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Grand Lake Bum 7-24-16

Can you believe we have nearly wiped out another month?  If you wanted to get in some July fun on the lake, this weekend is your last chance.  The past weekend seemed a little more like an August weekend. The weather was beautiful – and perfect for morning and evening outdoor fun.  In the afternoons, 100+ degrees is a little warmish for me.  Good time to relax with a cold adult beverage in a cool bar or boat cabin.  So…that’s what I did!

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With the Republican National Convention in our rear view mirror and the Democratic National Convention wrapping up Thursday night – it’s on to the main event. I’m guessing no one can produce a new fall television program that will be able to compete with the entertainment value of the commercials in the Presidential race. It happens once every four years.  The commercials are better than the TV shows. You can give that DVR a rest.

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Oh, speaking of recording TV shows, that reminds me…if you are still using a VCR, you need to take very good care of it. It was a good run.  It’s been 40 years since the first VHS tapes were rolled into production. Funai Electric in Japan is the last company in the world still making VCR units; and at the end of this month, they’re finished, too. The VCR is official dead next Monday.

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Closed circuit memo to Tanya Hopper and Larry Webster over in Jasper County Missouri: sorry you got arrested, but the next time you decide to steal a lawn mower, you’ll probably stand a better chance of getting by with it if you don’t attempt to ride it home naked. (One of my tacky friends commented that naked lawnmower riding in Oklahoma is called “foreplay.”)

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While we’re discussing “here’s-your-sign” behavior, here’s some advice for Martin Jayes of Leicester, England. Hanging out at the park with a buddy, shooting your laser into the cockpit of a police helicopter overhead is not a good hobby – especially if you already have 71 previous convictions on your record.  Make that 72 now.

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Ted Cruz made quite a spectacle of himself at Donald Trump’s Republican Presidential Coronation last week.  Poor Ted.  He got his letters mixed up. He meant to say “unite,” but it came out “untie.” Not to be outdone by the Cruz fiasco, the Democrats kicked off their national convention week by firing the Chairman of their organization. Heeeeere we go!

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I don’t have any idea who selected the music for the Republican National Convention last week, but I wonder if they still have a job.  What were they thinking? After Donald Trump finished his record-long nomination acceptance speech, the balloons fell from the ceiling as the public address system blared the Rolling Stones singing You Can’t Always Get What You Want. Nope. I did not make that up.

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GRAND LAKE TRAFFIC ALERT: If there are several cars behind you and none in front of you, you’re the problem.

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I happened to be traveling through an airport last week and when I had to empty everything out of my pockets at TSA I realized the change in my pocket was the biggest hassle in getting my stuff back together.  That made me wonder how many people just don’t mess with it.  Well – my curiosity is your source of knowledge.  Here’s the answer: in 2015 TSA collected $765,000 in loose change left behind in airport scanner trays. That probably doesn’t even count what they found behind the cushions in sofas.

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I thought I was bad, but I believe Mark Herron of Sunderland, England must hold the record.  His most recent arrest was the 448th time he has been arrested on alcohol related charges.  His lawyer admitted that his client has actually been in court more times than he has.

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The federal government finally shut down an international psychic group that was promoting a program to guarantee subscribers “winning lottery numbers.”  I guess the dumb smacks who bought into the scam had never wondered why psychics who know winning lottery numbers don’t just play those numbers themselves.  I guess, in a sense, the psychics actually did win a lottery of sorts. They pulled in $180 million from idiot subscribers before the feds shut them down.

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LEGAL ADVICE (from Josh Davis): When a judge asks for your address, it’s probably not a good idea to start of your reply with “www.”

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BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK: “Ban pre-shredded cheese.  Make American grate again.”

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BEST FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: Hey, it’s me, your Facebook friend from high school who never left our hometown & thinks Olive Garden is fancy.  Anyway, here’s a racist article….

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to Patricia Mitchell, Emily Smith, Justin Barrett, J.B. Robison, Kenny Smith, Kane Russell, Amy Regan, Kirk Woford, Cheryl Brecheisen, and Tammy Botts. Congratulations, too, to Shangri-La Golf Club, Resort & Marina. The Grand Lake Resort is this month’s cover story in Wisconsin-based Midwest Golfing Magazine.  I’d say the word is out.

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK:  Why is “abbreviated” such a long word? And is there an abbreviation for it?

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BEST EVENT OF THE WEEK: Cars for Critters indoor car show benefiting 2nd Chance Pet Rescue – 11-3Saturday at Grove Civic Center (good chance to have some fun and get out of the heat, too!)

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GRAND LAKE WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: On Monkey Island, Island Joe’s Kentena at Shangri-La Marina will have three big shows to wrap up another month this weekend. T-Bird will be live Friday night.Mason/Dixon takes over the IJK stage Saturday night, and Larry Bolton will be back to wrap up the weekendSunday afternoon.  Randy Lunsford performs most evenings at The Shebang in the Burlesque Room, and there is karaoke fun Friday & Saturday nights on the Shebang Balcony Bar. Big Shots will be open Friday & Saturday nights, as well, with great dance music. Just down Highway 125, Friday night is Karaoke Night at Monkey Island Pub, and there’s always great entertainment at Road Hog Saloon.

On South Grand Lake, Mark Barnham & The Honky Tonk Prophets will be on stage at Sharkys at Hammerhead Marina Friday night. Saturday night, Sharky’s patrons will hear from RPM with David Duval. Rocket Fisch will perform Friday night at Michelle’s Grand Lodge Bar & Grill in Ketchum, and Recommended Dose will performSaturday night.

In the Grove area, there are two nights of great music this weekend at J.R. Spanky’s (Highway 10 Northeast of Grove). The Bobby D Band will take the stage both Friday and Saturday nights.

Area casinos add great musical options this weekend, as well. SRV, a Stevie Ray Vaughn tribute band kicks off the weekend Thursday night at Downstream Casino’s Legends Sports Bar. Friday night is red dirt country night featuring the Aaron Woods Band, and Another Alibi rocks the weekend wrap-up Saturday night at Legends. Kenny Babbperforms both Friday and Saturday nights in the Lovers Leap Lounge at Downstream. At Buffalo Run Casino’s Trailer Park Bar & Grill, The Sex will be on stage both Friday and Saturday nights. At Bordertown Casino’s Lost Creek Saloon, there are free line dancing lessons every Wednesday night. This weekend, Exile-50 Years will provide theFriday night musical entertainment, followed by Heath Wright & The Hangmen Saturday night.  At Indigo Sky Casino, there is live entertainment in the Echo Bar, starting with Georgia Coast Thursday night. Heath Wright & The Hangmen perform Friday night and Dawn Cate & The Rhythm Kings take over Saturday. Big Smitty entertainsFriday night at Wyandotte Casino’s Club 60 West.  Saturday night, The Dropouts take the stage. If you’re looking for comedy, it’s at The Stables Casino in Miami. Darryl Knight will be on stage Friday & Saturday nights along with special guest H.D. Reeves.

The best spots to catch all your favorite sports action are the Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La, Island Joe’s at Shangri-La Marina, Monkey Island Pub, the Standing Room Only Bar at The Shebang, Road Hog Saloon, Pickles at the Lake in Langley, Hookers at Cherokee Yacht Club and J.R. Spanky’s northeast of Grove.

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: The Democratic National Convention should be entertaining – airing Monday-Thursdaynights on CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News. Tallulah will be available beginning Friday on NETFLIX. Madam Secretary airs Sunday night at 8:00 on CBS. Teen Choice will air live on Fox Sunday night at 7:00.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: Café Society, Bad Moms and Jason Bourne

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “If we allow politicians to succeed by scaring people, we don’t actually end up any safer. Fear doesn’t make us safer. It makes us weaker.” – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

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SAVE THE DATE: Friday, August 5 – YMCA BBQ benefitting Grove Public Schools (5:00-8:00) at Grove Civic Center. Saturday, August 6 – Boats, Bikes, Bikinis & BBQ at Arrowhead Yacht Club. Saturday, August 6 – YMCA Golf Tournament at Patricia Island Golf Club benefitting Grove Public Schools. Saturday, August 6 – Chicago in concert at Buffalo Run Casino. Saturday, August 6Hi-Fidelics live at Big Shots. Friday, August 19 – Mary Moore Charity Golf Classic at Shangri-La Golf Club. Friday-Saturday, August 12-13 – Shangri-La Men’s Golf Association Member-Guest Tournament. Saturday, August 13 – Woodstock on the Water 76th birthday celebration of the Pensacola Dam – bands at state park in Disney. Friday, August 19 – Mary Moore Charity Golf Classic at Shangri-La benefiting the Special Olympics programs at Home of Hope. Saturday, April 20 – Pajama Party at Monkey Island Pub.

