2009 Dodge Ram 1500: "Dump" Truck
August 04, 2009
It's not exactly a secret around the office that I've been working on the landscaping at my house this summer. I've been using various long-term cars to haul various plants from various nurseries for weeks now, complaining loudly about the whole dirty, sweaty, process.
Having conquered most of the smaller areas, I'm now forced to deal with reducing the size of the wide, front flower bed, and hauling away the mess.
The first step: remove the buckling concrete border that snakes across the lawn. Turns out, a 10-pound sledgehammer and a shovel is all that's needed.
Oh, and a truck.
Step 2: load the broken slabs into the back of our already well-loved 2009 Dodge Ram pickup. No bedliner is a downer, and not willing to be the first editor to turn the shiny red Ram's bed into a box of scratches, I grab an old beach blanket out of the garage and build a protective plaid layer between the bright red metal and concrete filth.
Step 3: enlist an able-bodied staffer (we'll call him, Mike) to help unload the concrete at the local Santa Monica dump. He unloads while I cheerfully photograph the effort from the front of the Ram's bed.
We're driving the first 2009 Ram the dump workers have seen at the "yard," and the ground crew is anxious to get a closer look at the truck. Towel-covered mask-man asks Mike to open up the side-storage Ram box, telling him confidentially it will be "a good place to stash your schrooms when you head up to the mountains."
Another worker saunters up when he sees me shooting the whole smelly scene, convinced I'm a camera-toting member of the dump paparazzi.
"Make sure you get a picture of that guy," he whispers. "That's Tommy Chong unloading the green Toyota Tundra." I obliging point my Olympus at the truck parked two down from me, where Cheech's supposed Chong is lurking behind an extra-large gold picture frame.
Ah, the people you meet when you drive a truck.
Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 3950 miles