BEING A SPORTS DIVA DURING COVID 19

As some of you may or may not know, I like sports .

No, let me stop with  the boo crap.

I LOVE SPORTS !

I’m  not called the Sports  Diva  for nothing .

This is what 30 Plus  Teams ,  30  Plus  Dreams  is all about.

It’s  a love of sports and traveling  to  a  city to see a game, not to mention  what to do in that city once   that   baseball ,  hockey ,  football  and  basketball  games are over.

The virus  from  hell, also known  as  Covid  19 ,  not only stopped  my travel, it also stopped  me and a lot of other sports fans from doing what we love  best.

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The last sporting  event that I  attended  on my 30 Plus  Teams  Tour  was in Las Vegas   between  the Golden  Knights  and Los Angeles  Kings.

It was on my bucket list  to do this.

There haven’t been any more games for me to attend because of the pandemic .

At the beginning  of  March ,  the NBA   (National  Basketball  Association  ) and the NHL   (National  Hockey  League  )decided to postpone  their season until God knows when.

I don’t  need to tell you how this made the Sports Diva  feel.

You can only imagine .

I  didn’t  care that  I  wouldn’t  be  able  to  travel to a game, I  can live with that.

No, seriously, I’m  dealing with taking public  transportation for a 30 Plus  Teams  Tour   and not airplanes  .

But to not be able to watch a game on television  or listen  to  it on the radio, no the Sports  Diva  wasn’t  feeling this.

I  was going crazy.

It came  to  the  point where I  would go to YouTube  to watch reruns of New England  Patriots  Superbowl  wins, New York  Yankees baseball games and all the  hockey replays that I  could  stand.

I was even watching people going to their favorite stadium, ball park or arena on the Travel  Channel ,  no less.

That’s  how much I  missed my sports and I wasn’t  the only one as I discovered  from Facebook   and other social media posts.

When hockey came back on August  1st   for the playoffs   with no fans, did the Sports Diva  care?

Not  at all, it was sports and yes, I planned my day around what time games were on TV or radio for the two New York  City  teams that were  in the playoffs .

I’m  not kidding .

If a game began at noon, you’d  better believe that the Sports  Diva  was going to  have all of her housework done by 11:59am, no matter what team was on.

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A VISIT TO BELMONT PARK

  • I thought I  would  be missing  all the 30 Plus  Teams  Tours  that I  would be making since the Virus  from  hell  came  on the scene .
  • I couldn’t  understand  why y’all  were so interested  in what was in my suitcase.
  • In other words, I  really thought that I would really miss plane travel for another 30 Plus  Teams  Tour  of  anywhere .
  • Believe it or not, I’m  really enjoying visiting  places by public transportation .
  • I  took  another trip on the local Queens bus to Elmont, Long Island .
  • I was going to see Belmont Racetrack ,home of the third leg of horse  racing’s ‘triple crown’.
  • But no, I don’t   bet on horses .
  • I just like looking  at  them.
  • (Besides the  Belmont Stakes, there’s  also the Preakness  Stakes, held in Baltimore  and of course, something that’s  on my bucket list ,  the Kentucky  Derby, held in Louisville ,  Kentucky  .)
  • The Sports Diva  had another reason for visiting  Elmont and Belmont  Park .
  • Right next door ,  under construction ,  is Belmont  Arena .
  • It’s  going to be the new home  of  the  New York  Islanders  hockey club.
  • You just know ,  the Sports Diva  had to see this.
  • As it was a very nice day, I  really enjoyed  my day and am looking forward  to  the next place to visit.
  • I said it before and I’ll  say it again.
  • I  can get used to not flying anywhere but taking public  transportation . 20200814_12581020200814_12414720200814_125158FB_IMG_159745653520320200814_12564620200814_12473920200814_12450220200814_13043620200814_13012820200814_130518

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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MORE APRIL TRAVEL QUOTES

A lot of us still can’t  travel anywhere due to the Coronavirus ,  aka the virus  from  hell .

It’s  almost the end of month number four and here in the United States ,  a lot of governors are opening up their  states for business again.

As much as I  miss traveling, I happen to live in a state, New York ,  that won’t  be  ready anytime soon, and I’m  sure a lot of the places where my readers live aren’t  anywhere ready to travel either.

In the meantime ,  while y’all  are  thinking about travel, let these quotes  inspire  you  when travel is officially  back.The Best Travel Quotes to Fuel your WanderlustFill your life with adventures, not things_ Have stories to tell not stuff to showTRAVEL QUOTE_ I Love AirportsTop Struggling Quotes of the Year #Quotes #InspirationalQuotes36 of the Best Solo Travel Quotes_ Inspiration for Solo Travelers

COPING WITH THE VIRUS FROM HELL PART 2

When I wrote my post on how I was doing on March 29, I didn’t think I would be doing a part two of how I was coping with this.

I want to know why the virus from hell is still here with us.

Why are we here in New York City leading the nation with the most cases, sometimes switching places with New Orleans?

This virus is like a renewal of a very bad tv show or a gosh awful movie thst doesn’t need a sequel.

I’m not even going to get into who started it, what government didn’t do what, I just don’t care anymore and I’ve stopped watching news reports about it.

To be honest, I have gotten to the point where I don’t care if it started in Wuhan , China , West Bubblepuck, West Virginia or even West of Whiskey, Kentucky.

This virus is here and it’s like that relative that just doesn’t want to leave.

That’s how I feel about Covid-19.

It’s time for you to go already.

