I had the realization driving home today that Homer’s just the right size to me. It’s not too big, like our Minneapolis home was. It’s not too small like plenty of rural America communities, or Alaskan bush towns. It’s smack dab in the middle.
Homer has 100% of what we need, and 90% of what we want. Anything that isn’t available here is available in either Kenai/Soldotna, or worst-case in Anchorage. And what’s in town, we have at least two options for everything. If I need hardware we have Ulmer’s Ace Hardware, Kachemak Gear Shed (now Redden Marine Supply), and SBS. If we need groceries we can pick from Safeway, Save-U-More, and Kachemak Wholesale. Auto Parts? NAPA, O’Reilly and CarQuest. Coffee? We have plenty of that. Pizza? Finn’s, Fat Olives, and Starvin’ Marvin’s. Need to refill your grill’s propane tank? Essential One, Home Run Oil, and UHaul. Need a big propane tank refilled? Suburban Propane or AmeriGas. In need of some new reading material? Homer Bookstore, Old Inlet Bookshop, and Observance of Hermits will all get you flipping pages again in no time. Realtors? Story Real Estate, Coastal Real Estate, Alderfer Group, and on and on. You get the point. Mechanics, plumbers, electricians, carpenters – we have plenty of those. Churches and bars – one for every citizen, just like Wisconsin.