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Professional golf moves from Canada to New Jersey this week for one of the biggest tournaments of the year – the PGA Championship featuring $10 million in prize money. Coverage begins at noon Thursday & Friday and at 10:00Saturday & Sunday mornings on TNT. CBS picks up coverage of the final two rounds at 1:00 Saturday & Sunday.

In the NASCAR world, folks are off to Pocono this weekend for the Pennsylvania 400. Coverage is on NBCSN beginning Sunday at 12:30.

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The weather outlook for the last weekend in July looks pretty darn good.  Hot, but not as hot as last weekend. Mostly clear skies, light winds, highs around 90, lows around 70. Sounds perfect. Be safe, stay cool, and have a great weekend – and be sure to buy a drink for the guy next to you.  It could be me. 

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Looking for places to go, things to do, services to use or property to buy in the Grand Lake area?  Here’s a starter kit listing of “open to the public” fun places to spend time at Grand Lake.

 

American Grill in Grove

Aquabar & Grill at The Landings Marina on Monkey Island (smoking on the deck)

Artichoke Restaurant & Bar in Langley

Balcony Bar at The Shebang (Smoking – open Friday & Saturday nights)

Big Shots on Monkey Island (smoking upstairs—open Friday & Saturday nights)

Bobbers Café north of Langley on Highway 82

Book ‘ems at South Wind Marina in Bernice

Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La on Monkey Island (smoking on the patios)

Buffalo Run Casino in Miami (smoking)

Café Italia on Monkey Island

Carlos Montez in Langley (smoking in bar)

Ceasar’s Place in Vinita and on Monkey Island

Chicken Coop in Langley

Clanton’s Café in Vinita

Cosby’s Catfish on Highway 28 in Eucha (East of Disney)

Docks Bar at Harbors View Marina

Downstream Casino in Quapaw (smoking)

Drake’s Restaurant in Grove

Frosty & Edna’s (west of the dam in Langley)

Gabby’s Place in downtown Grove

Goodfella’s Pizza (Cleora and Grove)

Grand Lake Casino, north of Grove on Highway 10 (smoking)

Grand Lodge in Ketchum (smoking)

High Winds Casino east of Miami (smoking)

Indigo Sky Casino west of Seneca, Mo. (smoking)

Iron Frog (Grove)

Island Joe's Kentena at Shangri-La Marina (smoking)

J.R. Spanky's on Highway 10 north of Grove (smoking)

Juan Montez Restaurant & Cantina at Red Arrow Marina

Karrie's Kaboose in Vinita (smoking)

La Casita de Martin in downtown Grove

Lakeside Bar & Grill in Grove at Sail Boat Bridge

Lighthouse Supper Club in Ketchum

Los Garcias in Langley

Lupe's Mexican Restaurant in Grove

Monkey Island Pub (Smoking)

Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill in Disney (smoking, etc.)

Morrows Landing in Raper Hollow

Nu Taste Restaurant in Grove

Okie Smokies Barbecue in Grove on Hwy 59 South

Book ‘ems Restaurant & Pub at South Wind Marina in Bernice

Pickles at the Lake in Langley

Quarterdeck Cafe at Tera Miranda Harbor (smoking on the deck)

Raggedy’s in Grove

Rancho Viejo in Grove

Riggs & Company in Langley

Road Hog Saloon at the entrance to Monkey Island (smoking...but not at lunch)

Rusty Anchor (next to the cliffs at Dripping Springs)

Scooters in Langley (smoking)

Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina (smoking)

Smokin’ Spur BBQ & Trading Post at Old Towne Plaza, Cleora

Sticky Fingers Barbecue in Ketchum

Stuffn’s Restaurant in Ketchum (Smoking on patio)

Summit Restaurant at Shangri-La on Monkey Island (smoking on the patio)

The Grill at Indian Hills Resort & Marina in Bernice

The Landings Marina (smoking on the deck)

The Landings Market and Grill on Monkey Island (smoking on the patio)

The Parrot at Honey Creek Landing in Grove (Smoking on the patio)

The Office on Monkey Island (smoking)

The Stables Casino in Miami (smoking)

The Shebang on Monkey Island (smoking on patio and Balcony Bar)

Ugly’s Grill & Bar, Thunder Bay Marina (smoking)

VIP Pizza at Hammerhead Marina (smoking on deck)

Water Side Bar & Grill in Grove

Waterway Café, Harbors View Marina (smoking on breakwater dining deck)

Wolf Creek Diner in Grove

Wyandotte Nation Casino at Twin Bridges (smoking)

Grand Lake Bum 6-17-16

We wrapped up another incredible weekend of fun on Grand Lake in the week gone by. Mother Nature had a little angry fit on Thursday, but by Friday the weather was perfect all weekend. The annual trek of Oklahoma legislators to Grand Lake for a retreat was great. The Legislative Golf Tournament at Shangri-La Friday, reception at Island Joe’s Friday evening, and a full-blown cook-out/funfest/dock party at the home of Dr. Doug and Drenda Cox was made even better by entertainment from Clint Walker.  Clint also entertained the legislative group at Cherokee Spur Ranch Thursday night, following their Grand Lake check-in and welcome lunch at Cherokee Yacht Club.  It’s always great when influential folks from all across the state come to find out firsthand what fun options there are at Grand Lake!  Hopefully, they’ll spread the word back home.

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Those who stayed for the Saturday fun at Aquapalooza certainly found out what Grand Lake fun is all about. I don’t have any idea how many hundreds of boats rafted up in Horse Creek for an afternoon of music and camaraderie on the water – but it was a BUNCH.  Congratulations to Michelle Prine and her crew at 360grandlake.com. They certainly know how to throw a party! I polished off the full day of partying with evening stops at Shebang’s Balcony Bar and Monkey Island Pub – and a quick stop to watch the dancing festivities at Big Shots before wrapping up a continuous 14 hours of fun on the deck at Island Joe’s with some great music.  One thing is certain: if you can’t find the fun at Grand Lake, it’s your own damn fault!

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I see where somebody in Indiana bought the $540 million Mega Millions lottery ticket I should have had.  Damn computer screw-ups!  I sure hope the winner doesn’t plan on pocketing that half a billion dollars.  In the first place, if they opt for the lump sum cash option, they only get $380 million.  They federal government snatches 25% off the top, so the pot is down to $285 million.  Plus, you’ll need to put $55 million back for the additional 14.6% the feds will want on income tax day (total 39.6% federal tax). That cuts the cash to $230 million. State taxes have to be paid, too, so the winner should get too excited about winning that $540 million.  When all is said & done, they’ll only put a little over $220 million in the bank.  Hardly seems worth the trouble of buying a ticket.

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Things that make you go “hmmmm.” In the designated protest area outside the Republican National Convention, all kinds of items were banned for security reasons.  Everything from water guns & toy pistols to rope and even tennis balls are prohibited. Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson admitted he was frustrated about an Ohio state law permitting open carry of loaded firearms, but said, in light of that law, there was nothing he could do to prohibit actual loaded firearms. So…toy guns are out. But real guns are in.

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With the Democratic National Convention coming up the Presidential General Election looks set. I saw a great combination of bumper stickers last week.  The first bumper sticker was a bold “Bernie – 2016” sticker.  Right next to it was a newer sticker that simply read “OK. Fine. Hillary, I guess.”

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We should take a lesson from England.  Theresa May is the new Prime Minister, if you haven’t heard.  From the entire start-to-finish of the campaign season, it took two weeks.  We can’t even seem to jam the process into two years!

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Even as the National political conventions fire up and dominate the news, Kevin Durant is still holding a spot in the news line-up.  Contributor Brian Mazique writes in Forbes Magazine that “Kevin Durant just made the Golden State Warriors the most-hated team in basketball.” He grants that the move was probably smart business for Durant, but says the result of a super-team that takes away a championship shot for almost every other team makes for dejected fans who will never welcome the Warriors with open arms on a rival court. “Durant has the right to work wherever he wants to, and it’s not fair to criticize him for making the best decision for him and his family,” Mazique writes, quickly adding, “but when is life ever fair?”

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When Carrie Underwood released the song, “Jesus Take the Wheel,” she probably assumed no one would take it literally. Well, except for that one woman in Mary Esther, Florida.  While she was driving down the street, she closed her eyes to pray, believing the prayer would keep her safe.  I don’t know, maybe it worked.  She wasn’t seriously injured, anyway…when she crashed into someone’s house. Shorter prayers might be a good thing.

