Friday, July 24

Stretching across three

After more than ten years of riding the LIRR, I never thought I’d see anything new … hadn’t I seen everything already?  Not quite.  Today marked a fabulous first.  Being able to go in a bit later than usual, I drove to Ronkonkoma for the 7:32 to Penn.  In yet another example of the summertime ridership slump’s here-one-day-gone-the-next fluctuation, the south side parking lot wasn’t at all crowded when I arrived about 7:20.  I got a seat in the third car from the east end, and watched as the car slowly filled.  A minute or so before we got underway, an enormous man (at least 450 to 500 pounds) came down the aisle, so wide he could barely fit.  He sat in the 3-across side and his bulk actually stretched across all three seats!  Granted, the M-7 seats were designed to fit midget anorectic quadruple amputees, but I’ve never before seen anyone require three of them.  And I’m also mildly surprised he didn’t try to sit next to me (heh).  Despite the seeming lack of people at Ronkonkoma the car actually filled up quite a bit at the other stations.  A woman in her 30’s sat next to me at Deer Park and spent almost the entire trip fiddling with her Black Berry.  I read most of the way and had a couple mediocre attempts at Tetris.  We got into Penn about five minutes late due to some delays through Jamaica.  The conductor (presumably) explained the reason for the delay as it was happening, but of course the PA system was at such a low volume it was almost impossible to hear what he was saying.  At least I had no significant wait for a 3 train to Fulton.

I worked through lunch so I could leave early enough to get the always-uncrowded 5:01 to Ronkonkoma.  As things turned out I just barely made it, thanks to a wait of several minutes for a 2 train at Park Place.  No announcements on the station PA, of course.  The 5:01 was a bit more crowded than usual, though still quite empty compared to most any other rush hour train, and not so crowded than anyone sat next to me.  I had an easy ride to Ronkonkoma to end the week, and even had a couple semi-decent games on Tetris.

Gym: some nice running.  I started out running 2.5 miles on the treadmill, 6.2 mph for the first 1.5 miles and 6.1 mph for the last mile.  After a break of about five minutes, I went back and ran one more mile, this one at 6.0 mph, for a total of 3.5 miles.

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