Thursday, February 19

Maybe being an SCA isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

Drove to Ronkonkoma again this morning, though unlike the past two days I didn’t take the 7:57 to Penn.  It was the 7:32 instead, and to call it packed would be the understatement of the year.  It was an M-3 consist, though there was no chance whatsoever of getting a single seat.  In the car where I was riding, toward the middle of the consist, well over half the seats were full by the time we left Ronkonkoma and it was SRO after Deer Park.  It wasn’t my impression that the 7:32 is usually that busy.  It’s possible that an earlier train had been delayed, that might explain the crowding, it just seemed more than normal.  One thing I’ve noticed about the 7:32 is that it has a high percentage of women among the ridership, and today’s train was no exception.  A woman in her 40’s sat next to me just before we left Ronkonkoma and spent most of the trip to Penn working on her makeup.  Dedication … or obsession?  There weren’t any delays into Penn, but I had a long wait for a 2 train to Fulton.  Close to ten minutes, in fact.  The station PA was announcing a service interruption on the 1 train in upper Manhattan, though I couldn’t catch the reason for the disruption.  It was north of 96th Street, where the 2 and 3 split off from th 1, so it’s unlikely that the problem was delaying the 2/3, but then again you never know.

I had a much quicker subway ride to Penn after work, on a 3 from Fulton, and got the 5:22 to Ronkonkoma with plenty of time to spare.  It was moderately crowded, nothing like the morning’s train but busy enough that I knew the seat next to me would be taken before we got underway.  Sure enough, a 30ish SCA sat there.  He wasn’t large or otherwise annoying, so I was pleased with that.  He spent most of the trip multi-tasking to an extreme.  He was doing work stuff (financially related) on his computer, fiddling with his Black Berry almost nonstop, and was handling work-related calls on a separate cell phone.  Oh, and did I mention he also had some papers containing work stuff?  I mean, okay, the fact that he wears a suit almost certainly means that he’s earning big money.  That’s a reasonable conclusion in this era of Business Casual.  Yet he’s also practically a slave to work.  True, he got out of work at a reasonable hour, but he had to work like crazy on the train.  It really makes you wonder.  As for me, I spent most of the time playing cell phone Tetris.  We got to Ronkonkoma on time, which is always a reason to be thankful.

Gym: Blah.  I had high hopes for tonight.  My plans included deadlifting, an exercise I’ve sorely neglected for a while, some work on the heavy bag, more pull-ups, and maybe some kettlebell swings.  The boxing area was in use with lessons, naturally enough, and my attempts at neutral grip pull-ups were feeble.  All I managed were 3 x 6, making a total of 128 for the week.  After six evenings in a row at the gym I was just too worn down to do much else. No deadlifts, that’s for sure.  I tried to salvage something out of the session and ellipted for 25 minutes, on the “Kilimanjaro” course.  Tomorrow will definitely have to be a rest day.

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  1. Getting clever with the headlines.

    SCAnus..anus and crack…not sure if that was by design or not, but well done either way!

  2. Heh, that didn’t even occur to me!

  3. Would you consider starting a gym / weights blog similar to what Roissy has for dating?

  4. [Would you consider starting a gym / weights blog similar to what Roissy has for dating?]

    Dunno … there is (fortunately!) only one Roissy. I’m really not knowledgeable enough about weights and other gym stuff to have a blog like that.

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