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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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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 .

 

 

 

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 .