Wednesday, June 24

Cutting it too close for comfort

Sometimes it comes down to a matter of just a few pounds.  Like on the 7:19 from Ronkonkoma to Penn, which I got this morning after arriving on the shuttle from Medford.  It didn’t seem too crowded, and I actually had hopes that the seat next to me would stay empty the whole way.  Because it stops only at Central Islip and Brentwood after Ronkonkoma, I would know soon enough if that would be the case.  Needless to say, it was not the case, as a 30ish man wearing a dress shirt and tie, but no suit and therefore not an SCA, took the aisle seat next to me at Brentwood.  He just barely fit into the available space without making my life miserable.  Note the emphasis on the “just.”  Seriously, if he had weighed five more pounds, heck, if he’d had a big breakfast this morning, I would have had a wretched trip into Penn.  As it was, the ride was tolerable, but I hate cutting things so close.  There weren’t any delays into Penn, but I had to wait a bit longer than usual for a 2 train to Fulton Street, something like six or seven minutes.  When the train finally arrived, there was a faint but distinct odor of skell permeating the car.  Perhaps the delay resulted from the police having ejected a skell at an earlier stop.

I had a comparatively scent-free ride on a 3 from Fulton to Penn after work.  In an unusual thing for rush hour, I actually had a seat the whole way.  The 5:41 to Ronkonkoma was a lot more crowded than I would have expected, given the comparative non-crowding of the morning’s train.  One thing I’ve noticed is that the extent of crowding in the morning is not necessarily reflective of the what the afternoon will be like.  I don’t know why that’s the case.  Anyway, no close calls on this train, as a woman in her 50’s took the aisle seat next to me and left me with ample room, or what passes for ample room on the LIRR.  I spent most of the ride to Ronkonkoma and the shuttle reading, with some Tetris and a few minutes of texting.

Gym: I’d been planning on deadlifting tonight, once more other things intervened and I wasn’t able to go.

Published in: on June 25, 2009 at 7:26 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. From the time you walk out of your residence until the time you arrive at your office, how long are looking at?

    Considering the shuttle leaves Medord, I’d imagine you’d need to leave your house probably no later than 6:30 or so. If things go well you get to New York Penn at 8:28 (on days you take the 7:19). So we’re looking at a little more than 2 hours?

  2. A bit over two hours is correct. I leave the house a few minutes after 6:30, get into NYP at 8:28, and arrive at Fulton Street on the 2/3 generally about 8:40 to 8:45. If the 6:56 to Flatbush Avenue is using M-3’s, I’ll generally take it instead of the 7:19 and that reduces the commuting time by a few minutes.

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