Has anyone else noticed that the courtesy wave seems to be largely a thing of the past? You know the wave–that nice hand gesture you give when someone lets you merge in heavy traffic or when they slow down enough to let you make your turn out of the drive way in front of them. Time was when you’d do the neighborly thing and cut another driver a break, and she or he would give you a little “thanks neighbor” hand gesture in return–yet another by-gone nicity of the social contract. Now you get bupkis. You slow down and inconvenience yourself to let someone in your lane and they can’t even flash you some fingers in return. There are the times when you make eye contact even. You’re like, “I thought we had a relationship here.” Sigh.
I don’t know about anyone else, but it honestly makes me feel like a chump.
(bewinca’s finger photo used with permission