Happily Ever After and a Visit with Ram Commercial
She’s a beauty, ain't she? Behold, the ’16 Ram 4500 Crew Cab Chassis 4x2 Tradesman, which naturally emits wisps of majesty even when resting between jobs. She indeed incites work truck envy for obvious reasons—she’s new, functional, mechanically stout, and oh-so sexy on those steel wheels. What's keeping this beast from landing in your driveway? Let me guess—the price. It’s so unfortunate that money doesn’t grow on trees. Why can’t someone figure out how to make that happen, for crying out loud?
What do you think this bright white Ram costs? Here are some hints: Optional equipment upgrades include a $12,402 SE (Scelzi Enterprises, Inc.) utility body, a $7,400 6.7L Cummins turbodiesel engine, and a $1,600 Aisin heavy-duty six-speed transmission
When Ram Commercial invited us to a Monday afternoon lunch rendezvous at the Automobile Driving Museum (ADM) in El Segundo, California, to talk about and show off its commercial lineup of trucks and ProMaster vans, of course we obliged. We love free lunch. Wait, I mean we love trucks and more specifically, anything to do with work trucks
This particular event, however, brought back a sweet memory more endearing than the handsome 4500 and, dare I say, more scrumptious than the BBQ lunch. If you look just above the hood of the truck for a moment, you'll notice a mobile sign tucked inside the confines of the property with some information that caught my eye, and probably my eye alone: "Rent this museum for your next event." Although I was paying attention to David Sowers, Head of Ram Commercial Trucks, it was by no mistake that I included this obscure sign in the photo.
All I could do was chuckle. Oh, the irony. Rent this museum? Been there, done that. Let me explain. Our wedding reception was here at this museum almost five years ago, and this was the first time my husband and I had been back since that momentous night. We met here at work in 2006. We sat side by side, day after day, for a few years, sharing the adventure of work life. It was a tough gig, you know, playing with trucks. At one point, we went on a Friday lunch cruise (yes, it was actually a work function) to the Automobile Driving Museum, and it was awesome. Then we got engaged and mutually agreed upon a crazy idea: the ADM, with its large reception hall and eclectic collection of driveable machines, would make for the most epic wedding reception location ever. And indeed it was. In addition to the up-close experience with cool cars, we had killer food. We’re talking all-you-can eat pizza and lasagna—none of that boring, dried-out, leathery morsel of wedding chicken and steak where you find yourself at Taco Bell for “real food” after the party's over. Although we didn’t leave the reception in something from Ram Commercial, we did leave in a Ram truck.
And they lived happily ever after.
Oh, and the correct answer is “D.”