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Politics, Culture, Reporters, Thieves

As part of Esquire Magazine’s 2007(?) Best Bars in America series, Michael Rosenwald wrote the following about where I am currently employed:

Low-level congressional staffers head to this political-memorabilia-filled old Irish bar on Capitol Hill for the free happy-hour buffet (because they’re underpaid, not because the food’s that good). And if you listen to them closely, you can learn everything you always wanted to know about concurrent resolutions.

For a blurb, Rosenwald’s is a good one, except that the statement “because they’re underpaid, not because the food’s that good” doesn’t distinguish between the free shit the bar puts out during happy hour (grilled cheese quarters; potato skins w/cheddar but no bacon; rice & sausage; etc), and the fine menu items that are affordable, but not inexpensive.

Note: Especially noteworthy is the Olde English Burger, the Fish ‘n’ Chips, the Crab Reuben, and the Philly Cheesesteak.  Lately I’ve been eating a lot of Spinach Salads, as the heavy grub puts me to sleep.

But as I said above, Rosenwald’s blurb is a good one, particularly: And if you listen to them closely, you can learn everything you always wanted to know about concurrent resolutions.  There is much I always wanted to know, and so of course, I listen very closely.  

Sometimes the intrigue is such that I am quite certain that if these were Boom Times, I’d have gone the ol’ job-be-damned route and blogged about the fascinating and nationally relevant experience of working at “an establishment bar” on Capitol Hill in 2009.  

But 2009 is far from Boom Times, except on Capitol Hill, and unlike most of the folks I meet here, I have seen (and been) the face of the wretched downturn, and will thus remain subtle to avoid revisiting it…especially when the larger Washington, D.C. area affords the wayfaring writer ample opportunities beyond the workplace to explore and explain Americana.

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