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MSN Money analysts have compiled a list of the “largest company based in each state.”  Got a guess?  Everybody knows it’s Wal-Mart in Arkansas and Koch Industries in Kansas – but what about Oklahoma? It’s Oklahoma City-based Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores with revenue of $26.1 billion.  By the way, the largest companies in 40 states are publicly traded companies.  Only ten states have a privately held “largest company.”  Oklahoma is one of ‘em…and Love’s is it! We’re glad to have so many of the Love family members at Grand Lake, too!

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Grand Lakers have known it forever – but a new scientific study details how it is beneficial to be around water.  Here’s a portion of their conclusion: “Even simply observing the movement of water causes our minds to calm. This has numerous benefits for contributing to lowering depression, lowering stress levels, anxiety, and promotes better mental clarity and sleep patterns. When your brain is in this relaxed state, it is open more to inspired and creative thoughts. In essence, we are switching our brains off or giving it a rest from the norm causing a better mental environment for insight and introspection.” It is now scientifically official: it’s really good for you to be at the lake!

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to David Poindexter, Kent Jopling, Mike McCarville, Peggy Kiefer-Steed, Karla Bradley, Katie Miller, Karen Carr, Mike Rippey, Brandon Sharpe, Jack Kirkpatrick, Liz Poole, Dennis McCulla, Tim Carson, Randy Sullivan, Christina Riggs, Heather Lillard, Dick Lillard, Cola Crouse, Darlene Flegler, and Toni Stanley. Special congratulations to Karon Wheat of the Grove Playmakers Theatre. She has been named the 2016 recipient of the Oklahoma Community Theatre Association’s Bravo Award which recognizes outstanding volunteer service. Congrats also to former OU star and future NBA star Buddy Hield. He won ESPN’s Espy Award for Best College Male Athlete.

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK:  Why do “fat chance” and “slim chance” mean the same thing?

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BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: There’s a fun poker run Saturday to raise money for the Ketchum Backpack Program.  Start at Cedar Port Marina at 10:00, then to the ship stores at Cherokee and Arrowhead Yacht Clubs, then to Hammerhead.  Winners will be announced at Sharky’s at Hammerhead at 9:00 p.m. Sunday, the U.S. Kids Championship Tournament is at Shangri-La Golf Club.

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GRAND LAKE WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: On Monkey Island, Island Joe’s Kentena at Shangri-La Marina will have four big shows this weekend, starting Thursday night with Low Compatibility. The Jim Green Band will be live Friday night.Diversity takes over the IJK stage Saturday night, and Low Compatibility will be back to wrap up the weekend Sunday afternoon. Randy Lunsford performs most evenings at The Shebang in the Burlesque Room, and there is karaoke fun Friday & Saturday nights on the Shebang Balcony Bar. Big Shots will be open Friday & Saturday nights, as well, with great dance music. Just down Highway 125, Friday night is Karaoke Night at Monkey Island Pub, and there’s always great entertainment at Road Hog Saloon.

On South Grand Lake, there are a couple of options. Friday night The Barrett Lewis Trio will perform at Pickles at the Lake, just north of Langley; and Saturday night, Lickitty Split will be on stage at Sharkys at Hammerhead Marina.

In the Grove area, there are two nights of great music this weekend at J.R. Spanky’s (Highway 10 Northeast of Grove). Back Roadswill take the stage both Friday and Saturday nights.

Area casinos add great musical options this weekend, as well Orphan Annie is at Downstream Casino’s Legends Sports Bar bothFriday and Saturday nights, with Howard Gayles performing in the Lovers Leap Lounge both nights. At Buffalo Run Casino’s Trailer Park Bar & Grill, Dirty Saints will be on stage both Friday and Saturday nights. At Bordertown Casino’s Lost Creek Saloon, there are free line dancing lessons every Wednesday night. This weekend, Runnin’ on Empty will provide the Friday night musical entertainment, followed Thomas Martinez Saturday night.  At Indigo Sky Casino, there is live entertainment in the Echo Bar, starting with The Bobby D Band Thursday night. Dirt Road Daisies perform Friday night and The Rumor takes over Saturday. Kinsey Sadler entertains Friday night at Wyandotte Casino’s Club 60 West.  Saturday night, Lucas Gates takes the stage. If you’re looking for comedy, it’s at The Stables Casino in Miami. Darryl Rhoades will be on stage Friday & Saturday nights along with special guestTony Ybarra.

The best spots to catch all your favorite sports action are the Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La, Island Joe’s at Shangri-La Marina, Monkey Island Pub, the Standing Room Only Bar at The Shebang, Road Hog Saloon, Pickles at the Lake in Langley, Hookers at Cherokee Yacht Club and J.R. Spanky’s northeast of Grove.

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: Looking: The Movie premieres Saturday night at 9:00 on HBO.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: Ice Age: Collision Course and Star Trek Beyond

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: Thanks to my buddy Jim Anderson for sharing some sage advice: If someone starts preaching healthy, clean living to you…just reply with these four simple words: “Keith Richards is 70.”

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SAVE THE DATE: Friday, August 5 – YMCA BBQ benefitting Grove Public Schools (5:00-8:00) at Grove Civic Center. Saturday, August 6 – Boats, Bikes, Bikinis & BBQ at Arrowhead Yacht Club. Saturday, August 6 – YMCA Golf Tournament at Patricia Island Golf Club benefitting Grove Public Schools. Saturday, August 6 – Chicago in concert at Buffalo Run Casino. Friday, August 19 – Mary Moore Charity Golf Classic at Shangri-La Golf Club.

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Professional golf moves from Scotland to Canada this week for the RBC Canadian Open. Coverage begins Thursday & Friday at3:00 and Saturday & Sunday at noon on the Golf Channel.  CBS picks up coverage of the final two rounds at 2:00 Saturday &Sunday.

In the NASCAR world, folks are headed to Indianapolis for the race with the longest name of any of them so far this year…”Crown Royal Presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard.” Whew! Coverage is on NBCSN beginning Sunday at 2:00.

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Hot. Hot. Hot.  That’s the three day weekend weather forecast. Sunshine, light breeze and high temperatures pushing 100 degrees every day.  It looks like a little July preview of August this weekend. Be safe, stay cool, and have a great weekend – and be sure to buy a drink for the guy next to you.  It could be me. 

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Want more information on advertisers you see in the Grand Lake Bum?  No problem.  Just click on their ad and you will be connected to their web site.  If you would like to join the growing list of sponsors of The Grand Lake Bum e-blast and the Bum’s page on both and www.360grandlake.com, the cost is only $50 a week and the list of readers is growing.  E-mail or contact 360grandlake.com to sign up.

 

Looking for places to go, things to do, services to use or property to buy in the Grand Lake area?  Here’s a starter kit listing of “open to the public” fun places to spend time at Grand Lake.

 

American Grill in Grove

Aquabar & Grill at The Landings Marina on Monkey Island (smoking on the deck)

Artichoke Restaurant & Bar in Langley

Balcony Bar at The Shebang (Smoking – open Friday & Saturday nights)

Big Shots on Monkey Island (smoking upstairs—open Friday & Saturday nights)

Bobbers Café north of Langley on Highway 82

Book ‘ems at South Wind Marina in Bernice

Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La on Monkey Island (smoking on the patios)

Buffalo Run Casino in Miami (smoking)

Carlos Montez in Langley (smoking in bar)

Ceasar’s Place in Vinita and on Monkey Island

Chicken Coop in Langley

Clanton’s Café in Vinita

Cosby’s Catfish on Highway 28 in Eucha (East of Disney)

Docks Bar at Harbors View Marina

Downstream Casino in Quapaw (smoking)

Drake’s Restaurant in Grove

Frosty & Edna’s (west of the dam in Langley)

Gabby’s Place in downtown Grove

Goodfella’s Pizza (Cleora and Grove)

Grand Lake Casino, north of Grove on Highway 10 (smoking)

Grand Lodge in Ketchum (smoking)

High Winds Casino east of Miami (smoking)

Indigo Sky Casino west of Seneca, Mo. (smoking)

Iron Frog (Grove)

Island Joe's Kentena at Shangri-La Marina (smoking)

J.R. Spanky's on Highway 10 north of Grove (smoking)

Juan Montez Restaurant & Cantina at Red Arrow Marina

Karrie's Kaboose in Vinita (smoking)

La Casita de Martin in downtown Grove

Lakeside Bar & Grill in Grove at Sail Boat Bridge

Lighthouse Supper Club in Ketchum

Los Garcias in Langley

Lupe's Mexican Restaurant in Grove

Monkey Island Pub (Smoking)

Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill in Disney (smoking, etc.)

