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

Unread postby jeffgordon » Thu Oct 21, 2010 1:36 pm

When I used to visit the Park as a child, it didn't go unnoticed that whenever an approaching car passed us, the driver of that car and my dad in our car would exchange a wave, nod or raised finger off the top of the steering wheel.

I have kept the tradition alive, but my partner laughs at me for doing it, especially when you get nothing but a blank stare in return (which happens at least half the time!)

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

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Unread postby DavenJan » Thu Oct 21, 2010 1:40 pm

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.
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Unread postby moggiedog » Thu Oct 21, 2010 1:43 pm

We are another pair of the dying breed.
Hubby normally drives and the fingers go up or a wave when another car approaches - but like yourself - blank stares - not even a glimmer of a smile from the other car.
We have been doing it for over 20 years now and still do it - but perhaps the time has come for hubby to keep his hands firmly on the wheel and me to keep mine folded "angelically" in my lap.

What we do find is that very often a car with youngsters in are the ones that respond with a huge smile and a wave - perhaps they just excited at seeing dinosaurs in the park.
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Unread postby BushFairy » Thu Oct 21, 2010 1:46 pm

My family does exactly the same thing in KNP - we've even noted who the friendliest folk are and who gives us the most entertainment in terms of funny looks!
(purely based on our own observations)
1. Eastern Cape people ALWAYS wave (whether you're in Kruger, driving in Port Elizabeth or whatever) - could be because we have a EC number plate :tongue:
2. KwaZulu Natal is probably second
3. Mpumalanga folk
4. Other
5. GP - they provide us with the most entertainment, probably because many of the vehicles are hired vehicles with non-gautengers - but they give a look of disbelief at a wave as though they should know you to be able to be friendly!!

I often go to AENP and MZNP for a break away from varsity, I enjoy going alone seeing as though I leave at about 5am and most of my friends don't see any logic in this and would rather sleep. In these parks I always wave at everyone and normally people wave back and stop for a chat, perplexed by someone who goes to a NP alone!
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Unread postby JenB » Thu Oct 21, 2010 1:47 pm

We've just returned from a trip to KTP and we often spoke about those visitors being the friendliest people ever. No less than 9 out of every 10 cars approaching gave us the finger. At times we were so focused on spotting that special sighting that we missed the moment so to all of you guys we missed, here it is now!
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Unread postby Mellory » Thu Oct 21, 2010 1:48 pm

jeffgordon we are also one of the dying breed (I hope not) and wave I have found quite often that other on coming cars may wave and SO misses it so I respond so as not to appear to be one of the "blank stare" people. I do think a lot of time people just miss the gesture.

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Unread postby spargish » Thu Oct 21, 2010 1:56 pm

I still do it, just lake my father and grandfather did. But I wont give you a gesture if you just carry on driving in the middle of the road and force me to move for you.
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Unread postby Hugh » Thu Oct 21, 2010 2:04 pm

Yes WE still do the wave and smile thing. after over 60 years the SO will not miss a single person!!!.. If they dont reply well thats no problem we did it and thats all that matters.
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Unread postby cptphotographer » Thu Oct 21, 2010 2:27 pm

The lifting of the finger off the steering wheel or wave is a family tradition with us too!
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Unread postby GlenD » Thu Oct 21, 2010 2:35 pm

I do the hand lifting thing as well and I must say I generally get a good response, even though half of them wave back with a confused look on thier face (I can just hear the gears grinding in their minds, "do I know that guy, wonder where he knows me from")

I even stopped an approaching car on my last trip to tell them of a Leopard sighting.
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Re: Raising a finger (not middle!) to cars coming towards you

Unread postby TPF » Thu Oct 21, 2010 2:37 pm

We still do the raised finger and wave and as many before get a rather blank stare :shock: from time to time but we usually get a good response. The kids call it sweet :lol: or sour :cry: gme, a wave back - the people are sweet if not then sour.

So don't let me catch you not waving! :naughty:

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Unread postby Lockie » Thu Oct 21, 2010 7:18 pm

Like Stark...we also live in a rural area and waving or a head nod is just the norm here in the Maritimes of Canada. However we do get the oddest looks from visitors from other provinces, and even stranger looks from folks from the States(not you I'm sure Stark)
While in the park we did see some folks waving and we'd return the gesture, but I remember it as being rather rare. Mind you...we were all game
spotting and I was the camera man so... :whistle:

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Unread postby big5spotter » Thu Oct 21, 2010 8:11 pm

50/50.50% wave back 50% stare at me like do you know me coz I sure dont know you.
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Re: Raising a finger (not middle!) to cars coming towards you

Unread postby michel367 » Thu Oct 21, 2010 8:21 pm

No JeffGordon.

You are not a dying breed.
I also greet my fellow watchers of the animal kingdom. It is called common courtesy and of which seems to be little left in the world these days. :?
I actually think that it is also the way do distinguish between the "real" lovers of the wild and the "let's go to Kruger once" kind of people.

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

Unread postby schooms » Thu Oct 21, 2010 10:35 pm

I too am one of those that raises a finger or a palm when driving in the KNP.

The problem for me is when I have been driving for an hour or two, I have waved at all the cars that have passed and gotten no response, then typically on a slow rise or slow corner, the wife will pass me something or i will generally drop something and im leaning to pick it up like the map or my cold drink, my hands pretty tied and someone passes and waves at me and I dont wave back because I have no free hand! :slap:

I always feel like a right chop!!! :wall:
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