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    Default Had my first hater today

    Was driving down the road and a guy on a crotch rocket coming the other way was shaking his thumb down at me. So, I flip him the bird. Then he gives me the "huh? What was that for?" Shoulder shrug, like he was surprised that I gave him the bird. I dunno...maybe thumbs down means thumbs up in the crotch rocket world..

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpyderSkeets View Post
    Was driving down the road and a guy on a crotch rocket coming the other way was shaking his thumb down at me. So, I flip him the bird. Then he gives me the "huh? What was that for?" Shoulder shrug, like he was surprised that I gave him the bird. I dunno...maybe thumbs down means thumbs up in the crotch rocket world..
    Thumbs up means something entirely different in Australia, I understand. Who knows what thumb down means to that guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jerpinoy View Post
    Don't forget usually the person who retaliate is the one who get blame and punished.....
    What kind of "rule" is that? The guys gives me a thumbs down and I'm supposed to just take it on the chin?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpyderSkeets View Post
    Was driving down the road and a guy on a crotch rocket coming the other way was shaking his thumb down at me. So, I flip him the bird. Then he gives me the "huh? What was that for?" Shoulder shrug, like he was surprised that I gave him the bird. I dunno...maybe thumbs down means thumbs up in the crotch rocket world..
    Why do you give a damn about what a "guy on a crotch rocket" thinks ? Do you need his validation for some reason ? You're on a much nicer machine and much more comfortable than he will ever be. Enjoy your ride and don't ever let anyone take away your joy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Burped View Post
    Why do you give a damn about what a "guy on a crotch rocket" thinks ? Do you need his validation for some reason ? You're on a much nicer machine and much more comfortable than he will ever be. Enjoy your ride and don't ever let anyone take away your joy.
    You are 100* right. I am not going to lose sleep over it. What did strike me odd was his reaction to me flipping him the bird.

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    If you ignore them: you take away their silly voices...
    Respond with an even bigger smile and wave: it'll drive them NuTz!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpyderSkeets View Post
    What kind of "rule" is that? The guys gives me a thumbs down and I'm supposed to just take it on the chin?
    Well, yes actually. So he might have dissed you ... what does that matter?

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    The last and only time I was given a thumbs down was from some guy on a rat bike. Seriously, it was totally dirty/rusty and looked like 1920's vintage. He was also wearing old leather aviator headgear with goggles.

    I just couldn't stop laughing. Made my day actually.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpyderSkeets View Post
    Was driving down the road and a guy on a crotch rocket coming the other way was shaking his thumb down at me. So, I flip him the bird. Then he gives me the "huh? What was that for?" Shoulder shrug, like he was surprised that I gave him the bird. I dunno...maybe thumbs down means thumbs up in the crotch rocket world..
    Sheesh...can't ya take a little ribbing? I doubt he was a true hater, but rather just givin ya some flack. Certainly not worth flippin him the bird over. Take that tone with the wrong dude and you'll get a case of lead poisoning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Denman View Post
    If you ignore them: you take away their silly voices... Respond with an even bigger smile and wave: it'll drive them NuTz!
    Yes, I agree. Deflates their ego real fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UtahPete View Post
    Thumbs up means something entirely different in Australia, I understand. Who knows what thumb down means to that guy.
    To paraphrase Animal Farm -

    Thimb up Good
    Thumb down Bad

    It's all in the attitude though - thumb up can mean something worse... depends whether it is thumb only or the whole arm. I am too old to bother with it...

    Isnt it the same in the States?
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    Quote Originally Posted by loisk View Post
    To paraphrase Animal Farm - Thimb up Good Thumb down Bad It's all in the attitude though - can mean something worse...Isnt it the same in the States?
    When I was visiting Australia years ago while in the Navy, I was told thumbs up could mean 'up yours' so use that cautiously. Were they just pulling my leg?

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    Quote Originally Posted by UtahPete View Post
    .... I was told thumbs up could mean 'up yours' so use that cautiously. Were they just pulling my leg?
    Nope, it could mean that; but like loisk said, it's all in the attitude....... & the rest of the arm, & maybe even the impudent wink, or lack there-of as well!

    And when it's a thumb held horizontally & moved aggressively along with the rest of the arm & combined with an angry scowl, it not only means "you can go F... yourself!" as in the raised & aggressive thumb/arm, it extends that to mean "you can go F... yourself AND your b..... horse while you're at it too!"

    When it comes to Impudent Fingers, it's all in the attitude of the delivery!

    Ps: my Grandson just told me that when the raised or horizontal thumb is twisted/rotated around it's longitudinal axis, it adds "... and rotate on it!" to the implication. Excuse me now while I go discuss 'exactly who you should or shouldn't hang out with' & maybe some 'language aquisition tips' with my Grandson!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpyderSkeets View Post
    What kind of "rule" is that? The guys gives me a thumbs down and I'm supposed to just take it on the chin?
    Yup, As in just totally ignore him. Life is too short for anything else,
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    Ha Ha you got picked on and made frun of. WGAS what that guy was on about. I wave at everyone and especially those that are slower and pull over. Have fun regardless what others think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpyderSkeets View Post
    What kind of "rule" is that? The guys gives me a thumbs down and I'm supposed to just take it on the chin?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpyderSkeets View Post
    Was driving down the road and a guy on a crotch rocket coming the other way was shaking his thumb down at me. So, I flip him the bird. Then he gives me the "huh? What was that for?" Shoulder shrug, like he was surprised that I gave him the bird. I dunno...maybe thumbs down means thumbs up in the crotch rocket world..
    Ya just got to ignore them and realize crotch rocket pilots are not the sharpest crayon in the box.
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    I would have waved back. That ticks off the real haters. It's like saying "have a nice day" to someone when you really don't mean it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpyderSkeets View Post
    What kind of "rule" is that? The guys gives me a thumbs down and I'm supposed to just take it on the chin?
    Like the old shrink said" what the Hell do you care what the other people think". Can't understand why this would bother you so much as to post this unless you are overly sensitive or looking for a haven of comfort for your discomfort. Some new folks are embarrassed and think themselves less manly for riding with three wheels instead of two and get angry with this. Get over it and enjoy your own ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IdahoMtnSpyder View Post
    Yep!

    Remember, no one can make you angry or irritate you. You do or do not allow yourself to be irritated. You control yourself. Don't allow anyone to usurp your right to determine how you will react to life!


    Those are very wise words and true by the way. Your wisdom at that high of altitude (Idaho) overwhelms me.


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    Quote Originally Posted by SpyderSkeets View Post
    What kind of "rule" is that? The guys gives me a thumbs down and I'm supposed to just take it on the chin?


    He thumbed you and you gave him the bird. Now you felt better, right. IMHO you stooped lower than he did. The "finger" is the universal "FU" sign. The thumbs down is just a disapproval sign. Now which is worse? Guess what he's going to tell his riding buddies about that Spyder rider. Which means all Spyder riders. Thanks a lot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaherbst View Post


    Those are very wise words and true by the way. Your wisdom at that high of altitude (Idaho) overwhelms me.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Denman View Post
    If you ignore them: you take away their silly voices...
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    Yeah--I had the same experience driving my work Dodge conversion Van with a 383 4 Barrel--some guy in a small pick up became upset with me & kept giving me the finger on the freeway--I just wave & smiled & acted like I knew him. The move I wave & smiled the more upset he became with his finger out the window--now it was time to see who would get in the fast lane--383 4 Barrel against the 4 cyl mini pick up --the outcome really upset him
    I love a story with a happy ending :-) But I'll never know what started the issue..
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