I know I've shared this Australia story as a reply to a thread on this forum at some point. But I wanted to share it again, in a thread by itself,
because of how significant it was to me.
So I was at a bar today with a co-worker. It was our usual Friday night drink-beer-and-talk-about-the-week event.
At some point the subject came up of the trip I took to Australia this March (I live in Florida). I visited a friend in Melbourne for a wedding.
He and his fiance took me and my girl for a tour on the Great Ocean Road. And while this was supposed to be a tour of some of Earth's natural beauty,
there was something that I noticed that was much more mundane and human.
It is a two-lane winding road. Meaning there was plenty of opportunity to get stuck behind a car going slow.
But this road had these "slow vehicle turnoffs", little gravel areas where slow cars are supposed to pull off and let the people behind them pass.
And people used them
But what was more remarkable, was how the people reacted to each other. Melissa (the fiance in the passenger seat) would open the window and give a
thumbs-up out the window. And the person who pulled off to the side would return with his own thumbs-up.
A couple times we were the slower ones; Angus (the driver) would pull off into the turnoff, and again would exchange a thumbs-up with the people
I was so incredibly dumbfounded by this. There is no thumbs-up on the roads here in Gainesville. The only finger one ever sees when driving around
here is the middle one.
The fact that there are some places in this world were people respect each other and don't let their egos get in the way of goodwill, gives me hope
Aussies, I'd love to hear your responses as to whether or not this is normal where you live.
And Americans (and others), I'd love to hear any comments.
edit on 19-11-2010 by NewlyAwakened because: (no reason given)