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  • Mary was reading the other day about “inemuri,” the Japanese tradition of napping on the job.
  • The East Hampton High School boys swimming team improved to 2-1 in League II competition by defeating Deer Park here by a score of 85-75 last Thursday. Going into this week, the team was 4-1 over all.
  • Carl Johnson, who coaches Bridgehampton High School’s boys basketball team, the Killer Bees, said Monday he was happy with the Bees’ progress so far, save for their 57-40 loss to East Hampton in the Holiday Classic’s consolation game on Dec. 29.
  • The new home for the Kendall Madison Fitness Center at East Hampton High School is cavernous, a super-gym four times larger than the old one, and, wonderful to tell, it is not only filled with equipment — much of it having been donated by the Hampton Gym Corp’s Bruce Cotter last spring, a gift valued at $250,000 — but also is filled with students working out every school day, 30 to 50 on average, from 2:30 on.
  • Mary’s great-grandmother, a star of stage and the early screen, reportedly said — or so the family story has it — on passing by the open casket of a woman who had in life borne the burden of her severe lameness with good humor, “She never suffered as I have.”
  • The surf was silvery, the weather, if not balmy, at least in the temperate range, and young faces — grizzled ones too — were beaming in the sun.
  • Claude Beudert, who is in his 40th year of coaching (though he’s been retired since June as a teacher), said during a conversation the other day at The Star that he’s thankful that the first wave of athletes he oversaw still say hello to him.
  • The East Hampton High School boys basketball team played, according to its coach, Dan White, its “best game thus far” in defeating Bridgehampton 57-40 in the consolation game of the Holiday Classic tournament at Suffolk Community College-Selden last Thursday.
  • Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama seem to agree that joy springs through suffering, and so, I suppose, it’s appropriate that I’m reading “The Book of Joy” at the moment, while in the throes of a wretched cold.
  • The late boys basketball coach Roger Golden, when I asked what it was he loved about basketball, said, “The gyms are warm.”

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