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Story last updated at 6:11 PM on Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Homer's best bets


Photo by Michael Armstrong

And the crops keep coming in Linda Smogor waits on a customer at her booth at a recent Homer Farmers' Market. Smogor, also a photographer, sells basil, cotton grass and rhubarb. For more on the market, see Kyra Wagner's column, page 1 in Real Estate and Business.

The Republican Party leadership and President Obama have deadlocked on raising the debt limit. British newspaper publishers are squirming over scandals. Crowds mob the U.S. and French embassies in Syria. The space shuttle is on its final mission. Meanwhile, most of us try to stretch our measly paychecks and hope the price of gas keeps sliding backward.

On the other hand, it's summer.

Unlike last year, where summer came disguised as a big sloppy wet mess, this year we're having a decent summer. Here's how you can gauge a good summer. If you're working indoors, how many times a week do you look out the window, lose your train of thought, imagine yourself fishing, just sitting on the beach, watching the waves lap at the shore and ...

Where was I? Oh yeah. If you do that at least every day, it's a good summer. For you poor schmoes who have to work outside pitching fish, running boats and enduring the awful elements, if you actually have bought a tube of sunscreen, yup, it's a good summer.

Here's the trick, oh you poor desk drones. Figure out how to get out of the office. Last week we offered you some tips. Get creative. Tap into your inner teen slacker and remember all those excuses you made for skipping school.

We're into the summer zone, where it feels like sunny days could go on forever. Let's all swim in the River Denial and pretend it will. Enjoy the world with these Best Bets:

BEST GET PHILOSOPHICAL BET: Homer's youth can always be counted on to amaze us. It's always so dang cool to see what they do — like Erin and Kelly Cline. They grew up here, went off to college and got their doctorates. At 7 p.m. today at Homer United Methodist Church, Erin Cline, an assistant professor of comparative ethics at Georgetown University, speaks on "The Contemporary Relevance of Confucianism." Kelly speaks on Mayan astronomy next week at 7 p.m. July 21 at the church.

BEST HE WHO SHALL NOT BE NAMED BET: If you've read all the Harry Potter books, you know how it's going to end. The movie series finally finishes with the premiere Friday of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2" at 12:01 a.m. at the Homer Theatre. Forget where Part 1 left off? Refresh your memory with a special free showing at 7 p.m. today at the theater.

BEST GET LUCKY BET: The Betster doesn't want to get your hopes up and advise seeing "Little Shop of Horrors" at Pier One Theatre on the Spit. The musical is so popular it's sold out through the final weekend. However, if you really want to go, take a picnic supper and hang out at the box office an hour before show time. Get on the list, and first-come, first-served, you might get in if someone with a ticket doesn't show up.

BEST FEET DO YOUR STUFF BET: After you do the Saturday Farmers' Market in the morning, head over to Hazel Avenue by the library for more cool local crafts and music at the annual Homer Council on the Arts Street Faire. The faire runs 10 a.m.-6 p.m. See story, page 6, for details. Park on Waddell Street next to the post office.

BEST GO EAST BET: Want to get a taste of old-time homestead life? Head out to the Kilcher family homestead on Kilcher Road off East End Road for the Sixth Annual Homestead Games. There will be games, entertainment and food and maybe a Kilcher or two around to talk about living close to the land. The games run 2-6 p.m. Saturday.

BEST DRIVE, BABY, DRIVE BET: What better way to spend a day outdoors than a round of golf that's a fundraiser for Hospice of Homer, Homer Food Pantry and community scholarships? The Kachemak Classic starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Fireweed Meadows Golf Course in Anchor Point. Registration is 8:15-9:30 a.m. See story, page 9.