Turns out, Washington has its own Saul Goodman , attorney at law, and he couldn’t be more unlike his on-screen counterpart.
Let’s recap: TV Saul specializes in helping meth dealers out of scrapes. He wears flashy suits, operates out of a strip-mall office and appeals to potential clients with low-budget late-night TV commercials.
Real Saul, on the other hand, is a partner in the white-shoe firm Covington & Burling, where he specializes in insurance law. He reps a slightly higher-brow crowd, including Merck and the American Chemistry Council. Conservative suits.
The TV lawyer has a degree from the University of American Samoa. The real one is a Yale-and-U-Va. guy.
And, as it turns out, Real Saul isn’t yet a fan of the show.
“I have heard that ‘Breaking Bad’ is a great show, but haven’t yet watched it and really can’t comment,” he told us in an
Still, perhaps there’s something he could learn from his downscale namesake. Here’s his firm’s sales pitch: “Covington & Burling LLP represents clients in cutting-edge technology, litigation, white collar defense, transactional, governmental affairs, international, life sciences and other matters.”
Not bad. But “Better Call Saul” is a whole lot catchier.
Open and shut
Some federal employees around town were busy on Monday with shutdown planning, gaming out how their agencies will cope if the lights do, in fact, go out. Others were working on their personal shutdown strategies.
They’re in luck — local dining establishments are offering furloughed feds some shutdown succor. There’s booze to dull the pain of being considered nonessential. And comfort food to soothe those anxiety attacks brought on by not being surgically attached to your BlackBerry.
For starters, the local chain Z Burger is offering free burgers to shutdown-affected folks. And the Georgetown location of Sprinkles Cupcakes is dishing out a free confection to government workers showing their IDs.
For the duration of the potential shutdown, Alexandria’s Port City Brewing Co. is knocking 20 percent off its Essential Pale Ale on draft and for growler fills for those visiting the brewery’s tasting room. Downtown, Carmine’s is shaking up a $12 shutdown-themed special cocktail. The Olive Branch (get it?) features Plymouth gin, olives, pickled onions and rosemary.
Meanwhile, at the P&C Market, not too far from the Capitol by Lincoln Park, a sidewalk sign offered passerby some advice on how to survive a shutdown: “Buy beer/wine, drink, repeat.”
Sounds like a plan.
A shutdown wouldn’t be good for the dining establishments near the Capitol and other buildings where federal employees toil, since fewer workers means fewer customers taking lunch breaks or meeting for close-of-business drinks. (Though pizza-delivery joints might see an uptick.)
But look for more shutdown-related specials as local watering holes look for a silver lining.