Power in the Hidy Sign

by | Aug 26, 2020 | Archives

Here’s a lesson about the Ashe County Wave… also referred to as the “Hidy Sign”.

Do you ever encounter drivers who are a “pain in the neck”?

Here’s a solution that resolves the pain in two ways.

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This week, I flew up from Florida just to have a dermatologist near our farm in Ashe County perform a simple procedure on my nose.

Why in the world would I go to that trouble?  I find that up here in the hills, the MDs still have a bedside manner.  Everyone from the receptionist to the doctor is so friendly and treat me like a person.   Everything is about my care.

In Florida I began to feel like the dermatologist I used there was treating me as a customer.   Everything was about the money.

I believe that part of this mountain friendliness is due to the Hidy Wave.  It makes it harder for “pains in the neck”… to be pains.

One thing I loved about moving to Ashe county 22 years ago, was that when driving from our farm to West Jefferson, everyone you passed, waved.

Slowly over the years, as more people from out of county moved in, the wave rate slowed…  but it’s still common.  I always loved that courtesy and have been determined to pass it on.

I use that wave now when bike rising in Florida as well and am sure that some neighbors wonder who the weird guy is that always waves at them.  But I swear… over the years many more are waving back.

This is a great activity for reducing road rage, because it’s simply harder for someone to be angry at someone who has smiled and waved at them.


There’s a great article about the Hidy sign entitled “Rural drivers’ ‘hi sign’ is great — but how do you respond if you’re on foot?” (1) in the Minnesota Post.

The article says: Last fall, for the purposes of art and the furthering of the glories of pedestrianism, I walked from Minneapolis to Northfield over the course of a day-and-a-half. It was that second day, which began in Farmington, which really put me in the middle of some remarkable landscapes, both physical and social. I’ll write a bit about the physical landscape, but it’s one particular aspect of the social landscape I’d like to have a look at: the “hi sign,” also known as the “one finger wave.”

You may know this gesture, if you’ve spent any time driving in the rural parts of the country. It’s not necessarily specific to Minnesota, but rather binds the entirety of rural America together, at least in the middle of the country. You can also find it referred to as a “hidy sign,” “trucker’s wave,” “Texas finger wave,” or even “Texas two-finger” (everything, as you know, is bigger in Texas). When, while driving, you pass someone on a country road, friend or stranger, you raise the forefinger of your driving hand in a quick salutation as you pass. The gesture is usually reciprocated.

I love it and think that the sign’s a great thing… an alternative and maybe a partial cure at least for road rage.

However giving this courtesy can also literally relieve the pain.

An article, “Being altruistic can increase your pain threshold” (2) says:  A new study states that altruism, the activities related to helping others without expecting any benefits in return, might actually be good for our own physical well-being.

Other articles at psychologytoday.com, “Is Altruism an Analgesic?”, (3) and “Altruistic behaviors relieve physical pain”, (4) at PNAS” outline new research that suggests that altruistic behaviors may relieve physical pain.

There you have it, a really simple way to reduce some of the agony in this increasingly pain filled world.

And it’s so easy.  Just wave a finger.  Recognize your fellow man and let them know that they have been recognized.

Who knows how much good we can accomplish with this simple act.


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Dining room tables we worked from (and we also sold the tables for a profit).

You’ll even learn how to turn dining room tables into income and tax deductions as we have with these dining room tables we build out of local wood.

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Ginseng we grew in our back yard.  I know about growing ginseng through experience and explain why and how in the report “Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere”.

Loquats are another example of an easy to grow crop that help promote natural health.


Here I am by one of the many loquat trees at our Florida farm.

Loquats are a great fruit for making jam and such, but the loquat leaf has amazing medicinal qualities.  Its is a registered medicine in China and due to its anti viral and respiratory system enhancing qualities has an especially  growing demand right now.   The images below from Amazon.com show that the leaves sell for about a dollar per leaf!

I have many trees on the farm but started growing loquat seedlings last year.


Loquat leaf tea has become really important during the pandemic due to its respiratory strengthening qualities.

I have been drinking a lot of home made loquat leaf tea during the pandemic.

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Our North Carolina greenhouse.

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Our Florida greenhouse.

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This pond we created at our farm brought us pleasure but also helped create a safe, healthy food supply, extra income and a tax deduction as well.

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(1) www.minnpost.com/stroll/2016/02/rural-drivers-hi-sign-great-how-do-you-respond-if-youre-foot/

(2) www.thehealthsite.com/news/being-altruistic-can-increase-your-pain-threshold-720708/

(3) www.psychologytoday.com/intl/blog/the-athletes-way/202001/is-altruism-analgesic

(4) www.pnas.org/content/117/2/950