So, I bought my first Wrangler back in the mid 90s. It was a 90 YJ. My supervisor at the time had an old CJ that even today I feel has never been topped by another. I was 19. He raised me in the Jeep world. He told me about the wave. I'm 36 now, and ever since my first rig I have proudly show respect to Wranglers of all ages, shapes, and sizes with that wave. I have owned 2 other Wranglers, and a 2000 XJ that currently sits in the driveway next to my Rubi.
This is where I bring in the phrase, "It's a Jeep thing, you wouldn't understand!" I never heard it said, "It's a Wrangler thing..." So, I have always respected other supped up Cherokees as well. I toss out a wave signifying my respect for their rigs. Especially since I live in both worlds, I know exactly the capabilities of both my Jeeps and how much money each one eats up. When in my Cherokee, I wave at Wranglers and other lifted, trail capable XJ's. However, when I wave at a Wrangler (even those stock, goofy looking, 4 door, base model JK's) while driving my Cherokee, I get the deer in the headlight look and a blow off. Knowing full damn well that my XJ can out trail most of the Wranglers I come across since most around here are stock or base models, I usually just smile it off. My XJ is very, very far from stock. Again, I thought it was a "JEEP" thing?
Here's what spurred this rant...I was going to pick up some 32" BFG MTs and while driving down the road (I was in my Cherokee), a newer JK was heading my way. We slowed since the road was narrow and I got a good look at his ride. It was pretty sweet, I admit. So, I tossed him my wave, saluting the pride he must have in his Jeep. He must have been 20-23 years old. His reply, nose up in the air and a middle finger saluting me instead of a 2 finger wave back! I had it in my head to flip a bitch and chase him down. I don't take disrespect well, especially from a young kid who knows jack about who I am.
So, my question is, have I been wrong all these year? Is it just for the world of Wranglers? I mean, I toss respect to any off-road enthusiast that has shared blood and mud, as well as an empty bank account, on his ride...even if it's just a mall crawler.
My rigs...both a continuous work in progress with more accessories and parts on order...