RIP Marvel Battle Van
Also known as a 1999 Plymouth Voyager, with over 100,000 miles (not bad for a Chrysler product with the original engine and transmission), the Marvel Battle Van owes us nothing. For seven years it served me well; the remaining four years of its driveway tenure were in service to the Jock, who found it "convenient" (large and red enough to find in any parking lot; plenty of room for a team and its gear). It had begun sucking down money over the last few years, accelerating at a greater rate than it ever did on the highway -- which is saying something. For anyone who hasn't ridden a Voyager on the highway, that puppy can move!
The quest for new wheels is on, as the Jock and I bid a fond farewell to the last automotive vestiges of adolescence. To the Marvel Battle Van, we say Adieu; safe journeys to that great parking lot in the sky (or wherever Purple Heart takes it).