I don’t know when it started or who was responsible. All I remember is that I walked into the kitchen one day about a decade ago and saw that someone–probably my dad–had arranged the refrigerator magnets to say:
“___ BALLS IS A LOT OF BALLS.”
I don’t remember the exact number, but whatever it was, I changed it after my next game to display the new total. The magnets stayed for days…and then weeks…and the number kept changing.
Months passed. No one dared to move the magnets, not even to spell a “welcome” message for little kids who came to visit in the middle of winter, for the fridge had become the official Snag-O-Meter of the Hample household.
The magnets remained a fixture throughout the 1990s and into the new millennium. When I moved into my own apartment a few years ago, they came with me.
Here’s what my fridge looks like today: