Tuesday, September 22

Lethal weapons

One sort of fashion I just don’t understand is the way some women wear these absurdly long fake fingernails.  Not only do they look ridiculous, they must get in the way all the time.  The woman who sat down next to me on the 7:04 from Ronkonkoma to Penn, which I’d boarded after arriving on the shuttle from Medford, had possibly the most extreme fingernails I’ve seen in years.  They weren’t colored, which was a bit surprising, but they were so long and pointed they looked like the claws on a sabre-toothed tiger.  As I doubt she is in the practice of bringing down wooly mammoths, I simply couldn’t imagine her motivation behind having such ridiculous nails.  She’s probably in constant danger of stabbing herself.  In any event, the 7:04 was moderately but not excessively crowded.  Most if not all of the middle seats in the car were taken after the last stop at Bethpage, but there were no standees. One thing I noticed, however, is that the proportion of SCA’s was rather high, in fact higher than it’s been in quite some time.  I’d guess the proportions in the car were 50% SCA’s, 40% women, 10% normal men.  A bit disturbing … I fervently hope that “business casual” survives the recession, but I’m not optimistic.  As for the ride into Penn, I got quite a bit of reading done, and we made it right on time.  The wait for a 3 to Fulton was no more than a minute, and the car was surprisingly uncrowded.

The wait for a 2 at Park Place after work was annoyingly long, but as time wasn’t an issue I wasn’t too angry.  Had I gotten the train from Ronkonkoma it would’ve been a different story, as I didn’t get to Penn in time to get the 5:22 to Ronkonkoma, but as I was going to take the 5:41 it wasn’t relevant. As for the 5:41, it was verging on cattle train territory, a change from the recent pattern in which the morning trains have been busier.  Shortly before we got underway a skinny young man sat next to me but almost immediately got up to sit next to an apparent acquaintance he saw a couple rows away.  Oh no, I though, I’m done for, a huge SCA is bound to take his place.  Fortunately, my fears didn’t come to pass,  as a slightly chubby and non-annoying woman of about 30 took the seat.  Unlike her morning’s counterpart, she had fingernails appropriate for a human being rather than for an extinct prehistoric carnivore. I though we were going to be late into Ronkonkoma because of some very slow running near Mineola, but we actually arrived right on time.  The shuttle to Medford is rarely crowded, this afternoon for some reason it was nearly empty.

Gym: another “weightless” installment.  I started with a 2-mile run on the treadmill at 5.8 mph for the first mile and a half, 5.6 mph for the last half-mile.  I then tried to use the stationary cycle but couldn’t get into it and gave up after a few minutes.  This worked out well, as I returned to the treadmill and did one more mile, albeit at a poky 5.4 mph.  This made three miles total for today, and met my weekly 6-mile quota.

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