Military personnel, police, fire, and other occupations know the term, zero-dark-thirty. Zero-dark-thirty are the hours before dawn, when some start their day and others are winding down their day. They are the quiet still hours of early morning.

People who work the midnight shift and those who are required to leave for their jobs at the ungodly hour of zero-dark-thirty, well before the sun rises, see the city differently.

What is surprising are the numbers of people riding the El at that hour on Sunday.

The city is quiet and still. Very little moves. There is hardly any traffic. Colors are muted even as the sun makes its way up. Then, the sun finally shines and there is a burst of vibrant color.

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