Tuesday, April 28

Attack of the Killer Rumps

It took me a seeming eternity to get out of the house this morning, one thing after another, and I realized that making the shuttle from Medford just wasn’t going to happen.  No big deal, I drove to Ronkonkoma to catch the 7:19 express to Penn.  I didn’t have to run to catch the train, indeed on dignity principles I flatly refused to run for trains, but thanks to the LIRR’s idiotic failure to build a crossover at the east end of the Ronkonkoma platforms (why?) I had to walk at a rather brisk pace.  I almost thought I wouldn’t make it, and would have to wait for the 7:32 local, when the door-closing chimes sounded when I was still about 100 feet away.  A man walking nearby said “It’s only 7:17!” and indeed the doors did not actually close until the appropriate time.

I got a window seat and seconds later a woman of about 30 to 35 took the aisle seat next to me.  Now, as I’ve noted before, men and women are shaped differently.  Men tend to carry excess weight around the abdomen while women carry it in their hips and rear ends.  While the woman sitting next to me was not fat, she was a bit heavier than optimal, and true to her gender’s stereotypical shape was distinctly wide-bottomed.  Combined with the obscenely tiny M-7 seats her physique created a somewhat uncomfortable situation for me.  For the duration of the ride I had soft, squishy rump tissue pressing into me.  Had it been a man with abdominal fat next to me, the fat would’ve extended forward rather than sideways and in most circumstances would not have infringed on my space.  Still, I can’t complain too much; an elephantine SCA would’ve been far less tolerable, and the soft, squishy nature of the lady’s rump tissue meant that it did not exert an excessive amount of pressure.  The ride itself was delay-free, mostly spent reading Outliers. After yesterday’s record-setting Tetris score I didn’t have much of an urge to play the game.  Oh, once at Penn, I must’ve had a fit of masochism because I actually took an A train to Broadway-Nassau.  Mostly this was because I wanted to get some oatmeal at Seattle Coffee Roasters, which is located near the entrance to the Eighth Avenue lines.  Miracle of miracles, I waited barely a minute for a train.

I wasn’t about to try my luck with the A after work, so I got a 2 from Park Place for a quick ride to Penn.  I got the 5:22 to Ronkonkoma, riding in the head car as that would be most convenient to where I was parked at the station. The car was crowded, but I found an aisle seat next to an average-sized man in his 40’s.  Just before we got underway, I turned to look toward the aisle, I don’t remember why, and I must have been slouching a bit in my seat.  This happened just as a large-bottomed woman in the aisle next to me turned her back toward me, so she could sit in the opposite row.  Why am I mentioning this?  Her turning, my turning, her large posterior and my slouched position all contributed to a purely accidental state of affairs, in which her ample bottom went right into my face.  It was a distinctly less squishy rump than that of the woman in the morning.  Ah, the indignities which I encounter every day on the LIRR.  Thankfully, it was another quick ride without delays, once again spent reading.  In just a few days I’ve nearly finished Outliers, a welcome change from the ponderously slow House of Cards that I finished last week.

Gym: I continued my slow road to recovery in bench pressing, this time managing 11 total reps at 225, up from 10 last time.  6 x 135, 4 x 185, 2 x 205, 3 x 225, 4 x 2 x 225.  Sigh. I really wish I hadn’t stopped doing benches in favor of machine work, at this rate it’ll take me weeks to get back to where I’d been.  I then tried an exercise I haven’t done literally in years, overhead dumbbell presses: 2 x 8 x 50/50, 1 x 6 x 50/50.  It wasn’t so much that these were hard, but being accustomed to the motion it felt awkward.  Hopefully, that’ll change soon.  Next came some pec deck flies: 8 x 165, 7 x 165 (couldn’t get the eighth), 8 x 160.  I finished with Hammer Strength MTS shoulder presses, 3 x 6 x 100/100.

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