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Story last updated at 3:44 PM on Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Homer's Best Bets

These are the days that try men's souls — and those of women, children, dogs, cats and politicians. Yes, Betsteroids, politicians have souls, too. Actually, it's not the days that can be trying. This past week we've had some awesome days filled with sunshine, low tides and warm temperatures. No, it's the being inside that tries our souls.


Photo by Michael Armstrong

They're back A bald eagle sits in a new nest built in a row of trees next to the city motorhome dump station across from the Homer Post Office on the Sterling Highway. A pair of eagles had built a nest near the stoplight, but the tree with the nest blew down last fall in a windstorm.

You know those cruel, heartless businesses that lock their workers in cube farms, with no windows and only sterile fluorescent lighting? OK, we don't have places like that in Homer, but the Betster has seen them on TV. Here at Latitude 59 degrees and some change, we enjoy views of Kachemak Bay, Beluga Lake and the back yard of the neighbor with the 55-gallon drum collection slowly emerging from the snow. Dude, put a blue tarp on it.

Staring out our windows at that mighty fine weather, oh my, how can any of us get work done? The snow in the hills begs for one last ski run. Minus tides tempt us to wander out to beyond where even idiots who get their Jeeps stuck don't dare to go. Bro, get a fat bike if you want to put some tires on the sand. The harbor is clear of ice and the bay has been calm.

A month ago we thought this winter would never end. Now with snow melting by inches we're wondering if it will end too soon. Snow becomes bearable, even at 5 feet deep, when you can ski in a T-shirt after work.

See? That's the thing. With the sun rising before 7 a.m. and setting at 8:30 p.m., we have plenty of daylight to enjoy the day. You can put in a full day's work, please your boss and still have time to take a long beach walk. Heck, take your lunch to the beach, roll out a blanket and eat outdoors.

The swans have returned, those stoplight eagles have set up a new home by the post office and up in the hills brown bears have been spotted coming out of their dens. They're a little groggy, so leave them bowls of coffee. Bears appreciate those considerate gestures.

The best bet ever this week? Spring has sprung. Get out and enjoy it. But the sun sets eventually, so check out these other Best Bets:

BEST SECOND CITY BET: Forget New York — Chicago is where the dance action is these days, as Thodos Dance Chicago has shown on its big Alaska tour. If you missed them in Ketchikan last week, catch them at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Mariner Theatre. The troupe also offers workshops at 4:30 p.m. Friday and 12:30 p.m. Saturday on the Mariner stage. See story, page 12.

BEST NICE KNEES BET: Here's another sign of spring: kids wearing shorts. If you go to the Tartan Day Celebration at 6 p.m. Saturday at Alice's Champagne Palace, you might catch the sight of some mighty fine legs when men from Homer's Scottish American community put on their kilts. Aye, it will be a feast, with Celtic music and a little whiskey sippin'. A fundraiser for the Homer Highland Games, the event is sponsored by the Kachemak Bay Scottish Club. Admission is $30 for members, $40 for nonmembers.

BEST RUN LIKE THE BREEZE BET: Hey, maybe some of those men in kilts will show up for the weekly Friday Night Fives, another sign of great weather. Run, jog or walk at the 5 km event every Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Two Sisters Bakery. A one-time, $5 membership to the Kachemak Bay Runners Club gets you in.

BEST GET SERVED BET: Some of the Kenai Peninsula's most distinguished citizens will be happy to take your order. Table for two? Right this way. Oh, and please tip well and tip often, because it's all for a good cause, the Kenai Peninsula State Fair's annual Celebrity Waiter Dinner, starting at 6 p.m. Saturday at the fairgrounds in Ninilchik. The menu is as fabulous as your waiters. Tickets are $30 a person and $55 a couple. See page 3 for details.

BEST PAY FORWARD BET: Appreciate all the cool art, history, science and culture at the Pratt Museum? Here's a chance to get involved by volunteering. Learn about volunteer opportunities at two orientations next week, one from 11 a.m.-noon and another from 3-4 p.m. Tuesday at the Pratt.