Morrows Landing in Raper Hollow

Nu Taste Restaurant in Grove

Okie Smokies Barbecue in Grove on Hwy 59 South

Book ‘ems Restaurant & Pub at South Wind Marina in Bernice

Pickles at the Lake in Langley

Quarterdeck Cafe at Tera Miranda Harbor (smoking on the deck)

Raggedy’s in Grove

Rancho Viejo in Grove

Riggs & Company in Langley

Road Hog Saloon at the entrance to Monkey Island (smoking...but not at lunch)

Rusty Anchor (next to the cliffs at Dripping Springs)

Scooters in Langley (smoking)

Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina (smoking)

Smokin’ Spur BBQ & Trading Post at Old Towne Plaza, Cleora

Sticky Fingers Barbecue in Ketchum

Stuffn’s Restaurant in Ketchum (Smoking on patio)

Summit Restaurant at Shangri-La on Monkey Island (smoking on the patio)

The Grill at Indian Hills Resort & Marina in Bernice

The Landings Marina (smoking on the deck)

The Landings Market and Grill on Monkey Island (smoking on the patio)

The Parrot at Honey Creek Landing in Grove (Smoking on the patio)

The Office on Monkey Island (smoking)

The Stables Casino in Miami (smoking)

The Shebang on Monkey Island (smoking on patio and Balcony Bar)

Ugly’s Grill & Bar, Thunder Bay Marina (smoking)

VIP Pizza at Hammerhead Marina (smoking on deck)

Water Side Bar & Grill in Grove

Waterway Café, Harbors View Marina (smoking on breakwater dining deck)

Wolf Creek Diner in Grove

Wyandotte Nation Casino at Twin Bridges (smoking)

Grand Lake Bum 7-10-16

What a great weekend on Grand Lake last weekend! The weather forecasters missed it again (by a mile) and we had not even a sprinkle while I joined 600 or so boatloads of my closest friends to watch amazing machines and pilots try to crack the 200 mph mark at the GLOC Performance Boat Shootout at Grand Lake.  What a terrific event – and a wonderful addition to Grand Lake’s many attractions.  Ken & Linda Little and their host of volunteers and sponsors are certainly to be congratulated.  In the second year of the event, it’s already the talk of the nation’s performance boat circuit.  Very nice!

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So..after three consecutive Grand Lake weekends of boat races of every imaginable size & style, it’s time to anchor, tie up to some neighbors, and float the day away while enjoying a few beverages and some great music.  It’s Aquapalooza time on Grand Lake. The boats will start jockeying for position about 10:00 on Saturday.  The music starts at 1:00.  Be safe, be courteous…and have fun at Grand Lake’s biggest raft-up of the year.  If you don’t know where you’re going, just follow the crowd into Horse Creek, right in front of Southwinds Marina.

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I see where somebody in Indiana bought the $540 million Mega Millions lottery ticket I should have had.  Damn computer screw-ups!  I sure hope the winner doesn’t plan on pocketing that half a billion dollars.  In the first place, if they opt for the lump sum cash option, they only get $380 million.  They federal government snatches 25% off the top, so the pot is down to $285 million.  Plus, you’ll need to put $55 million back for the additional 14.6% the feds will want on income tax day (total 39.6% federal tax). That cuts the cash to $230 million. State taxes have to be paid, too, so the winner should get too excited about winning that $540 million.  When all is said & done, they’ll only put a little over $220 million in the bank.  Hardly seems worth the trouble of buying a ticket.

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If you have friends, family (or yourself) serving a sentence for use, possession, or sale of marijuana, I’m sorry they didn’t move to Canada in time.  Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced last week that, in anticipation of the legalization of marijuana in Canada, he is granting a pardon to everyone convicted of a marijuana offense, major or minor.  I’m thinking we have met the future – and it’s just to the north.

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Get ready for the most fascinating prime time television (probably daytime television, too) of the entire season.  The Republican National Convention starts next Monday – and the Democratic National Convention is the following week. Name-calling, back-biting, violence, sex, drugs, rock’n roll, money, guns, and lawyers all rolled into a two week mini-series sub-titled “Formally naming the nominees we already picked.” For those addicted to politics, there’s no better television.  For those not addicted – just watch a little, shake your head, and look for some Law & Order reruns.

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In June, District Attorney Jerry Jones in Monroe, Louisiana, dropped drug and gun charges against college football players Cam Robinson and Hootie Jones (who play for University of Alabama but are from Monroe) --declaring that the “main reason” for his decision is that “I refuse to ruin the lives of two young men who have spent their adolescence and teenage years working and sweating, while we were all in the air conditioning.”  I can’t think of anything more bizarre to say about that other than the judge’s verbatim statement.

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FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: Exercise makes you look better naked.  So does tequila.  Your choice.

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to John Moore, Carol Fortner, Melody Casper, Carolyn Frans, Tevarhee Brackin, Pam Hart, Judy Florida, Joe Carter, Gary Gilstrap, Carolyn Cavins, Sharon Burnett, Bill Flegler, Rene Talley, and Erin Davis. Congratulations to the Oklahoma Sooners for their latest honor.  Following appearances in the College Football Playoffs and the Final Four, combined with national championships in softball and gymnastics, CBS Sports has named the University of Oklahoma “Best in College Sports.”

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK:  If an African elephant comes to America, is it an African-American elephant?

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BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: It’s Aquapalooza weekend (anchor near Southwind Marina) with two great bands, helicopter rides and an afternoon of raft-up fun. It’s  also Oklahoma Legislative Retreat Weekend at Grand Lake.  Legislators, staff, family & lobbyists will start Thursday at Arrowehead/Cherokee for lunch, then on to Cherokee Spur Ranch for tours, shooting, and dinner. Friday is the annual Legislative Golf Tournament at Shangri-La Golf Club along with a spouse’s luncheon at The Summit at Shangri-La and Parasailing out of Sail Grand at Shangri-La Marina.  A 5:00 p.m. reception at Island Joe’s will be followed by a cookout & concert at State Representative Doug Cox’s home in Woodard Hollow.

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GRAND LAKE WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: There’s plenty of live entertainment around the lake this weekend. On Monkey Island, Island Joe’s Kentena at Shangri-La Marina will have three big shows this weekend, starting with Too Mothers Leftperforming live Friday night. Boombox Revival takes over the IJK stage Saturday night, and Randy Lunsford wraps up the weekend entertaining on the Island Joe’s deck Sunday afternoon.  Randy Lunsford also performs most evenings at The Shebang in the Burlesque Room, and there is karaoke fun Friday & Saturday nights on the Shebang Balcony Bar. Big Shots will be open Friday& Saturday nights, as well, with great dance music. Just down Highway 125, Friday night is Karaoke Night at Monkey Island Pub, and there’s always great entertainment at Road Hog Saloon.

Clint Walker will entertain this weekend for attendees at the Legislative Weekend Retreat for Oklahoma lawmakers. He’ll performFriday night at Cherokee Spur Ranch and Saturday night in Woodard Hollow.

Saturday afternoon is Aquapalooza – the lake’s biggest raft-up event – in Horse Creek in front of Southwinds Marina. Live entertainment includes Jimmy Blythe and the Midnight Run Band and Damien Gun & the Bang Bangs.

On South Grand Lake, Cody Clinton starts the weekend Friday night at Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina, with the talented Kinsey Sadler taking over the Sharky’s stage Saturday night. Friday night is Karaoke Night at Pickles at the Lake, just north of Langley.Saturday night, Off Beat Road will perform at Pickles.

In the Grove area, there are two nights of great music this weekend at J.R. Spanky’s (Highway 10 Northeast of Grove). The bigHunk Show is Saturday night, ladies, with doors opening at 6:00 for the 7:30 show. Stonehorse will also provide great live musicSaturday night.

Area casinos add great musical options this weekend, as well, highlighted by a concert by The Band Perry Saturday night at Downstream Casino’s outdoor Venue. At Downstream’s Legends Sports Bar, Oreo Blue is in the spotlight Friday night, with Big Time Grain Company performing Saturday night. Kenny Babb will be performing in the Lovers Leap Lounge both Friday andSaturday evenings. At Buffalo Run Casino’s Trailer Park Bar & Grill, Bo Phillips will be on stage both Friday and Saturday nights. At Bordertown Casino’s Lost Creek Saloon, there are free line dancing lessons every Wednesday night. This week, it’s a “very Darrell weekend. Darrell Cole will provide the musical entertainment Friday night at Bordertown, followed Derryl Perry Saturdaynight.  At Indigo Sky Casino, there is live entertainment in the Echo Bar, starting with Rocked N Loaded Thursday night. Milton Patton performs Friday night and Diversity takes over Saturday. At Grand Lake Casino, Lickitty Split will entertain Saturday night. If comedy is your thing, it’s a double-header weekend at Loony Saloon at The Stables Casino. Jay Harris will be on stage Friday &Saturday nights along with Longhorn.

