HOME, WHAT DOES IT  MEAN  TO  YOU ? 

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 sportsdiva63@gmail.com  and let me know.

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

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FRIENDS  –  WE ALL HAVE  THEM, GOOD  AND BAD  

You might  be  under  the  impression  that  I  have  no  friends  or  maybe  even  just  one  because  I  seem  to  do things by myself . 

That’s  not true, it just  seems  like  it . 

I  actually  have  friends ,  eight  close  girlfriends  whom  I  call  my ”  Circle  of  Sisters  ” . 

They  aren’t  only  my  sounding  board  on  work problems ,  (  theirs  since  I’m  retired . ) , family  issues ,  (  because  they  know  that  I’m  nosey  as  hell  and  just  need  to  know  what’s  going  on . ), husbands  or boyfriends ,  (  lack  of  either  or the conversation  usually  begins  with    ‘do you  know  what  that  idiot  did  now ?  !  ), and one of  our  favorite  topics ,  health  issues ,  (  because  we’re  all  getting  older and we all  have  them.)

We’re  women  of  different  ages, religions ,  and  ethnicities ,  but we share one  very  big  thing  in common . 

This  is  a  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  so of  course  my friends  have  done  many  of  them  and they  all like sports . 

In some cases  not all four of  them ,  but you get the idea . 

We did 30  Plus  Teams  Tours  when  it wasn’t  even  called  that . 

We didn’t  even think about  a 30 Plus  Teams  Tour  back then.

All one of my  girls  had to say were  the  magic  words ,  ”  Road  Trip  ” . 

You  just  knew  what  that  meant  no matter  what  the  sport  was.

Even  back  then  vacations  were planned  around  some  team’s  schedule . 

It still  is . 

I  actually  made  a  day  trip  from my  home  in  Boston  to meet  one  of  my  friends  in  New Jersey  for an afternoon  hockey  game.

I went  back  to  Boston  after  the  game  was  over  because  I  had  to  work  the  next  day . 

I’m  not  going  to  lie  and say  that  I  did  stupid  stuff  with  the  girls  only  when  I  was  younger  and  didn’t  know  any  better . 

I should  have  because  as  my folks  used to  say ,  ‘girl ,  you  were  raised  better  than  that ! ‘

When  I  got  a  little  bit  older ,  say in my late 30 ‘ s and early  40’s ,  the  ”  silly ,  stupid  stuff  gene” was back and better than ever . 

Now that I’m  older and I like to think a little  bit  more mature ,  I look back and think to myself:

“WOW ,   DID WE  REALLY  DO  HALF  THE  STUFF  THAT  WE DID? !”

Don’t  get me  wrong . 

This  wasn’t  the  kind of  things that would have you wearing  an orange  jumpsuit  for  the  rest  of  your  life . 

Still ,  OH MY GOD ,  WHAT  WERE  WE  THINKING ?  !  

Thank  God  we  all  met  at  a  time  when  there  was  no  social  media . 

You  knew  your  friends  from  chuch ,  school ,  work  or the  neighborhood . 

In my  case ,  two  of  my friends ,  I knew from  work  and  one went to  high school  with  me.

The  other  six I  met  through  the  pen  pal  section  of  a sports  magazine  and  something  called  ”  Friendship  Books . ”

These  were  little  books  that  you  made from index  cards or construction  paper  in  which  a person  wrote  down  their  name ,  address ,  the  player  or teams  that they liked  and  any  other  information  about  themselves . 

You  then  mailed  it  to  another  friend  who  mailed  it  to  someone  else . 

When  the book  was full, it was sent to  the  person  who  made the book in the first place . 

Believe it or not ,  after all  these years ,  all of us are friendly  with many of the people  whose  names were in those books.

Try doing  that  now . 

We now text each other  almost every day and we’re  on social  media    whether  it be Facebook ,  Instagram ,  or Twitter.

Yes, we still get silly and stuck on stupid  from time  to  time . 

We don’t  do FB  anymore . 

(  That’s  Friendship  Books ,  not Facebook . )

We’ve  been  best friends for a long time  and I don’t know   what I would do if I  didn’t  have my Circle  of  Sisters  around me to be my sounding  board  about  EVERYTHING . 

