On the half-empty rear car of a northbound Purple Line last night, it was quiet as snowfall, until Jack S. decided to call his brother Lambert in Orlando and tell him about the approaching storm. Soon Jack’s voice was gusting through the car.

“I’m calling to say good-bye to you,” Jack boomed. Jack apparently had never heard the recorded CTA admonition to be considerate while talking on phones so as not to disturb other “customers.” The few customers in the car glanced up at Jack, then resumed fondling their own phones.

“I’m saying good-bye because I’m about to be buried,” Jack told Lambert dramatically. He paused, then delivered the punch line: “Under this snow. This gonna be a blizzard!”