Sunday, August 24, 2008

Used Book Stores Rock

I was at a used book shop today and picked up a couple of great finds.

In the philosophy section and ran across a deductive logic book with a cartoon on the cover and newspaper comic strips interspersed throughout the pages. Here's a little tip, if you're in the market for a philosophy book and you see one that makes frequent use of comics to get its points across it's probably a good book, at least my experience.
In addition to the comics I recognized one of the author's names, Howard Pospesel. He's a professor at the University of Miami. Since the book was only $3 I decided to pick it up on a whim. After I got home I got even more value for my $3. I was flipping through it and found the original recite for the book from when it was bought from the pitt bookstore. The recite is dated 1/21/1981 and the price was $9.70.

I also picked up a great book on the Gracie family of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fame. It's titled The Gracie Way and I've had my eye on it for a while. When I got home and started flipping through it I saw some large marks on the first few pages, turns out the marks were the autographs of Kid Peligro (the author), Rodrigo Gracie (one of the Gracie clan), and Royce Gracie (one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time).
In honor of this good fortune I've decided to post one of the my favorite fights of all time; Royce Gracie v. Art Jimmerson. I don't love this fight because it's a great fight, I love it because it's one of the funniest and most awkward fights to ever happen. Jimmerson is a boxer who decided to wear ONE boxing glove...and (15 year old SPOILER ALERT!) taps out just because Royce mounts him. To my knowledge he's the only guy in UFC history to tap out to a mount. Truly the definition of an epic fail.

Monday, August 11, 2008

This is why I Decided Against Renaming Myself “Awesome Jesus Superchrist”

Sometimes I really wonder what I did before the Internet. How did I handle a world where I probably wouldn't have heard about a guy named Almighty Supremebeing Allah being arrested?

Yes, that's right, his real name is Almighty Suprmebeing Allah. You'd think that once he turned his name into a billboard for his God he'd think twice before taking part in reckless driving, disobeying an officers signal, interfering with an officer, criminal attempt/sale of cocaine and criminal attempt/possession of cocaine.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Basketball Can't Get Much Better for Me

I'm sitting here watching the U.S. v. China mens basketball game and I have to remark about how much I love this U.S. team. Watching Dwight Howard and D-Wade play together is like watching an episode of Superfriends for me. Oh yeah, lets not forget that Kobe and Lebron are out there too.

Speaking of D-Wade, he looks like he's finally getting back to his Finals MVP form of a couple years ago. Lightning quick, fearless drives to the hole, I'm quite pleased.

It's nearing halftime and we're only up by 3, but that's mostly because the Chinese perimeter players have been on fire from three point range. Should be good viewing in every game they play.

Okay, I just saw D-Wade throw a sick alley-oop to Lebron James. Time for less typing and more watching.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Finally Back

Wow, almost a month since I blogged huh? Here’s a quick summary of what I’ve been up to.

1) Studying for and taking the bar exam. It was a long and annoying process. No matter what the results are I doubt I’ll be taking it again for a really long time.

2) Moving. It’s never fun, especially when you’ve got to pay $76 to throw away your garbage at a landfill. However, I did get a few good pictures and a good story out of it all.

When we went to the landfill we obnoxious yellow-green neon vests and helmets to put on while we did our dumping. Never one to miss a photo opportunity I styled and profiled the makeshift accessories like only I can.

The next morning I made the picture of me in the landfill my Facebook profile
picture with the accompanying tongue-in-cheek status “Adam Samons took the bar on Tuesday and Wednesday and took the job at the landfill on Thursday.” Since then I’ve had 6 friends ask me whether I’ve really taken a job at a landfill. I’m not sure exactly what that says about me, but I’m strangely comfortable with it.

3) Working. I’m still enjoying my job. On top of that I’ve come across some cute and creepy pictures during my work hours. First, take a look at this thank you image from one of the Allegheny county web sites. I can’t remember which one it is, but when you log off it shows you this

Next up, one day this week a coworker noted the front page of was running a story about 100,000 unknown gorillas being found. I love the picture that accompanied the story.

I know that that the little gorilla there is probably just yawning or something, but in my mind I chose to believe that the look on his face is his joyous reaction to himself and 999,999 of his closest gorilla friends finally being found.

So that's about it for me, it's nice to be back in the real world and away from law school, the bar, and everything that encompasses.