(  Thanks  Susi  Q ,  Lisa ,  Carol ,  Shana ,  Tee ,  Socorro ,  Mish  and  Myra !  Love  you  guys  to  the  Moon  and  back .  )

This includes  going  on  a 30 Plus  Teams  Tour  with  or  without  them  because  we  all  have  the  same  motto . 

”  STAYING  HOME  IS  NOT  AN  OPTION .  ”

What  about  you ?  

Do  you  have  friends  that  stood  by  you  through  thick  and  thin ?  

Do  you  do silly  things when you  get  together ? 

Drop me  a  line  in the  comments  section  and  thanks for  liking my  blog . 

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“WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT SPORTS ? “

This was a post I did earlier this year. In light of the comments made by Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton to a female reporter who covers the football team, I feel this post is quite timely .

30 Plus Teams 30 Plus Dreams

It’s  your  own 30  Plus  Teams  Tour  and you  and the  girlfriends  are so ready  to  attend  that basketball  /  hockey  /football  or baseball  game .

All of  you  put your  money  together  and  planned  your vacations  around the  same time ,  not only  to  see the  sights of Atlanta ,  Los Angeles ,  New York  or Vancouver ,  Canada, but to see  your favorite  team or teams play in person .

You all are so excited  to  be  sitting  close  to  the  action ,  in seats that you all paid for ,  by the  way ,  but wouldn’t  you know  it, there’s  somebody who just had to  be   ”  that  guy  ”  and ruin the  start of  your 30 Plus  Teams  Tour  of  Miami .

It’s  some gentleman  and his friends  who might not be drunk, and  wouldn’t  you know  it, they’re  sitting  right behind  you.

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LET THAT  30  PLUS  TEAMS TOUR BEGIN!

It’s  time  to  get down  to  business  and talk about  the  real  reason  that  you  and your  friends  and  family  are doing  a 30  Plus  Teams  Tour . 

Or maybe  you’re  going  solo.

No matter  what  the  circumstances  are,   you can break  into  your  happy  dance because  you’re  in a city to see a sport in person . 

Yes you want to  see all that Miami or Los  Angeles  has to offer, but let’s  face it.

Your real reason  for  being  here is to attend  that football ,  baseball ,  hockey  or basketball  game  in person . 

South Beach can wait until  that Miami  Heat basketball  game  is over.

You and your friends  looked at that basketball schedule  before  the  season  started just to see when the Pelicans  would be playing at home in New Orleans . 

Just your luck, they are playing  and what even better luck, they’re  playing a few days before Mardi  Gras . 

Stop snickering . 

That is the  team  name.

The Pelican  is the  state bird of Louisiana . 

Somebody did their  research  before you  got to  town . 

You checked  everything  that there is  to do in Los Angeles  and  then you noticed the hovkey, baseball ,  football  and basketball  schedules just to see which Los Angeles  pro sports  team  or teams  would  be  in town  while  you and the family are visiting  Mickey Mouse at Disneyland . 

You all are going  to  Memphis  to see Graceland  and of course  take in all the  madness that’s  Beale  Street . 

One of  the  girls  suggests that while  you’re  there, you should  go  over to  Music  City ,  Nashville ,  because  the  Tennessee  Titans are going  to  be  playing  football  against  your favorite  team ,  the Dallas  Cowboys . 

Yeah  you can  do both because  Memphis  isn’t  that far from Nashville ,  tickets to the game are still  available ,  and since all of you drive, this  is  going to  be  a great 30 Plus  Teams  Tour . 

Football , baseball , hockey  and  basketball  seasons  seem to  overlap . 

Call me  crazy , but you can’t  tell me that the commissioners  of all four  sports  didn’t  get together  and  plan it this  way . 

That’s  the  beauty  of  a  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  though . 

If a city has a pro sports  team ,  guess what ? 

You’re  going  there  with or without  friends  and  family . 

If it’s  a  team  you dislike  or could  care less  about , no problem . 

Go see a game there anyway.

It might be a stadium  or  arena  that’s  been  on your bucket  list  forever . 

