Friday, January 23

A train and gym tie-in

Is there such a thing as Cosmic Justice?  If so, I got a small taste of it this morning.  After yesterday’s 40 minute delay, I had a much more pleasant trip.  After arriving on the shuttle from Medford, on-time as usual, I got the 6:56 from Ronkonkoma to Flatbush Avenue.  For the first time in at least a couple weeks it was an M-3 consist, and I was able to snag a single seat.  Yay.  It made for a nice easy ride into Brooklyn, much of it spent reading The 10,000-Year Explosion. It makes the claim that modern human contain some Neanderthal genes, which is contrary to the usual view that the Neanderthals went extinct without a trace.  Well heck, I’ve seen more than a few people who look as if they just crawled out of caves, following a dinner of wooly mammoth. Anyway, my good luck continued after arriving at Brooklyn, as I got a 4 train to Fulton with less than a minute’s wait.

In line with my shunning of the Eighth Avenue line I walked to Fulton after work and got a 2 to Penn.  It got me there in ample time to catch the 5:41 to Ronkonkoma, which was moderately crowded but delay-free, quite a contrast from yesterday’s fiasco.  A woman of about 30 sat next to me and spent much of the trip riding an episode of House on her iPod … insert jump-the-shark comment.  Speaking of iPods, the sound on mine kept cutting out.  I’m hoping it’s just the earbuds and that the whole device isn’t going haywire.  At least we made it to Ronkonkoma on time, and the shuttle was on time too.

Gym: As I was doing bench presses, a man at the next bench said that he recognized me from riding the train.  I didn’t recognize him at all, which probably doesn’t say much for my observational powers, but whatever.  We got to talking about the LIRR, and he remarked on how much ridership is down what with people having lost jobs.  When I said that I hadn’t really noticed, he pointed out how much less crowded the Ronkonkoma lot has become.  He was right, too. I have no trouble finding spots as late as 7:25, which never used to be the case.   All I’m hoping is that the people who have lost their jobs were ultra-highly paid SCA’s and not ordinary working people.  In any event, the benching went decently.  I started out with narrow-grip, 8 x 135, 6 x 185, 2 x 6 x 205. I then switched to regular benches, 3 x 5 x 225, 2 x 4 x 225.  As time was a bit short I just did a little more before leaving, kettlebell para presses, 1 x 10, 2 x 8 (each arm) with the 50-pounder.

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