Story last updated at 1:56 p.m. Thursday, November 28, 2002

The Betster was strolling along Bishop's Beach earlier this week (along with what seemed like the whole town), and up in the sky appeared a weird alien object, kind of a big, hot glowy thing. Ah, as those warm rays beamed down on the Betster's face, all the stress and worry of the past disasters faded away. It made me think of Friedrich Nietzsche's classic maxim: "Was mich nicht umbringt, macht mich staerker," loosely translated as "That which does not kill me makes me stronger." (Or "stranger," as one of the Betster's college buddies used to say.) The Betster sure feels like one tough sourdough after this past month and hopes you do, too. November, schvember, let's devour a turkey and give thanks that after storms, floods and an earthquake, we Homernoids pulled through and pulled each other through one more time. Sunday starts a new week and a new month, none too soon, I say.

BEST TIPTOE THROUGH THE TURKEY BET: Friends, family, feast: that's all you need. The Betster plans to sleep in, then get together with The Betster Significant Other and some good friends, load up on that sleep-inducing essential amino acid found in turkey meat and dream the night away.

BEST STUFFED SOCKS BET: The Pratt holds a Stocking Stuffer party from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the museum. Admission to the museum is free, and there will be plenty of cool things on sale: graham cracker houses, sugar cookie decorating, children's art activities, door prizes, live holiday music and SANTA!

BEST PENULTIMATE CRAFT SALE BET: If you can't wait to get started on your shopping, check out the Holiday Art Sale 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Annette Bellamy's studio, with guest artists Alex Combs, Cynthia Morelli and Lisa Wood. To get to the sale, turn onto East Hill Road and at the top of Skyline Drive, turn right. Travel 7/8 of a mile and turn right on Scenic Place. The home is the first right driveway. Call 235-6643 or 296-2226.

BEST PUT THE PUBLIC BACK IN RADIO BET: Some people say it's a jihad, others say the KBBI board elections could be the start of some long-needed reforms. The drama starts at 7 p.m. Monday with KBBI's Annual Membership Meeting at the Council Chambers, Homer City Hall, but really, it's a celebration of the best dang little public radio station in Alaska.

BEST HEAD TO THE HILLS BET: The rumor is that there might just be a little snow up on Ohlson Mountain. Kachemak Ski Club and Ohlson Mountain Rope Tow holds a general meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at Kachemak Community Center. Call the ski hotline at 235-SNOW for more information.

BEST DIAL 790 FOR DRAMA BET: The Friends of the Homer Public Library start their Dewey Event series (as in the Dewey Decimal System) with a dramatic reading of Shirley Timmreck's "The White Dove," starting at 7 p.m. Saturday at Bunnell Street Gallery. A fund-raiser for the New Library capital campaign, the play tells the story of Isabelle Romee d'Arc, Joan's mama. The event includes a discussion of the play with champagne and dessert to follow. Tickets are $25 at the Homer Bookstore, the library or at the door.