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Story last updated at 3:47 PM on Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Homer's best bets

Arise, you worker drones, you 99 percenters. Hold your heads high, carpenters, fishermen, cops, firefighters, nurses, truck drivers, loggers, artists and all those who toil for the sake of a steady wage and maybe a good 401(k) pension plan. Hang up your tool belts, put away your nets, take off the scrubs and grab a cold one. Monday is your day.


Photo by Michael Armstrong

Flight test An immature bald eagle stretches its wings Tuesday night in a spruce tree across the street from the Homer U.S. Post Office on the Sterling Highway. Two other young eagles have begun to leave their nest in a nearby tree. A pair of adult eagles built the nest last spring and might be the same pair who had a nest last year by the stoplight.

That's right. While those fat-cat bosses dream up ways to crank more work out of you and outsource your jobs to China, you at least get a federally mandated holiday. Uh, that would be Labor Day, Betsteroids. You might even get lucky and get a paid day off.

Some say this is the end of summer. Spit rats who have been working 18/7 call it the end of 99 days of filleting halibut, folding hoodies and trying to be nice to tourists who ask, "Exactly where is sea level anyway?" It's all of the above, but really, Monday is our day.

Wait! You protest. How could it be Labor Day already? It's still August. The fireweed has barely bloomed. The silvers are still running. Kids have been in school but a week. Buh-buh-but, you say. Wasn't that election just Tuesday?

Live with it. You all know our calendar is warped and doesn't make sense, not even to the Roman geniuses who dreamed it up only to be invaded by big hairy men whose descendants would one day would wear short leather pants and funny hats. That's what you get for crafting a calendar with only one month that can be chopped up into an even four 7-day weeks. Labor Day is the first Monday of September. Sometimes September gets a good run before Labor Day comes along, and sometimes it doesn't even get started.

Here it is. Season over. Holiday on. We could have some more awesome sunny days like this week, but of course not. The weather forecast calls for "chance of rain," which in Homer terms means you can bet the slot machine will roll up three straight cherries.

Let it rain. Let it shine. Labor Day is the one holiday where you don't have to have a parade, don't have to buy a bunch of expensive gifts and don't have to go to any ceremonies. The worst thing you have to endure is pat speeches from politicians telling you how wonderful are the working schmoes of the world, even if the hardest job they ever had was running golf balls through the washer.

Rest. Relax. Sleep in. Barbecue some delicious wild salmon. Oh, and round out the weekend with some of these Best Bets:

BEST FORK IT OVER BET: Kids, sooner or later you'll be on your own. Don't want to subsist on ramen noodles and popcorn? Get some cooking tips with the Fork Club Cooking Class for Teens from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at the R.E.C. Room. Donna Maltz, the Fresh Sourdough Express founder, speaks on how to make yummy, healthy meals from local foods found in the People's Garden and at the Farmers' Market. Call 235-6736 to sign up.

BEST LAST CALL BET: Share some of those delicious dishes at the Final Fantastic Friday Community Potluck at 6 p.m. Friday at the Wynn Nature Center. Bring something you've harvested or made and are wild about sharing.

BEST MARINERATE 'EM BET: That's what you call it when a small town football team beats the big city boys 20-zip. Kards, you got Marinerated — that would be chopped up into tiny bits and soaked in a nice teriyaki sauce until tender. Can Homer continue the trend? Head north on Saturday when the Mariner Boys football team takes on Soldotna. The JV game starts at noon and varsity is at 3 p.m. at Soldotna.

BEST FIX IT UP BET: Here's the funny thing about work. When you do it for money day in and day out, it can be a drudge. When you do it with friends for a good cause, it can be a blast. Help out the city in its project to rebuild the Beluga Slough trail with work parties from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Meet at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center.

BEST LOTSA FOAM BET: That's what beach cleaners have been finding on Alaska coasts during tsunami debris cleanups. Lots of plastic foam. Learn about the first wave of tsunami debris during a brown bag lunch talk from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies. Marine debris dude Patrick Chandler shows photos and provides data on what he's seen and how Homer can respond.