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Story last updated at 3:15 PM on Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Homer's Best Bets

In yet another sure sign of the season, last week the Betsteroid came home to discover the fuel tank had run dry — on a Friday night, of course. Native Alaskans call the cycle of the seasons "always getting ready." The Betsteroid wasn't. Fortunately, we Alaskans have a plan B. That's what the wood stove is for.


Photo by Michael Armstrong

End of the Road A Yamaha four-wheeler rusts away on the Diamond Creek beach. A Ford truck also had been abandoned nearby.

The good news was that at Chez Betster we nursed 300 gallons of fuel and made it last since the previous fill-up in November 2010. The bad news is that a fill-up pretty much shot an Alaska Permanent Fund dividend. There's sweet irony in getting your share of state petrodollars and then putting it right back into the oil business. Maybe we could cut out the middle man and give every Alaskan 300 free gallons of fuel a year. It would probably even out.

These marvelous sunny days sucker us into thinking winter will be delayed another few weeks. Yeah, yeah, we wake up to frost on the windshield. By mid-afternoon you can almost wear a T-shirt it has warmed up so much. Frost? What frost? The full moon we've had this week ought to be called The Moon of Denial.

It's a time of long beach walks, one last game of tennis and leaf peeping tours, even if we have to settle for fireweed red instead of maple trees. Chores? What chores? Rolling up the garden hose, picking up the yard and stacking the firewood can wait. Save the heavy lifting for when it's cold and you need the work to warm up. If the snow falls, heck, all that stuff will still be there in the spring — as long as you don't need it.

Warm days, chilly nights: It's the perfect combination. You can get outside and enjoy nature and then snuggle up with your sweetheart. There's still plenty to do, too, like some of these Best Bets:

BEST SIPPING GAS BET: Speaking of fuel economy, want to learn how to cut your powerboat bills? Check out the free talk, "Saving Fuel on Your Recreational or Charter Boat," at 6:30 p.m. today at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center.

BEST DOWN HOME BLUEGRASS BET: Maybe you should call it Bluejoint Grass, like our local variety. George Holly and the Ts'edahtnu band perform what he calls "Native bluegrass," a mixture of the Athabascan with the Appalachian. The Kenai musician has entertained us lots of times before, and he's back at 7 p.m. Friday with a gallery concert at the Homer Council on the Arts. Admission is $5 youth, $10 HCOA members and $15 general admission.

BEST BOOKS BET: What books have changed our lives and influenced us? That's the topic at 7 p.m. Friday at the Kachemak Bay Campus when local writers Rich Chiappone, Erin Hollowell, Nancy Lord, Tom Kizzia and Miranda Weiss speak. Share your own ideas for the Alaska Book Week event.

BEST THIS OLD THING BET: Picked up some fossils on the beach? Don't know what the weird thing is you inherited from Uncle Harry? Bring your ancient treasures from noon-3 p.m. to the Pratt Museum for National Fossil Day. Local experts will help you figure out what you have.