I would be lying if I said I didn’t miss watching my sports.

I do.

I am the Sports Diva , after all.

Seriously though, I don’t miss my sports as much as I thought I would .

What I do miss a lot though, is doing a 30 Plus Teams Tour of somewhere to WATCH a sporting event and do other things.

Yes, I am missing telling you all about what’s in my suitcase .

I can’t say that I’m bored though.

There’s videos to watch, music to download, reading other folks blogs, laundry, cleaning ,cooking, eating ,and drinking non alcoholic and alcoholic drinks, sometimes both together.

I go for walks still just to break up the monotony , still with my trusty mask and gloves with me.

When I return back home, gloves and masks go in the garbage where they should be, not on the the sidewalks or in the bushes where some peeps who didn’t get the memo on staying safe, just leave them.

I also spray everything, including the coat or jacket I wore, as well as the doors and hallway.

Then I wash my hands with warm water and soap.

I can only imagine what people who work in essential businesses have to go through .

This is harder on them and their families than it is on me.

This is a new “normal” that I thought I would never see in my country, let alone in my city in my lifetime .

This should have been over by now, but, unfortunately , it’s not, and life must go on as the cases in New York City especially seem to go higher and higher.

I still wish this virus from hell and the horse they rode in on would just go somewhere far, like to the moon or something .

I don’t want to write another blog post titled coping with the virus from hell part three.

I don’t know if I can cope with it.

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A DAY IN SAN FRANCISCO OR OH MY GOD THOSE HILLS!

I spent one day in San Francisco, California as I was in Las Vegas, which is an hour and 10 minutes flight away.

For a week or so before my trip, I was trying to decide just what I wanted to see for just that one day.

I only had a few hours, landing at 8am and getting back to San Francisco International Airport by 3:45pm for a 5:25pm flight back to Las Vegas.

I wanted to see as much as I could see.

Good luck with that I said to myself as I kept crossing off things to see and do.

Being the Sports Diva that I am, one place WASN’T coming off my list no matter how much time I had in town.

It was a visit to the Chase Center, the new home of ‘Dub Nation’, better known as the Golden State Warriors basketball team.

Another thing not coming off my list was a visit to Lombard Street, which is easier to walk down than up, but more on Lombard Street in another post.

From the moment you arrive at San Francisco International Airport, you notice something.

Is every neighborhood in the city trying to outdo each other when it comes to hills?

Chinatown was even hilly and even though I didn’t get to see the famous Chinatown Gate, I did get to walk through the Chinatown tunnel that separates Chinatown from Union Square.

For some reason, while walking through the tunnel, there are signs asking you to be silent.

Don’t ask, I just kept walking.

The flight back to Las Vegas McCarron was even shorter and I arrived back at 6:30pm.

After walking up more hills than I really needed to see in my entire lifetime, I will be more than ready to fall asleep when I finally get back to my hostel.

IT’S NOT A JOKE ANYMORE, IT’S SERIOUS NOW

The Sports Diva is interupting her usual funny and upbeat 30 Plus Teams Tour posts for something very serious.

It’s not only affecting people in the United States, but everywhere.

Two countries, Italy and China are on basically lockdown because of it.

It’s something called the Corona Virus.

It’s not the common cold or the regular flu.

This virus can kill you and it has.

Every day someone seems to contract it and unfortunately many have died from it.

It started in Wuhan, China and then spread.

Peeps weren’t taking it seriously.

Social media was full of memes making light of it.

One of the most popular ones was of a six pack of Corona beer standing by itself and in the far corner with a face mask on was a six pack of Heineken beer.

Then it happened.

It wasn’t just people in China who were dying from this disease.

They say you don’t care until it affects you.

Then it did and for some reason, people all over the world were going crazy and panicking over something that they really should have had before.

Hand sanitizer.

We don’t know how this virus started but my peeps really some of you don’t wash your hands coming out of the bathroom.

Are you for real right now?

This virus has hit everything and everybody.

No one is immune.

The actor Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson contracted the virus in Australia.

It’s hit the United States very hard to the effect that governors are declaring a state of emergency.

My governor, Andrew Cuomo, of New York is one of them.

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade here in New York has been canceled for the first time in years.

258 of them to be exact.

After a member of the Utah Jazz basketball team contracted the virus, ALL NBA games have been suspended until further notice.

Soccer matches in England and Italy have been cancelled because of this.

As of today, the NHL may or may not follow the NBA because many of the NBA and NHL teams share arenas.

The President has even issued a travel ban on Americans flying to Europe, although for some reason, the UK isn’t on that banned list.

What does this mean for those of us who travel whether we’re doing a 30 Plus Teams Tour or not?

Do we suddenly stop traveling?

Or do we continue and enjoy life the best way we can.

I say, it’s up to the individual.

I can only speak for the Sports Diva.

I’m concerned about this virus yes, but I don’t live in a bubble.

I will continue to enjoy my travel as long as the good Lord allows.

But I will stay aware of all the goings on with this virus.

It’s not a joke anymore.

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 .

DECEMBER TRAVEL QUOTES

It’s month number 12 and where did this year and this decade go to so wicked fast?

The weather is getting colder and colder and some places in the world have had snow all ready not to mention hurricanes.

Be mindful of the weather in the places that you’re traveling to , wether it be a 30 Plus Teams Tour or not.

Don’t let that stop you from doing some traveling though.

Get those boots, that heavy coat or even some warm weatger swag and start travelling, fam.

Let these quotes as usual , inspire you.