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RE: Courtesy wave.
Yes, I pity those who cannot reciprocate. It could be geography specific. I don't know much about general manners concerning driving where you live (just past Rockaways, I presume), but here are my experiences.
In the generally genteel Westchester County, people are mostly courteous - most of them wave back or flash the light. Although more congested areas south of I-287 and towns along I-95, that's another different story.
When I used to live in northern New Jersey as well as Philadelphia, only a handful bothered to acknowledge the courtesy. In New Jersey, an oncoming car trying to make a left turn at the traffic light will try to cut you off as soon as the light turns green.
I, for one, make sure that I return the courtesy by waving back - small gesture goes a long way in preventing any potential road rage incidents.