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  • They say that half of life (maybe more than half) is showing up. Well, I have been showing up, but the teams I’ve expected to cover have not.
  • EventPower’s staff had to step lively this past week inasmuch as it had, because of a slightly high blue-green algae reading in Fort Pond, to cancel the swim legs of Sunday’s three-part triathlon festival in Montauk.
  • I read that Francis Bellamy, the Baptist minister, and socialist, who wrote the Pledge of Allegiance, which first was recited in 1892, had wanted it to read “. . . one nation, indivisible, with equality and fraternity for all” before thinking better of it, given the weight of anti-woman and anti-black sentiment at the time.
  • The junior varsity rugby 7s team that Kevin Bunce coaches fared well, he said, in a tournament in Pelham, N.Y., this past weekend, winning two and losing one.
  • Exhibitioning in some events, which is to say forgoing points that had been won, the East Hampton High School girls swimming team dunked Hauppauge 102-63 at the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter Monday.
  • Hampton United, the local entry in the Suffolk (over-30) Men’s Soccer League, defeated S.F.C. Newcastle 4-1 on Sunday in a game played in Hampton Bays. Quique Araya, the goalie, said goals were scored by Miguel Munoz (two), Jimmy Bedoya, and Jose Almansa. Romulo Tubatan, the right wing, assisted on Munoz’s goals — “two beautiful crosses,” Araya said.
  • “Don’t play it again, ’Nam,” I said to Mary as we agreed we weren’t up to watching what I’m sure is a very well done, years in the making Ken Burns documentary on the Vietnam War.
  • On Sept. 2, the 57-year-old long-distance swimmer and corporate attorney who lives in Northwest Woods attempted a swim to Block Island, "14 miles as the crow flies."
  • The East Hampton High School boys soccer team had won three in a row as of Tuesday, improving its overall record to 4-5.
  • The Hamptons Marathon and Half Marathon were held in Southampton Saturday, and Barbara Gubbins, who is 57, made news inasmuch as she finished third over all among the half-marathon’s female entrants.

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