Friday, October 24

A very short day

Today might be one of my shortest workdays on record. I had an 8:00 dentist appointment in Patchogue for a crown. What I figured was that the dentist would do some prep work and take a mold, with the crown then to be prepared in a lab for fitting at a later date. Given the early time of the appointment I figured I’d make the 9:41 from Ronkonkoma with no trouble. What I did not realize was that crowns are now made on-site and all the work can be done in just one visit. I didn’t leave the office until 10:30, though with much of that time spent in the waiting room reading Sports Illustrated while the crown was being prepared, and of course I was too late for the 10:41 train, let alone the 9:41. This meant that I had to wait around in the bleak surroundings of Ronkonkoma station for over 45 minutes, waiting for the 11:41. These once-an-hour schedules are most annoying. At least I was able to find a close-in parking spot in a lot on the north side of the platforms, obviously someone must have pulled out right before I arrived, and the 11:41 was pleasantly uncrowded. In fact, no one sat next to me for the whole ride into Jamaica. On the downside, we were about ten minutes late thanks to mid-day trackwork near the Nassau-Queens line. I switched to a Flatbush Avenue train at Jamaica, and once at Flatbush waited only a couple of minutes for a 4 train to Fulton. Not that the subway ride was pleasant, however, as we absolutely crawled through the river tunnel, to the point that the trip to Fulton took at least twice as long as it should have. Trackwork was once again the likely culprit, as I heard the train’s horn blowing on a few occasions; this is the standard procedure for warning track workers. I ended up arriving at work around 1:45, what’s more with quite a bit of work facing me. Not that more frequent mid-day trains out of Ronkonkoma would’ve made a huge difference, but still, having to wait an hour is too long.

I walked a bit farther after work and got a 3 train from Fulton to Penn. It was less crowded than I would have expected and I actually had a seat the whole way. I got the 5:22 to Ronkonkoma, which once again didn’t seem particularly crowded. I was hoping that the seat next to me would be vacant, just as it had been in the morning, but alas an SCA took it right before departure. At least he wasn’t large, though he was a bit on the squirmy side.

Gym: I should have deadlifted tonight, but some lingering soreness from the morning’s dentistry led me to decide against it. Waiting one more day shouldn’t matter. I ran 1.5 miles on the treadmill at 5.6 mph, and then did 20 minutes on the stationary cycle at a 19 mph pace.

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