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Old 07-10-2019, 11:35 AM
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The Jeep wave that made my day

I'm leaving a restaurant for lunch, waiting to turn left, and I see a new JL approaching from the left. It's bright yellow and I can see a woman driving it. She's 40-ish, good looking, with that professional, salon perfect, hair style. The Jeep and the hair indicates a degree of affluence, and as she gets closer I can see a big smile on her face.

Then I get "the wave". Not the "full five-fingered" wave. Not the casual "I'm cool and done this before two or three-fingered" wave...no...I got the "take my right hand off the steering wheel full blown Forest Gump" wave complete with a bigger smile.

It made me smile! I'm still smiling! I'm guessing it was her first Jeep and she was really feeling like she was a part of something special.

Anyway... she made my day.



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Very cool story👍 that would have made my day too.

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Agreed, cool story indeed. I wish she could see your post and realize just how cool she is!
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I had one of those Jeep waves that left an impression-

The wife and I were on a secondary road south of the border (WA State), and an older Jeep running topless and doorless was approaching on our left. A little girl about 7 years old riding shotgun shyly asks her daddy behind the wheel if she can wave. As they pulled up beside, she smiles sweetly and waves from the passenger's seat. The wife and I gave her the mother of all Jeep waves in return, and it really made her smile. Heck, it made us smile all the way home.

I always wave, but when an oncoming Jeep sneaks up on me when I am preoccupied, I have gotten the odd wave off late. I would say I have about 100% success with the Jeep wave in the US, maybe 60% up here in the frozen north. I am hoping it catches on.
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I thought your last sentence was going to be, and then I realized it was my wife!
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She has mixed you up with someone she knew.



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Old 07-10-2019, 03:06 PM   #7
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I was approaching a Jeep last year and was ready to wave until I noticed the driver had both hands on top of the wheel and was TEXTING! I didn't wave, figuring he was too busy with his phone to see me. All of a sudden he looked up and gave me the wave and went back to his phone.

The funny thing is this happened right in front of our local township police station!
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I got a Forrest Gump waive from a woman passenger in a two door white JK very similar to mine on Sunday. I was leaving the marina where we keep our boat, and the other Jeep was pulling in. Driver didn't waive, but the female passenger waived very enthusiastically.
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It's been a while but I had one that made my day too.
I got home when my Jeep was new and my daughter asked if I got any waves. I told her I had 4. 3 waves and someone gave me the finger. She immediately says, with a straight face, "You passed Mom didn't you"? I did pass my wife and she's the one that told me I was number 1. Completely made my day and still does.
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I saw another Tank Green colored Wrangler coming toward me on a small two lane road. We both gave the Jeep wave to each other out the drivers window and as we passed we both gave a thumbs up to each other at the same time acknowledging we both had Tank Green Jeeps! I just made me smile the rest of the day!
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My wife got a Jeep Wave about 2 month into our ownership. When she told me she was happy like a child. It made my day, I'm sure hers too.

