Thursday, May 21

A real Century, plus snoring

One of the stereotypical LIRR riders is the “Century,” defined as a woman weighing no more than 100 pounds.  Centuries typically appear as pairs.  Most commonly, I’ll be squashed in a seat next to a jelly-like SCA, while in the row directly ahead two Centuries are sitting next to one another with more-than-ample room for both of them.  Today was a fortunately exception to this theme.  I got the shuttle from Medford as usual, and because the 6:56 from Ronkonkoma to Flatbush Avenue was once again using M-7’s (it’s getting so that the once-common M-3’s on this train are becoming distinctly rare) I waited for the 7:19 to Penn. It seemed a little less crowded than usual, and I took a window seat in my usual car, the one closest to the ticket office with its generally low proportion of SCA’s.  I was looking out the window and heard a rustling sound next to me, but felt nothing.  A few seconds later I turned around and lo and behold a 20-something Century was sitting in the aisle seat.  She was really, really small.  Had it been an SCA sitting next to me I most definitely would have felt something.  Felt a lot, to be specific.  Thanks to the reasonable amount of room the Century left, I was able to enjoy an easy ride into Penn, getting quite a bit of reading done.  Unlike yesterday, with its longish wait for a train to Fulton, today I waited literally no more than ten seconds for a 2 train.

I got a 3 from Fulton after work, a wait of only a couple minutes though the car was extremely crowded.  Pure sardine-can conditions.  What was not crowded was the 5:22 to Ronkonkoma.  Ridership was notably lighter than usual.  So light, in fact, that I took the extreme risk of sitting in the aisle seat on the 3-across side, in reasonable confidence that no one would take the middle. Happily, no one did, and I was able to have a reasonably pleasant ride, the only discordant note being the absurdly loud snoring of a beefy SCA a couple rows away. How not surprising.  Still, it was better than being squished next to the aforesaid beefy SCA, and combined with the fact that I have tomorrow off from work – and hence a 4-day weekend what with Memorial Day – some snoring was hardly any reason to complain.

Gym: I had to debate whether to squat tonight, as tomorrow will be one week but I won’t be able to go to the gym tomorrow.  After giving it some thought I decided to do some benching instead.  In an attempt at improving my severely lagging bench press I decided to do a variety of different things … the common theme being that none were particularly good.  Bench press: 6 x 135, 4 x 185, 2 x 205, 3 x 225, 4 x 205, 2 x 225, 2 x 4 x 205.  Dumbbell bench press: 6 x 85/85, 5 x 85/85.  Hammer Strength wide chest press: 8 x 230, 8 x 250.  We’ll have to see if this variety helps.

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