We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Ford Explorer ... '98-ish?
Not a Ranger, because of the bumper cover, I think.
In any case, a nice vehicle. Very popular for good reason. I have an '07 Mazda B4000, myself, and I love it.
I see you still have the stock Goodyear Wrangler RT/S tires. Hopefully you don't take them off road or use them in the winter.
On an unloaded pickup, I've found them to be a one-way ticket into oncoming traffic / the ditch, if you are unlucky enough to hit ice. Not that I have, but I've come close a few times. They don't work at all in mud. And the treads are magnets for picking up little pebbles and stones, which doesn't help matters.
I got mine siped, which helped a lot for stopping. But I had no choice but to get a set of decent off-road tires. Once mine are worn out, I'll get something better.
On the plus side, they are quiet and seem to wear well in undemanding conditions. If they hadn't come installed on the truck, I wouldn't have bought them. Overall, I rate them a "meh".
People had never seen anything like it - there were only dinky European electric "mulch-yer-lawn-clippings" numbers that looked like blenders with legs. Nothing between that and professional-sized stuff.
Every year I collect the palm fronds and branches from the Sukkot (Tabernacles) holiday, and make some mulch. It's a great way to reduce weeds and water loss in this climate, and it's improved our heavy clay-on-limestone soil.