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Old 05-09-2007, 05:16 PM   #1
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Default The Texas finger wave...

You guys know what I'm talking about? 30 years ago you waved at every car/truck you met on the farm to market roads with the Texas one finger wave...since the roads were so narrow and bumpy you didn't really want to take your hands off the wheel so you just used your index finger...I still do it now but get fewer and fewer return waves every year....

Soooo...who in here does the finger wave? and I'm not talking the middle finger either LOL.
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Old 05-09-2007, 05:19 PM   #2
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I usually raise four fingers, leaving my hand on the wheel. Unless you deserve the one finger, then my hand is out the window :-) just joking, I don't do that.
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Old 05-09-2007, 05:20 PM   #3
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I do it - but use 2 or 3 fingers or if my window is down I will wave like a normal person - but was informed last week by my fiance that I only do wave at trucks - I would say I get a wave back 1 out of 5 in the city - when I get out of the city - it is much more common - I even wave to cars.
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Old 05-09-2007, 05:22 PM   #4
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and I'm not talking the middle finger either LOL.
glad you put that disclaimer in there. LOL. you know a smart arse like me would've thrown that out there. I wave at dang near everyone except when i'm goin down the interstate. waves still happen in the country just hardly ever in the city. I even will give people a nod from time to time when i pass them and we make eye contact in the city or country. (sad thing is i'll probably get shot in the city for doing it one day.)
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Old 05-09-2007, 05:24 PM   #5
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Here's the way I see it. The smaller the road is, the more important the finger-wave is. For example it's not practical on state highways - you are going too fast. The finger wave is recommended, but not required on Farm to Market Roads, but it is absolutley required on County Roads and other gravel/caliche roads. Just basic Texas etiquette...
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Old 05-09-2007, 05:25 PM   #6
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I thought it was just common place to do this it is a involuntary reaction for me.
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Old 05-09-2007, 05:27 PM   #7
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I thought it was just common place to do this it is a involuntary reaction for me.
I've driven all over the country and only see it in Texas....
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Old 05-09-2007, 05:28 PM   #8
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I still bust out the finger wave when I get out of the city!
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Old 05-09-2007, 05:30 PM   #9
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My fiance says I only do it to trucks here in the burbs, more chevys than fords, never in "town", and everyone out in the country...........and I never even realize I do it.
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Old 05-09-2007, 05:32 PM   #10
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I do sometimes but mostly when driving in the country and get a lot of waves back there.
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Old 05-09-2007, 05:33 PM   #11
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Here's the way I see it. The smaller the road is, the more important the finger-wave is. For example it's not practical on state highways - you are going too fast. The finger wave is recommended, but not required on Farm to Market Roads, but it is absolutley required on County Roads and other gravel/caliche roads. Just basic Texas etiquette...
I think the cut off is any 2 lane road. Anything more than that and the wave isn't necessary. It's kind of like the felt hat only between Halloween and Easter thing...one of those unwritten rules...
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Old 05-09-2007, 05:36 PM   #12
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I actually do the 2 or 3 finger...whatever you want to call it. It's not really a wave. It's more of a half-*****ed acknowledgement that I know you exist and look like you came from the same hick background I came from.

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Old 05-09-2007, 05:37 PM   #13
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I do it on the country roads, waves back from 90%. Forget it in the city they don't know how to be courteous or friendly here.
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Old 05-09-2007, 05:40 PM   #14
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It's a Texas tradition..isn't it? I've done it since I started driving, in the country that is. In the city people could give a krap less.
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Old 05-09-2007, 05:44 PM   #15
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Used to do it all the time when I lived back home. Since moving to Dallas not anymore. I usually pick it back up when I get out away from the city and someone does it to me. Then I realize where I'm at and start to do it again.
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Old 05-09-2007, 05:46 PM   #16
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From my observation, west Texas folks always wave. Now Im east of I-45 no one does it. Its sure nice to go home where everyone waves. I wave around my house now and people wonder what Im doing.
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Old 05-09-2007, 05:51 PM   #17
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growing up we called it the "cattleman's salute." Its so common for me when I'm in the country I don't even notice. My wife brought it to my attention once by saying--"your going to get a cramp in your knuckle one of these days."
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Old 05-09-2007, 05:54 PM   #18
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I do. B4 I quit smoking if I wasn't finger waving people always thought I was if I had my hand with the cigarette on the steering wheel. LOL
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Old 05-09-2007, 05:57 PM   #19
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Always do it, especially down south. Up here where I live......forget it. You might get into a fight.
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Old 05-09-2007, 06:13 PM   #20
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ditto qzilla...........
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Old 05-09-2007, 06:21 PM   #21
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I'm out in West Texas do it all the time, caught myself giving the wave to a buzzard that flew up from the side of the road, " I may need to pay more attention to my driving".
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Old 05-09-2007, 06:26 PM   #22
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I'm out in West Texas do it all the time, caught myself giving the wave to a buzzard that flew up from the side of the road, " I may need to pay more attention to my driving".
LMAO

