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Story last updated at 7:31 PM on Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Homer's Best Bets

The Betster deeply regrets writing last week that "By the time you read this the roads will be clear and dry." Holy southeaster! No sooner had the ink dried then in rolled a gnarly sloppy wet snowstorm. Strolling down Pioneer Avenue watching Subarus dodging slush balls, one of the cardinal rules of journalism came back to the Betster. Never, ever get sassy about the weather, particularly in April.

Like the old joke says, "Want to make Mother Nature laugh? Make plans." The universe has to remind us that those intricate cycles of the seasons revolve on a mechanism our pathetic human brains cannot understand. Winter is like a dinosaur. It's so massive and stupid it takes a while to realize it's dead.


Photo by Michael Armstrong

We're back A bald eagle sits by its nest near the Lake Street and Sterling Highway stop light. A pair of eagles raised chicks in the nest last summer and were a popular photo opportunity for tourists. A second bald eagle has been seen at the nest this spring.

Sure, two very optimistic bald eagles have set up housekeeping in that nest by the stoplight, thinking that spring is here and it's a great time to raise a family. At least the Betster has heard there are two eagles. Yours truly has yet to see more than one, but a close observer of nature who does not carry her camera with her at all times swears she keeps seeing two.

Under the Schrodinger's Cat Theory of Observed Events, because the Betster always carries a camera, those two eagles have yet to appear. One, yes. Maybe the mom and dad at different times, possibly. Together? Not that the Betster has seen. Like the cat in the box that Prof. Schodinger postulated as a thought experiment, it's there and not there. (No, the Betster doesn't fully understand that thought experiment, but that's quantum physics for you.)

Because the Betster stands ready to record two eagles, the eagles will not be there. The universe works in mysterious ways, grasshopper, and our pathetic human brains cannot understand. See above.

Like love, if you're looking for it, it won't come. How do you find something that's lost? Forget you're looking for it. Thus, the Betster will forget about looking for spring, two eagles and that lens cap dropped on the beach. Actually, the Betster found the lens cap by forgetting to look for it one day.

So forget cheery predictions of sunny days to come. The Betster now understands the universe and hereby swears to not celebrate sunny days until they've actually come and gone. Uh, like Tuesday. That was a great day, not that all days will be like that. Uh-uh. Rain or shine, slush or mush, one thing you can be sure of is that there's always great stuff to do, like these Best Bets:

BEST UNCOMMON PLACE BET: As we know, Homer is anything but common. What do we share? That's the idea with the Common Space video project, showing today from noon-7 p.m. at Bunnell Street Arts Center. Visiting artist Hasan Elahi from Washington, D.C., facilitates the installation using videos made by local volunteers. He speaks at 6 p.m.

BEST BIG AND HAIRY BET: Did the wooly mammoth once roam the Kenai Peninsula? Author Janet Klein and geologist Dick Reger present some new — or newly discovered — evidence in a talk from noon-1 p.m. today at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center.

BEST HELPING HOMER BET: You know the drill: one of our neighbors faces big medical bills for a life-threatening illness. Help out Danielle Nagle in her cancer fight with a spaghetti fundraiser from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Homer Elks Lodge.

BEST YAHOO YOUTH BET: Learn about activities and resources for teens with the Teen Youth Forum at 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the Elks Lodge. Sponsored by Homer Downtown Rotary, there are refreshments and door prizes.

BEST BACK HOME TUNES: It's a story we love: one of our Homer kids goes off to the big city and does great. Miriah Phelps returns to Old Town with her band, Carlyle Watt and the Skillet Lickers, at 9 p.m. Friday at Duggan's Waterfront Pub. Catch them at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Downeast Saloon, too. See story, page 10.

BEST DUCKTAIL BET: Get into your rockabilly groove with a flashback to the '50s for Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic's Rockabilly Ball. The grand affair features live music by performers from Mad Myrna's, retro cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, and an art and kitsch auction. Tickets are $25 advance and $30 at the door, on sale at KBFPC and Two Sisters Bakery.