If youíve experienced it, you know what Iím talking about. However, not all the waves are the same. There are the waves to people you really do know. These are usually a bit more animated; arm out the window, wide open hand, back and forth hinge at the elbow. These waves are often accompanied by a smile. Then there are the cordial waves; you waved, so Iíll wave back. These are often economy waves; hand gripped firmly to the wheel and the index finger goes up. Sometimes, this type of stoic waver gets more excited and tick-tocks the finger back and forth and may grin, but no smile.
If you wave, almost everyone waves back. I proved this in a scientific analysis. If the other person saw me and had enough time to react, 90% waved back. Of course, there are those that avoid eye contact because they donít want to wave. I must admit that Iíve been guilty of this. Iím sometimes not feeling social. Also, the time of day matters. During rush hour on Tiki Island, if Iím walking the length of the island, I may pass 20 cars. Wave fatigue sets in.
The small-town feel from waving is not unique to Tiki Islanders. Itís contagious. Visitors, contractors, and deliverers catch the virus and join in. Some are taken-aback at first, but eventually eagerly participate. This creates a reputation for the island that goes far beyond its borders. Itís not Mayberry, but may berry well be.