Sen. Joseph Lieberman did something on Wednesday he's done 180 times in his long career; he visited Connecticut's diners.
The final tour came on the final week of his 24-year career.
"It's very sentimental," Sen. Lieberman said. "I'll be around Connecticut, but it's the last week as a senator."
Inside Shady Glen in Manchester he greeted the regulars, shaking hands and exchanging stories.
"There is a different feeling at diners," he said. "It's closer to actually being at home."
On Wednesday he stopped at diners in Bridgeport, New Haven, Groton, Manchester and Waterbury.
"A real guy," Rosemary Fahey, a customer at Shady Glen, said about Lieberman. "That's how they should be."
Even though the senator made a number of stops on Wednesday, he had to abbreviate his tour. Unfinished business on fiscal cliff negotiations is forcing all lawmakers to come back to Washington, D.C.
"Hopefully we'll get this problem solved before New Year's Eve," Sen. Lieberman said. "Shame on Congress and Washington if we don't."
Lieberman still believes some sort of deal will be hammered out before the end of the year.
"Everybody has to be willing to give a little and take a political risk for the good of the country," he said.
After his final stop of the day at Dottie's 2 Diner in Waterbury, Lieberman was en route back to Washington. His final week will be a working one.