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Fawteen    Posted 11-07-2004 at 04:43:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
The topic below got me to thinking. One of the common things about country folk is that we wave at EVERYBODY, whether we know 'em or not, as a rule.

My question is, what constitutes a "wave" in your part of the country? Here in Downeast Maine, the two primary types are the "single-finger" (no, not THAT one...) wherein you lift one index finger off the steering wheel to acknowledge the passer-by, and the "chin up" where you sorta tip yer head back and point yer chin at the folks you're "waving" to.

I suspect both methods grew out of the need to keep both hands on the wheel when driving on what passes for roads around here...

nurednk    Posted 11-08-2004 at 08:01:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
moved to rural va. a few yrs back & everyone waves. i was in ca. a few months back & waved to a cop, he slammed his brakes on did a u turn & followed me all the way back to my daughters house. i got out of the car &waved & smiled. got a real nasty look. not at all like va.

Farmall    Posted 11-07-2004 at 19:35:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]

My dad always used 2 fingers, the index and the nex on his left hand. I usta do the same, now I quit. I have 1/3rd of my left index finger gone,well, I been waving to people without ever really looking at them as I passed. One day, I passed a guy and wouldnt have looked, but he was motioning vigeriously at me,. I looked and he was flipping me off. I thought, why whould he do that. I didnt even know him. then finally, it hit me. It looked to him like I was flipping him off. Now I just use the shortened index finger

ron,ar    Posted 11-07-2004 at 08:24:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, if it is two Baptists crossing each others path to and from the liquor store at the county line, nobody acknowledeges anyone. (ron,ar-just one baptist telling his side of the story)

Dug    Posted 11-07-2004 at 20:34:06       [Reply]  [No Email]

That must of been you I didn't see last night.

Dug (Just another Baptist fessing up.)

donna in w.v    Posted 11-07-2004 at 07:56:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
here it's more of a nod and a hand held up straight and usually a smile or the lips move "hi"

TimV    Posted 11-07-2004 at 07:14:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
Interesting thread--seems small-towners everywhere wave at people. I've had lots of passengers from out of town ask me "do you know all these people?", and I'd tell them "nope--they wave, and I wave back!" Around here, the wave is usually a flip of the palm off from the steering wheel or a half-salute. 'Course there are infinite variations, including the "whole truck wave"--usually used on friends that tend to drive with their eyes straight ahead, ignoring their surroundings. Just start drifting your vehicle slowly into their lane until they notice you and wave back......

Alias    Posted 11-07-2004 at 05:39:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have seen and used many variations of the hand wave. But, the one I like best is the stylish graceful sweep of the down turned palm which start at or near the body and pushes outward and upward. If your in a truck, it would work with the window down as long as you start the swing at the door panel. Remember, it must be executed with style. Without style, it becomes a non gersture. Or, not. .......gfp

Hawk    Posted 11-07-2004 at 05:00:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
here in indian country we just use the open hand held upright with the palm out.

Donna from Mo    Posted 11-07-2004 at 05:25:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
It's the same here in Missouri, Vic.

Vic in Kenefick    Posted 11-07-2004 at 05:20:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hawk is right. Hand held up right palm out. Shows you have no weapons or intent. I feel a wink is as good as a nod to a blind horse.

Salmoneye    Posted 11-07-2004 at 04:51:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
We nod (some do the chin-up)...People from 'away' wave...

The Newfies have a nod-variant that I like...It includes a sort of half nod, half 'No' shake of the head all together...

It's a visual

Chas in Me    Posted 11-07-2004 at 04:57:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
I like to give people an almost military salute off the brim of my hat.

Clod    Posted 11-07-2004 at 06:22:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
In DC when Willy ran the place, the stratergy was.Never make eye to eye contact with strangers.

SusieQ    Posted 11-07-2004 at 08:38:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Guess country folk are just a bit more friendlier than the townees out there, we wave, take food into homes when a neighbor is sick, or lost a family member, our neighborhood takes up a collection for flowers for a funeral. And we had neighborhood watches, before this was the in thing to do. yep, neighbors caught any kid doing anything they shouldn't.....word had reached home before the kid....yeah....real country, and great.

DD    Posted 11-07-2004 at 10:23:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Same here SusieQ, but not only had word reached back home before you did but whoever caught ya getting into mischief took a swat at ya too so we ended up getting a double whippin for whatever it was we'd done. Makes for a lasting impression ; )

midway    Posted 11-07-2004 at 16:45:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Often think of the neighborly way of a small town and know how they help their neighbors. And then think how (say New york City) where its so big, where would you stop being neighborly.....1, 2, 5, 10, 20 blocks?? I think thats why you don't see the friendliness in the big cities like in the small towns. OR do you think there is a different reason?

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