The best spots to catch all your favorite sports action are the Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La, Island Joe’s at Shangri-La Marina, Monkey Island Pub, the Standing Room Only Bar at The Shebang, Road Hog Saloon, Pickles at the Lake in Langley, Hookers at Cherokee Yacht Club and J.R. Spanky’s northeast of Grove.

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: The 2016 Espy Awards hosted by John Cena Wednesday night at 7:00 on ABC. Doc and Darryl is on ESPN Thursday night at 8:00. The season premiere of Ballers is Sunday night at 9:00 on HBO. Monday, July 18The Republican National Convention on most channels. Just ahead of their August 6 concert at Buffalo Run Casino, CBS Sunday Morning this week will include a special historic feature on the legendary group ChicagoSunday morning at 9:00 on CBS.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: Ghostbusters and The Infiltrator

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “The Democratic Party and the Republican Party can’t criticize (Kevin) Durant. They’ve already shown they don’t care who they team up with as long as they have a chance to win it all.” – Jimmie Tramel

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SAVE THE DATE: Friday, August 5 – YMCA BBQ benefitting Grove Public Schools (5:00-8:00) at Grove Civic Center. Saturday, August 6 – Boats, Bikes, Bikinis & BBQ at Arrowhead Yacht Club. Saturday, August 6 – YMCA Golf Tournament at Patricia Island Golf Club benefitting Grove Public Schools. Saturday, August 6 – Chicago in concert at Buffalo Run Casino. Friday, August 19 – Mary Moore Charity Golf Classic at Shangri-La Golf Club.

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In the professional sports world, golf is in the spotlight on two continents this week.  It’s time for the British Open – but you’ll have to be really dedicated to watch the live telecast beginning at 12:30 a.m. Thursday & Friday and 3:00 a.m. Saturday & Sunday on the Golf Channel. NBC has live coverage of the final two rounds beginning at 6:00 a.m. Saturday & Sunday. The Barbasol Championship being played in Alabama has a more civilized broadcast schedule: 4:00 p.m. Thursday & Friday and 2:00 p.m.Saturday & Sunday on the Golf Channel.

In the NASCAR world, the guys who drive with the pedal to the metal for 300 miles won’t get a prize.  It’ll take another mile. Coverage of the New Hampshire 301 is Sunday afternoon at 12:30 on NBCSN.

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I don’t know how we could plan a better weather forecast for the big Aquapalooza weekend. Sunshine with a south breeze and high temperatures in the upper 90s make for a pretty good raft-up setting. Be safe, and have a great weekend – and be sure to buy a drink for the guy next to you.  It could be me. 

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Looking for places to go, things to do, services to use or property to buy in the Grand Lake area?  Here’s a starter kit listing of “open to the public” fun places to spend time at Grand Lake.

 

American Grill in Grove

Aquabar & Grill at The Landings Marina on Monkey Island (smoking on the deck)

Artichoke Restaurant & Bar in Langley

Balcony Bar at The Shebang (Smoking – open Friday & Saturday nights)

Big Shots on Monkey Island (smoking upstairs—open Friday & Saturday nights)

Bobbers Café north of Langley on Highway 82

Book ‘ems at South Wind Marina in Bernice

Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La on Monkey Island (smoking on the patios)

Buffalo Run Casino in Miami (smoking)

Carlos Montez in Langley (smoking in bar)

Ceasar’s Place in Vinita and on Monkey Island

Chicken Coop in Langley

Clanton’s Café in Vinita

Cosby’s Catfish on Highway 28 in Eucha (East of Disney)

Docks Bar at Harbors View Marina

Downstream Casino in Quapaw (smoking)

Drake’s Restaurant in Grove

Frosty & Edna’s (west of the dam in Langley)

Gabby’s Place in downtown Grove

Goodfella’s Pizza (Cleora and Grove)

Grand Lake Casino, north of Grove on Highway 10 (smoking)

Grand Lodge in Ketchum (smoking)

High Winds Casino east of Miami (smoking)

Indigo Sky Casino west of Seneca, Mo. (smoking)

Iron Frog (Grove)

Island Joe's Kentena at Shangri-La Marina (smoking)

J.R. Spanky's on Highway 10 north of Grove (smoking)

Juan Montez Restaurant & Cantina at Red Arrow Marina

Karrie's Kaboose in Vinita (smoking)

La Casita de Martin in downtown Grove

Lakeside Bar & Grill in Grove at Sail Boat Bridge

Lighthouse Supper Club in Ketchum

Los Garcias in Langley

Lupe's Mexican Restaurant in Grove

Monkey Island Pub (Smoking)

Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill in Disney (smoking, etc.)

Morrows Landing in Raper Hollow

Nu Taste Restaurant in Grove

Okie Smokies Barbecue in Grove on Hwy 59 South

Book ‘ems Restaurant & Pub at South Wind Marina in Bernice

Pickles at the Lake in Langley

Quarterdeck Cafe at Tera Miranda Harbor (smoking on the deck)

Raggedy’s in Grove

Rancho Viejo in Grove

Riggs & Company in Langley

Road Hog Saloon at the entrance to Monkey Island (smoking...but not at lunch)

Rusty Anchor (next to the cliffs at Dripping Springs)

Scooters in Langley (smoking)

Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina (smoking)

Smokin’ Spur BBQ & Trading Post at Old Towne Plaza, Cleora

Sticky Fingers Barbecue in Ketchum

Stuffn’s Restaurant in Ketchum (Smoking on patio)

Summit Restaurant at Shangri-La on Monkey Island (smoking on the patio)

The Grill at Indian Hills Resort & Marina in Bernice

The Landings Marina (smoking on the deck)

The Landings Market and Grill on Monkey Island (smoking on the patio)

The Parrot at Honey Creek Landing in Grove (Smoking on the patio)

The Office on Monkey Island (smoking)

The Stables Casino in Miami (smoking)

The Shebang on Monkey Island (smoking on patio and Balcony Bar)

Ugly’s Grill & Bar, Thunder Bay Marina (smoking)

VIP Pizza at Hammerhead Marina (smoking on deck)

Water Side Bar & Grill in Grove

Waterway Café, Harbors View Marina (smoking on breakwater dining deck)

Wolf Creek Diner in Grove

Wyandotte Nation Casino at Twin Bridges (smoking)

Grand Lake Bum 7-3-16

Whew!  What a great holiday weekend, huh?  Parts of Sunday were a little damp but, for the most part, that just provided an opportunity to relax with a few adult beverages – okay, maybe a few too many adult beverages – but it’s all a celebration, right? Ya’ gotta do something to wait out the rain!

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My holiday weekend “Dumbass Award” goes to the guy I say in a bar Friday night, obviously intoxicated and insistent on driving his personal watercraft home about 10:00 p.m. Apparently not realizing it was illegal to drive a PWC after dark (aside from not realizing he was too far gone to drive it, anyway), he refused several offers from friends and fellow patrons to take him home.  That was foolish enough.  But when he refused an offer from the GRDA Police to give him a ride home, that put the icing on the cake.  They gave him a ride, anyway – but not home.  I’m pretty sure it is at least prima facie evidence that you’ve had too much to drink if you want to get into a fight with a guy wearing a gun and a badge.

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As we all get embroiled in the Presidential campaign politics, perhaps we should throw darts to see who wins.  That’s not exactly how they did it in Draguseni, Romania; but it may be how the voters decided which candidate to vote for in the mayor’s race.  There were three candidates named Vasile Cepoi. The winner was the incumbent mayor, Vasile Cepoi.  The second Vasile Cepoi got beaten – and the third Vasile Cepoi got beaten badly.  A fourth candidate who was not named Vasile Cepoi also lost.  I knew incumbents typically have an advantage, but I’m really curious how the vote counting worked in this one.  Maybe Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump should both change their names to Abe Lincoln or something. That should make it a fair fight.

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Several new laws took effect in Oklahoma over the holiday weekend.  The legislature always brags about not raising taxes.  What they mean, of course, is they don’t call them taxes. They call them fees.  Lots of important things will cost you more now.  For example, if you’ve been putting off filing for divorce it will now cost you $40 more than last week ($183). Sorry. I probably should have warned you earlier.

