The Red Sox ‘B’ magnet on the back of the Odyssey has been there since 2008 or so, I’m guessing. It definitely dates back to a happier time in Red Sox Nation. I started putting the B on the back of the car in the heady days of 2004 and 2007. Over the past few years we’ve been less fervent — not exactly fickle, but I just don’t know the new team all that well and we have a lot less time to watch baseball. Still, we like the B that says we’re from Boston and also stands for our family name! It helps us find our ride in the sea of minivans at the Market Basket parking lot and we enjoy carpooling friends around Arlington in the car we’ve christened the B Bus.
Sadly, the current magnet (B 3.0 — my third magnet) is in rough shape. No longer Sox red, it is a faded crusty charcoal gray, the plastic magnetic material fused to the paint on the car, and no longer all that easy to spot from afar.
We’re getting ready to hit the road for our first Really Big road trip, and we have been looking for a shiny new B. The sports swag store at the mall didn’t have one, but best neighbor Krissie gave us some awesome window decals, including a B that will approximate the location and look of the bus number spot on the back of the car. She rocks! Plus, I won’t have to squeeze in 45 minutes alternately pouring boiling water over it and using non-scratching implements to coax and scrape the fused magnet away in pieces. I don’t have time to do that in the two days left before we hit the road for Chicago… but we’re doing lots of other things to make the car ready for two driving days there and two days back.
It’s so exciting – the first big driving trip AND a big end-of-summer visit with the cousins in Evanston! Can’t wait!