Keeping the shut-ins happy

George Bernard Shaw said that alcohol “is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of life.” In the District of Columbia’s case, it’s also the anesthesia by which we endure the non-operation of life.

The Washington Post’s Going Out Guide (the most worthwhile portion of the paper) is featuring local bars which during the government shutdown are “trying to make sure unpaid workers don’t go hungry and thirsty” by offering deals, discounts, and straight-up free booze.

The 201 bar, for instance, “offers $4 mystery beers and $15 growlers all day every day until the shutdown is resolved.”

Mystery beers?! Growlers all day?? We should keep this thing shutdown for good.

Boundary Row, another D.C. hot spot, is featuring “All-Day Shutdown Happy Hour,” finally solving the age-old puzzle, “Why limit happy to an hour?”

Another place starts the party at 2 p.m., when every sane person has breakfast. 11 a.m. means buy one get one drinks that last ’til 9 p.m. at D.C. Reynolds, and you don’t even have to show your government I.D.

The Daily Dish is offering free coffee to any government employee during the shutdown, but says, “Members of Congress pay double for theirs.” (I wonder what Harry Reid would have to pay?)

So the rest of America shouldn’t feel too sorry for all these non-working government workers. “Deals will last as long as the shutdown does” is the basic rule of thumb.

Oh to be a government employee…!