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Dominology 101: The Philosophy of Lamont Blair

Caught in the middle of his favorite pastime, Lamont Blair majored in business management and earned an associate's degree in 1991 but continues coming to City College because he likes the campus environment. Photo by || Vincent Fernandez || [email protected]

One step forward at a time, he slowly makes his way from the bus stop in front of City College to the cafeteria, located roughly 200 yards away. The journey itself takes on average five minutes, and he has walked this path three to four days a week for the last 22 years to play dominoes  and enjoy some conversation with students.

Lamont Blair, 40, of Sacramento has been coming to City College since 1988, when he enrolled here in college. He graduated three years later in 1991 with an associate arts degree in business management, but has continued to come each semester.

“Good atmosphere,” says Blair, explaining why he enjoys coming to City College, “and I like dealing with people.”

At the age of 15, Blair was diagnosed with a brain tumor. During the process of removing the tumor, he suffered a stroke that left the right side of his body paralyzed, but that hasn’t slowed him down one bit.

“Lamont helps me see that we all can overcome challenges in life, and the best way to do it is with a smile,” says Jeffery Christian, City College nurse and friend of Blair’s.

After overcoming what can best be described as a gargantuan obstacle, nothing seems to weigh down his spirit.

“I fear nothing really,” Blair says. “You grow wise with age.”
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What’s meaningful in life differs from person to person. For some it’s love, and for others it could be success, but according to Blair, it’s observation. And observe is what he does here at City College.

He holds interesting opinions on a variety of topics that speak to his age and temperament and make his company pleasantly free of drama. The more you get to know Blair the more you begin to realize he is a philosopher at heart.

Sitting at any one of eight tables outside the cafeteria he is usually slamming down “bones” with various people, and if you listen carefully, you’ll learn much about life. But it’s the game of dominoes where his skills reign supreme.

“He’s a ‘Dominologist’,” says Jonathon Willis, City College student and frequent challenger at Blair’s table.

There is no doubt that Blair is one of the best domino players here at City College—and possibly Sacramento. Dominoes have been his favorite activity to pass the time for well over 20 years.

“Immediately I knew that Lamont had much more than a mean game of dominos to offer this campus and the world,” Christian says. “Lamont has faith that what is going to happen is going to happen and that he is going to live his life to his potential.”

So if you find yourself wandering around the campus with some time to kill, stop by and play a game of “bones” with Blair, and enjoy a break from your studies.

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