Saturday, August 6, 2016

Observations on a country-road #2 - To Wave or Not To Wave.

“It’s nice to be nice.”

Tips for waving to passing cars.

Waving to a passing car is not as easy as it might seem for a variety of reasons:

·         Waving can throw off your stride ever so slightly.

·         Throwing up your hand in salute, while not difficult, if done wrong can appear like you are telling them to slow down, much in the same way another driver might ‘flash them the lights’. This will immediately reduce the speed level down as they watch out for a horse and rider, a stray dog or more worryingly a police check-point.

·         And then of course if you wave at every passing car you’ll be waving all day.

Consequently, I would base the times you wave on a strict formula of levels of energy, ease of (wave) execution and where on the scale the oncoming vehicle fits.

Definitely wave
I
It’s your wife/husband
I
You know the person
I
They slow down because of an oncoming car and don’t want to crowd you
I
They indicate from a far
I
It’s Paul O’Connell
I
They are pulling out of a driveway and wait for you to pass
I
It’s the Gardaí
I
It’s your ex
I
It’s your man who sold you the dodgy … (fill in as necessary)
I
They’re on the phone
I
They are speeding
I
They give you no room as they pass
I
Definitely don’t wave

Yesterday’s running
Despite it being late evening, being on the go all day, I managed to just about have the energy for 8 k and unsurprisingly, I felt great afterwards.


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