about  it ,  plus  I  was working  full time  and didn’t  have  the  time or the patience  to  keep  up with  it. Now that I’m  retired ,  I’m  blogging  about  the  two  things  that I’m  very passionate  about ,  travel  and sports .

I follow  a lot of  the blogs out there and am so amazed  at all the great  writing  about traveling  that I  see.

Shout out  to  The Shooting  Star, Oneika  the  Traveller, Fly Brother, Why Wait to  See The World, This  Battered Suitcase ,  Travels  With Adam ,  Shut Up and Go,Kesi To and Fro, and The Blog  Abroad ,  among others .

You guys really  inspire me .  THANK YOU !

I  AM  TAKING  A  TRIP TO  BOSTON  AND NEW YORK  CITY ,  WHAT SHOULD  I  SEE?

WOW!Where  do I  start?! What  can I  tell you  without  leaving  out a whole  lot  of  things  to  do ?

Of course  while  you’re  in  New York  City ,  you must take in a baseball  game  at  Yankees  Stadium  or Citifield ,  home of  the  New York  Mets. In Boston ,  visit  one of  the  oldest  baseball  parks  in  the  United  States ,  Fenway  Park ,  home of  the  Boston  Red Sox .

Even  if  you  aren’t  a fan  of  baseball  or you aren’t  a  fan of either team, just go.

If you know  NOTHING  about  baseball ,  just go for the  atmosphere ,  especially  when the Mets play against  the  Yankees  or whenever  the Yankees  play the  Red Sox .

As for visiting  the  other things that New York  City  has to  offer ,  I could  tell you about seeing  the usual  touristy  places, but I’m  not .

Visit  the other areas   like Washington  Heights  or Harlem .

Visit  New

York’s  “outer  boros”, that  would  be  Brooklyn ,  Queens ,  The  Bronx ,  and  Staten  Island .  You’d  be  surprised  at  what you  see there .

Take  a  ride on  the  Staten  Island  Ferry ,  which  is  free  and  it  runs  all night .

As for  Boston ,  it’s  all about  the  seafood  and  the  history .

Take a  picture  with that ginormous  statue of  Paul  Revere  sitting  on  his  horse ,  walk along  the  Freedom  Trail  , and say hello  to  Samuel  Adams  in front  of  Faneuil  Hall.

Don’t  neglect  the cities  of  Salem ,  Cambridge ,  Lexington  and Quincy . By the  way, we don’t  pronounce  it Quincey , we say Quin zee  .

You might  have  heard about  these cities  in  history  class, so see them  up close .Take a walk through  Harvard     Yard and  say hello  to  the  statue  of  the  guy that we’re  not  sure  really  is John Harvard .

After the  hectic  pace of  New York  City ,  Boston  is a  welcome  change .

 

 

SOME TRAVEL ADVICE FROM SPORTS DIVA 63.

Now that  you’ve  figured out  where  you’re  going  to  go, where you’re  going  to  stay, and how you’re  going  to  get there  for your 30 Plus  Teams  Tour ,  let me  share a little  tips  before  you head off to  Philadelphia  to see Benjamin  Franklin ,  Rocky, The Liberty  Bell  and  that Philadelphia  Eagles  football  game .

Some of  these things  are  just common sense .

First of  all   RESEARCH !  RESEARCH !  RESEARCH !

It doesn’t  matter  if it’s  you and the  family ,  you and the  guys  or girls ,  or you by yourself ,  check out where you’re  going  to  stay, what mode of transportation  you’re  going to  take, etc .

Read all the  reviews  you can, not only  for the  place where you’re  going  to  stay, but the attactions you want to  see  as well.

You can even read the  reviews  for the  arenas  and stadiums  where the  game is  being  held.

Speaking  of  which ,  what about those tickets ?

Where will you get those from?

Don’t  even  think  about  going  to  see  a scalper  for  those  tickets   on the day of  the  game.

First of  all ,  it’s  illegal  and shouldn’t  that have been  one of  the  first  things you did, buy those tickets ?

Secondly ,  are those tickets  legitimate ?

You don’t  want  to  ruin the  real  reason  that  you’re  in Atlanta  by having  bogus  Atlanta  Hawks  basketball  tickets .

Stick to  who you  know  and trust .

The most obvious  choice  is the team’s  own website .

You might be  lucky  and pick a game  that’s  either half priced or it’s  giveaway  night.

(Steph Curry bobble head  night in Oakland ! )

When you  all go to  the  arena, an usher will scan your ticket .

If it’s  a bogus  ticket, NO BODY  is getting  in and SOME BODY  who wanted to  impress the family  and  friends   is going  to  be  very embarrassed .

Now, what if you’re  traveling  with  the family  on a bus , train  or plane, what do  you  take to get  to  your  hotel  or hostel ?

You could  take  a  taxi ,  which is  expensive .

You could  take an airport  shuttle  or if your  hotel has their  own  shuttle ,  take that.

You also  could  take public  transportation ,  no matter  if you  take the  bus, train, or plane..

The only  downside  to  this  is what if the bus, train, or plane is no where near  your destination  and you have to  walk to the hostel  or hotel ?

