Friday, September 18

As desolate as the Sahara Desert

So where was everyone?  As the shuttle pulled into Ronkonkoma this morning I figured that the 7:04 to Penn would be a cattle train like it was the other day.  I’d have to wait for the 7:19.  To my great surprise, however, there weren’t many people at all waiting for the 7:04, so I boarded it … and had the extremely unusual  pleasure of an empty seat next to me the whole way.  This was toward the middle of the train, where I usually ride.  If the car were even half-full after the last stop at Bethpage it would be surprising.  Why would the same train be utterly jammed a couple days ago and practically a ghost train today?  I can’t even imagine.  There weren’t any delays, and I waited just a minute or so for a 3 train to Park Place – which also was uncrowded.

It would have been too much to hope that the morning’s lack of crowding would carry through to the afternoon.  Still, it wasn’t too bad.  I had a somewhat long wait for a 2 at Park Place, somewhere north of five minutes, but got to Penn in ample time to get the 5:41 to Ronkonkoma and the shuttle.  It was at what I’d call normal non-summer ridership levels: all seats other than the middles taken, as well as some but not all of the middles, and no standees.  A woman in her 30’s took the seat next to me, and after some initial squirmyness pretty much settled down and was no trouble. I spend most of the ride reading, and it went by quickly.

Gym: a fairly short but decent session.  Neutral grip pull-ups: 2 x 8, 3 x 6.  I had to use the wider handles, which aren’t may favorite, but are tolerable.  Dips: 4 x 12 x bodyweight.  I also ran one mile on the treadmill at 5.8 mph.  Due to a wedding we’re going to in Connecticut, I won’t be going to the gym on Saturday or Sunday.  I actually could use a break.

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