If it happens  to  be  a  team  that  you  really  love, you’re  DEFINITELY  breaking  into  a  happy  dance.

Let’s  say though ,  you and the family  want to  see as much of  New York  City  as you can, but you also want to  see  a hockey  or basketball  game  at  the place that calls  itself ,  ”  The  World’s  Most  Famous  Arena  “, Madison  Square  Garden . 

There’s  a  huge  problem ,  though . 

Tickets  are  extremely  expensive  for one person ,  let alone a family  of  five .

Don’t  get  discouraged ,  though . 

Do some research , and  this  just  doesn’t  apply  to  New York  City . 

This  is  a  30  Plus  Teams  Tour . 

Besides  seeing  the  sights  of a city, isn’t  the purpose  of  a tour  to see a game, no matter  what  the  sport  or the city is?

If you just  happen to  be  in “The Big  Apple  “, take  public  transportation  to watch New York ‘ s  other hockey  and basketball  teams ,  the Islanders  and Nets, over in Brooklyn  at the Barclay’s  Center?

Tickets are cheaper  and you’ll  have just as great  a time.

Be adventurous  on your tour.

Let’s  say that  you and the boys are staying  at  a  hotel  or hostel  in Virginia ,  and you want to see some baseball  or football  games over in our Nation’s  Capital , don’t  be afraid . 

Let that fan in you come out.

Go to that  Washington  Nationals baseball  game  or that Washington  Redskins  football  game . 

You know you want to  and the Washington  Metro  can get you all to both stadiums, it’s  that convenient . 

Local fans  take public  transportation  for their  own  30  Plus  Teams  Tour . 

Why can’t  you?

Do that research  before you leave home to see the quickest  way  to  get to  the  game.

You might  get some tips  from locals on what else there is to do in the city, something  that the guidebooks  don’t  mention . 

You can bet that  you’ll  be  striking  up a conversation  with  the locals  while  you’re  on the train  or even the city bus.

Especially  if  you’re  wearing  a jersey , shirt, or hat of the other team . 

WHAT ‘ S THE STORY WITH THAT TITLE?

wp-image-58456174130 Plus  Teams  30 Plus  Dreams ?

What is  she talking  about?

What kind of title  is that for a blog ?

If you read my About  page, you know  the answer ,  sort of .

You might  know  that  besides  shopping ,  I LOVE  watching  and talking  about  sports .

I  also  love  to  travel  to  anywhere, any chance  that I  get.

The tagline of the  blog is, “What to  do  in a city after you’ve  gone  to  that  hockey ,  football ,  baseball ,  and basketball  game.”

So just how did I come  up with  that  title  of  30 Plus  Teams ,  30  Plus  Dreams ?

For a lot of us sports fans, and not just me, going to  a  sporting  event  for the first time  in an arena that you’ve  only seen  on television  is a dream .

If you get to  see YOUR team playing  in that arena, that is a DREAM, plus, if you catch my  drift .

As for the 30 Plus  Teams  Teams part, what’s  that all about ?

In case you  didn’t  know  or weren’t  aware  of ,  hockey has 31 teams, baseball  has 30 teams and so does  football  and basketball .

You get the picture

All of the major professional  sports  teams in  the United States  and Canada have 30 or more teams, or you could  say, 30 Plus Teams .

Now instead  of  calling  this  30 Plus  Teams ,  30  Plus  Dreams ,  I could  have  gotten  really  “clever” and named this blog, “Have A Team, Will Travel . ”

That doesn’t  make much sense, right ?

30 Plus  Teams ,  30  Plus  Dreams  says it all ,  don’t  you think ?

REVOLUTIONARY TALES – BOSTON ,MASSACHUSETTS. THE CITY I LOVE IN PICTURES .

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Boston ,  Massachusetts  will always  be  my home and my getaway  from  all the  craziness  that  is New York  City .

I love the monuments ,  memorials ,  the cobblestone  streets ,  and riding  the Swan  Boat’s  and yes, even going  to  Fenway  Park ,  because  this  is  a  30  Plus  Teams  Tour .

I can’t  say enough  about  my home , so  I’ll  just  let my pictures  do the  talking  for me.

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