Life in the Slow Lane in Red Feather Lakes CO

Real Estate Agent with United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

I-Clipart image dog on motorcycle wavingGrowing up in a city, I was taught never talk to strangers, so 

Passing people on the streets in Downtown was a silent occurrence, (except for the Hare Krishnas and panhandlers that didn't mind talking to strangers at all in the 60s)

There was seldom any communication or eye contact with other drivers on the streets or highways, either...

Jenny Kotulak's recent post reminded me of a common occurrence in our little Red Feather Lakes area that was new to me when we first moved here.

It doesn't happen as much on the County Rd. because there are days where there is too much traffic -  but usually on the side roads when 2 cars pass, each driver gives (what I call) the "howdy wave".

The howdy wave is not a full blown wave, mind you.  Everyone has their own style.

Some raise their whole hand, palm out, while others just raise a couple fingers from the steering wheel. 

You say a friendly "hello" to everyone you pass - not just people you know. 

I-Clipart Turtle on a scooter wavingDo some people still get upset when following my a slow moving vehicle?

Oh yeah, it's not fairy-tale-land up here!




But, while some people drive each day in miserable city traffic, throwing up their hands in disbelief at the idiot driver in front of them,

or worse- making obscene hand gestures,

if you're coming this way you might want to practice the "howdy wave" -

it's friendlier here.


Mary Douglas, your Mountain Broker-Associate and REALTOR®

United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, CO


"A Day in the Mountain will always soothe your city soul"

I specialize in the Red Feather Lakes area, Crystal Lakes and Glacier View Meadows Subdivisions, if you are interested in buying or selling your mountain home, please give me a call, I'd like to help you.

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Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Agent

Hi Mary, we have a few dirt roads near us too and people almost always do the "howdy wave".  I certainly wish more people did it here in town too.  I'll keep dreaming...maybe some day...

Aug 25, 2010 02:21 AM #5
Josef Katz
Digital and Direct Response Marketing - Manhattan, NY
{Marketing Maestro}

Here in the NYC area there is a lot of waving but very little of it for happy reasons. 

Aug 25, 2010 02:32 AM #6
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Hi Sonja, I love those kind souls that you let in!  Thanks for that!


Hi Suzanne, Sometimes I'll be lost in thought and totally forget --- then it's too late!  No do-overs 

:-)  You're right - if someone doesn't wave back, I just assume they're from the city or just thinking about their next appointment - like me!  Thanks for stopping in!


Hi Amy, That's funny!  It adds to the sense of community.  I'm glad you stopped in with that story, thanks Amy!


Hi Lewis, Just keep saying "hello" maybe you will start a new craze!? Oh course, in a crowded Mall you might look like a crazy person!  LOL  Thank you for your thoughts on it Lewis!


Howdy Diane!  I wish more people did it in town too- it makes a difference!  Thanks for coming by this morning Diane.


Aug 25, 2010 02:48 AM #7
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

I always tease my "city dwelling" clients that the difference between here in the South and where they're coming from is that when everyone here waves, all their fingers are up!

Isn't it funny how growing up our parents always told us not to talk to strangers. But to make it in this business we have to do that every day!

Aug 25, 2010 02:57 AM #8
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Hi Mary!

We have the Doody salute as well driving out in the country.  Although I think you have to drive farther out into the country each decade as younger people do not know this very pleasant and respectful form of silent greeting.

Saluting you and RFL for  preserving a time honored form of communication.  May it never cease!

Aug 25, 2010 03:07 AM #9
Dena Stevens
Rocky Mountain Realty - Canon City, CO
Putting The Real Into Realtor Since 2004

I love the howdy wave! It wasn't until I smashed up my old car did i realize how much people noticed the wave. People would stop me and ask if I was the person in the Toyota who waves. It does blow clients away when they see the wave.

Aug 25, 2010 03:07 AM #10
Toula Rosebrock
Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ - Lacey Township, NJ
Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township,

Hi Mary:

I'm definitely experienced in the howdy wave.

It's a common occurrence here, especially on my street.

Aug 25, 2010 03:46 AM #11
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Hi Josef, NYC is a big city! Reminds me of a line from Seinfeld last night: George was pretending to be from out of town and thinking of moving to New York, the tour guide he was hitting on told him "New York would eat you alive" LOL  Life's just different in big cities, I guess.  Hope you have a great day in yours, thanks Josef!


Hi Craig, Yes, in our business we do a lot of things our parents taught us not to do! and thank goodness you have all your fingers up - that's much better!  Thanks Craig!


