Were victory and defeat becoming the imposters they are, I wondered the other morning as I told Mary how I’d perhaps arrived at long last at the threshold of wisdom, to wit, that being calm was the key to winning tennis, if not to life itself.
“That’s why meditation’s so big, why yoga’s so big — everyone wants to be calm — mental toughness is simply to be calm,” I said, recalling that I had been cast out of the only meditation session I’d ever attended because I couldn’t sit still.
At Saturday’s second Andy’s Run in Sag Harbor, Robert Arcs, who two years ago became the steward of hundreds of trophies, medals, and plaques won by the late Andy Neidnig over the course of a lifelong long-distance running career, said that he hoped the turnout could be increased in the coming years.
“There were 120 last year, and only 88 this year — we need to juice it up,” said Arcs, who, along with other family members, is on the mend from having his vehicle recently “rear-ended by a pickup truck on North Sea Road.”
“There’s joy in Mudville,” John Geehreng said as he left the field after having manned the chains during the East Hampton-Mercy junior varsity football game here on Oct. 1.
Geehreng’s grandson, Johnny Walters, had that afternoon quarterbacked the young Bonackers to a 39-0 rout of the Riverhead Catholic school, much to everyone’s delight.
Thus far the fall has been a good one for East Hampton High’s teams.
As of Tuesday, two of them, boys soccer and girls volleyball, led their leagues — boys soccer with a 6-0-1 record in league play and 9-1-1 over all, and girls volleyball with a 6-0 league mark. The soccer team was ranked 9th among Long Island’s top 10 in Tuesday’s Newsday.
Two teams, girls tennis and boys cross-country, were runners-up, the girls with a 4-4 record (7-4 over all) and the boys at 2-0.
“Let it rain!” I said to the guys who were putting up new seamless gutters whose downspouts and discharge pipes were arranged under our deck in such a way as to inspire hope that the annoyance of periodic basement floods would once and for all be ended.
Haz llover! Let it rain! Open the floodgates of heaven. Well, perhaps not quite so wide, but I do want to see if the new system works, if we’re on our way to, if not bone-dryness, less dankness. Yes, less dankness, fewer spiders, less mold, a little less of the entropy against which we are struggling.
Though it recently had a 30-something win streak snapped, the East Hampton Football Club, which shut out the Mineola Portuguese at the Ross School Sunday 3-0, has made it clear that it belongs in the Long Island Soccer Football League’s top division, to which it ascended following an undefeated inaugural season in the L.I.S.F.L.’s third division.
Rich King, who coaches East Hampton High School’s boys soccer team, told his charges following their impressive 4-0 shutout of Shoreham-Wading River here on Sept. 23 that by so doing they had sent a message to the league.
“You dismantled them, in the first half — even though we weren’t able to find the back of the net — and in the second, when we took care of business,” said King. Shoreham had come into the game with a 3-0 record in league play; East Hampton was 3-0-1.
The eldest exerciser at Andrew Reilly’s Integrated Exercise Therapy studio across from Bridgehampton Commons is Hector Leonardi, an artist, who, when a visitor said he’d heard he was 84, replied, “Almost 85 . . . in January.”
Oz Pearlman, a 32-year-old New York City magician who regularly materializes as the winner of the Hamptons Marathon, did so again Saturday, in a time of 2 hours, 47 minutes, and 2 seconds.
Megan Gubbins, 32, of Southampton, who was running under the Gubbins Running Ahead stores’ banner, was the women’s winner, and fifth over all, in 3:11:14.