Homer’s Best Bets

If you happened to be cruising the Homer hillside on Sunday, you might have seen little white flakes fluttering down from the sky. No, that was not a jet spilling corn starch, but The Precipitation Whose Name We Dare Not Speak. The weekend forecast calls for more of The Precipitation Whose Name We Dare Not Speak, but only in amounts less than a quarter-inch. In Florida they call that a natural disaster, but to Alaskans that’s just a minor inconvenience.

Not so the endless political polls and robocalls we’ve been getting. Those are becoming a major inconvenience. If your house is like Chez Betster, you can hardly lift your fork at dinner before the phone rings. Sometimes you answer, only to hear the din of a call center in the background. “Hello? Hello?” the Betster said to one such call the other night. “Talk to me.” And then the guy hung up.

Apparently there’s a tight race for the U.S. Senate in Alaska and lots of people from the Lower 48 are very concerned about the outcome. Huh. That’s sweet of our fellow Americans to be so interested, but could they leave us alone around supper time?

When you have such an awesome fall like we’ve been having, on top of The Best Summer Ever, how can we complain? We get chilly nights but sunny days. Combine that with just a little dusting of the, ahem, on the Kenai Mountains, and all those glorious colors — well, life just doesn’t get any better. OK, a little bit better. Three words: Permanent Fund Dividend.

Enjoy life and the pursuit of happiness with just some way cool stuff to do, like these Best Bets:


BEST TO THE BARRICADES BET: The Betster got a sneak peek of “Les Misérables” last weekend and now has a major earworm of “Do You Hear the People Singing?” If you haven’t ever seen a production of “Les Misérables,” here’s your chance. It’s an awesome production, with great sets and costumes, wonderful singing and acting and a great story about love, passion, betrayal, redemption and revolution. “Les Misérables” opens at 7 p.m. Friday at the Mariner Theatre. See story, page 12.


BEST MINI DOC FEST: If you were out of town for the Homer Documentary Film Festival, here’s a chance to catch two of the audience favorites. “Alive Inside” shows at 6 p.m. and “Fed Up” at 8 p.m. today at the Homer Theatre. A discussion follows each film.


BEST YOUR RADIO BET: KBBI has perfected its on-air membership drive with just a one-day pledge drive. You’ll be hearing friendly voices all day Friday urging you to call 235-7721. Hey, you can get a cool coffee mug and know you’re keeping your local public radio station going.


BEST PLAY HARD BET: Forget computer games. We’re talking the real thing — cardboard games. Join the Homer Public Library for the 2014 Cardboard Challenge from 10 a.m-noon Saturday. Play games created by Paul Banks Elementary School first graders or make your own in the play zone.