Hi Bruce, that is so true!  The younger generations probably don't know. I'll remember the salute when driving out your way:-)  Thanks for stopping in this morning Bruce!


Hi Dena, I imagine it is the same down your way !  and like Amy said, maybe our clients think we know EVERYONE!  Have a fantastic day, thanks Dena! 

Aug 25, 2010 03:53 AM #12
Stephanie Reynolds
Integrity First Financial Group, Inc. - Santee, CA
East County San Diego Homes 619-838-4408

I love the howdy wave Mary! It really does not happen a lot here in San Diego, but we definitely experience it when we are out on the water on our boat or out in the desert with our dune buggy! Everyone waves to everyone. I don't know if it is because we are all happy we are doing what we love? But it really makes you feel good! I think am going to see how well it goes over in my city!

Aug 25, 2010 04:18 AM #13
Cherise Selley
Selley Group Real Estate, LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Realtor

A howdy wave to you this morning Mary.  There's something special to be noticed about the friendly-factor of your area.

Aug 25, 2010 04:46 AM #14
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

             " I'll remember the salute when driving out your way. . . ."

Mary, get your husband and gradkids packed and we can all meet HALFWAY in. . .   Chicago!  ^_~

Museums, Cubs, White Sox, Lake Michigan, art galleries, great restaurants. . .

Aug 25, 2010 04:49 AM #15
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

They use that out here too in the smaller neighborhoods.  I have to laugh sometimes because I have never been there yet everyone waves like they see you everyday.  It is nice as heck though!

Aug 25, 2010 07:44 AM #16
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Connecting you to the L.A. real estate market

I love it.  I'm having a senior moment, but I seem to remember this happening somewhere.  I want to say when Brits driving in Europe passed each other. 

Aug 25, 2010 09:19 AM #17
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Hi Stephanie, I can just picture people waving to one another in their boats --- happy to be out on the water.  It's nice to be acknowledged and say "hello!" :-)  I don't remember that happening the last time I was in a boat on Horsetooth Reservoir near Fort Collins but that was a long time ago, it was a speed boat and I was a bit terrified of the driver LOL  Thanks for stopping by Stephanie!


Hi Cherise, a big howdy wave back to you!  I'm glad you came by - it's always nice to see you!


Hi Bruce, the kids are in school so thankfully we will have to skip the 1000 mile drive  with them in the back seat LOL- but Chicago is a great City.  How is that half-way though?


Hi Debra, It is nice isn't it?  Gives you warm fuzzies for the day :-)  Thanks for your comment Debra, I hope you have a great day today!


Hi Jane, A senior moment? You?!  LOL  It probably is a custom in Europe that transferred to America. A big howdy wave to you Jane, thanks for coming by :-)


Aug 26, 2010 01:20 AM #18
Ann Hayden
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties-St. Louis Missouri - Chesterfield, MO


We do this here is MO too!

Ann Hayden waving back at you in Wildwood, MO

Aug 26, 2010 09:32 AM #19
Sheldon Neal
Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited - Maywood, NJ
That British Agent Bergen County NJ

I love the Howdy Wave Mary !!!!

I just did it a bunch of times walking to and from the beach in South Jersey !


Aug 26, 2010 01:03 PM #20
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Oh Mary, you caught me again!  I must have been absent from school the day they covered THAT geography lesson.  ^_~


Aug 26, 2010 03:59 PM #21
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Hi Ann, I didn't notice that in Branson---but that is a tourists city, so that makes sense!  "howdy" Ann!  thanks for stopping by.


Hi Sheldon, I love it!  People on the shore are friendly and having a good time!  Thanks Sheldon!


Bruce, I think it was a test to see if I was in class that day! LOL!!



Aug 27, 2010 03:12 AM #22
c m
Colorado Springs, CO

We called it the "Westcliffe Wave" and the Chamber of Commerce even discussed getting those little advertising hands on springs (that have a suction cup to stick to a window), printed with the slogan...(to sell to "touri").  When I moved away it took a full 6 months to stop waving, slowing to a lifting of a few fingers off the wheel, and only because the city folks look at you like you are a stalker or worse...=o( Can't we all just get along?  Great post!

Aug 31, 2010 07:52 AM #23
Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate
M & M Realty of Brevard Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast

Mary, I like the idea of the howdy wave - it sounds like down to earth, friendly people. In the hustle and bustle of the city people seem to miss that.   We have several school crossing guards in our area that wave to every single car that goes by every morning. Each time I pass them it always puts a smile on my face.

Sep 03, 2010 02:56 AM #24
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