Life in the Slow Lane in Red Feather Lakes CO

Real Estate Agent with United Country Ponderosa Realty

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"

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Sheldon Neal
That British Agent Bergen County NJ
Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited

I love the Howdy Wave Mary !!!!

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


August 26, 2010 08:03 PM
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana

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


August 26, 2010 10:59 PM
Mary Douglas
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado
United Country Ponderosa Realty

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!!



August 27, 2010 10:12 AM
Anonymous #23

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!

August 31, 2010 02:52 PM
Sandy Shores Broker, Melbourne FL
Brevard County FL Real Estate
M & M Realty of Brevard Inc.

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.

September 03, 2010 09:56 AM

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