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

Unread postby saraf » Thu Oct 21, 2010 10:42 pm

DavenJan wrote:I have a 'waving policy' I only wave if the approaching car has it's windows open. My view is that with closed windows you lose half the pleasure of being in the park, no noises, no smells.

Oh dear, on gravel roads we have a policy of closing windows when a car is coming towards us. SO doesn't like the dust which always comes with it, however slow the car is going. No waves for us. :lol:

We tend to wave to be mischievous, especially in the south, the blank or puzzled looks you get are priceless.
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Re: Raising a finger (not middle!) to cars coming towards you

Unread postby majura » Fri Oct 22, 2010 3:55 am

We are among of the visitors who drive a hired vehicle with a GP plate BushFairy and don't find this greeting strange at all. It is common practice for Aussies driving on country roads and everyone does it. We have always raised a finger or hand in greeting when driving in KNP on previous visits and will continue to do so on our next visit in 2011. The main frustration now is the waiting! :lol:

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

Unread postby Nkulu » Fri Oct 22, 2010 8:26 am

I too always wave, but the most fun is when we happen to be only ladies in the car, and you see the male driver try to greet back without his wife seeing :twisted:
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Re: Raising a finger (not middle!) to cars coming towards you

Unread postby Nkulu » Fri Oct 22, 2010 8:28 am

I greet all oncoming vehicles that are travelling at a respectable speed This has however lowered the number of greetings I make.


I even greet the speedsters -
with a wagging finger :rtm:
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Re: Raising a finger (not middle!) to cars coming towards you

Unread postby Hippotragus » Fri Oct 22, 2010 9:03 am

I do acknowledge other cars, but am sometimes "selective". I try and guess whether I will get a response. I agree that the best "wavers" are the older visitors (I'm almost in that category!!).

I have also flagged cars down (usually on dirt roads), to tell them of a sighting - usually very well-received.

In a similar vein, I have taken to talking to absolute strangers at picnic spots. As a youngster, I would never approach a stranger and start talking to them - now, at nearly 60, I'm not afraid of anyone!! It is amazing how well people take this. I think people are stuck in their own little bubbles and scared to start up a conversation with strangers, in case it doesn't go down well. I find out where people are from, what they have seen, etc. They probably go away thinking that I'm a bit odd, but I enjoy sharing experiences. It has also, in many cases, led them and me to sightings we would otherwise have missed.

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

Unread postby Bundu_SA_Guy » Fri Oct 22, 2010 11:13 am

Used to do the same, however I have noticed over the last 3 years or so not many people respond or give the finger greet anymore and I myself have now stopped this once popular tradition, but now reading that there are still so many who carry out this tradition, I wil las from my next trip onwards to the finger greet or wave, even if I get the blank stares.
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Re: Raising a finger (not middle!) to cars coming towards you

Unread postby john n poppy » Fri Oct 22, 2010 12:17 pm

count me in as finger waver.....you do feel silly sometimes but then you get a big smile and a wave and alls good :lol:
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Re: Raising a finger (not middle!) to cars coming towards you

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Fri Oct 22, 2010 12:27 pm

jeffgordon wrote:Who else raises a finger or two at every approaching car? Am I a dying breed?


ME! and I get a positive response more often than not, and I even do it IN response occasionally.
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Re: Raising a finger (not middle!) to cars coming towards you

Unread postby BunnyHugger » Fri Oct 22, 2010 1:16 pm

Can I be a member of this club? I also like to wave and my family also think I'm nuts.

That they may be correct in their thinking is of little consequence to me. I just smile and wave. Smile and wave. I probably smile because I have no idea of what's going on but this is also of little consequence.
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Re: Raising a finger (not middle!) to cars coming towards you

Unread postby Bushbaby30 » Fri Oct 22, 2010 2:45 pm

I grew up with my gran doing it and my parents too... So now I also do it. I agree some people can give you that look of "why are you greeting me? Do I know you?" but most of the time there is some kind of response.
A few years ago we took our cousin's two boys to KNP and the one wanted to know if everybody here knows me because they were greeting me so friendly! :lol: :lol:
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Re: Raising a finger (not middle!) to cars coming towards you

Unread postby wildtuinmal » Fri Oct 22, 2010 3:03 pm

Hi there, well my grandfather and father did it and most certainly we also do it.

If people greet us back good for them, it shows that they share the Kruger spirit, if not well they'll still get there.

Keep the finger wave going :thumbs_up:
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Re: Raising a finger (not middle!) to cars coming towards you

Unread postby Alto » Mon Oct 25, 2010 1:47 am

I do it. My parents did it. I find that I get a responding finger more often when in the north of the park than in the south.
I still remember the days when (outside of the park) my dad would flick his lights (and get responses) at oncoming cars of the same make and model. :)
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Re: Raising a finger (not middle!) to cars coming towards you

Unread postby lion queen » Mon Oct 25, 2010 9:55 pm

We also wave. Sometimes get a wave back and sometimes nothing. Must say in KTP nearly all wave back. Also the GP numberplates that don't wave?

We have a laugh when the lady passenger obviously does not enjoy the trip. Arms are folded and there is no smile. You can see she's thinking we should have had that sea holiday. Thanks for nothing look.
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Re: Raising a finger (not middle!) to cars coming towards you

Unread postby Baffers » Wed Oct 27, 2010 9:06 am

Hehehe we also wave at anyone that comes by.
It is hilarious how sometimes people look at you as if you have just fallen out of a bus...

Mostly Gautengers. Probably think we are going to stop them and try to sell them a fake DVD.

Most folks reply though. Specially Kruger is just a different world. Even "kwaai" people become nice there.
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Re: Raising a finger (not middle!) to cars coming towards you

Unread postby boatmaker » Wed Oct 27, 2010 9:23 am

I am a waver. Finger raiser. Eye brow lifter. Whatever I feel like at the time.

What I like to do though (sometimes) is wait until the last possible moment of passing and suddenly raise my hand high and wave.
Sometimes you get the rabbit staring at headlights look back :big_eyes: . Other times you see the passing driver scramble ferociously to return the wave or a finger. But generally its too late.
Cruel? Perhaps. But the :big_eyes: look is priceless! lol

BTW how did this all start? Why do people wave in game parks. We don't wave at each other on the freeway or around town. (Impracticable i know) but still. Was it perhaps that in the past roads in the park were narrow - and drivers had to stop or pull off the road slightly to pass - and therefor raised a finger or wave in a gesture of thanks?


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