@mb: You know, I've never had Haggis, but it actually sounds like it could be pretty awesome.
As for collectibles, who cares? If you don't want them, which I don't, don't collect them! I think collecting feathers in AC2 is ridiculous, but not ignoring them doesn't detract from the game in any way.
I left my last job waiting tables a little over a month ago. I had been there for three years, working with my live in girlfriend, and our only option to go on vacation was for someone to quit. on top of that, there had been a whole lot off bad decisions made by new management, so I was just ready to go. My plan was to get out of the restaurant industry, but that seems near impossible to do while maintaining a salary approaching what I've been making (appx 40k a year). Not great, but certainly more tha doable. So I got hired at this restaurant that's opening in a few weeks, which I'm taking simply to stave off madness. God bless you guys who go years on end without working. I can't do it.