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Story last updated at 3:29 PM on Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Homer's Best Bets


McKibben Jackinsky

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Isaiah Nevak, Ethan Pitzman, Hunter Henley and Isaac Swenson join in the fun last September at the Homer Playground Project picnic at Karen Hornaday Park. HoPP holds a Build Week planning meeting from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday at Paul Banks Elementary School.

In her book, "On Death and Dying," Elisabeth Kubler-Ross wrote that there are five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Yeah, that about explains how we've been dealing with winter, Betsteroids.

On any given day, the Betster hovers at one of those stages. OK, not denial. Denial is like so November, when we could believe a light dusting on the lawn isn't a harbinger of endless blizzards that will bury us in a suffocating blanket of white fluff. We're way beyond denial.

But anger? Each day seems to bring a fresh load of snow beyond imagining. If you don't curse drifts burying the front door, please let the world know how you achieve such calm.

Bargaining? Oh yeah, we make deals every day. "Please don't bury my driveway in another deluge that puts me in hock $500 to the snowplow guy and I'll say 300 Hail Marys and volunteer the next 10 years at the food pantry," you might say. Oh, like The Divine Being of Your Choice cares about problems like that.

Depression? Oh mama, we are so there. People shuffle down narrow ice-choked canyons, eyes cast to the ground, backs broken by the burden of one shovel load of snow too much. The pain, the pain. When will it stop? Oh, please, please make it stop.

Finally, acceptance. How many paths have you given up shoveling? How narrow have your trails become from door to driveway? How little effort do you put in to keep the paths clear? Really, do you need more than a few square feet on the front porch to get in and out? The snow will come no matter what we do. Any sunshine we get is just a sucker hole in the clouds, a brief lull between storm fronts. Like rising gas prices, there is no end in sight.

Well, buck up, Betsteroids. Look at the calendar. It's March 1. Yeah, this could be the snowiest month, but it's also the month when the span of daylight flips over 12 hours. Yes, it's hard. Yes, we've endured. Yes, our muscles ache and our tempers have frayed. But the sun will come, as surely as the varied thrush will start trilling and the robins return. One day at a time, Betsteroids. One day at a time. Meanwhile, take a break with some of these Best Bets:

BEST HOPP TO IT BET: Now that the Homer Playground Project has raised 75 percent of its $220,000 goal, HoPP is moving on to the next phase: building it. Build week happens the last week of May, and HoPP is recruiting now for build captains to supervise crews. If you've ever built a cabin or a boat — you know, like the entire population of Homer — consider volunteering. From 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday at Paul Banks Elementary School, HoPP holds an information meeting on Build Week. Lee Archin, a professional playground designer and builder, speaks. Refreshments will be provided.

BEST DADDY POWER BET: Guys, do you have a new kid in your life? Want to start the tyke out right? Learn about how you can be involved in early literacy for your child. At 5:30 p.m. today at the Homer Public Library, it's the premiere of "Babies on Track," the new DVD. Though pitched toward fathers, all are welcome. Food is provided, plus a free DVD and board books for kids under age 2.

BEST WORD POWER BET: If you want to see adults and kids who like totally get the language thing, check out the readings from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday of the 20th annual Kenai Peninsula Writers' Contest winners at the Homer Council on the Arts. Stick around for a concert by Alaska folk singer-songwriter Robin Hopper starting at 8:30 p.m.

BEST KID POWER BET: Helping kids get a good start in life are faith-based early childhood programs like Faith Lutheran Church's preschool. Pick up some good bargains and great treats at Faith Lutheran Church's rummage and bake sale running 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the church at the corner of the Sterling Highway and Soundview Avenue. Proceeds support the preschool.

BEST EASY CHAIR OR BUST BET: Sit down in those comfy chairs at the Homer Public Library and take a trip to Tajikistan for the Armchair Traveler Series at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Heidi Herzog and Andrew Peter show slides and talk about their amazing bicycle trip in the area near the Tajik-Afghan border.