Mr. Pollock, While I agree that the plebish mannerisms of most waiters are slightly offputting, your pretensious, and abysmally affected dinining manifesto is equally as abominable as the manners which they speak out against. The first sign of breeding and sophistocation is the ability to turn a blind eye to the bafooneries that you described above, and go about your business. It is the sophists, poseurs, and ninnys who point them out which can be nothing else other than some strange freudian defence mechanism. I know more than one owner of fine establishments who'd probably piss in your soup while you wait if you sent him that. It's insulting. Why do I have to accept that type of behavior with a smile? It is wrong. Not only am I right, I am the [paying] customer. Actually, I have rarely said anything to waiters, except to quietly stop them when they threaten to talk on forever. I basically only complain to the management; if they find it insulting for me to criticise the weird behavior they make their help foster on customers, they are idiots. Why does no one answer my questions, as follows: "No one seems to dispute my claim that about 30-40 years ago virtually all US restaurants gave the type of proper service which I like. Now only a few of the very best do. "What are your thoughts about the reasons for the change. "Has the change been an improvement? "If not, why is that (other than the fact that I am old enough to remember the way things once were) I am one of the very few complaining? "Is there any rule or reason why lesser restaurants have to serve customers any differently from the best ones?"