I actually think that the finger wave may have originated back when you could go 30 minutes or an hour without seeing another truck. You waved to make sure the other guy was paying enought attention to respond and wasn't asleep at the wheel. You were both going 80 right at each other on a road thats 18' wide. You wanted time to hit the bar ditch if you had to. LOL
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Old 05-09-2007, 06:30 PM   #23
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that's why I still live in the country!! yepper, we still do it and just like others really don't even know your doin it, it's just down right common courtesy!!
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Old 05-09-2007, 06:40 PM   #24
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Another reason we did the finger wave was that back then in Texas drinking and driving was considered a competitive sport. Gotta check reflexes LOL
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Old 05-09-2007, 07:04 PM   #25
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so if all you got was a head nod were you quicker or slower than the other guy!!lol
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Old 05-09-2007, 07:24 PM   #26
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so if all you got was a head nod were you quicker or slower than the other guy!!lol
Get a head nod and you start looking to make sure there weren't any culverts coming up. Time to get ready to go cross country. LOL
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Old 05-09-2007, 07:29 PM   #27
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ditto qzilla.........
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Old 05-09-2007, 08:06 PM   #28
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Learned from my grandfather......do it all the time when up at the farm.
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Old 05-09-2007, 08:08 PM   #29
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Long Live The Finger Wave ;;;;;;;-----------> (x)
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Old 05-09-2007, 08:49 PM   #30
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I do it everywhere. Index and middle finger in a slanted looking peace sign over the top of the steering wheel. LOL
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Old 05-09-2007, 08:53 PM   #31
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Yep...I still do it...mainly out west around the lease where people understand it!
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Old 05-09-2007, 08:55 PM   #32
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Four fingers with the thumb holding the wheel.
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Old 05-09-2007, 08:56 PM   #33
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Do it and respect it when I get it back....makes me feel like there are some good people left in the world.
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Old 05-09-2007, 09:07 PM   #34
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I do it all the time. I thought it was normal to do it. I grew up outside of TX and it was common place there, but it was a small town.
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Old 05-09-2007, 09:21 PM   #35
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I still do it
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Old 05-09-2007, 09:22 PM   #36
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Always do when I'm around the house. Once in a while I catch myself doing it in Ft Worth and people look at me like I'm gay.
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Old 05-09-2007, 09:23 PM   #37
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The head nod is definitely "slow reflex response"! I'm living proof. LOL
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Old 05-09-2007, 09:29 PM   #38
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I think it's country tradition. My wife is from the city, when we were dating she used to ask me why I always did that and if I really knew that many people. I told her no I did not know everyone I waved at and that the wave was just somethin that I learned growing up checking pastures with my grandpa. When I was living in North Bryan going to college, I did not do it much though. Now that I am back home. I still do it and appreciate a finger back.
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Old 05-09-2007, 09:39 PM   #39
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I do it out in the county but not in town.I also do the "up nod",ya know your head goes up instead of down.


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Old 05-09-2007, 09:45 PM   #40
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Yes, the upnod is a big player when spitting, talking on the phone, eating, or changing CDs.


My dad gave me the finger on my way home from work today!
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Old 05-09-2007, 10:01 PM   #41
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I have done it since I started driving. I think I tend to favor trucks a little. Kinda rude if they don't finger you back. (you know what I mean)
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Old 05-09-2007, 10:09 PM   #42
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I have done it since I started driving. I think I tend to favor trucks a little. Kinda rude if they don't finger you back. (you know what I mean)
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Yeah, we actually comment on it. The standard reply when a decked out 4X4 goes by without a fingerwave is "he must be from Houston".

Sorry Houstonians. I know we are doing country boy profiling. A lot of you are great guys.
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Old 05-09-2007, 10:21 PM   #43
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Do it as soon as I get outta the city
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Old 05-09-2007, 10:33 PM   #44
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Learned it in drivers training, at age 14. Teacher actually told us we had to wave. Of course we knew everybody on the road anyway.

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Old 05-09-2007, 10:50 PM   #45
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Just another one of the great things that go along with driving to and from a deer lease. People that wave on the country roads of Texas live longer.
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Old 05-09-2007, 10:59 PM   #46
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We still do it! But I am seeing less and less of it also, **** shame people are just not as nighborly anymore.
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Old 05-09-2007, 11:07 PM   #47
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I do it, mostly on the two lane roads.
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Old 05-10-2007, 12:43 AM   #48
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When in the city you have to be careful waving any fingers but when I am home to Fayette County its just a given to give the finger wave. Everyone, even people who dont like you still give you the finger wave, it just might be turned the other way.
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Old 05-10-2007, 01:32 AM   #49
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I give the Left had wave I thought finger waves were sort of rude

I saw my first one a week ago

When a felow doesnt wave back I figure he is from Dallas or Houston- sight seeign here


I have been hear about 20 months and I actually know some folks and the rigs they drive..........


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Old 05-10-2007, 02:01 AM   #50
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I still do it. Been an Okie for almost 18 years and I still find myself sharing the fingers. To me it is more of "Hey, I see you too." instead of talking on the cell phone, putting on make-up ( in Dale's case)or reading the lastest quarterly. I like to know that the person I am passing actually acknowledges that I'm alive.

Now, while traipsing through the Lone Star State, the white, front bumper, license plate acts as a signal to move over and my one finger response is simply a reflection of OU's supremacy.

I try to navigate with my hands at 12 and 8 and the corresponding hand gesture is a sign of respect for my fellow travelers. If you fail to respond, then hell hath mercy on your soul.
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