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In Orlando, Florida, where a fund has been set up for families of the 49 victims who were killed at the Pulse night club by a gunman using an AR-15 style weapon, those families were not amused by a raffle set up by an Illinois gun dealer to raise money for the fund. He was raffling off an…AR-15.  Too soon?

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I don’t want to get into a lot of disgusting detail about the poor guy I read about in Suriname, South America; but let’s just leave it at this: if you have items that have been put in place by utilizing genital piercing, don’t try to remove them with a razor blade.

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You could tell right quick that the couple who has had some marital problems is not from around here.  My first clue was then the wife asked the court for a $262 million to compensate for her 13 year marriage to Saudi billionaire Dr. Walid Juffali. The distraught wife is former super model Christina Estrada. Perhaps that explains why her court papers indicate she is willing to lower her lifestyle to only buying $1.3 million worth of clothes – every year. Bless her heart. I hope things work out for her. In case you’re feeling sorry for Dr. Juffali, by the way, Christina says she realizes it was legal under Saudi law for the good doctor to marry a pretty little twenty-something while he was still married to her.  But, it didn’t seem to set too well with Christina. She came up with 262 million reasons to bail.

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Nine-year-old Karissa Mitchell of Stillwater, N.Y. was born without a hand and wrist.  But now, the little girl who is fanatic about the movie “Frozen” because she identifies with Elsa who “knows what it’s like to be different.” But now, she’s thrilled to have a new prosthetic that sports snowflakes and features a blue Olaf light – a “Frozen-themed” arm and hand. Physics majors at Siena college in Albany, N.Y. designed and created the artificial arm using a 3D printer. (Still no word on whether Karissa is having trouble training her new hand to let things go.) C’mon.  Think about it!

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It’s just about time for the National Conventions for both major political parties.  I guess the gloves are off.  Trump fired up a new website called lyingcrookedhillary.com. It’s getting nasty out there – my favorite time of year.

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I’m curious. Why do liquor drinkers and beer drinkers get a full glass, but wine drinkers only get half a glass?

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TRAVEL TIP: “If you’d like to go somewhere where you’re not likely to run into many Republicans, try this year’s Republican National Convention.” (Thanks to Andy Borowitz)

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to Rod Wadel, Patsy Williams, Judy Phillips, Jack Doney, Arlita Raby, Brian Ruth, Terry Jones, Kerry Kimmons, Kelly Whitehead, Jaime Dobbins, Jon Wilson, Tami Wilson, Mike Aberle, Kelly Aberle, John McFerron, Bob Graper, and Kasidy Jeffers. Happy birthday, too, to Shangri-La. The club house, Summit Restaurant and Buffalo Bar opened five years ago July 11.

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK:  If your car says Dodge on the front of it, do you really need a horn?

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BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: It’s another boat racing weekend on Grand Lake, and the coming weekend is a real biggie!  It’s time for the 2016 GLOC Performance Boat Shootout. More than two dozen of the fastest boats anywhere will be running on the straightaway mile course just west of Sailboat Bridge and Lakeside Bar & Grill (south end of Sailboat Bridge).  Dock party Fridaynight at Lakeside. Shootout races Saturday 11-5 and Sunday 11-4.

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GRAND LAKE WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: There’s plenty of live entertainment around the lake this weekend. On Monkey Island, Island Joe’s Kentena at Shangri-La Marina will have three big shows this weekend, starting with T-Bird performing live Friday night. Diversity takes over the IJK stage Saturday night, and Low Compatibility wraps up the weekend entertaining on the Island Joe’s deck Sunday afternoon.  Randy Lunsford performs most evenings at The Shebang in the Burlesque Room, and there is karaoke fun Friday & Saturday nights on the Shebang Balcony Bar. Big Shots will be open Friday, Saturday & Sunday nights with great dance music. Just down Highway 125, Friday night is Karaoke Night at Monkey Island Pub, and there’s always great entertainment at Road Hog Saloon.

On South Grand Lake, Brent Giddens starts the weekend Friday night at Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina, with Empire taking over the Sharky’s stage Saturday night. Friday night is Karaoke Night at Pickles at the Lake, just north of Langley.

In the Grove area, there are two big parties associated with the GLOC Performance Boat Shootout at Lakeside (south end of Sailboat Bridge). Old Boots-New Dirt will perform for Friday night’s party, followed by Brett & Terri Saturday night. There are two nights of great music this weekend at J.R. Spanky’s (Highway 10 Northeast of Grove). Three Dollar Rocket kicks off the weekendFriday night, followed by Living Country Saturday night.

Area casinos add great musical options this weekend, as well. At Downstream Casino’s Legends Sports Bar, Ricky Fugitt is in the spotlight Friday night, with Dawn Cate & the Rhythm Kings performing Saturday night. Howard Gayles will be performing in the Lovers Leap Lounge both Friday and Saturday evenings. At Buffalo Run Casino, country music Legend Loretta Lynn will be on stage at the Indoor Peoria Showplace Friday night. Doors open at 8:00. At Buffalo Run’s Trailer Park Bar & Grill, The Sex will be on stage both Friday and Saturday nights. At Bordertown Casino’s Lost Creek Saloon, there are free line dancing lessons everyWednesday night. Eddie Valen will provide the musical entertainment Friday night at Bordertown, followed Southern GroundSaturday night.  At Indigo Sky Casino, there is live entertainment in the Echo Bar, starting with Walrus Thursday night. Southern Ground performs Friday night and Travis Kidd takes over Saturday. If comedy is your thing, it’s a great weekend at Loony Saloon at The Stables Casino. Nick Hoff will be on stage Friday & Saturday nights along with special guest Kevin Craft.

The best spots to catch all your favorite sports action are the Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La, Island Joe’s at Shangri-La Marina, Monkey Island Pub, the Standing Room Only Bar at The Shebang, Road Hog Saloon, Pickles at the Lake in Langley, Hookers at Cherokee Yacht Club and J.R. Spanky’s northeast of Grove.

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: The Night Of premieres Sunday night at 8:00 on HBO.  Mark your calendar so you don’t forget – next Wednesday, July 13, is the live presentation of The 2016 Espy Awards hosted by John Cena at 7:00 on ABC.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: The Secret Life of Pets and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “I find it ironic that the most dangerous thing about marijuana is getting caught with it.” – Bill Murray

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SAVE THE DATE: Friday, July 15 – Oklahoma Legislative Golf Tournament at Shangri-La Golf Club. Saturday, July 16 – Aquapalooza (anchor near Southwind Marina). Saturday, July 16Hunks, The Show at J.R. Spanky’s. Saturday, August 6 – Boats, Bikes, Bikinis & BBQ at Arrowhead Yacht Club. Friday, August 19 – Mary Moore Charity Golf Classic at Shangri-La Golf Club.

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In the sports world, tennis takes the world spotlight this week with daily coverage from Wimbledon. Coverage begins at 7:00Thursday morning (Women’s Semi-Finals) and Friday morning at 7:00 (Men’s Semi-Finals) on ESPN.  Saturday, live coverage of the Women’s Championship match begins at 8:00 a.m. (ESPN) with Encore coverage Saturday afternoon at 2:00 (ABC). The Men’s Championship is Sunday morning at 8:00 on ESPN, with Encore coverage Sunday afternoon at 2:00 on ABC.

There is no PGA Golf this weekend.  The Greenbrier Classic was originally schedules for this week, but has been canceled due to terrible flooding and flood damage at Greenbrier in West Virginia where the tournament was to be held.

The NASCAR boys are in Kentucky this weekend. Coverage of the Quaker State 400 begins at 6:30 Saturday night on NBCSN.

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The weekend weather looks just dandy!  We might have a shower or two late on Sunday, but we’ll have sunshine and temperatures in the upper 90s for the rest of the weekend. July in Oklahoma. Be safe, and have a great weekend – and be sure to buy a drink for the guy next to you.  It could be me. 

GRAND LAKE BUM

 

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Looking for places to go, things to do, services to use or property to buy in the Grand Lake area?  Here’s a starter kit listing of “open to the public” fun places to spend time at Grand Lake.