The luggage  is heavy, your  friends are tired , and   so are you  .

Not to  mention  those “are we there yet ? ” looks  you’re  getting  from the  kids and adults .

Now, let’s  say it’s  just little  old you down in Indianapolis  going  to  that Indiana  Pacers basketball  game because  no one  else  wants to  go  with you.

Scary thought ,  hun?

No, not that you’re  going  to  Indiana ,  it’s  the fact that  you’re  going  by yourself .

Not really  because  STAYING  HOME  IS NOT  AN  OPTION !

Go see that basketball  game by yourself .

If this  is  your  30 Plus  Teams  Tour ,  don’t  let anyone  steal your  thunder whether  you’re  going to   see the Thunder  play basketball  in Oklahoma  City  or be the Thunder  at a Lightning  hockey  game  down in  Tampa .

If you want to  sit next to  or near Jack Nicholson  at a Lakers basketball  game  in  Los  Angeles  or sit in “celebrity  row” at Madison  Square  Garden  in New York  City ,  why not  if you  can afford  to  roll like that.

Forget  the  fact that  you  had to  work a lot  of  overtime and that on many occasions   you went to  work  very sick just so you could  see your team  play, guess what ?

This is  your  30 Plus  Teams  Tour .

You want to  see  some sports  action  live and in person ,  whether it’s  your favorite  team or  not .

Just be mindful  of  your surroundings  when you go .

Ask the front  desk  clerks  the  best and easiest  way  to  get  to  and from  the  arena .if you’ve  been  in town  for a few  days  before  the  game ,  take a  trial  run on how to  get to  the  stadium .

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PLEASE ACT LIKE YOU’VE BEEN THERE BEFORE.

FB_IMG_1501245516087I’m  sure that I’m  not  telling  you  something  that you haven’t  heard  before .

When  you  start  to  do a little  exploring  on your 30  Plus  Teams  Tour ,  please act like you’ve  been  there  before .

When  you’re  on the  escalator ,  no matter  if it’s  on the  subway  in New York  City ,  the Metro  in Washington  DC  or on “The T” in Boston  or Pittsburgh ,  stand to the right, so that people  can pass  on your left.

The  left side is for people who  want to  walk up or down  the  escalator  or stairs .

Please  don’t  block  their way.

Please don’t  stop  in the  middle  of  a  busy street  to take  pictures  or to look at  your map, no matter  what  city you’re  in.

Know where you’re  going  the night before and write the address  down.

Ask your  front desk clerks  the  easiest  way  to  get  to  your destination .

Find out what the weather  is  going  to  be  like when you go and dress accordingly .

I’m  sorry ,  but please  leave  the fanny  packs home .

No, seriously ,  really please leave them  at  home .

Use that transit pass to get around  town just the way the locals  do .

Find out  what  places they eat at and eat there instead of  that restaurant  where the the other  tourists go to.

If you aren’t  sure what train will get you to  a place, ask the person  in the train information  booth to help  you .

Write that address down.

Once again, you should  have  this information  BEFORE you get to  your destination .

Like your hotel or hostel  rooms .

Since this is a blog about going to  see your favorite  or not so favorite  team ,  no where  is act like you’ve  been  there  before more appropriate  than when you’re   attending  a sporting  event.

Just because  the Cleveland  Browns  football  fans are talking  a whole  lot  of  smack  about your beloved  Pittsburgh  Steelers ,  just let it go even though  your 30  Plus  Teams  Tour  has brought  you to  Cleveland ,  Ohio .

That’s  right, let it go.

Ignore, and  don’t  respond to  the  madness.

They don’t  call Cleveland  Browns  fans “The Dawg Pound  ” for nothing .

This is  YOUR 30  Plus  Teams  Tour ,  remember ?

Don’t  let the haters ruin it for you .

(Besides ,  you know who has the better  team anyway, so just zip your lip.)

Wear that green  and  gold or orange  and  black  colors of your team  proudly ., just like the hometown  fans  do.

Cheer on your team, but don’t  act like an ass about them.

Don’t  get into  a shouting  match with fans of  the  other team  if one of  them makes a comment  about your favorite  team or  player.

Think about  all that money you spent for those tickets.

It’s  not worth  responding  to  and ruining your stadium  or arena  experience .

What happens  if you or one of  your friends  acts up at a game and beer and fists start flying?

Guess who’s  going  to  get thrown  out?

That’s  right, you and your  besties  or you and the family .

Do you want  your 30  Plus  Teams  Tour  of  New York  City  to be remembered  forever as “The time that Daddy got us thrown  out  of  Yankees  Stadium ? ”

Just because  some fans are screaming  and  being rowdy ,  like  they  left their manners  at the front gate,  doesn’t  mean that  you  should  follow  suit.

Be loud  and  proud  for your guys if they make some three point shots, hit a home run ,  score a goal or make a touchdown .

Don’t let it get to  the  point  that you’ve  become  “THAT PERSON  “, aka The Obnoxious  Fan .

Please  act like  you’ve  been  there  before .