Ten days after Daylight Saving Time flipped, the Betster still hasn’t quite adjusted to the time change. Here at Latitude 59 degrees, as we slouch toward the winter solstice, it doesn’t really matter which side of the day gives up sunshine. Within a few weeks we’ve lost an hour of daylight anyway.
Back during the Gov. Bill Sheffield administration, because southcentral Alaska and Juneau were two time zones apart, it could be tricky doing business with the capital from Homer. To make things easier, the government decided to put most of the state — except the westernmost Aleutian Islands — in one time zone.
But wouldn’t being an hour earlier or later mess with school bus schedules and stuff like that? Wouldn’t children have to wait in the dark on cold winter mornings? Officials looked at sunrise-sunset tables and figured, heck, it’s another spot on a leopard. In winter, by the solstice the days have gotten pretty wretched anyway.
The real lesson here is that come winter, if you want sun, you have to get out in the middle of the day. Take a walk on the beach. Stroll down the street for a sandwich instead of getting in your car. Heck, you could sign up for the Center for Alaska Coastal Studies 50-mile Challenge, where you walk, run, ski or snowshoe and try to log 50 miles by next June. That’s about a mile a week. Easy-peasy.
Seize that sunlight and retreat indoors at night for other cool activities, like these Best Bets:
BEST GET THE FACTS BET: Confused about signing up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act? Having trouble navigating the federal insurance exchange website? Get some help at a workshop on the Health Insurance Marketplace from 6-8 p.m. today at the Seldovia Village Tribe Health Center.
BEST FILL ’ER UP BET: Feed yourself and help the Homer Community Food Pantry feed others with the Empty Bowls lunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday at the Homer United Methodist Church. Local potters have made bowls for purchase, and local cafes have donated food and bread. Buy a bowl to keep with soup for $25 or just soup in a paper bowl for $10.
BEST THE STORY NEVER ENDS BET: To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood, the Homer Public Library has an exhibit running through Wednesday celebrating the Alaska Native rights groups. At 11 a.m. Saturday, Kenaitze storyteller Maggie Jones tells stories for children and their parents. At 6 p.m. Tuesday, David Nicolai presents traditional Native string stories. Both events are at the library.
BEST FABULOUS FIBER BET: It’s been a few years, but the amazing talents of Homer’s fiber artists return with the Wearable Arts show at 6:30 and 9 p.m. Saturday at Land’s End Resort. From the fanciful to the fabulous, they’ll show creations in all sorts of media. Buy something for your honey, too; works are on sale after each show. Tickets are $20 for Bunnell Street Arts Center members and $25 general admission at Bunnell, The Fringe and the Homer Bookstore.