Friend or foe?

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  1. geo in mi

    geo in mi Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Tradition has it, that, in the early settlement days in Indiana, a visitor to a remote settler's cabin would call out a cheery code word, "Who's here?" to let the person inside know he had a friendly visitor--and to put the gun down......(Hoosier....)

    Another thread recently got me to thinking: what are some other ways and codes to let another person know who is a friend or a foe? Animals are more direct....they just sniff each other and show some kind of tail movement.

    geo
     
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    Bearfootfarm Hello, hello....is there anybody in there.....? Supporter

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    The hand wave and hand shake was a way to show you weren't holding a weapon.

    Calling out most any greeting is a good indication that you at least aren't trying to sneak up on someone.

    True "code words" have to be pre-planned.
     
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  3. CIW

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    As many of my neighbors are far enough away I usually drive to their home. Upon arriving, I honk a long and 2 shorts. That way they know who it is, without coming to look and see. I wait for for a short time for them to come out. They know my vehicles. If they don't come out, I leave. They either are busy or not home.
    I guess when I do go on the visit, it's only to 3 or 4 different places. But they know who I am. I don't have any reason to be at the places of folks who don't know me.
     
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    If you don't call first around that means you aren't supposed to be here. That does include any of the other three family member households who live on the farm. Call me funny if you like but I enjoy my privacy...
     
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    Bearfootfarm Hello, hello....is there anybody in there.....? Supporter

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    Some think it's "rude" to pull up to a house and blow your horn, but years ago it was the best way to be sure the yard dogs knew you were there

    (And you knew where they were too)
     
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    I always wondered what the heck a Hoosier was.
     
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    Seth Well-Known Member

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    Shooting at someone usually means you’re not a friend. Seth
     
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