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Unread 02-16-2013, 09:22 AM   #1
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Keeping Traditions Alive

So, I can't say I know the situation in your neck of the woods, but in SW Michigan, (namely Grand Rapids and the surrounding 50 mile radius), the Jeep wave is all but dead. I don't like that. To some it might seem cheesy or a little childish, and on some level, I'll admit I can understand their reasoning, but, like the ****ty mileage I get, I feel it comes at the cost of owning a Jeep. It shows you have Jeep pride! It IS like a cult! It's like there is some fraternal order of Jeep owners and we are communicating with each other, understanding each other, through a simple one second long gesture.
Anyway, For the past three years I've driven an 08 Rubicon Unlimited. I got about a 20% success rate. I blamed it on the face that some don't consider the JK a "real" Jeep, let alone a four door. **** you. I probably wheel more than half the TJs in Michigan. (But thats another rant.) But in the past two weeks, I've been riding in my 06 Rubicon that I recently purchased, and the success rate is no greater. As the acting president of a Jeep Club, I encourage all members to wave all Jeeps all the time. And I think all my guys are good at it because they believe in it like I do. But I think since Jeep has been marketing to the Mall crowds, and the middle class wealthy who want something thats 'good in the snow', we've seen this tradition go out the window.
So, believe it or not, I've started a campaign. I actually have three appointments with three different dealers in my area to discuss the importance of selling the customer on the Jeep wave when they take delivery. Will it be a joke to the sales guys? Probably. But if they understand that it's still there and most are still carrying it on, maybe they'll just mention it to the customers. I mean, some Jeep Sales guys actually believe in the wave!
Anyway, so I thought I'd share my complaint, and my plan. And I think it's not outrageous if you or your club does the same thing. Goto the dealers, ask for a 5 minute meeting with the sales guys, bring doughnuts, and tell them about the wave. It's also a great way to recruit new members and do some networking. Give it a consideration, and let me know how it goes.

Thanks all.

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Unread 02-16-2013, 10:05 AM   #2
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Oh look, another wave thread.
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Unread 02-16-2013, 10:27 AM   #3
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Unread 02-16-2013, 12:00 PM   #4
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Not a soul has waved at me in my chevy truck today. I passed like fitty of em too!
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Not a soul has waved at me in my chevy truck today. I passed like fitty of em too!
I think if you wave with all your fingers others will wave back at you.
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Unread 02-16-2013, 12:23 PM   #6
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Oh look, another wave thread.
Yes, but this is the first guy who's actually done something about it. Huh.
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Unread 02-16-2013, 12:25 PM   #7
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Yes, but this is the first guy who's actually done something about it. Huh.
Yes but I'm confused about his overall authority. He stated he is the "acting" club president which caused me some concern. I am concerned that he may not have the authority from the actual club president to carry is plan out.
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So, I can't say I know the situation in your neck of the woods, but in SW Michigan, (namely Grand Rapids and the surrounding 50 mile radius), the Jeep wave is all but dead. I don't like that. To some it might seem cheesy or a little childish, and on some level, I'll admit I can understand their reasoning, but, like the ****ty mileage I get, I feel it comes at the cost of owning a Jeep. It shows you have Jeep pride! It IS like a cult! It's like there is some fraternal order of Jeep owners and we are communicating with each other, understanding each other, through a simple one second long gesture.


Keeping the wave thread tradition alive

For what it's worth, sometimes I really don't give two sh*ts about waving to another Jeep. I have my bad days. Then there are other times when I happily wave. So it goes. I feel sorry for anyone who needs a wave from another Jeep owner in order to feel validation. Nothing to go home and cry about online when someone doesn't wave at you. Nor nothing to start a campaign over to spread the word about the wave so that you can get more waves and feel better about yourself. When did the Jeep wave become a contest?

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Anyway, For the past three years I've driven an 08 Rubicon Unlimited. I got about a 20% success rate. I blamed it on the face that some don't consider the JK a "real" Jeep, let alone a four door. **** you. I probably wheel more than half the TJs in Michigan.
IMHO, anyone Jeep owner who assumes they wheel more than someone else that they have never met nor talked to, and that somehow wheeling more makes them a better Jeep owner - that person can lick my taint. And then they can go kick rocks. It's simply presumptuous and rude, and not someone I would want in my "fraternal order".

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Maybe he is trying to get people laughed at by the sales team at dealerships. Or maybe he works at a dealership and wants free donuts?
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I've decided that I'm going to throw the shocker to anyone I see driving an Audi.
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Nice to know I have made it to middle class wealthy status! All this time I thought I bought my Jeep because it was a good deal on vehicle that holds value reasonably well, is nice to look it, comfy to sit, and can get me to work and wherever I need to go in any condition.

I bought my Harley to show off my middle class wealthy status. No one waves to me on that thing either. No Jeep wave or motorcycle wave. Go figure.
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Does it count if I wave my weiner instead, or is that no bueno? Cause I like to air it out sometimes and ya know... yeah...
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Taking the wave thing a bit far?

I got 1000x more "waves" while riding my CBR than I ever got in my jeep.
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Taking the wave thing a bit far?

I got 1000x more "waves" while riding my CBR than I ever got in my jeep.
How many of them were soccer moms or more than two up?
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