Homer’s Best Bets

The Betster deeply regrets last week’s mention of The Precipitation That Will Not Be Named. Apparently, even not saying a certain word wasn’t enough to keep that event from happening.

But what did you expect, Betsteroids? It’s mid-October. By this time of year as the daylight hours fade and temperatures dip into the 20s, events associated with such conditions happen. Don’t like it? Move to Portland, where you can experience bone-numbing, wet rain, but usually not TPTWNBN.

Anyway, we got that drama out of the way: cars in the ditch, long lines to get tires changed and the ritual unburying of winter gear. It took the Betster all of five minutes to find boots, jacket and tools for shoveling TPTWNBN. The Betster has lived in Alaska longer than most millennials have been alive. The Betster has figured out how to store gear that might be needed at a moment’s notice. 

And sure enough, some people didn’t get the message about friction and gravity, though. Once again, the Betster’s reminds you that the laws of physics are strictly enforced. Drive like you understand this.

We got a respite. Who knows how long that will last? Now that you’re ready for winter, maybe winter won’t come immediately. You cannot know. Alaska is like that, full of mysteries and wonders, so bundle up, get out the scarves and just roll with it. How else? With these Best Bets, of course:


BEST DON’T GET ZAPPED BET: Get in the Halloween mood early with “Frankenstein Unplugged,” the South Peninsula Hospital Long Term Care’s production of the classic novel by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. It shows at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Long Term Care’s day room.


BEST SILVER DAYS BET: Help Kachemak Heritage Land Trust celebrate its 25th anniversary with its 13th annual auction fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Wasabi’s. Spit City Slickers provide music. The first Land at Heart Award also will be given out. Tickets are $60 and on sale at KHLT, 315 Klondike Ave., or the Homer Bookstore.


BEST FOR THE FUN OF IT BET: Competitive sports are great, but sometimes you want to play just for fun. Check out the new Hockey for the Fun of It program at 2 p.m. Saturdays at the Kevin Bell Ice Arena. Or, if you just want to skate, public skating starts at 3:15 p.m. Sunday at the arena.


BEST SMASH HIT BET: By all accounts, the Pier One Theatre production of “Les Miserables” has set a new bar for Homer community theater. People who saw it last weekend gave it standing ovations and came out of the Mariner Theater singing. There are stand out performances by … Well, let’s just say everyone. Catch it for the last weekend at 7 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.