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Please note: the above comic was made with lower quality tools. We appologise for any lack of quality.

One of the big differences between the United States and The Netherlands, as already pointed out earlier, is that eating out in the United States is a lot cheaper, and a lot faster. Plus, you get free refills! The ultimate example of this is the all you can eat buffet. Honestly, I wonder how some of them stay in business.

As it happens, we have not actually gone to such a buffet yet, despite our best intentions, but tomorow (as of typing this) we will go to Phoenix to meet up with Abram Wintersmith and Leva, who will take us to just such a place. To anyone in the Phoenix area around that time: AVOID the Crazy Buffet! There be dragons!

I will not actually go back to Flagstaff after this. My plane will leave from Sky Harbor in Phoenix one day later, so Beedoo! and I will remain in Phoenix, and then say our goodbyes. So long, Beedoo!, and thanks for all the sheep...

Note, however, that we do not plan on stopping this comic just yet. We will have plenty more things to talk and make comics about. To begin with, we haven't been able to cover everything that we have done while in the United States. We will rectify this over time. Then there are our shared likes, our adventures in bureaucracy, and anything else that happens to one or both of us. So don't stop watching just yet...

As Arno said above, eating out in the Netherlands can be really tedious. You think dinner and a movie takes all evening? We're talking just the dinner part here, and all in all, I think this is why I've lost so much weight while there (aside of the constant exercise and nixing cheese and noodles from my daily diet).

Dining in the Netherlands takes the full evening because the Dutch have come to expect An Experience when they dine... they like to chat, drink, and soak up the atmosphere in what they call gezellugheit (pronounced, *HACK*uh-ZELL-uh*HACK*-height. You may be familiar with the *HACK* sound, at the beginning of Channukah. The Dutch, weird as they are, use this sound for both G and CH in their language.)

Arno has also mentioned that Americans seem to comment constantly on "poor service" when they eat out in the Netherlands. I think that this is not only due to culture clash, but also to lack of motivation. In America, we are used to wait-staff who are polite, precise, and fast. That's because wait-staff are paid at or less than minimum wage (so I have been told about Denny's, though I don't know if they have raised waged to minimum now) and are expected to make up the rest in tips, and just like the Diner Dash games, the worse they do, the less they get in tips. (And it pisses me off when people don't tip at all! Remember, it's not the waitress's fault when the cook is backlogged, or because you ordered the most complex meal on the menu!)

Wait-staff in the Netherlands, on the other hand, are better paid, and therefore are less likely to pander to the customers. They also don't rely on tips as part of their income, because a Dutch tip is usually what's left from breaking a larger note to pay the bill... say, a couple Euros and change. (Dutch are cheap... it's practically ingrained in them.) I sort of think that at this point, we enter a vicious circle... The waiters don't put forth their best because they aren't motivated earn more, because they're alreay earning enough, wages being raised as an effect of the Dutch not tipping very much. And around we go. Hence I'm trying to cook more things on my own, because I've personally had service that was sub-par even for THIS shitty system. Some of the waiters are trying to pass off low quality service under the radar, thinking they'll get away with it... the motivation problem as mentioned above. I don't care who you think you are, Popocatapetl's, but you can't serve me a bowl of dust and call it chips under any circumstances.