Scroll down to get to the poem and skip my blah, blah, blah…
Got my 1st Jeep Wrangler ('02 6 cyl.) a few months ago. Last thing the prior owner said was, "Jeep peeps wave!". OMG, they do, I noticed on the drive home. Not mainly for that reason, but I went out and bought a 2nd & am looking for a 3rd Wrangler -- mainly so the kids won't keep asking to borrow mine!
But, was it just me or did NOBODY wave at this summer's Ocean City, Maryland, Jeep Week? We've never had that experience before, except in Cleveland (understandable) and from unlimiteds, in general. Naturally, I assume the unlimiteds are just mournful that they didn't buy a two-door ;-o) .
Granted, my mostly stock Jeep has a positive score that someone might debate, depending on what rises to the level of a scratch and/or exactly what it means to be "tested", and etc. And, granted, almost every Wrangler at the OC Jeep Weekend looked like it was modelling for an Extreme Terrain catalog.
Regardless, ALL are "encouraged" to wave, according to Rule 3 and "required" unless a clear minus (Rule 2) of the The Definitive Guide
and where it also says,
"When in doubt, WHIP IT OUT!"
Anyway, this "WAVE DAMIT" pic
from @1125Rick and that weekend inspired this little poem you might enjoy about behavior that seems unbefitting a Jeep-owner and a gentle-man/woman. It's best appreciate by knowing the definitive guide above.
Hey, it's all in-fun -- I'm not reeeeally whining or being critical.
And I get-it -- there indeed should be such respect for those clearly high in the Hierarchy such that no return-wave should be expected or lack thereof begrudged by those with a truly negative score, in accordance with the rules.
But, I'm also just saying…
Ode to the Jeep Wave
Hey, gave you my wave!
No attention did I crave --
…just Jeep-joy & proper etiquette.
But, alas, nothing-in-return did-I-get.
True, the Jeep hierarchy is to be respected,
But, I got no-joy as expected.
Cuz your wave, it was neglected.
Outsiders may think it silly,
But, NO wave? REALLY?!?
Can't say you didn't see-me --
Any closer and you'd be-me!
My Wrangler's scars you could not see --
they were all fixed by me.
While it may not reach your score's highness,
my Jeep's not a clear minus.
OK, so what that I have no sky-high lifts,
No major dents from jumping cliffs,
No huge stack of aftermarket receipts,
And no muddy, BLOODY seats?!?
No fenders crushed in a wild roll-over,
…just a stock 6 cyl. '02 TJ, a few scratches & a pathetic comb-over.
Oh, and some frame-rust down-under
from driving topless in the rain & thunder.
Not saying my heart was torn asunder,
But, I reeeeally had to wonder,
if my wave wasn't a presumptuous blunder.
"Love is not rude",
Tis why I have a bit-o-'tude.
Keeping that hand in-side
could be the wrong kind of Jeep-pride.
Or, call me crazy,
But, maybe a few are just plain lazy…
By waving all your days.
You could save me from the error-of-my-ways!
Yet, we will NOT judge.
We will not hold a grudge,
even when your hand, it will not budge.
So, no worries, no pressure, no guilt!
We'll just assume
that your old 4-cylinder needs to be rebuilt…
On these thoughts we will not linger
You are "encouraged" to lift anything but that middle-finger!
And we ain't askin for no SHOUT,
But, as it is written, "When in doubt,
WHIP IT OUT!"