 

American Grill in Grove

Aquabar & Grill at The Landings Marina on Monkey Island (smoking on the deck)

Artichoke Restaurant & Bar in Langley

Balcony Bar at The Shebang (Smoking – open Friday & Saturday nights)

Big Shots on Monkey Island (smoking upstairs—open Friday & Saturday nights)

Bobbers Café north of Langley on Highway 82

Book ‘ems at South Wind Marina in Bernice

Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La on Monkey Island (smoking on the patios)

Buffalo Run Casino in Miami (smoking)

Carlos Montez in Langley (smoking in bar)

Ceasar’s Place in Vinita and on Monkey Island

Chicken Coop in Langley

Clanton’s Café in Vinita

Cosby’s Catfish on Highway 28 in Eucha (East of Disney)

Docks Bar at Harbors View Marina

Downstream Casino in Quapaw (smoking)

Drake’s Restaurant in Grove

Frosty & Edna’s (west of the dam in Langley)

Gabby’s Place in downtown Grove

Goodfella’s Pizza (Cleora and Grove)

Grand Lake Casino, north of Grove on Highway 10 (smoking)

Grand Lodge in Ketchum (smoking)

High Winds Casino east of Miami (smoking)

Indigo Sky Casino west of Seneca, Mo. (smoking)

Iron Frog (Grove)

Island Joe's Kentena at Shangri-La Marina (smoking)

J.R. Spanky's on Highway 10 north of Grove (smoking)

Juan Montez Restaurant & Cantina at Red Arrow Marina

Karrie's Kaboose in Vinita (smoking)

La Casita de Martin in downtown Grove

Lakeside Bar & Grill in Grove at Sail Boat Bridge

Lighthouse Supper Club in Ketchum

Los Garcias in Langley

Lupe's Mexican Restaurant in Grove

Monkey Island Pub (Smoking)

Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill in Disney (smoking, etc.)

Morrows Landing in Raper Hollow

Nu Taste Restaurant in Grove

Okie Smokies Barbecue in Grove on Hwy 59 South

Book ‘ems Restaurant & Pub at South Wind Marina in Bernice

Pickles at the Lake in Langley

Quarterdeck Cafe at Tera Miranda Harbor (smoking on the deck)

Raggedy’s in Grove

Rancho Viejo in Grove

Riggs & Company in Langley

Road Hog Saloon at the entrance to Monkey Island (smoking...but not at lunch)

Rusty Anchor (next to the cliffs at Dripping Springs)

Scooters in Langley (smoking)

Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina (smoking)

Smokin’ Spur BBQ & Trading Post at Old Towne Plaza, Cleora

Sticky Fingers Barbecue in Ketchum

Stuffn’s Restaurant in Ketchum (Smoking on patio)

Summit Restaurant at Shangri-La on Monkey Island (smoking on the patio)

The Grill at Indian Hills Resort & Marina in Bernice

The Landings Marina (smoking on the deck)

The Landings Market and Grill on Monkey Island (smoking on the patio)

The Parrot at Honey Creek Landing in Grove (Smoking on the patio)

The Office on Monkey Island (smoking)

The Stables Casino in Miami (smoking)

The Shebang on Monkey Island (smoking on patio and Balcony Bar)

Ugly’s Grill & Bar, Thunder Bay Marina (smoking)

VIP Pizza at Hammerhead Marina (smoking on deck)

Water Side Bar & Grill in Grove

Waterway Café, Harbors View Marina (smoking on breakwater dining deck)

Wolf Creek Diner in Grove

Wyandotte Nation Casino at Twin Bridges (smoking)

Grand Lake Bum 6-26-16

I had a great time over the pre-4th-of-July weekend.  I’ll tell you what, if the upcoming weekend is as crazy as the one just past, I don’t know if I’ll make it all the way.  Friday night, I got to go to the Henry Holderman Tribute Banquet, honoring the man who first had the vision of the Pensacola Dam and Grand Lake (although he didn’t live to see it happen). It was really a nice deal, held at the Wyandotte Casino Event Center. I thought I would never get out of there.  I bought a couple of drinks with dinner – then I couldn’t leave.  I had forgotten how much cheaper drinks are at a casino!

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Friday night’s casino party gave way to a magnificent Saturday on the water – and a night of karaoke that started at Shangri-La celebrating my pal Jason Morgan’s birthday – and didn’t end until the wee hours on the Balcony Bar at The Shebang!  Sundayafternoon restored by stability relaxing at Island Joe’s with the music of Low Compatibility.  After the weekend festivities, a couple of my buddies thought it was funny to suggest that I should join that band because they had determined that I, too, was infected with low compatibility.

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Well, foolish voters in Great Britain have certainly put the world on its ear, by voting to abandon all their allies in the European Union.  I don’t think anybody knew what was going on. Fox News even got confused about the vote, broadcasting that Great Britain had vote to get out of the United Nations.  (No, it’s not even close to the same thing.) Poor Donald Trump was in Scotland, announcing how great it was that Scotland had voted to “take their country back again.”  Oops.  He got beaten up pretty badly by Scot tweeters who pointed out that Scotland had voted overwhelmingly to remain in the UE. In fact, Google says the top two “Trending” questions from Great Britain after the election results were announced were “What does it mean to leave the EU?” and “What is the EU.” A lot of people figured out they should have studied the issues a little.  Two million people have already signed a petition asking for another vote. Just goes to show – uninformed voters had better be careful what they ask for.  They just might get it.

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Britain’s planned exit from the EU (“Brexit,” as they called it) has re-ignited crazies in Texas who revived their push to secede from the Union (“Texit,” they’re calling it now). That works for me.  We wouldn’t have to put up with all those Texas teams in the Big XII Conference – and Oklahoma could sure use all the federal highway money and military funding that is pumped into Texas.  It’s not legal to do, of course – and Texas wouldn’t last a week without federal funding, but it’s fun to laugh about.  Unbelievably, 250,000 people have signed a petition supporting “Texit.”  So, if you want the names of the 250,000 stupidest people in Texas…at least there’s a list now.

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What the hell is wrong with people?  In Dallas last week, motivational speaker Tony Robbins urged attendees to show their faith by walking across a bed of hot coals to “unleash the power within.” What could possible go wrong, right?  Well, they got burned, of course.  They were hot coals, for heaven’s sake. Fortunately, only five of them were hospitalized. I guess the old saying is true: “If you’re gonna be dumb, you’d better be tough.”

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It was worth a try, but DNA tests do not lie. Carlin Williams is not the son of the late superstar Prince, as he claimed. He will not inherit $300 million. He will, however, have to finish serving his 8-year term in Colorado for unlawfully transporting a weapon in a stolen vehicle. Some days things just don’t go your way.

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LEGAL TIP OF THE WEEK (from Josh Davis): When a cop asks you during a traffic stop, “how much have you had to drinktonight?” it’s probably not a good idea to tell him, “we’re still drinking.”

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Lord knows I love a good pun.  I saw a great sign this week, spotted by a little cove: “Frog parking only.  All others will be toad!”

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BEST SIGN (we need this at Grand Lake): “Welcome to North Carolina. When it’s hot, please dress for the body you have, not the body you want.”

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GRAND LAKE DINING UPDATE: Café Italia is now open on Monkey Island (former location of The Roadhouse). They’re open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week. Be patient with them.  They’re still waiting on their liquor license. Soon.

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to Erin Hall, Bobbie Owens, John Jameson, Lori Szabo, Mary Brewer, Janet Morton, Velma Mullen, Virginia Gibson, Marc Still, Dick Seybolt, Bob Beine, Valoyce Musgrove, Bill Kimball and, of course, the good ol’ United States of America! Congratulations are in order, too, for everyone who works so hard to make Grand Lake such a perfect spot for fun.  Last week, Bassmasters moved Grand Lake up on their Central Division list of “100 Best Bass Lakes in America.” We went from 13th to 8th on the “region’s best lakes” list. Only two other Oklahoma lakes were on the list – Lake Hudson (20) and Lake Texoma (23). The top lake on the list was Toledo Reservoir which straddles the Texas/Louisiana border.

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK:  Where did Webster look up definitions when he was writing the dictionary?

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BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: The Huckleberry Festival starts Thursday and runs through the weekend in Jay. The annual Independence Day Boat Parade will be Friday morning, beginning just east of Honey Creek Landing Marina. The parade route runs along both shorelines of Honey Creek; and Jana Jae’s Arts, Crafts, Music & Cajun Festival is Saturday at the Grove Civic Center (9:00-5:00). There’s plenty of fun Saturday at Grand Lake Regional Airport on Monkey Island – a car show, tandem skydiving, airplane thrill rides, jump stations for the kids – lots of family fun ahead of fireworks that night. If you’re looking for fireworks, by the way, here’s the lake area schedule: Friday in Vinita, Saturday on Monkey Island and at Disney, Sunday on Duck Creek and Wolf Creek, and Monday night in both Jay & Miami.

