Thursday, January 29

Better levels

This morning was one of my closest ever calls in train-catching services.  One thing after another delayed me in leaving the house, and I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to get the shuttle from Medford.  Thanks to a couple of green lights along the way I made it into the parking lot right as the train’s headlights were visible.  While running for trains is a shameful SCA-ish practice I normally avoid, today I – well, if not exactly ran, hustled – in order to make it onto the shuttle.  I got the 6:56 from Ronkonkoma to Flatbush Avenue, which was actually a few minutes late pulling into the station from the yards. It was an M-7 consist unfortunately, which may actually be part of a pattern on the 6:56, M-3’s one week and M-7’s the next.  I particularly regretted the fact that it was an M-7 consist when a relatively large SCA sat next to me at Bethpage.  He had the classic SCA physique, not fat, not exactly, but soft. He wasn’t much past 30, way too young to have that sort of build.  He had the good sense to move to another seat after some people got off at Mineola, and I had an empty seat next to me for the rest of the way into Brooklyn.  While we arrived on time, at most a couple of minutes late due to the train’s late arrival from the Ronkonkoma yard, the wait for a 5 train to Fulton was longer than usual and longer than acceptable at rush hour, at least six or seven minutes.

No long waits for a 3 from Fulton to Penn after work, in fact I walked down the platform stairs right into a train.  What wasn’t so fast was getting down off the subway platform at Penn. There aren’t enough staircases leading down from the common express platform to the LIRR level, and one side of one of them is blocked off for repairs.  When two expresses arrive at the same time, as happened today, the human traffic jam is a sight to be seen.  Not only are several hundred people trying to descend a few staircases, but a smaller but not insignificant number is trying to go up the same staircases. It’s not a pleasant scene.  In any event, I got the 5:41 to Ronkonkoma, and like yesterday rode on one of the cars toward the middle of the consist.  Unlike yesterday, the car was quite crowded, with all of the non-middle seats and some of the middles occupied, as best I could tell.  Yesterday’s comparative emptiness might’ve been a fluke rather than a sign of the economic times.  What would cause that sort of day-to-day variation, I don’t know, but it could be a real phenomenon. In any event, the ride to Ronkonkoma and the shuttle was delay-free and otherwise decent enough, with a tolerably sized non-SCA man sitting next to me.  Oh, I also set a new record on cell phone Tetris, 86,255, about 7,000 more than my prior record.  Yay.

Gym: All that ellipting had left me rather worn out, so I took the evening off.

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