Friday, April 24

Return of the cattle trains

Today was definitely a high-travel-volume day on the LIRR.  It was the type of crowding that I usually don’t see except when there are canceled trains or other service delays, but unless I’m mistaken there wasn’t anything of that sort today.  I got the shuttle from Medford, with the usual 15 or so people boarding, and then the 7:19 express from Ronkonkoma to Penn.  No 6:56 to Flatbush Avenue, as it was an M-7 consist for only the second time this week, and I got something from the station deli and therefore skipped the 7:04.  Anyway, I prefer the 7:19.  No sooner did I board the car closest to the ticket windows than almost all the seats filled up.  It actually appeared that all of the non-middle seats and at least half of the middles were taken even before we got underway.  The people who boarded at Central Islip took the rest of the middles and some had to stand, while everyone who boarded at Brentwood stood.   A man of about 35 took the seat next to me moments after I sat down, he wasn’t more than average size and not annoying, though he was definitely a Type A personality as he spent the entire trip working away on his Black Berry.  We arrived at Penn on time, or perhaps just a few minutes late due to some minor delays in the tunnel, and I waited not even 15 seconds for a 2 train to Park Place.

I walked to Park Place rather than Fulton after work, getting a 2 to Penn after a couple minutes’ wait.  As I’ve done the last couple of days I got the 5:22 to Ronkonkoma.  It was absolutely packed, a situation not helped by the fact that many people seemed to have luggage or other large bags with them.  Fortunately I was able to find a seat, on the aisle next to a 40ish woman, and noted with some amusement that the conductor kept emphasizing over the PA that it was an express train with no stops until Wyandanch.  It’s likely that many non-regular riders board the train on Fridays thinking that there’ll be a Jamaica stop.  I spent most of the ride to Ronkonkoma and the shuttle reading my newest book, Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.  Not much of an urge for Tetris today.

Gym: My slow struggle back to normalcy in bench pressing continued, with a bit of progress.  I did doubles at 225 and actually got a total of ten reps, up from five last time: 6 x 135, 4 x 185, 2 x 205, 5 x 2 x 225.  There’s still a long way to go.  For addition chest work I did pec deck flies, 3 x 8 x 160.  I also did a bit of work on the Hammer Strength MTS shoulder press, 8 x 100/100, 8 x 105/105, and finished the session with one-arm dumbbell rows, 4 x 8 x 120/120.

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