Homer’s Best Bets

Jade Campbell aims to toss marbles in plastic pumpkins during a game as McNeil Canyon parent Tela Bacher watches at the McNeil Canyon Elementary fall festival.-Photo by Anna Frost, Homer News

Type in “cute kitten videos” and Google shows 3 million hits. Type in “Trump Clinton” and 450 million hits pop up — more hits than the population of America. The Betster has a question: Why aren’t there more cute kitten videos?

We live in tough times, Betsteroids. Republicans, Democrats, Greens, Libertarians and Independents can agree on one thing. This has been the weirdest dang election ever. In times like this, we need moments of joy. We need something to distract us from politics that have gotten so low reading the news is like being in a limbo contest.

We need more cute kitten videos — videos of kittens riding Roombas, kittens hanging from draperies, kittens attacking laser pointers, and kittens wrestling orange wigs and pant suits. Oh no — see, you can’t escape.

Five more days, Betsteroids. We just have to get through the weekend and next Monday and Tuesday. By 10 p.m. Tuesday it might be over and we’ll find out who will be our next president. That’s assuming Florida doesn’t go all wonky on us and cause another cliffhanger.

How did we get here? The Betster doesn’t know. Things will change, yeah, but here at Latitude 59, some things remain the same. We’ll still worry about shoveling out after a heavy snow and if we have enough firewood. We’ll still be neighbors and friends. We’ll still have cool things to do, fun things to distract us other than kittens, like these Best Bets:


BEST CANNED FILM FESTIVAL: Three canned goods will get you admission into the Fireweed Academy Movie Night at 6 p.m. today at the Homer Theatre. Young filmmakers show short films. Proceeds support Share the Spirit.


BEST SPEAK IT BET: When life hands you good material, you make jokes. That’s the philosophy of Second City, the Chicago-based improvisational comedy group. They perform at 7:30 p.m. today at the Mariner Theatre with their show, “Free Speech (While Supplies Last).” Tickets are on sale at the Homer Council on the Arts and the Homer Bookstore.


BEST FILL THE BOWLS BET: Get some mighty fine soup and a wonderful Homer-made pottery bowl at the annual Empty Bowl fundraiser from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday at the Homer United Methodist Church. Buy just soup or soup and a bowl. For to-go orders, call 399-4574. Proceeds support the Homer Community Food Pantry.


BEST LIVE LONG AND PROSPER BET: You don’t have to be Mr. Spock to know how to take a day for yourself and improve your health. Need some help? The exhibitors at the annual Rotary Health Fair can help. The fair runs 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Homer High School.


BEST IT WILL BE WINTER BET: The Betster drove home on Tuesday night through a sloppy wet snow shower, so we might be having snow after all, at least higher up. Join or renew your membership and support local ski trails at 6 p.m. Saturday for the Kachemak Nordic Ski Club’s annual meeting and dinner auction at the Homer Elks Lodge.


BEST SLEEP IN BET: Score, Betsteroids! You get an extra hour of sleep this weekend. It’s the end of Daylight Saving Time at 2 a.m. Sunday, so don’t forget to fall back for fall and turn your clocks back one hour before going to bed on Saturday night.





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