Yep, that's right! I am in Missouri! State #11, baby! The crossing from Iowa into MO was hilarious. We were greeted by an old run-down "Krazy Franks" Fireworks shack and a rotting eye-sore of a white house with turkey vultures living in a hole on the roof. The state line was actually a visible LINE on the road where you could see the nice, reddish Iowa pavement blatantly end and the crummy, black and gray, stoney, uneven Missouri road begin. Big fat difference. Oh boy...what does Missouri have in store for me?!? Yikes. BUT, alas, Missouri is beautiful, and after all, it is the "show me state!" What in the world does that mean anyway?
Vultures on roof:
The true state line...haha (red road is Iowa, black road is Missouri):
Back to Missouri. Speaking of the "show me" concept, for the rest of the day, Missouri drivers told what was on their minds via a wide assortment of waves or hand gestures that they "showed me" as they passed. Granted, I was just some chick wearing a neon green mesh tank, running in 90+ degree weather down the state highways of Missouri (what I am trying to say is that I really did think that people thought I was nuts/looney/insane). I therefore spent the rest of the day analyzing what these waves meant and what the people where actually saying to me with their hands. Ready for this? Here we go...
Wave #1 - "The One-Finger Lazy Lift" - that is, when the person lifts up just one finger from the steering wheel. This means, to me, "I see you, you are safe, I don't care too much what in the world you are doing on the side of the road, but I won't hit you, I promise." I think this is the lazy wave.
Wave #2 - "The Two-Finger Lift" - when the driver lifts up, not one, but two (gasp!!!) fingers from the steering wheel, like a peace sign. This says, " how's it goin', little lady! I see you and I am saying hi! It's a beautiful day. I won't run you over because I like saying hi to you too much! Onward!" This is the I-am-not-as-lazy-as-option #1 wave.
Wave #3 - "The Little Youngin'" - an energetic, full-hand lift of the hand OFF the wheel to actually give a short, typical wave. This means, "oh, you remind me of my granddaughter! Hello!!!!!" (ehem, ehem, analysis courtesy of Greg Blencoe! HA.)
Wave #4 - "The HOW" - think of a stereotypical, still and stoic full-hand still wave that a Native American would give (do they actually still do that?). This gesture normally comes from what could quite possibly be a menopausal mother. This wave speaks, loud and clear, "oh my gosh, oh my gosh, I am going to hit this poor young homeless girl, but maybe, if I put up my hand boldly she will know that I see her and then it will be ok. I would never let my kids go out and walk on the side of the road!!!! Maybe I should stop and ask if she is ok? Oh, blasphemy!"
Wave #5 - "The Potbelly Jiggle" - MY FAVORITE! This is just too classic. This wave ONLY comes from a big-bellied, gray-haired or bald middle-aged man, normally a road worker, farmer on a tractor, or dude wearing coveralls. The man waves profusely side to side, as if he was shaking his hand OFF his wrist, paints his face with a big goofy grin, and looks at me with huge, focused eyes. This says, "hey there, precious! Haven't seen one of your kind for a while! Hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi!!!!!! Whatcha doin'?! Hi hi hi hi hi!!!!"
Wave #6 - "The Look" - This ties with my favorite! Actually, might be my favorite because I like old people so much:-) So, this is when an old person (we are talkin' 80+ years, normally a man) drives by, and doesn't wave at all. Instead, he slowly turns his head and focuses his eyes on me, not being able to quite make out if I am a girl or animal walking on the side of the road. The blank-stare this old person gives me is due, I assume, to the person's delayed reaction and slow neuron synopses in the process of trying to figure out what in the world is going on out there on the side of the road. And I can't forget, this blank stare is paired with an unbelievably endearing opening of the mouth and VERY SLOW jaw drop. So cute.
Thanks, Missouri folks, for "showin' me" your state. Hahahahahaha!!!! Gotta love it.
Under the famous (???) Missouri welcome sign
P.S. One of my role models (and also former assistant CC and Track coach in college), Cassie Funke (a.k.a. "Funkmaster") drove from Kansas to run with me today! So great. Give her some credit, wow!
Funke and Visco: