The Chicago Sun-Times is chronicling the journey to Monday's inauguration with the Frazier Family of Marquette Park, and blogging about it. Catch our first story in the series here.
We all arrive at Christ Universal Temple's parking lot between 8-8:30 a.m., where two buses awaited. We load up. I brought too much stuff, I think to myself. Pamela Frazier, 62, has saved me a seat. Semaja Frazier and Brian Jackson, both 12, settle into the Beltway Charter bus as it prepared to leave from 119th & Loomis. Asia Wright, 15, and McKinley Wright, 14, are tired but excited. Pamela is just ready to roll. Whereever there's a bus and money to be made, the vendors are there. Awaiting us in the parking lot: $5 inauguration t-shirts out of the trunk of a car. We pull off at 9:15 a.m. for the 12-hour ride.