What is it about landlords and their beat up old trucks? You all know the story of mine well. But I have something of a doppelganger in the neighborhood. He owns at least as many houses as I do; probably more. And a good number were also moved houses. And he lives just a few blocks away. He drives an old Toyota Prius about the same age as my xB. And this is his work truck, a worthy counterpart to my equally beat up F100.
And even more curious, he’s finally doing a bit of body work on his truck, and so am I (stay tuned). Oddly, we’ve never actually spoken to each other. But it seems we have a fair bit in common.
I’d seen this old green Suburban in the neighborhood for some years before I shot it in April of 2009, in front of a house that had been moved in a few months earlier, and he was now renovating. I wrote it up as a CC on the old site, and then here too. At the time I hadn’t yet quite figured out who he was or that he had several other properties, until I kept seeing the truck at the various houses and it became obvious. And what’s also obvious is that this fine old work horse, which had a half yard or more of compost or yard soil in its back that day, has weathered some, perhaps a bit more than my truck, actually.
But I’d seen it sitting at a little shop at one of his places, where it was getting a bit of attention to its body. Maybe a tenant trading work for rent? It’s been a slow work in progress, but actually, I just drove by it yesterday, and the roof has all been sanded and primered too. Looks like it’s going to get a paint job. I’m not quite ready to consider that yet, but then this guy is obviously a bit older than I am.
I wonder if it’ll get new upholstery? It could use a bit of work there. I’ve heard him driving it so I know it’s a six, from the unmistakable sound of its exhaust. One more similarity.
That shot is fuzzy.
I suppose there’s times when a Suburban would be handy compared to my pickup, but on the balance, there’s no question that I’ve been better served by my truck. When I think of all the endless loads of dirt, gravel, compost, garbage, tall appliances, windows, lumber, and so much more my truck has hauled, there’s no comparison.
I just noticed: his truck has a crude fabricated hunk of steel for a rear bumper, as do I. How many more similarities can there be?