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  • The other day the Betster and some friends debated whether or not it would rain on a holiday weekend. “It’s Alaska, in September,” the Betster said. “What do you think?” Anyone who has lived here long enough — say, two weeks — knows that Alaska weather can be pretty darn fickle. If you...

    Thu, 09/05/2013 - 9:02am
  • Your average American holiday requires some sort of token effort. It’s not just a day off. You have to cook a turkey, shop for presents, put on a fancy dress, buy chocolate, get a new hat, buy more chocolate, watch a parade, march in a parade and maybe do some speechifying. Holy Punch List! That...

    Wed, 08/28/2013 - 7:11pm
  • You know why it rains in August? That’s so when students go back to school with their new clothes and carefully arranged coiffures, Ma Nature just dumps on them and ruins the back-to-school look. The universe has it in for teenagers, especially for kids just starting high school. There you are, he...

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 2:49pm
  • If you did a web search on “photos of icky fall colors” on local social media pages, your eyes would blur at the thousands of images flashing by. You don’t need the Betster to chronicle the subtle shift in Homer seasons, not when hundreds of citizen photographers stand ready with cell phone ca...

    Wed, 08/14/2013 - 2:46pm
  • Some want to blame the Betster for this recent stretch of soggy weather. “So seize that sun again and again as if it might end tomorrow,” the B. wrote last week, whereupon, well, the sunshine ended. Blaming the Betster for this is what is called the post hoc fallacy, for trying to say there’s ...

    Wed, 08/07/2013 - 5:36pm
  • It might seem like a distant memory, but remember in May when it snowed? Remember how miserable we were, shivering during the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival, and worrying that once again we would be skunked by a wretched summer? Yeah, the Betster forgot about that, too.  The Betster has lived ...

    Wed, 07/31/2013 - 4:37pm
  • What with all this road construction and utility work, the Betster hasn’t had so much fun driving since the summer years ago when yours truly took Driver’s Ed at Chamberlain High School in Tampa, Fla. The Betster still remembers fondly the gruff coach who rode shotgun, big foot always ready to j...

    Wed, 07/24/2013 - 3:39pm
  • The other day the Betster noticed a large, saucer shaped cloud hovering over Homer. Sometimes a cloud is just a cloud, but sometimes clouds are cleverly disguised alien mother ships, particularly if saucer shaped. This would explain a lot, because apparently half of Homer has been abducted by aliens...

    Wed, 07/17/2013 - 3:55pm
  • The other day as the Betster drove by yet another crew of lime-green vested pipeline dudes playing with big plastic tubes, a thought crossed the B’s mind. This town has gotten awfully busy. Oh yeah, there’s the usual in-state Alaska refugee traffic — Fairbankshoovians escaping smoky skies and ...

    Wed, 07/10/2013 - 3:35pm
  • A national holiday on Thursday? That is like so Thanksgiving, but there you go. This year, we celebrate the Fourth of July on Thursday. You know what that means. Just like in November, a lot of people will be calling in sick Friday — if they even have to work at all. Thanks to the miracle of cell ...

    Tue, 07/02/2013 - 2:30pm

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