Tuesday, August 18

Feed me!

Definitely no space squeeze on the train today.  After taking the shuttle from Medford, I then got the 7:04 from Ronkonkoma to Penn.  Once the summer’s over I probably won’t be taking the 7:04 all that much, as it’ll be back to its normal cattle-train status.  The seat next to me stayed empty until Farmingdale, when a young woman sat in it.  Not that I was particularly aware of her presence, for despite being quite tall she was skinny, I mean really skinny.  Her arms and legs were like twigs.  It’s a good thing I didn’t have any food with me, as I probably would have insulted her by offering her some.  If an elephantine SCA fell onto a sawmill blade and got cut in half, each portion would still far outweigh her. There weren’t any delays into Penn, and once there I waited no more than 30 seconds for a 3 train to Fulton.

Getting home wasn’t quite as easy.  The wait for a 2 train at Fulton wasn’t too bad, and I actually had a seat, and on the 5:41 to Ronkonkoma a 40ish woman who weighed considerably more than her morning’s counterpart but still far, far less than an SCA sat next to me.  Speaking of SCA’s, my prior demographic observations still apply.  Compared to a year ago, the trains appear to have more women and more normal men, and a lot fewer SCA’s. What wasn’t so good is that we got into Ronkonkoma several minutes late – slow running through the Queens Village area – and then had to wait more than 10 minutes for the Hunterspoint Avenue train to arrive (it should have arrived several minutes before us).  To make matters worse, the Hunterspoint train used the north side track at Ronkonkoma rather than the now-free south track, which in turn meant that the shuttle had to wait until it cleared out and headed to the yards.  I finally got to Medford almost 15 minutes late.  Oh, there never were any explanations offered.

Gym: I ran 1.5 miles at my reduced speed of 5.6 mph, making my weekly 6-mile quota.  I also did some neutral grip pull-ups, 1 x 7, 1 x 6, 5 x 5.

Published in: on August 19, 2009 at 3:34 am  Comments (3)  

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  1. It never ceases to amaze me how many thousands of people travel more than 50 miles each way to work.

    The New York City suburbs truly are remarkable. Commuting distances that would be completely unheard of elsewhere in the country are fairly common here.

  2. Probably the longest-distance commuting in the NYC area is from the Poconos in NE Pennsylvania. It’s something like 80 to 100 miles each way. Some people ride express buses, others use the joint Metro North/New Jersey Transit train service from Port Jervis.

  3. When Michael Milken worked in New York, he commuted from Philly each day, which is about a 90 mile train ride.

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