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Story last updated at 3:58 PM on Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Homer's Best Bets

Yours truly does not like to be the town scold, always grumping about something that really doesn't matter. After last week's snow, you may have noticed the streets are slick -- if you miss Erebus and Terror, the killer potholes on Lake Street.


Photo by Michael Armstrong

But the mail got through
New snow covers mail boxes on Diamond Ridge Road last Thursday after about 2 feet fell. The mail carrier still delivered the mail.

Holy Sir Isaac Newton! Several times lately the Betster has been tooling along on a main street only to see some yahoo zoom up to an intersection and look like he's going to hurtle through it. Once a yahoomobile even pulled into the Betser's lane. Fortunately, the Betster once spent a week driving in Boston and has learned extreme urban evasive maneuvers.

Here's a hint, Mr. Yahoo Driver. Slow down. You don't stop by accelerating. You stop by braking, ideally before you enter the intersection and not by using two cars colliding to dramatically reduce inertia. The latter involves much grinding of steel and potential harm to delicate, organic beings. Also, the cops might write you a ticket.

Now that we have that grump out of the way, here's the quick and dirty message. Be safe. Don't push it. And remember, in this universe, the laws of physics are strictly enforced, so get out and enjoy some safe, fun things to do like these Best Bets:

BEST GET WRITE BET: Ready to finish that novel? Get inspired and get going at 6 p.m. today in the fireplace area when the Homer Public Library holds "Resolve to Write," a time for literary artists to share 2013 resolutions and reflect on what you did last year. Pizza will be served.

BEST BRIGHT LIGHTS BIG SNOW: Last week's storm has made local ski trails just awesome. Try them out with the annual Friday Night Lights sponsored by the Kachemak Nordic Ski Club. The event is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Diamond Ridge Road trailhead. Tiki torches light the way, but headlamps are recommended. Admission is $10 for ski club members.

BEST IN THE FLESH BET: For years Homer artists have been meeting weekly at Bunnell Street Arts Center to draw using live models. See some of the art that has come out of it in a second Friday art opening from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Bunnell. An artists' talk is at 6 p.m.

BEST SO RANDOM BET: Get a taste of what Homer High's Drama, Debate and Forensics team has been up to with Random Acts of DDF at 7 p.m. Saturday in the high school commons. Come early at 6:30 p.m. for a silent auction. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors and benefits the team.

BEST AWESOME BET: Matt Andersen has that growling blues voice that makes him sound like he's right out of Chicago, but he's Canadian born and raised through and through. The guy can play a guitar, too. Check him out in concert at 7 p.m. Sunday in the Mariner Theatre. Tickets are $10 youth, $20 Homer Council on the Arts members and $30 general.