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Old 06-23-2012, 05:54 PM
 
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When one is out in rural areas of CA...why do they not wave back or look down at the ground if someone waves at them? Being from VA...where the majority of people are friendly and wave at each other.....as well as being the same way in WY...where I have spent alot of my adult...I have trouble understanding this lack of friendliness. Any one care to explain this to me?
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Old 06-23-2012, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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When one is out in rural areas of CA...why do they not wave back or look down at the ground if someone waves at them? Being from VA...where the majority of people are friendly and wave at each other.....as well as being the same way in WY...where I have spent alot of my adult...I have trouble understanding this lack of friendliness. Any one care to explain this to me?
You're joking, right?

Or a troll.

Not only are rural folk in CA friendly, but in my neck of the woods, extremely courteous drivers. Often times we engage in a war of waves as in, you go first, no-no, you go first, no I insist, you go first. People stop on main street so you can turn left in front of them.

Folk here think it rude if you don't say hello, or at least a *hi* and a smile to someone you pass on the street.

I don't get it. Your OP.
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Old 06-23-2012, 10:10 PM
 
Location: Paradise
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They do here (Northern Sac Valley / Northern Sierras). They'll wave, and then stop, then unload their dogs for you to meet them, then talk about local fishing holes, then etc....and then etc....
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Old 06-23-2012, 11:03 PM
 
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You're joking, right?

Or a troll.

Not only are rural folk in CA friendly, but in my neck of the woods, extremely courteous drivers. Often times we engage in a war of waves as in, you go first, no-no, you go first, no I insist, you go first. People stop on main street so you can turn left in front of them.

Folk here think it rude if you don't say hello, or at least a *hi* and a smile to someone you pass on the street.

I don't get it. Your OP.
I am not joking....and definately not a troll. See it on a daily basis in the foothills of the sierra nevada's. Have you tried it?
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Old 06-24-2012, 12:50 AM
 
Location: Oroville, California
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I am not joking....and definately not a troll. See it on a daily basis in the foothills of the sierra nevada's. Have you tried it?
I've lived in the Sierra foothills (Mariposa County) and the people are almost overly friendly. I also see it in my present town in Butte County. I've been all over the Midwest (from Minnesota to Oklahoma) and people in the Sierra and Sacramento Valley are every bit as friendly. The only place I've been where they are more friendly was in rural Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky and that was ONLY other older people saying hello to my mom and dad. People my age (30s) did not say hello to me or wave while I was driving.
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Old 06-24-2012, 02:32 AM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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Being from VA...where the majority of people are friendly and wave at each other.....
I live in VA and if you wave at strangers in my area they assume you're either a lunatic or about to sell them something.

Maybe they just don't like you or what you look like.
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Old 06-24-2012, 07:08 AM
 
Location: Quimper Peninsula
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Hmmm,
Just spent a few weeks in different rural parts of the state.. (Spent less than 3 hours total in any town with a pop over 25K.)

Courteous friendly folks, with the occasional wave, nod, smile or hi.. Actually, maybe a bit more engaging with strangers than the rural Midwest... (Heck I rarely wave at a stranger, unless it is the only other car, I saw on the road for some time, or have another reason..)

So from a rural Midwesterner's perspective, everyone seemed normal to friendly...
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Old 06-24-2012, 09:51 AM
 
Location: PNW native currently residing in the SoCal high desert
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I am not joking....and definately not a troll. See it on a daily basis in the foothills of the sierra nevada's. Have you tried it?
No, noihoforus is not a troll, I've noticed the same, but it tends to be regional. What part of Cali do you live in?
I remember people waving like mad lunitics in the rural areas of Oregon growing up and in other states I've visited, but it is not common in some parts of rural Cali.
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Old 06-24-2012, 09:57 AM
 
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Home base for my wandering life is a small island in Puget Sound ... people here wave till their arms must be ready to fall off ... drives me nuts . I hike around two to four times a day with my dogs ... 4 to 8 or 9 miles total a day ... some in the woods ... some on the roads. I see many of these folks multiple times a day. I don't get it. I don't wave at my wife every time I walk through the damn kitchen ...
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Old 06-24-2012, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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Get a Jeep.
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