Monday, June 22

“You went out of the house dressed like THAT?”

Ah, the things you see on the LIRR.  Never a dull moment.  Well actually, the morning was a bit dull, with the usual Medford shuttle/7:19 from Ronkonkoma to Penn routing.  There were many cartball fans at Ronkonkoma station, on their way to the final round of the rain-delayed U.S. Open, though they weren’t on the 7:19 because it doesn’t stop at Farmingdale.  Nonetheless the 7:19 was quite crowded, more so than it has been in a couple of weeks.  I got an aisle seat next to a 40ish non-SCA man who wasn’t any trouble.  He may not have been wearing a suit, but he was as work-obsessed as the typical SCA, spending the entire trip doing work stuff on his computer.  I spent most of the trip reading and playing a couple of mediocre games of Tetris.  We got to Penn on time, and I waited less than a minute for a tolerably crowded 2 train to Fulton.

I left work somewhat later than usual and had just a couple anxious moments when the 3 train from Fulton had long dwell times at Chambers and 14th streets.  Missing the 5:41 to Ronkonkoma would not have been a good thing, as it’s the last connection for Medford and I would have had to wait at least a couple hours to get picked up at Ronkonkoma.  Fortunately I made it with a few minutes to spare and found an aisle seat next to a woman of about 25 wearing a gray dress.  Only after I sat down did I notice that the aforesaid gray dress was of a length more commonly associated with nightclubs than rush hour trains.  A couple of generations ago it probably would have been considered indecent exposure and even today, in less tolerant parts of the world, would get her imprisoned.  Strangely enough, she was doing work-type stuff with papers and a Blackberry, something marketing-related, so she probably was coming home from work.  That’s one company with a mighty relaxed dress code!  Not that I was staring, well not too much, but one thing I noticed is that the young lady didn’t really have the build for that sort of attire, her (fully exposed) legs being too skinny.  At least this distraction helped the ride to Ronkonkoma and the shuttle go by nice and quickly.

Gym: other things intervened, so it was a day off today.

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Published in: on June 23, 2009 at 1:37 pm  Comments (3)  

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  1. I suspect you would have taken a cab home had you missed the shuttle. Your commute is long enough – the last thing you need to do is spend more time on a train or in a train station.

  2. A taxi from Ronkonkoma to Medford station (where my car was) is something like $25 or $30 for five miles. Taxis on Long Island are quite expensive, because you’re basically paying for a round-trip; the driver would have been highly unlikely to have found another fare in Medford, so he would have had to return to Ronkonkoma station to wait for his next fare. It’s why taxi drivers in the city hate to pick up people who want to go to the outer boroughs, as they usually have to go back to Manhattan to get the next fares, but unlike on Long Island they can’t charge for the round trips.

  3. I used to have skinny legs….

    But, now I am more ascribed to a Rubens view of womankind 😉


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