Sadly in our area, waves are rare. And I'm guilty of that as well. I can't tell you how many times I missed waving, because I simply did not pay enough attention AND/OR did not expect it and fast traffic made it too late to return the wave.
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pffftttttttttt,,,,changed my original post........
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I love stories like this. Every jeep wave I get genuinely brings a smile to my face and improves my day.
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I drive around town all day for work and every time I pass a Jeep I start to wave but then I remember I am driving my work truck and figure they will think I am some kind of nut.
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I have said this before....I wave at every Jeep. If they don't wave back...so be it. I'm waving at the Jeep out of respect and what it stands for. We all are a part of the "seven slot grill club".
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A good friend and I carpooled to work for a year or so. Often she would drive my Jeep to pick me up (the parking spot was at her office). It took her a few weeks, but soon she was waving as often as I do. In fact, she said she started absentmindly waving from her Honda Pilot! The wave is addictive!
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She was probably excited because her JL was new ... it will wear off quickly when she realizes that 80% of all Wrangler owners don't wave (at least where I live).
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I don't wave unless waved to first. I could give a rats ass about being part of a club, or some spectacular brotherhood.... or whatever. I bought my Jeep as a DD and to disappear. If someone wants to talk Jeeps in the parking lot or whatever, of course I am interested. Engaging someone personally has more meaning. I'm in the minority, but its how I see it. You go on feeling good about you waving. that's your gig.
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I don't wave unless waved to first. I could give a rats ass about being part of a club, or some spectacular brotherhood.... or whatever. I bought my Jeep as a DD and to disappear. If someone wants to talk Jeeps in the parking lot or whatever, of course I am interested. Engaging someone personally has more meaning. I'm in the minority, but its how I see it. You go on feeling good about you waving. that's your gig.
My fellow Texan, this thread "wave made his day" in a positive note. I think we wave to most people not only to wrangler drivers and so it is not really a big deal from Southerners but some takes your comment a bit harsh. Y'all have a nice day.
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If you have a Jeep and dont wave, sell it, trade it, get rid of it...now!! I immediately think you're a jerk if you dont wave back, sorry but my step-daughter gets too upset for me not to care. So JEEP WAVE WITH PRIDE!!
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I don't wave unless waved to first. I could give a rats ass about being part of a club, or some spectacular brotherhood.... or whatever. I bought my Jeep as a DD and to disappear. If someone wants to talk Jeeps in the parking lot or whatever, of course I am interested. Engaging someone personally has more meaning. I'm in the minority, but its how I see it. You go on feeling good about you waving. that's your gig.
No problem...I'll still wave....at your Jeep....because of what it stands for and it's history. When you drive a Jeep it doesn't mean you are part of a club but part of a group of people who appreciate what a Jeep is an means to each of us as individuals. I'll wave at you if we pass by, you can flip me off if you want....I won't give a rats ass.....I'll be waving at your Jeep.
If you drive a Jeep it doesn't make you disappear...it makes you stand out weather you like it or not. If you want to disappear, drive something else.
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The topic of the "Jeep wave" never ceases to amaze me and not in a good way.

Many seem to be ignorant to the Genesis of the tradition and I suppose they have an excuse albeit it a weak and intellectually lazy one.
Then there are those who know the history and either don't care or worse knowingly proclaim (loudly) their distain.

I feel sorry for anybody that is so wilfully miserable that they can't bring themselves to extend a hand or couple fingers of courtesy and civility especially considering the history.

Is a statement about where we are today as a society.

Don't want to wave? Fine. I'd rather not have those pained forced waves anyway.

I'll still wave.....and hold a door open too for someone to pass before me.
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In July of 2017 our local dealer got two 2017 Chiefs in Chief Blue. One for their location in Lowndes Cty and the other for their lot in Brooks County. I kept hearing about the other being seen around town but had never personally seen it myself.

Then last December, on the way back home from a district VFW meeting on a back road, here the other one come the other way. We did not wave, we flashed headlights.

Then on June 1st of this year there was a Jeep run supporting a food drive and the organizer of the event and leader of a local Jeep club, is driving the other Chief. Her husband has modified her Jeep a bit, mine is still 99% stock. She mentioned meeting that way and said it was better than a wave.
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Courtesy comes in many forms... Inaction isn't one of them.

Thank you for your service and support of the VFW. Great organization.
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Hello all. I'm a newbie here, and this is the first thread I've read on this site. Anyway, I had no idea there was a Jeep wave. I'm a midwesterner, Iowa to be exact, and almost everybody waves around my area. Heck, most of the people you meet are neighbors or friends.

I will now "Jeep-wave" to everyone I meet driving a Jeep.
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I think the Jeep wave is a great thing. All about camaraderie, and I can't fathom anyone not giving "a rats ass" about this tradition. I recall when I had a Corvette, there was a wave from fellow 'Vette owners and that was cool. Also my Dad had a Mercedes and there was also fellowship with that vehicle.

How many of you have accidentally waved at an oncoming Jeep when you were driving your other vehicle(s)??????????????????? Come on, be honest, we've all done it.
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I think the Jeep wave is a great thing. All about camaraderie, and I can't fathom anyone not giving "a rats ass" about this tradition. I recall when I had a Corvette, there was a wave from fellow 'Vette owners and that was cool. Also my Dad had a Mercedes and there was also fellowship with that vehicle.

How many of you have accidentally waved at an oncoming Jeep when you were driving your other vehicle(s)??????????????????? Come on, be honest, we've all done it.
Iím riding my motorcycle waving at Jeeps and riding my Jeep waving at motorcycles. Itís hard.
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Iím riding my motorcycle waving at Jeeps and riding my Jeep waving at motorcycles. Itís hard.
LOL. Boaters are another group that wave at each other. I've never owned a boat, but years ago, my best friend (Rest in Peace, Dave), bought a boat and we were all teasing him about waving to his newly found "boat-buddies"!
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Great stories!
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