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Story last updated at 4:41 PM on Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Homer's Best Bets


Photographer: Michael Armstrong, Homer News

Working the late shift Chase Newborough, Heather King and Lacey Donaldson play at the Salty Dawg on the Homer Spit last Saturday with other members of the Crow Creek Pipes and Drums. The musicians performed an impromptu concert at the Dawg after playing at the Kachemak Bay Scottish Club Highland Games.

"Prepare for anything; expect nothing," goes the old samurai saying, which is about how the Betster feels about Friday the 13th. The Betster, being a rational human being not swayed by silly superstition, believes that Fridays that happen to be the 13th are nothing special. Nope, not at all. On the other hand, the Betster is a cautious soul who believes in wearing seatbelts and PFDs and keeping a reasonable distance behind the car in front.

So if a day comes along alleged to be highly unlucky, well, prepare for anything. Think of it as a reminder to be just a tad extra cautious. Lots of people will be on the road this weekend what with warm weather, midsummer action and a gazilion reds running up the Kenai River. Dipnetting! Combat fishing! Full-body contact camping!

We've had enough tragedy this summer, so let's hope our friggatriskaidekaphobia is only paranoia. If something bad happens, you can count on our public safety pros to do the job — OK, unless you live in Scranton, Pa., where the mayor there has decided to cut the salaries of everyone, including himself, to the minimum wage. Genius! Because you know firefighters just love to run into burning buildings when for the same amount of money they could be saying, "You want fries with that?"

The Betster finds it reassuring that Clan Firefighter, the guys who competed in the Highland Games wearing snappy firefighter tartan kilts, can hurl big stones and logs around. Yup. Those are the firefighters you want on your team. Let's be careful out there, citizens. Enjoy life cautiously, perhaps with these Best Bets:

BEST BRAINS BET: What happens when zombies come to town? OK, that's only a fictional horror story, but just in case, why not pick up some pointers at the Zombie Survival: Camouflage Workshop from 1-3 p.m. Friday. It's part of the Homer Summer Reading Program teen events at the Homer Public Library. Brenda Romanko teaches face painting techniques to hide your identity in the event of a zombie attack.

BEST RUN AWAY BET: Everyone knows zombies can't run for beans, so sharpen those running skills with the Haven House Fun Run Fundraiser. Run or walk a short course. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and the race starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Kachemak Community Center. See havenhousealaska.org for more details.

BEST LONG WAY HOME BET: Did you ever live or work on Adak? Are you proud to call yourself an Adakian? Join a reunion potluck at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Weber home if you're so honored. Call 235-5527 for details.

BEST BOGGY BIRD BET: Sure, lakes and bogs can be damp and full of skeeters, but birders also know that's where you find the cool birds. Explore the soggy zone at Eagle Lake and Jaeger Bog with the Second Saturday birding trip at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. The Kachemak Bay Birders sponsor the event. Meet at the Homestead Restaurant for directions and to car pool. Uh, it goes without saying that you should wear rubber boots.

BEST BIG BASH BET: Wow! Thirty already? The Betster remembers when the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies was the China Poot Bay Society and just a little whippersnapper who hung out on Toby Tyler's gallery back porch. It's come a long way, with all sorts of cool activities running this summer. Celebrate its 30th anniversary from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at the center's headquarters on Smokey Bay Way.