Please wave! I am getting disappointed out here...
So since mid-July I have been the primary driver of our Cooper S. We have been eager Mini owners the entire time we have owned the car, always waving and generally enthusiastic about our car. We *always* encourage people to go up to the Mini dealer for a test drive, usually explaining at the same time about how the car is not really that small and are like road-legal rollerskates. In short, I love being a Mini owner.
So here I am driving 45 minutes each way to work every week day for the past month and I have not had a *single* wave from another Mini driver. Yes, they are few and far between with usually only one Mini sighting per day. I have waved, flashed, or beeped in every instance and all I see is the straight ahead stare of someone with too much on their mind.
If you have a Mini in the central CT area, would you do me a favor next time you see a Dark Silver/Black Roof Mini and give me a return wave?
'03 Dark Silver Cooper S. Ordered June '03, delivered August '03. Was a garage queen (9,000 miles in 1st year), now a daily commuter.
Well I got stiffed twice since this post started. Both were chili red coopers too. Maybe it's just certain models/specs that are less prone to wave. On a happy note, I did wave at a pure silver cooper while walking to work, and got a wave back. So I guess some will wave, even if your note in a Mini.
Unless I am not paying attention, I try to wave. Every now and then I get confused and squirt my windshield. If someone doesn't return my wave, I turn around and follow them until I get the chance to force them off the road, drag them out of their car and beat some motoring spirit into them.
I have only seen 2 Minis since owning mine, which has been about two weeks. Both Minis were Chili Red (same as mine) and the first one honked at me as I was pulling out of a driveway so he was ahead of me and he stopped at a store and I honked and waved! That was exciting. The second one I seen was today. I honked and waved and he waved back. I hope I don't run into snobby Mini drivers!
When I am travelling with the vile cat, I try to keep his mind occupied with various assignments. His future assignments may include the "re-education" of unfriendly MINI drivers. However, I am more often travelling sans-Mr.Toes. This morning I was on the Merritt Parkway, in heavy traffic. As will often happen in this situation, I passed the same car five times in a fifteen minute period. This time it was a pure silver and black Cooper. The first pass, when the elderly woman behind the wheel did not return my friendly wave, I sensed this would be trouble. She was in the right lane and, as the traffic sped up, so did she, passing me. My lane sped up and I slowly pulled up beside her. This time I beeped my horn until she looked at me. She simply gazed vacantly at me and ignored my frantic waving and toothy grin. When she again pulled forward, I dropped into her lane behind her. I followed her off the next exit and, at the traffic light at the end of the ramp, I jumped out, ran to the silver car, and, before she could even close her window, I cautioned her to wave to other MINIs. To help her understand the lesson, I pulled a large zip-tie from my pocket and tied her right hand to her rearview mirror. I left her there, stuck waving to everyone, whether she likes it or not. I bet she won't forget her motoring etiquette again.
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