Wednesday, November 26

Moo!

I knew, just knew, that today’s trip home on Thanksgiving Eve would be a cattle train experience, and I certainly wasn’t wrong. As I was getting out of work at 3:00 I figured it would be better to drive to Ronkonkoma rather than trying to catch one of the few Medford connections. Arriving in time to get the 7:32 to Penn, I was happy to see that it was an M-3 consist. Would I be able to snag a single seat? It turned out to be the proverbial breeze. In fact, the first car I boarded was too cold, so I went back to the platform and boarded another one, and the single seat in that car was still vacant even though by then the train had been at the platform for a few minutes. That’s the good news. The not-so-good news is that I spent the entire trip playing cell phone Tetris, unwilling to stop until I had at least a semi-decent game, and every single game I played was lousy. When we got to Penn, because I was sitting near the east end of the train, I decided to get the 2/3 to Fulton instead of the A/C. I waited only a couple of minutes for a 2, unfortunately it crawled its way into Chambers, had a way-too-long dwell time at that stop, and then crawled to Park Place. I was so fed up that I got off at Park Place rather than staying on for the extra stop to Fulton. Actually, the walk to my workplace from Park Place isn’t much longer than it is from the 2/3 part of Fulton.

Leaving work at 3, or a few minutes thereafter, I got to Penn fairly quickly on a way-too-crowded A. This made for a lengthy wait until the next Ronkonkoma train, at 3:55 – that train has a Medford connection, so it wasn’t necessary for me to have driven to Ronkonkoma at all. There were extra holiday eve trains on some of the lines, but naturally enough not on the Ronkonkoma line, though in fairness that may be attributable to limited track capacity rather than managerial incompetence. Not knowing what track the 3:55 uses, I had to wait near one of the track-announcement monitors in the west corridor. Given the crowding I knew that there’d be a huge rush once the announcement came. Fortunately, what with all the non-regular riders traveling today most people were waiting in the main concourse, not in the corridor where I waited. They’d also be likely to be a bit slow in heading for the stairs once the announcement came. Going by tracks currently in use I figured that the 3:55 would most likely use track 13, 15 or 16, so I watched the monitor closest to those tracks. When the announcement finally came (Track 15), after what seemed like an interminable wait, I made a beeline for the nearest stairs and got into a cows-at-the-slaughterhouse-chute half-moon. It was only because of this advance planning and fast footwork that I was able to get a seat at all. The vestibules and the aisle was chock-full of standees, a subwayish level of crowding made only worse by all the luggage people were carrying. I had a window seat, with a 50ish woman taking the seat next to me. She was a regular rider rather than a holiday eve traveler, as she had a monthly ticket, and presumably had engaged in similar tactics as mine to get a seat. The ride to Ronkonkoma seemed to take an eternity, not because of delays but because the train made all the stops. At least my games of Tetris went somewhat better.

Gym: back to deadlifting, with a decent rep count but not particularly heavy weights. 6 x 225, 4 x 255, 4 x 275, 4 x 295, 2 x 305, 4 x 275, 6 x 225. I then ran one mile on the treadmill at 5.5 mph, which is about all I could manage after deadlifting. I finished the session with neutral grip pull-ups, 4 x 6, 3 x 4.

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