Today at the Uptown redline stop I passed by an old lady in an obvious wig with a sock cap over it pulling up her shopping cart. As I climbed the stairs the disturbing sound of the card vending machine alarm surrounded me. It really reinforces the depressing nature that so often characterizes that train station. Outside on the platform, it was sunny and the air was crisp and still. This makes the sub-freezing weather almost friendly. I closed my my eyes and soaked in the sun and wondered if nocturnal animals feel the opposite of this bliss when confronted with the sun’s rays. After several minutes the alarm came back to my consciousness and I felt so much pity for the cta service person who had to bear that alarm in person.