Wherever you end up in life, there is one very important thing you always need to remember to do. When you arrive at a restaurant with the intent of dining out, always check to see if you should seat yourself or if you need to wait to be seated. If you are instructed to seat yourself, by all means, go ahead and seat yourself. If you are to wait to be seated, then wait to be seated. I cannot stress the importance of this concept enough. Don't seat yourself. Especially don't seat yourself at a table that still has dirty glasses on it from the people who were sitting there before you. If the restaurant is busy and you think you will get served more quickly if you seat yourself, you are very wrong. Chances are, since you are already seated when you were supposed to wait - especially if you are at a dirty table - no one is going to notice you need to be served. All the servers will think someone else is helping the table. If you choose to seat yourself and nobody helps you for several minutes, don't get snotty when someone finally realizes you are new and need to be served. Don't get snide or rude or angry with the staff for not being served right away. It's your own fault because you seated yourself when you were supposed to wait.