Downtown Nampa: the Waving Guy

Downtown NampaWhile not exactly downtown, located where 7th Street S. turns into Yale, the waving guy embodies the ethos of the downtown revival movement nationwide. I want to infuse his neighborly vigor into Downtown Nampa (DNT until better name is created) as well.

Who is the waving guy?

I don’t even know who he is, but I waive to him whenever I drive by. On comfortable days the gentleman of note sits in his driveway in a plastic, white lawn chair waving to everyone who passes. Some days he waves to me multiple times as I scuttle back and forth from Home Depot.

Why is he so important?

It’s hard to pinpoint the waving guy’s importance. But if he’s absent for more than a few days in a row I start to worry something bad has happened. I start to miss the friendly gesture from a man whom I share only a general neighborly orientation with. Somehow the simple gesture of waving transforms our overlookable connection into something redeeming.

I suspect this feeling to be true for others who benefit from his waving as well. I suspect there to be a collusion brewing beneath the surface–a sort of shared wink as all us regulars drive past. The feeling is infectious, and I want to thank the waving guy for spreading the love.

With each wave I feel the urge to connect to my neighbors, my community and my town rising. Downtown is about connection. Downtown should be a place where brusque consumption is frowned upon, and instead relationship remains an integral part of commerce. I want Downtown Nampa to be a place where people wave and share a knowing wink while going about their business.

So let’s all of us, go DNT. On your way keep an eye out for the waving guy.

About David Mark Brown

Writer. Novelist. Redneck. Granola. Raised on a Texas cattle ranch and schooled at the U of Montana (Berkeley of the Rockies), I am the world’s most self-proclaimed redneck granola and author of optimistic-dystopian dieselpunk, sci-fi thrillers and young adult literature.

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