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Is there something that Volvo drivers can flash to each other to indicate anything from nice swedish tank to I am an enthusiast too. I think I have read about something here before. Is it a V for victory sign, or something else? Hopefully it is a one handed sign so one could flash it while driving.<P>-Poritz
 

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<B>Live Long and Prosper</B><P> <IMG SRC="http://www.ds9promenade.com/store/media/pin_Hand_1.jpg"> <P>But seriously, I have no idea. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"><P>-Drew
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by InDy:<BR><B>Live Long and Prosper</B><P> <IMG SRC="http://www.ds9promenade.com/store/media/pin_Hand_1.jpg"> <P>But seriously, I have no idea. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"><P>-Drew<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><BR>Drew,<P>YEAH!!! I like that! Heeheehee! Great "V" sign!<P>Yannis<BR><P>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by T5 Dave:<BR><B>That's the first thing I thought of when I saw the topic. Glad you guys beat me to it!!</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>I think we Europeans are different then..<P> <IMG SRC="http://www.ooze.com/finger/assets/images/horse2.gif"> <BR>
 

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So no one really knows do they? If that is the case what a fine opportunity to start one. It needs to be some thing original, with no foul meaning on any continent, and be one handed and be done with either hand. I will be thinking about it and asking some friends who sign to tell me if what I come up with means anything.<P>-Poritz
 

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Well the two finger V has been done (peace).<BR>The four finger V has been done (see Star Trek sign above <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/biggrin.gif">), The two middle fingers crossed with the two side fingers sticking out has been done (West Side!). Um, The middle finger however never seen during driving in traffic (yeah right) is also taken. The pinky and index finger up seems to be a head banger solute (as seen on Beavis & Butthead). The four finger solute is the "Kit-Kat" sign which is disgusting so I won't go into detail on that. <BR>Maybe the index finger out with the other up to represent a V with one side heavier like the V in the volvo logo? That's my best idea.<P>
 

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I kinda like Drew's suggestion. Live Long is kind of a Volvo thing, and the "Peace" V made popular by hippies and Richard Nixon (there's a mix) is already used by VW owners (fitting that it's a peace sign as the original microbus was the hippy machine).
 

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Spearzy I could not exactly follow what your idea is. Could you put a picture up of the sign. I am not sure that the live long and prosper sign would seen as a volvo sign while driving. I might be mispercieved as a trekkie nut gone a little to far. But this is something that deserves more discussion from all of our members and someday we can say that it was created here.<P>What do the rest of you think?<P>-Poritz
 

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well a couple of us volvo fans who own mutiple volvos and never no whos who , we use the signal, index and thumb turned to the side, looks a little like a tick..worth a thought...that way it can be international..<P>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Johann:<BR><B> I think we Europeans are different then..<P> <IMG SRC="http://www.ooze.com/finger/assets/images/horse2.gif"> </B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>I think we use the double finger technique here in the US....well..at least in NY we do..y'know..in case the person did not get the message the first time around! <IMG SRC="http://www.ooze.com/finger/assets/images/horse2.gif"> <IMG SRC="http://www.ooze.com/finger/assets/images/horse2.gif"> <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/biggrin.gif"><P>[This message has been edited by volvo5spd (edited 09-17-2002).]<p>[This message has been edited by volvo5spd (edited 09-17-2002).]
 

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Well I wanted to revive this topic of discussion. I think that we need a Volvo handsignal. I tried the index finger and thumb as mentioned earlier, however, because I live in texas it was seen more as a gun than a V. Do we have any more ideas?<p>-Poritz
 

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I dont know about a hand signal persay, but why not just a polite wave to other drivers? I always give a thumbs up when I pull next to other Volvo drivers, unless they are older people who think that kids shouldn't be driving such nice cars or they just dont give a darn. I've waved to a few 20somethings in 740s and one girl in a really nice maroon 960. I saw her driving a 740 of the same color before. She smiled and kind of laughed when I gave her a thumbs up. The two 850 drivers I saw are the type that I mentioned above. I think they were more jealous that I was drivng a car just as nice as theirs and they didn't want to give notice to me.
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR>Is there something that Volvo drivers can flash to each other to indicate anything from nice swedish tank to I am an enthusiast too. I think I have read about something here before. Is it a V for victory sign, or something else? Hopefully it is a one handed sign so one could flash it while driving.<p>-Poritz<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><p>If you're going to take this idea international, then i recommend the "V" for victory sign (or the "peace" sign), but turned so the palm faces away from the person receiving the gesture, and adding an upwards thrusting motion.<p>This is particularly effective when used to signal drivers of the French persuasion. I'm sure you'll get a reaction from them!<p>Only trying to help...nothing to do with the Normans...<p> anglophile pete <p>
 

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I dunno, folks...

I dunno, folks... I like the idea of a hand sign and all, and I've been following this thread all along, and here's my two cents. (Like it or not, you're gonna get 'em!) Aren't you freaked out by the thought that someone might misinterpret your hand-sign, or just give you a confused look, and then they'll spend the next minute or so racking their brain trying to think "What the hell was that guy trying to tell me?" Your point would be lost on them. (In fact, you might even spread confusion rather than "good will/friendliness" with hand-signs...)<p>Think about it. The folks who post here are a very small subset of the Volvo-driving population, right? The odds that the other driver knows the sign is probably close to nil. (Sorry, don't mean to rain on the parade.)<p>Here's what I do, and it works (for me). If traffic's busy, or there isn't a lot of time, I just offer up a smile or a quick nod (you know, the "hello, nice Volvo, my friend" nod). If you start flashing contorted fingers or flicking wrists at somebody while doing 80 on the freeway, they're probably not going to understand. <p>It would be cool, don't get me wrong, to have a hand sign...but it'd be a massive effort, I would think, to get the word out. If it was an easy task, it would've already been done. No?<p>So as for me, I'm sticking with the (probably boring, but tried-n-true) "Hi" smile/nod, like I said above, or the "look". <p>Here's how I do "the look". I wait till I see the other drivers head swivel my way (you know, if you're in slow traffic, or waiting for a light, etc.). I wait till I KNOW that they can see my head. Then I make a point of checking out his/her Volvo for longer than just a casual glance (long enough for them to understand I'm looking at their <I>car</I>, not trying to change lanes or something), and then, after checking out their car, I make eye contact. I give 'em a look and a slight tip of the head, like "Niiiiiice Volvo."<p>It's worked every time. Men & women. Old models and new. Every single person I've done this to has given me back a look of total comprehension, and I usually get a nice nod back, as if they understand completely. I've even had people who DIDN'T quite get it at first, but then they sped up about 5 seconds later so they get next to me and give me a nice nod-and-a-smile back. (Happened 3 times in recent weeks now.) As long as they understand you're looking at their car (admiring it, you know), they're usually friendly.<p>Don't get me wrong, I don't do it in a goofy way...no cheesy grins and enthusiastic thumbs up like a goober. (Okay, I *did* do that when I saw a white P1800 on I-69 in Indiana in late September, but that was in a classic car caravan, and they were getting enthusiastic responses from everyone, not just me. I hope... Ha ha.) Anyway...I'll stay tuned, because I *am* half-interested if you guys come up with a gesture, but I would say that classic "admiration, then a friendly nod" would get your message across far better than a hand sign. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emsmile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: I dunno, folks... (Lisa62)

I tend to do that also Lisa. That's probably the "cool" way to go. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emsmile.gif" BORDER="0"><p>Then there's the dude who doesn't realize what he's driving, has no life and thinks you're trying to pick him up (ala Chevy Chase in National Lampoon's Vacation". <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: I dunno, folks... (Lisa62)

LOL! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emsmile.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Yeah, I think you hit the nail on the head there Lisa!
 

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Re: I dunno, folks... (Spearzy)

Lisa was actually a Bond girl a few years ago because I think she has it right on the suave way to handling the admiration/communication - aka, *the sign*.<p>The sign should be a nod of respect & admiration and then politely returned by the recipient to the sender.<p>And then you both floor it in a mad dash to the next light...oh, okay, well maybe not everyone.<br>
 

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George,<br>Yeah, that's true...don't want people thinking I'm trying to pick 'em up. (I'm falling out of my chair laughing as I remember the scene with Chevy Chase...that's an all-time classic "automotive scene"!) <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emsmile.gif" BORDER="0"> Luckily nobody's run off the road after we've done our "nod & appreciate" sequence... yet...<p>Brett (854R),<br>Regarding your comment "And then you both floor it in a mad dash to the next light". Bingo. That's my tactic. <I>FIRST</I> establish trust and understanding, <I>THEN</I> smoke 'em. Tee hee hee. (And like somebody else said in some other thread last week, the baby car seat in the back totally throws 'em off. Ha ha ha!)<p>ALSO, as for being a Bond girl...well, yes, actually. You blew my cover! How'd you know? But "used to be" is the key word there... Because those darn hip-high go-go boots gave me blisters all the time. And I won't even get into the occupational hazards of wearing a brassiere-mounted machine-gun. And that pesky ol' Q kept chastising me for my inability to master the intricacies of my cell-phone-GPS-digital-camera watch and my eye-frying laser that shot out of the tip of my Palm pilot's stylus. <p>Oh, and I was rarely home in time for dinner, what with the frequent flights on the Concorde to London, Tokyo, and Paris. Even if I *was* home in time, I was too tired to cook. A day in the life of an agent is no walk in the park! <p>I mean, kick-boxing villains and running away from bad guys (jumping from rooftop to rooftop, you know), all without smudging my lipstick, and with nary a hair out of place -- well, it's enough to make a gal weary! So I took this here desk job, instead. And now I can wear comfortable shoes. And I have a dental plan and a 401K. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0"> Tee hee hee... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0"> <BR><BR>
[Modified by Lisa62, 1:15 PM 10-29-2002]
 
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