Tuesday, January 27

Height vs. circumference

Another day of driving to Ronkonkoma for the 7:32 to Penn.  Mindful of what I’d heard at the gym last Friday, about reduced ridership caused by the current economic troubles, I took note of the crowding in the parking lot.  My conclusion was that the south side lot, at least the eastern end of it where I usually park, was not as full as it would have been a year or two ago, judging by how far from the platform i was able to park at 7:25 or so, however the difference was not drastic.  Which, of course, is good.  The 7:32 was quite crowded, though the seat where I was sitting was really crowded.  Moments after I sat down a woman of about 25 to 30 sat next to me.  She was on the short side, little if anything over five feet.  Nothing remarkable in that, lots of women are short.  What was remarkable was the fact that her circumference was very close to her height.  That was much more relevant from my standpoint than her height, as it was in the horizontal dimension that she pushed into my space.  It wasn’t as agonizing as it could have been, fat flows after all, but suffice to say it wasn’t one of my more pleasant rides.  I spent it reading more of The 10,000 Year Explosion and playing a few games of cell phone Tetris.  We got to Penn on time, though I then had a longish wait for a 3 train to Fulton.  Near on ten minutes, which is way too long for rush hour, and once aboard the train I was “treated” to the sounds of a skell loudly preaching about Satan.

I took a very abbreviated lunch hour and therefore was able to leave work around 4:30.  Unlike the morning, my wait for a subway (another 3) was no more than a couple of minutes.  No skells this time, so no preaching about Satan.  I got the 5:01 to Ronkonkoma, which was rather more crowded than I had remembered it as being.  While walking down the platform I had a good view into an Amtrak Acela “business class” car on the next track.  Suffice to say that it’s not even on the same planet as LIRR cars as far as rider comfort is concerned. The seat next to me was empty until Jamaica, when an older woman took it until Wyandanch.  It was not a bad ride by any means, more reading and Tetris-ing.

Gym: Another ellipting session, 30 minutes this time, though at a greater resistance, 529 calories.

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