Tuesday, October 21

Did she think it was morning or something?

Among the (very) many behavioral quirks I witness on the LIRR are women who mistake morning trains for mobile cosmetics studios.  They’ll spend 20 minutes or a half-hour or even longer slathering on massive quantities of makeup as if they’re preparing for the Barnum & Bailey Clown College’s entrance examination. Note, I said morning trains.  Of course it happens in the morning … usually, but not always.  Speaking of the morning, today’s trip into work was as easy as I could have hoped for, the shuttle from Medford followed by the 6:52 from Ronkonkoma to Flatbush Avenue.  In what seems to be my new normal pattern I stayed on the train into Flatbush Avenue rather than changing at Jamaica.  Getting to my workplace from Flatbush Avenue takes about the same amount of time as does getting there from Penn, but it tends to be less annoying.  Those long waits and endless dwell times on the Eighth Avenue line are really getting to me.  Anyway, the 6:52 was more crowded than usual, perhaps because I was sitting in a car closer to the head (west) end than I normally do, however I didn’t have to deal with annoying people next to me.  The young man who sat there from Farmingdale to Jamaica was slightly on the chubby side but within tolerability limits, while the 30ish woman who occupied the seat from Jamaica to Flatbush Avenue was one of those tiny Asian women who can’t weigh more than 95 pounds.  I scarcely noticed her presence at all.  In a slight change from the usual subway pattern, I got a 2 train from Atlantic one stop to Nevins, and then switched to a 5 for the rest of the trip to Fulton.  I had exited the LIRR portion of the station onto the 2/3 platform, a result of having sat near the head of the train.  Of course I could have stayed on the 2 all the way to Fulton, but the 5 was right there across the platform at Nevins.

Speaking of the 2, I got one to Penn after work, not having wanted to deal with the Eighth Avenue line.  It was a quick if relatively crowded ride, and I got to Penn a few minutes before the 5:22 to Ronkonkoma was about to leave.  A quick check showed that it was a cattle train, so I decided to wait a bit longer at Penn and take the 5:41.  I would have had to wait at Ronkonkoma for the shuttle if I’d taken the 5:22, so the overall commuting time wasn’t affected.  Once I took my seat on the 5:41 a blonde woman of about 40 sat next to me.  Even before the train got underway she took out a cosmetics bag and began applying copious amounts of makeup.  Not quite at Clown College levels, but close, very close.  What puzzled me was why she was doing this in the evening.  Isn’t she supposed to be doing in, like, the morning or something?  I figured that maybe she was meeting her husband or someone else for dinner at a nice place, but then I heard her saying “I’ll be home soon,” or something to that effect, on her cell phone.  I really, really couldn’t imagine what she was doing.  Chalk up another example for my endless long list of Strange LIRR Stuff.  She got off at Hicksville, so I had an empty seat next to me the rest of the way to Ronkonkoma and the shuttle.  Oh, I also managed to set a new high score on cell phone Tetris, just under 79,000, which is almost 9,000 more than my previous high.

Gym: Some pretty good benching tonight.  6 x 135, 4 x 185, 2 x 205, 1 x 235, 8 x 225, 5 x 5 x 225.  The single at 235 was a way of warming up for multiple reps at 225, an interesting technique I recently read about.  Doing your target weight is supposed to be easier after just one rep at a higher weight.  Must’ve worked for me, as while I’ve gotten eight reps at 225 before I’ve never been able to follow it up with as much as a  5 x 5.  All in all it was 33 total reps at 225, plus of course one at 235.  After the benching, I did about 15 minutes on the heavy bag.

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