He had ordinary reflexes, but a great mind.
The things that line up are the ordinary and average things. The extraordinary things skip the line, because they don't have to wait. Sad for all the ordinaries.
Since this word is made up of a single kanji, it probably uses the kun'yomi reading. You did not learn this reading, so here's a mnemonic to help you to remember: All the people who went off to fight in Nam (なみ) were just ordinary, average folk.