Monday, April 20

Exploring strange territory

Does Flatbush Avenue count as “strange?”  When I arrived in Ronkonkoma on the shuttle from Medford this morning, I saw that the 6:56 to Flatbush Avenue was an M-3 consist, quite a change after a couple weeks of M-7’s.  I dashed onboard and was able to get a single seat, though given the larger seats on the M-3’s I would have taken the train even if no singles were available.  This made for an easy ride into Brooklyn, mostly spent reading.  The woman who single-handedly (single-facedly?) can keep a department store’s cosmetics department was riding in the same car, sitting a few rows away from me, and in the couple weeks since I’ve last seen her nothing has changed … she spent at least 30 minutes working on her makeup with the diligence of a Hollywood makeup artist.  The rest of the ridership in the mid-consist car was fairly typical for the 6:56, mostly men in the 50+ age range, with the car about three-quarters full by the time we got to Jamaica.  My subway timing was impeccable, as once in Brooklyn I walked right up the stairs into a waiting 4 train without breaking stride.

It was raining when I left work, so I entered the Fulton/Broadway-Nassau station complex by an entrance close to my workplace and followed the underground route to the 2/3 platform.  A 3 came along in a few minutes, and despite being extremely crowded it made its way to Penn without delay.  I got the 5:23 Long Beach train, changing for Ronkonkoma at Jamaica.  In both cases I saw on the aisle seat of the 3-across side, a risk I was willing to take because neither train is noted for overcrowding.  Doing that on a direct Ronkonkoma train would be way too dangerous.  The Jamaica transfer was quick as usual, and I made it to Ronkonkoma and the shuttle without delays.  By the time I got to Medford it was raining heavily, which really made me appreciate the station’s small size.  The walk to my car at Ronkonkoma would’ve been much, much longer.

Gym: a 2-mile run on the treadmill at 5.6 mph.

Published in: on April 21, 2009 at 7:30 pm  Leave a Comment  

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