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  • The president says he doesn’t want anyone from “shithole countries,” and then I thought about the people I’ve most admired: Gandhi, Mandela, the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Tutu, Martin Luther King Jr. . . . Shithole countries can produce some great men.
  • It was like old times in the Bee Hive when, on Jan. 17, Pierson and Bridgehampton duked it out, though what the game — ultimately won by the Whalers 63-61 — may have lacked in finesse was balanced out by the rivals’ all-out efforts.
  • The Sportime Arena in Amagansett was a hive of activity Saturday morning as about a dozen pickleballers were playing that bang-bang game at the rear of the building, behind a scrim, while more than 30 girls were taking part in lacrosse clinics put on by Elizabeth and Lina Bistrian, cousins who have been East Hampton High School field hockey and lacrosse teammates these past four years.
  • The East Hampton High School boys swimming team capped a great week and a great season at the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter Monday, easily defeating North Babylon to finish at 6-1, the Bonackers’ sole loss, by 9 points, coming at the hands of Hauppauge, the undefeated League II champion.
  • It’s all the same eff-in day, man, Janis Joplin used to say, though some, as Mary would readily agree, are colder than others, such as this week’s were, but I could hardly contain myself this morning as I read that in the coming week the temperature will soar into the 30s, and perhaps even flirt with 40!
  • A win! A win for East Hampton High School’s wrestling team.
  • The East Hampton High School boys basketball team not only was fun to watch in last Thursday’s game here with Kings Park, but — more to the point in its coach Dan White’s opinion — East Hampton won, by a score of 63-53.
  • The East Hampton High School boys swimming team, which as of earlier this week had lost only one league meet this season, defeated the Huntington-Harborfields team 95-75 at the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter on Jan. 10, thus improving its League II record to 3-1 and its overall record to 4-2.
  • A well-wisher asked me a while ago if we were ready for Christmas.
  • Cory Lillie, when asked Saturday how his high school-age ice hockey team was doing at the Buckskill Winter Club, said, “We need a goalie.”

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