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Story last updated at 6:24 PM on Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Homer's best Bets


Photographer: McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News

Hooking halibut from the Hickory Crew of the CGC Hickory, along with family and friends, line up at the rail of the ship and try to hook into some Cook Inlet halibut as part of a ship-board celebration of Coast Guard Day on Aug. 4.

Everywhere you went last weekend in Homer, the topic of conversation wasn't "Hey, how about that US Congress!" but "Did ya notice how much it feels like fall?" At least, that's what the Betster thought people kept saying. At the phrase "feels like fall" the Betster stuck fingers in ears and said, "La de da. I can't hear you."

Sure, last Friday while pondering what men wore under their kilts at the Homer Highland Games, the Betster noticed a tad chill in the air. That might have come from the 97-knot breeze blowing in off Kachemak Bay. Or, it could have been from the moist sunshine falling upon bright tents seasoned highland gamers had put up that morning, even though one optimistic lad said, "Heck, it's only a 75 percent chance of rain." Maybe it was the cold shock of discovering that at the highland games, athletes wear underwear under their kilts. Think about it. You try spinning around in the Braemar stone throw and worrying about sharing a little too much information. Some days a lad — and lassie — has to wear undies.

That the sun now sets before 11 p.m. and ever increasing signs of fall loom, the Betster conveniently ignores. Go to bed before 11 p.m. Don't look at the fireweed. Pay no attention to the school shopping list in this week's Homer News. The Mariners practice football so soon to try to get the edge over the Kardinals. Football can't be happening now. That's crazy talk.

Nope, as near as the Betster can tell, it's still summer, and it's going to be summer, dang it, until the Salty Dawg closes and the last sheet of plywood gets hammered up on the Spit. It cannot possibly be fall yet because fall means rain and cold weather. Besides, the Betster did get the greenhouse painted, so there.

Nope, jack-up rigs may motor into the bay, the Dow might drop 600 points, financial advisers might lower American bond ratings and the U.S. Congress might show the leadership skills of a middle school student council president, but summer remains. Summer endures. Summer survives. Doubt that? How could it be otherwise, when once again we have a jam packed week with stuff to do, like some of these Best Bets:

BEST BIG ACTS BET: The two one-act plays opening today at Pier One Theatre might be short, but the talent is huge. Playwrights Nancy Chastain and Kate Rich have been hammering out their craft for years and now they're ready for a full production. Not only that, but they've dipped into the KBBI newsroom for actors with Marsha Lynn and Aaron Selbig. Chastain's "The Answer" and Rich's "Flip" both deal with huge themes and feature tight ensembles. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. today through Sunday. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for Raven's Club and $5 for youth under age 21; call 235-7333 for reservations.

BEST BIG FISH BET: Confused about the feds' halibut catch sharing plan? Want to understand how it could work? Get the skinny from some of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries officials at an informational meeting at 7 p.m. Friday at Land's End Resort. The Homer Chamber of Commerce sponsors.

BEST BIG RUN BET: Sure, the Spit Run is the highlight of the summer running season, but the Breast Cancer Run has a lot of heart. That's how we want to see the Big C, too — running away from frequent screenings, early diagnosis, better treatment and community support. Help raise funds for local screening programs in the race starting with registration at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at Bishop's Beach. Register early at the Kachemak Bay Family Clinic or visit www.kbfpc.org.

BEST BIG WORLD BET: The Carl Wynn Nature Center, Center for Coastal Studies, the Pratt Museum, Kachemak Bay Research Reserve and the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center have been running way cool guided walks, talks and tours all summer. Before the season slips away, catch some of the programs. See Calendar, page 21, for details.

BEST BIG IDEAS BET: With Mayor David Carey not running for re-election, the Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor's race is wide open. We're a big borough and we'll need some big ideas on how to keep providing services in times of tight budgets. Listen to what the candidates have to say in a Mayoral Candidate Forum at noon next Wednesday at the Best Western Bidarka Inn. The Kachemak Bay Realtors sponsors the event. All are welcome, but make reservations for lunch by calling the Bidarka Inn at 235-8148.