Thursday, May 14

The Leaning Tower of Ronkonkoma, and taking a big risk

Some people just don’t understand geography.  Like the 30ish blonde woman on the 7:19 from Ronkonkoma to Penn. I took that train after arriving on the shuttle from Medford, and while it wasn’t crowded yesterday it was your proverbial cattle train today.  I wasn’t able to get a window seat, and ended up sitting on the aisle next to the aforementioned geographically challenged woman.  She gave me a look of great annoyance when I took the aisle seat.  Well excuse me, it was a crowded train, did she realistically expect that no one would sit next to her?  I speak of her geographical ignorance because she thought she was in Pisa and did a Leaning Tower routine.  Instead of sitting upright, she decided to make herself comfortable and sit in a sort of crooked way as she read her Stephen King novel.  This caused her upper body to lean toward me and – you guessed it! – significantly diminish the space available for me.  She probably weighed about 140 pounds yet occupied just as much space as a 250-pound SCA.  It was not a particularly pleasant ride into Penn, though fortunately there were no delays and I was able to occupy myself by reading more of The Omnivore’s Dilemma. In a bit of consolation I waited less than a minute for a 2 train to Fulton and actually got a seat.

I had another quick ride on a 2 from Fulton to Penn after work, no seats this time, and boarded the 5:22 to Ronkonkoma.  It wasn’t particularly crowded, and even though it was an M-7 consist I sat in the aisle seat on the 3-across side.  That is a big risk, for if someone had taken the middle seat it wouldn’t have been pleasant for me.  But I was in a particularly bold frame of mind, though not foolhardy – if the train had been any more crowded I never would have taken the risk.  It was an easy enough ride to Ronkonkoma, where I got picked up, so no shuttle tonight.

Gym: day off

Published in: on May 16, 2009 at 2:08 am  Leave a Comment  

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