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GRAND LAKE WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: There’s plenty of live entertainment around the lake this weekend to wrap up another month. On Monkey Island, Island Joe’s Kentena at Shangri-La Marina will have four big shows this weekend, starting with D.J. Larry Bolton performing live Friday night. Jim Green brings his band to the stage Saturday night, and Diversity lights up the night Sunday night. Low Compatibility wraps up the weekend entertaining on the Island Joe’s deck Monday afternoon.  Randy Lunsford performs Thursday, Saturday & Sunday evenings at The Shebang this week in the Burlesque Room, Clint Walker will be in the Back Stage Room Friday night, and there is karaoke fun Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights on the Shebang Balcony Bar. Big Shots will be open Friday, Saturday & Sunday nights with great dance music provided by D.J. Sway. Just down Highway 125,Friday night is Karaoke Night at Monkey Island Pub (Pub will be closed Monday, July 4, BTW), and there’s always great entertainment at Road Hog Saloon.

On South Grand Lake, Reverse Reaction starts the weekend Friday night at Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina, with Wayne Garnertaking over the Sharky’s stage Saturday night.

In the Grove area, there are two nights of great D.J. music this weekend at J.R. Spanky’s (Highway 10 Northeast of Grove). There’s a full day of great music Saturday from 9:00-5:00 at Jana Jae’s big Cajun Festival and Arts & Crafts Show. Chris Miller & Bayou Roots will be putting on a great Cajun show, along with more live music from Clint Walker and, of course, Jana Jae!

Area casinos add great musical options this weekend, as well, including a giant Martina McBride concert Saturday night at The Venue at Downstream Casino (Pre-party at 4:00/concert at 7:00). At Buffalo Run Casino’s Trailer Park Bar & Grill, The Band DeLorean will be on stage both Friday and Saturday nights. At Bordertown Casino’s Lost Creek Saloon, there are free line dancing lessons every Wednesday night. Little Texas will provide the musical entertainment Friday night at Bordertown, followed Wesley Michael Hayes Saturday night.  At Indigo Sky Casino, there is live entertainment in the Echo Bar, starting with Jamie Wolfe & the Wranglers Thursday night. Oreo Blue performs Friday night and Big Smitty takes over Saturday. If comedy is your thing, it’s a great weekend at Loony Saloon at The Stables Casino. Steve Sabo will be on stage Friday & Saturday nights along with special guestMarcus Lane.

The best spots to catch all your favorite sports action are the Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La, Island Joe’s at Shangri-La Marina, Monkey Island Pub, the Standing Room Only Bar at The Shebang, Road Hog Saloon, Pickles at the Lake in Langley, Hookers at Cherokee Yacht Club and J.R. Spanky’s northeast of Grove.

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: Season 1 of Marcella is available Friday on NetFlix, along with Season 2 of Marco Polo.  If you would rather enjoy holiday fireworks from the comfort of your living room, The Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular is Mondaynight at 7:00 on NBC and The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular is Monday at 8:00 on CBS.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: The Shallows, The Legend of Tarzan, The BFG and The Purge: Election Year.

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Drug ownership and possession are different things. So, if you’ve got meth jammed in a body cavity (it doesn’t matter which one – pick one), nobody cares that it ain’t yours.” – Michael Haggerty

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SAVE THE DATE: Thursday-Sunday, July 7-10 – GLOC Performance Boat Challenge. Friday, July 15 – Oklahoma Legislative Golf Tournament at Shangri-La Golf Club. Saturday, July 16 – Aquapalooza (anchor near Southwind Marina). Saturday, July 16Hunks, The Show at J.R. Spanky’s. Saturday, August 6 – Boats, Bikes, Bikinis & BBQ at Arrowhead Yacht Club.

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In the sports world, tennis takes the world spotlight this week with daily coverage from Wimbledon. Coverage begins about 6:00 a.m. most days (ESPN or ESPN2) except for “Encore Coverage” Sunday afternoon at 2:00 on ABC.

You have choices of who to watch on the PGA Tour this week.  The Barracuda Championship will be played in Reno (coverage on the Golf Channel Thursday & Friday at 5:30 and Saturday & Sunday at 6:00).  Most of the really big kids will be playing the World Golf Championships – Bridgestone Invitational. Golf Channel coverage begins at 12:30 Thursday & Friday, and at 11:00 Saturday &Sunday.  CBS picks up the final two rounds at 1:00 Saturday & Sunday.

The NASCAR boys are at Daytona this weekend. Coverage of the Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola begins at 6:45 Saturdayevening on NBC.

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The holiday weekend weather looks just dandy!  We might have a shower or two Thursday & Friday, but the sun breaks free for the rest of the weekend with high temperatures in the low 90s – just like it’s supposed to be. Be safe, be patient, be polite – and have a great weekend. By the way, be sure to buy a drink for the guy next to you.  It could be me. 

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Looking for places to go, things to do, services to use or property to buy in the Grand Lake area?  Here’s a starter kit listing of “open to the public” fun places to spend time at Grand Lake.

 

American Grill in Grove

Aquabar & Grill at The Landings Marina on Monkey Island (smoking on the deck)

Artichoke Restaurant & Bar in Langley

Balcony Bar at The Shebang (Smoking – open Friday & Saturday nights)

Big Shots on Monkey Island (smoking upstairs—open Friday & Saturday nights)

Bobbers Café north of Langley on Highway 82

Book ‘ems at South Wind Marina in Bernice

Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La on Monkey Island (smoking on the patios)

Buffalo Run Casino in Miami (smoking)

Carlos Montez in Langley (smoking in bar)

Ceasar’s Place in Vinita and on Monkey Island

Chicken Coop in Langley

Clanton’s Café in Vinita

Cosby’s Catfish on Highway 28 in Eucha (East of Disney)

Docks Bar at Harbors View Marina

Downstream Casino in Quapaw (smoking)

Drake’s Restaurant in Grove

Frosty & Edna’s (west of the dam in Langley)

Gabby’s Place in downtown Grove

Goodfella’s Pizza (Cleora and Grove)

Grand Lake Casino, north of Grove on Highway 10 (smoking)

Grand Lodge in Ketchum (smoking)

High Winds Casino east of Miami (smoking)

Indigo Sky Casino west of Seneca, Mo. (smoking)

Iron Frog (Grove)

Island Joe's Kentena at Shangri-La Marina (smoking)

J.R. Spanky's on Highway 10 north of Grove (smoking)

Juan Montez Restaurant & Cantina at Red Arrow Marina

Karrie's Kaboose in Vinita (smoking)

La Casita de Martin in downtown Grove

Lakeside Bar & Grill in Grove at Sail Boat Bridge

Lighthouse Supper Club in Ketchum

Los Garcias in Langley

Lupe's Mexican Restaurant in Grove

Monkey Island Pub (Smoking)

Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill in Disney (smoking, etc.)

Morrows Landing in Raper Hollow

Nu Taste Restaurant in Grove

Okie Smokies Barbecue in Grove on Hwy 59 South

Book ‘ems Restaurant & Pub at South Wind Marina in Bernice

Pickles at the Lake in Langley

Quarterdeck Cafe at Tera Miranda Harbor (smoking on the deck)

Raggedy’s in Grove

Rancho Viejo in Grove

Riggs & Company in Langley

Road Hog Saloon at the entrance to Monkey Island (smoking...but not at lunch)

Rusty Anchor (next to the cliffs at Dripping Springs)

Scooters in Langley (smoking)

Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina (smoking)

Smokin’ Spur BBQ & Trading Post at Old Towne Plaza, Cleora

Sticky Fingers Barbecue in Ketchum

Stuffn’s Restaurant in Ketchum (Smoking on patio)

Summit Restaurant at Shangri-La on Monkey Island (smoking on the patio)

The Grill at Indian Hills Resort & Marina in Bernice

The Landings Marina (smoking on the deck)

The Landings Market and Grill on Monkey Island (smoking on the patio)

The Parrot at Honey Creek Landing in Grove (Smoking on the patio)

The Office on Monkey Island (smoking)

The Stables Casino in Miami (smoking)

The Shebang on Monkey Island (smoking on patio and Balcony Bar)

Ugly’s Grill & Bar, Thunder Bay Marina (smoking)

VIP Pizza at Hammerhead Marina (smoking on deck)

Water Side Bar & Grill in Grove

Waterway Café, Harbors View Marina (smoking on breakwater dining deck)

Wolf Creek Diner in Grove

Wyandotte Nation Casino at Twin Bridges (smoking)

 

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