RIDING ON THE E TRAIN – PART ONE

This is the train that next to the F train is the subway line that I take the most.

If you happen to be visiting New York City , chances are that you’ll be using this subway line a lot .

It’s the E train that starts at Jamaica Center in Queens and goes to its final stop in Lower Manhattan at the World Trade Center Station .

As I’m only going ftom Jamaica Center down to 34th Street and Penn Station , this post is going to be in two parts.

The E train is an express train, but unlike some of the other subway lines, it doesn’t go to Brooklyn or The Bronx.

It’s just from Queens and Manhattan .

One word of caution though.

On the weekends and late at night, the E train runs local, meaning it’s going to stop everywhere due to the infamous “track work” that happens on every subway line in the city.

You’d think that all this “track work” being done would make the service faster and the tracks nicer.

Nope, same old train tracks but that’s another story.

Now, let’s say you want to go to the city from JFK or JFK to the city.

This is the train that gets you there .

Just get off at Suthphin Boulevard – JFK stop, and believe ne, you’ll know when you get there.

Follow the other travellers with their luggage.

If you want to go to the other airport, LaGuardia, take the E to the Roosevelt Avenue station, walk upstairs and take the bus out there .

Remrmber to use your Metro Card that you brought for the subway.

You can use it on the bus as well .

You say that you’re taking the bus or an Amtrak train and not a plane?

The E train can get you to Port Authority and one of the largest train terminals in the United States , Pennsylvania Station or Penn Station for short.

Get off the train at 42nd St for Port Authority and 34th Street for Penn Station .

Now since this is a 30 Plus Teams Tour , of course you’re going to go to either a New York Knicks basketball game or a New York Rangers hockey game at Madison Square Garden .

The E train will take you right there.

Get off at Penn Station , you’ll see the signs for the place that calls itself, “the world’s most famous arena.”

Simple right?

Many of you will want to pay your respects at the 9-11 Memorial site.

The E train will get you there also.

It’s the last stop on the E train and the stop still reads World Trade Center .

It didn’t change after 9-11 .

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TEAM AWESOME REVISITED

Almost a year ago, I wrote a blog post about some of the blogs that I really enjoyed reading.

Being the sports nut that I am, of course these blogs had to have a special name.

They’re known as my Team Awesome .

This blog post brings you some more of the blogs that I enjoy reading.

I hope you get the chance to see what these blogs are all about, so I’m also going to give you the web address for these blogs as well.

Definately check them out when you get the chance .

1. Tashnee V. Mavee- Journey of My Life

Tashnee’s blog is just that. Her own personal journey. Besides her inspirational stories, she makes my Team Awesome list because of her great fashion sense.

2. Forresting 365- Forresting My Cloud

Besides all that great art that’s on her blog, and the beautiful poetry, Katy and I share a love of all things football. Me, my New England Patriots , Katy, all things that are the Atlanta Falcons .

3. Renard Moreau- Renard’s World

I just really discovered this blog and I wish that I had discovered it earlier. If you’re thinking about starting a blog or even if you aren’t a newbie, this blog with its great blogging tips are for you. I highly recommend that you check it out.

4. Ayanna Robinson- Style in Full Bloom

Ayanna’s blog is about what her title says it is. Style. Music, fashion, lifestyle, etc. To say that I don’t enjoy reading her fashion tips would be a lie. I enjoy especially when she highlights what to wear for the different seasons.

5. Shamylah Zimuto- Shamylah’s World

Her blog introduces you not only to makeup tips, but also the movers and shakers in the business world, and quotes from them. The fact that the business people are mostly women is a plus in my book. My personal favorite posts of Shamylah’s are her music playlist posts, which occur every Wednesday and highlight some of her favorite songs and songs that you should be listening to. (Thank you, Shamylah for introducing me to the music of Post Malone, Cardi B and Dua Lipa.)

6. Airport and Hotels Blog

This blog is actually about what the title says. Any information you want to know about an airport or a hotel, this is your blog. It’s not only the well known airports they talk about, it’s even the ones that you’ve never heard of.

7. Globetrotting Grandpa

Don’t let the name fool you. Dan isn’t ready for the rocking chair just yet. He’s going to travel, and just like my motto, “Staying home isn’t an option “, it’s not for Dan either. He not only explores other cities and countries, he goes on his own 30 Plus Teams Tour of his home town. (Shout out to Dan’s home town of Kansas City , Missouri . )

8. National Parks With T- National Parks USA

If you live in the United States , chances are there’s a National Park in your home town, and T and her family have visited it. Many of the parks that T and her family have visited, such as Fort Sumpter, Bunker Hill, Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon are on my official and “unofficial ” bucket lists.

9. Ken Dowell- Off the Leash

If you want a blog that’s mixed with a little history, Ken’s blog is for you. He not only gives you tips on what to see, but the history of the place you’re going to visit. He also gives you some technology tips as well. Oh, did I mention that he blogs about baseball as well?

10. Sam, Living

His blog website is My life without religion. Please don’t let that possibly turn you off to reading this blog. It shouldn’t. Sam has a lot to say, and most of it has nothing to do with religion . He talks about his traveling experience , like working on a farm in Australia . He has done a lot of traveling and has even visited that most “foreign” of cities, Lubbock , Texas.

