OPINION: Don't forget the power of the "country wave"

TO the embarrassment of my nearest and dearest, I have taken on some of the tendencies of my parents - one of which being the "country wave".

I usually only employ the country wave while travelling within about a five kilometre radius of my home, or while fishing.

From an early age I learned it is common courtesy to wave at everyone while you are out on the water, and this rule is observed by most boaties, with the exception of some of the ultra-rich cruise boat owners and lunatics on jet skis who are too focussed on how awesome they must look to acknowledge the presence of others.

On a recent holiday just south of the border, I started waving and saying g'day to every Tom, Dick, and Harry that crossed my path during the morning walk, and I can proudly report that I enjoyed about a 90% reciprocation rate.

It's true, about 10% of people are a bit weird, but I haven't lost hope for them. The country wave is an infectious activity.

I fondly remember a bloke we used to call "The King" - an old fella who lived on Whitehill Rd at Raceview - who sat out on his window every afternoon from 3pm to wave at every person who went past.

After a while, The King had everyone waving and smiling.

Which got me thinking; perhaps a little wave every now and then could do something to reduce the tension that we see too much on the roads these days.

Topics:  my comment opinion

Warm weather on the way after cool start

A cold snap has brought cool conditions to Ipswich

Paramedics treat driver after car hits pole

QAS report the collision occurred just before 1.15am

Lighthouse Care wants to open in Ipswich

Lighthouse Care founder Debbie Hill said the organisation wants to expand and open a site in Ipswich.

The problem is, they are unable to find a suitable location

Local Partners

Check out some fashions from the Coast festival

FASHION: Ocean Zen range.

Images from the Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival show what's hot

Festival blooms with Jacaranda trees

BLOOMING GOOD: Cr Paul Tully with the Goodna Jacarandas, in bloom ahead of the upcoming Jacaranda Festival.

This year's festival gets under way on Friday

Things to do this week

Dragon play Ipswich Civic Centre on Friday October 28

What's on in Ipswich

Australian Survivor's magician Matt out of tricks

Australian Survivor contestant Matt Tarrant.

SHOW'S power couple looks unstoppable in race to the finish.

Top floor teams take out The Block's terrace week

Kim and Chris pictured on their winning outdoor terrace in a scene from The Block.

RIVALS Kim and Chris and Julia and Sasha tie in final week of work.

Bob Dylan slammed as 'arrogant' for Nobel silence

Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan.

Singer the controversial winner of literature Nobel

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.

What our mayor thinks of the new draft SEQPlan

The plan to use the innovative technology as part of the new Maroochydore CBD was cemented on site today when Mayor Mark Jamieson and Envac Asia Region president Chun Yong Ha formally signed the contract for the $20 million underground waste collection system.

New plan accommodates Sunshine Coast Council's vision for growth.