Story last updated at 12:22 p.m. Friday, September 6, 2002

Homer's Best Bets
You all may have already figured out that the Betster is philosophically minded and prone to musing on everything from the sublime to the slime line. So as folks commence looking back at the horrifying events of last year and looking forward to what kind of foreign policy our country might adopt in the future, the Betmeister would like to remind everyone that fall is one of the best times to reflect on those things that are beyond the scope of political events and human tragedy. Fall brings the most spectacular hues to our landscape, a phenomenal crispness and quiet to a sunny day and a return of stars and mind-blowing aurora activity. So be sure to drink it all in and while you're at it take a gander at some more opportunities to find a smile:

BEST GET YOUR BOOGIE ON BET: The Betster would just like to get the whole world dancing. We can make a good start in our little corner of the world as the Danny Godinez Band returns to Homer to play a benefit concert for the Cook Inlet Keeper at Alice's Champagne Palace Saturday at 10 p.m. Godinez, who has been a crowd-pleaser at Alice's on a couple of other occasions, brings his hip vocal stylings back for another round.

BEST REQUIEM REFLECTION BET: If anything can help us heal the wounds of Sept. 11, it's music, and this Wednesday, at 8:46 a.m., singers and musicians will gather at the Homer High School to sing Mozart's Requiem in honor of the lives lost in the tragedy a year before. The performance is part of a world-wide movement to sing the musical masterpiece continuously for 24 hours beginning at 8:46 a.m., the moment the first plane collided with a tower in New York City. For more on this event, check out Page 10.

BEST DIVE INTO THE DEEP END BET: The Homer High School swim team will open their season with the two-day Homer Invitational meet and the Betmeister will be the first don the water wings and jump on the Mariners' chlorinated bandwagon. The action gets underway with diving on Friday at 4 p.m., followed at 10 a.m. Saturday by the swimming events.

BEST FALL INTO ART BET: If the Betmeister were to single out any one show, there might be a riot among the many talented artists who will be unveiling work this Friday. So suffice to say the process of promoting First Friday as a Homer happening is an all or nothing proposition. The answer is simple of course: art is not created in a vacuum and should therefore not be viewed in a vacuum (or in any other appliance for that matter). It's best to become a part of the dialogue that is art and check out what everyone is up to. Check out Page 18 for the details.

BEST WHAT DOES THAT MEAN BET: What is "post modern mentalsmithing" anyway? There is only one way to get to the bottom of this mystery and that is to attend Susan Kingsley's workshop in this little known form of psychic alchemy at the Homer branch of the University of Alaska Anchorage Saturday and Sunday. The Betster guesses you should come prepared to have your mental faculties put to the anvil of creativity.

BEST KEEP THE STREAK ALIVE BET: The Homer High School football team has shut out its last two opponents to the tune of 104-0. Come out and see if the 3-1 Mariners can keep their defensive streak going against cross-Peninsula rival Seward. Kickoff is at 3 p.m. on Saturday.