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Re: Raising a finger (not middle!) to cars coming towards yo

Unread postby Crested Val » Tue Oct 04, 2011 8:31 am

We are in the park at the moment) as some of you will know) every day for the next 8 weeks.

For every 10 cars we wave to, we get 2 replies on average!!

You start to feel a bit silly after a while........but we still persevere!! :redface:

It is so lovely when we do get a reply wave, and yesterday people stopped us to ask had we seen much, and shared their sightings, that was so nice!! :dance: :dance:
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Re: Raising a finger (not middle!) to cars coming towards yo

Unread postby Crested Val » Tue Oct 04, 2011 8:40 am

DinkyBird wrote:
Crested Val wrote:We are in the park at the moment) as some of you will know) every day for the next 8 weeks.
Grrrrr :tongue:

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I wave at everyone - and am not so sure you should blame the reflection Hawk :naughty: I see the people wave :tongue:

But then I am an angel, able to multi-task :whistle: {You know, watch for game, drive, talk, think, eat and wave - all at the same time}


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Re: Raising a finger (not middle!) to cars coming towards yo

Unread postby jomardl » Tue Oct 04, 2011 10:44 am

I'm definitely a finger raiser, especially on the quiet roads. If people do not respond, too bad for them - they just don't get it.
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Re: Raising a finger (not middle!) to cars coming towards yo

Unread postby Junkie » Tue Oct 04, 2011 1:21 pm

Well everyone - I'm glad we're not the only finger raisers or wavers :D it's good to know! We shall perservere in greeting everyone :whistle:

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Re: Raising a finger (not middle!) to cars coming towards yo

Unread postby Grantmissy » Tue Nov 20, 2012 10:15 am

The friendliness of most of the Kruger visitors is one of those things that still make a Kruger visit great. I think to raise a finger (s) or even better to :) is good
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Re: Raising a finger (not middle!) to cars coming towards yo

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Wed Nov 21, 2012 1:19 pm

cheetah2111 wrote:Indeed Grantmissy :)

I still like to stop somebody with the hand out of the window, and ask them what they have seen down the road :D Just a way to to have conversation with fellow Krugarians 8)


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Unread postby kallis1786 » Wed Nov 21, 2012 5:16 pm

Hi :yaya:

I just saw this forum now, and to be honest since I only passed my driving in August very near to me return date to the UK, I really miss home. I have realised over the years that my dad has always raised his finger at an approaching car, and so many times the driver stops and also has a chit chat with us and tells us about the sightings he/she had.

I also love chatting to people at camps and picnic sites(Babalala) for me. It is glad to know that this tradition is still being followed by people and I will continue the lagacy when for the first time I will be driving through the gates at Punda in JUNE and daddy next to me.

I think we all have special bond in SANPARKS that we actually stop and chat, I cant imagine that happening on the N1

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Re: Raising a finger (not middle!) to cars coming towards yo

Unread postby Elsa » Wed Nov 21, 2012 5:41 pm

Good to see you will be carrying on the tradition kallis1786. :thumbs_up:

Must say we are getting lots of practice on the Estate where we now live, as everyone waves or lifts a finger as you pass each other. :D
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Unread postby JacquiS » Sun Nov 25, 2012 2:28 pm

We do! All the time :-) To be honest - I probably often go overboard! Big smiles and big waves. Call me a softie, but I really feel like everyone in the Kruger shares a special connection during that time. There's something very mystical about that park of ours!

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Unread postby tent dweller » Sun Nov 25, 2012 7:04 pm

pops wrote:I too am a waver and like to see the expressions on the faces on some of the persons.

Will also stop a vehicle, if they want to be stopped, and tell them of a special sighting and hope some one will do the same for us.


:D :D , we also always wave and are very happy to stop other vehicles to share our sightings, our last trip in July 2012 we were met with lots of blank stares but that makes us (all 3) more than willing to share our joy and love of the Kruger, not very far till our December trip :D :) :lol: :roll:
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Re: Raising a finger (not middle!) to cars coming towards yo

Unread postby Grantmissy » Wed Sep 18, 2013 1:55 pm

Modern times allow humans to communicate increasingly in a virtual manner. I was surprised this past July how many Kruger visitors still greet fellow visitors by raising the hand or fingers - mostly friendly faces by far. Never once saw a middle finger aimed at me. I hope Kruger visitors will keep on raising the finger to greet each other.
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Unread postby NetEk » Wed Sep 18, 2013 2:11 pm

I normally drive with the arm half out the window (yes my one arm has a darker tan at the end of the holiday) and wave if that doesn't get reaction the troup of "monkeys" (my littleones) waving in the back normally does. Especially from "grannys" you can just see their faces light up.

I also make a point of it to inform on coming cars of anything they might need to know eg elephants close to the road ect.

Actually had a nice experience in Mapungubwe in July were I waved down a car coming from the front to let them know there are ellies next to the road behind the next bend they might have moved into the road. And had a German gentleman tell me "You are wearing a very nice jacket" (one of those german army jackets "I was issued with one of them in (I think he said '52 might be wrong) " in a heavy german accent. Still brings a smile to my face.
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Unread postby boertjie » Wed Sep 18, 2013 3:02 pm

I also saw my dad doing it and kept it going .
We noticed that in the north almost every car waves or rises a finger.But the south (Tshokwane and lower) it is not as common.

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Re: Raising a finger (not middle!) to cars coming towards yo

Unread postby JohanEngels » Fri Sep 20, 2013 11:03 am

My father has been doing this since I can remember. Me (now 28) also do it every time I an oncoming vehicle. I believe it is just good manners. But yes,,,,, you get some funny looks. :big_eyes:

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Re: Raising a finger (not middle!) to cars coming towards yo

Unread postby Ian Grant » Wed Sep 25, 2013 9:00 am

Yup, it's one of the many traditions that I inherited from my father. Can't help greeting passing visitors, and (ashamedly) get rather irritated when I get no response, but it's such a pleasure when someone greets you first. :D
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