Story last updated at 1:20 p.m. Thursday, November 14, 2002

Homer's best bets
Did ya notice that with the end of the election's Sturm und Drang the weather cleared? Coincidence? The Betster doesn't think so. To celebrate the sunshine, a bunch of the Snewsies here committed home improvement on our humble domiciles last weekend. We got our leaks fixed, our wood laid up and our cabins skirted, you betcha. Just as the Betster nailed up the last soffit board on the Betster manse, dang if it didn't start snowing. So it wasn't a lot, but with ice on the lakes and frost on the pushkis, it feels like winter, finally. The holiday bazaars start this week, and soon enough we'll be neck deep in the charm of the season. Not quite yet, though, so take advantage of the calm before the next storm to get out and about.

BEST FORWARD INTO THE FUTURE BET: H.G. Wells wrote, "We were so busy creating the future that hardly anyone thought about what future we were creating. And here it is!"

Tonight from 7-9 p.m., Vessels of Hope sponsors some future-thinking with "The Crystal Ball Project," a look at what kind of Homer we want to live in come 2025, at the Community Resource Center, 182 E. Pioneer Ave.

BEST FORWARD INTO THE PAST BET: Main Street Mercantile and NOMAR sponsor the monthly Homer Chamber of Commerce mixer from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday. Chamber mixers are always a good time: tasty refreshments, fun door prizes and maybe a little networking. The Merc' also presents a "Mug Up" with storytelling from 2-4 p.m. Saturday by the old pot-bellied stove. This week, Margaret Pate talks about life in Homer back in the ol' days when Pioneer Avenue was just a dirt road (yeah, yeah, that is so 20th century).

BEST SO LONG AND THANKS FOR ALL THE SERVICE BET: Like many Alaskans, the USCGC Sedge is going to retire to someplace warm. She's served the United States well through World War II and long service in the North Pacific. Next year, the Sedge will be formally transferred to the Nigerian Navy and new service off the coast of Africa. This Friday there will be a formal decommissioning ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Pioneer Dock. So head out to the Spit and say farewell to a longtime landmark and a good ship.

BEST IT'S NEVER TOO EARLY TO SHOP BET: You have to hand it to Homer's nonprofit organizations. Rather than hold a bazaar here, a craft fair there, spread out over the holiday season, Homer's community organizations get together in one place and hold an annual Nonprofit Community Christmas Bazaar. Neat. Efficient. Practical. This year's 27th annual bazaar is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the Homer Middle School multipurpose room. Every purchase benefits some good cause, and there will be games, crafts and food.

BEST DON'T MESS WITH GENGHIS BET: At first listen, Tuva throat singing sounds a bit like a pond full of bullfrogs croaking away the night. You don't want to tell a Tuvan that, though -- the people of the tiny republic north of Mongolia are the descendants of Genghis Khan. Once you get past the oddity of people singing through their throats, Tuvan music hits you like Inupiaq drumming, right in your heart and reverberating up your soul. Huun-Huur-Tu performs at 7 p.m. Monday at the Mariner Theatre. Tickets are $20 general and $18 for KBBI or Bunnell Street Gallery members. They are on sale at the gallery and Solstice Music.

BEST READY TO RUMBLE SPORTS BET: No, we're not talking Sharks and Jets here, but the Homer High School wrestling team's Round Robin Rumble. The meet starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at the gym.