11. Bill Fonda- A Silly Place

What a cute title, you think. Bill is showing his humorous side, whether it be driving down the streets of Los Angeles in a bright yellow rental car that he called “the Banana Mobile ” or enjoying the Country and Western group Sugarland. His humor even helped him get through serious things such as a flood in his hometown . Bill writes from the heart, even though he calls his blog, “A Silly Place.”

12. Hunida’s Blog

You can’t keep it anymore real in your blog as my girl Hunida does in her blog, aptly called, “Hunida’s Blog.” She tells you EVERYTHING in her blog, the good, the bad, and the really ugly. Nothing is held back. I love her posts about her job, her food recipes , not to mention her life with her significant other and her cat. She reviews beauty products, movies, books, songs, t.v shows and my special favorite , where to go and what to eat in my favorite city , her home town, Las Vegas .

This was the latest edition of Team Awesome .

Since I really don’t do blogger awards anymore, this is as close as you’re going to get.

Team Awesome is going to be a new blog feature in 30 Plus Teams 30 Plus Dreams.

So if you didn’t get mentioned this time, no worries.

There are so many new blogs out there and I try to read as many as I can.

In case you want to follow some of these blogs, do so.

It’s important that bloggers support other bloggers , so show some love to these bloggers and any bloggers that you happen to come across and really enjoy reading.

Your own “Team Awesome ” so to speak.

In the meantime, I’m going to give you the websites of my Team Awesome .

Check them out and thank you and God bless you for following and liking 30 Plus Teams , 30 Plus Dreams .

Shamylah Zimuto – shamylahszimuto.wordpress.com

Globetrotting Grandpa – globetrottinggrandpa.com

Airports and Hotels – airportsandhotelsblog.wordpress.com

Living- mylifewithoutreligion.com

Renards World- renardsworld.wordpress.com

Hunida’s Blog – hunidasblog.com

Forresting My Cloud – Forresting 365.com

A Silly Place – billswritingplace.wordpress.com

Off the Leash – offtheleash.net

Journey of My Life – Tashneevmavee.wordpress.com

Ayanna Robinson – styleinfullbloom.com

National Parks with T – nationalparkswitht.com

WHAT ‘ S IN MY SUITCASE?

It’s time for another 30 Plus Teams Tour , so you know what that means ?

Another edition of what’s in my suitcase .

I’m going somewhere fairly warm and very humid , God willing from Friday, 24 August until Tuesday 28th of August.

I’m not taking a big suitcase and as much stuff as I took for Las Vegas .

(Or at least I don’t think that I am, you might think differently after you see what’s going in this backpack.)

As usual, hair products, shoes, unmentionables, jewelry and makeup are going in this bag as well as my three stuffed animals that I always bring with me.

Yeah, don’t judge me, I have stuffed animals at my age.

Here’s the late summer edition of what’s in my suitcase .

As usual , no hats on the bed. My two New York Yankees caps from the Yankees Clubhouse and Modells Sports Store in New York City . The other hat is from a store here in Queens.

Black and white bag a present from my cousin, black and white dress from Forever 21, two pair of shorts from Rainbow shops.Black sleeveless shirt from Chico’s. The colorful pink blouse is also from Rainbow Shops.

Kimono a present from my auntie, white pants and black and white dress from Macy’s .

This is a 30 Plus Teams Tour so you know a baseball game is gonna break out one of the days that I’m going to be where I’m going . As usual, the Sports Diva is going to be representing her team and being the Sports Team Apparel Fashionista that I am, I will be rocking my New York Yankees shirts. . 3 Yankees shirts are from Yankees Clubhouse and Modells. Gray leggings are from Rainbow Shops.

That’s what’s going in my suitcase .

Of course, I might not take all of this, but you never know.

Where’s my 30 Plus Teams Tour taking me this time?

You’ll just have to wait and see.

There will be a post about it and yes, you’re going to come along with me.

STAYING AT THE SHOWBOAT HOTEL

The few times that I went to Atlantic City , I never stayed overnight.

It was just a day trip.

This time, I stayed for three nights, Monday through Thursday afternoon when the hotel rates are cheaper.

I went to Atlantic City with my landlady and her mother , who have been here more times than I can count.

Her mother always stayed at one particular hotel – The Showboat.

It’s right on the Atlantic City Boardwalk and used to be owned by Caesars Palace Corporation , but not anymore .

It’s right next door to two other hotel resorts, Resorts Casino and Hotel and the brand spanking new Hard Rock Hotel , which I’ll be talking about in an upcoming post.

The Showboat , like a lot of Atlantic City , has fallen on hard times.

Gone is the casino that used to take up most of the hotel.

There is a miniature golf course and arcade in the hotel for the kids and the kids at heart.

To get upstairs to your room, you have to use your room key.

Once inside your room, you have a great view of the Atlantic Ocean .

Some of the rooms have balconies.

Maybe next time I come to Atlantic City and stay here, I’ll splurge for a room with a balcony.

I had read reviews on line on how this hotel had gone downhill from when it had a casino, but sorry, not sorry, I didn’t notice.

I thought the service the three of us received was excellent .

Even though there was one guest service agent at the desk when we checked in, she was very professional and was very friendly .

The hotel was close enough to the Boardwalk so that I could cross another thing off my bucket list.

I was able to sleep like a baby on the bed, which I thought was very comfortable .

Would I recommend the Showboat Hotel to anyone if they want to stay in Atlantic City ?

I sure would and God willing, if I come back to Atlantic City , this is the place that I’m going to stay at.

Thank you Showboat Hotel for making my stay so enjoyable .