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Grand Lake Bum 2-19-17

Another beautiful February weekend is behind us, and another is right in front of us – plus, it’s Mardi Gras time! Mardi Gras parties are as good as Halloween parties.  You pick a costume with a really good mask, and you can do whatever you want.  Nobody will know who you are. Well, the cops will probably want to see I.D. of some kind but, other than that…

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The last weekend of February means NASCAR and Major League Baseball’s exhibition season are both underway, then another month will be gone. The first weekend of March is up next – and that means “Welcome Back Weekend” time on Grand Lake. It all starts with the re-opening of Arrowhead Yacht Club on Thursday, March 2 – and wraps up with a big party at Cherokee Yacht ClubSaturday night, March 4 with awards from the “Ice Breaker Poker Run.” There are six stops to the poker run – and you must collect a chip from each of the six stops in order to be dealt a hand. Clubs, restaurants & shops will have special “Welcome Back” offerings all over the lake – and Morrow’s Bar & Grill will open for the season that weekend, as well, offering another accessible-by-water dining & drinking stop.

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Monkey Islanders never seem to be able to wait for “Welcome Back Weekend.” They’re staring the party this weekend with a Mardi Gras Buffet & Party at the Summit at Shangri-La, a party with street performers and vendors at Big Shots, and a costume party & contest at Monkey Island Pub – all Saturday night on the Island.

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With Easter on the horizon, Oreo is doing something really disgusting. Peeps Oreo Cookies. Yep, those Peeps. Starting this week, some Wal-Mart stores will carry packages of cookies containing Oreos stuff with that marshmallow-ish, sugary substance Peeps are made out of. Call it a combination of a thing we love most with a thing we hate most. Yuck!

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The owner of the “I Don’t Care Bar & Grill” (IDC) in Catoosa fired twelve Hispanic workers for take the day off work on last week’s “Day Without Immigrants” nationwide demonstration. Owner Bill McNally said he fired his immigrant staff for violation of his “no show/no call” policy; but he fired them all with a text message: “You and your family are fired,” the text read, “I hope you enjoyed your day off, and you can enjoy many more. Love you.” Friday, the bar & grill had job openings posted on Facebook – but I’m guess Bill probably won’t need as many employees once word gets out about what he did.

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Have you ever noticed that people can make a lot of money doing the jobs that no one else wants to do? The best recent example is a janitor in San Francisco who is responsible for cleaning restrooms for Bay Area Rapid Transit.  He’s assigned to Powell Street Station, notorious for always being a mess due to the concentration of homeless people and drug addicts in the area. Last year his base pay was $58,000 – but he also had $162,000 in overtime pay. All totaled, his base pay, overtime, and benefits ran his annual pay to a little over $271,000 for the year. That officially made Liang Zhao Zhang the highest paid janitor in America.

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In Arkansas, Adriana Salas is accused of stealing a truck in Jonesboro and driving it 260 miles to Fort Smith where he apparently couldn’t resist the urge to stop by the sheriff’s office to see if the truck had been reported stolen. It had been. Ms. Salas got a quick lesson in Miranda rights, and a room in the pokey. You can’t fix stupid.

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It seems like someone does a story every day about how little members of the U.S. Congress work. Perhaps we could take a cue from the Belgium Parliament. They have dramatic improved attendance during legislative sessions by serving free beer and wine on the floor of Parliament. I’ll bet they pass better laws, too. I know I always get a lot smarter when I’ve been drinking free drinks!

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Customs and Border agents at Dulles Airport outside Washington, D.C. seized 13 pounds of horse genitals from two women arriving from Mongolia. The meat was hidden in juice boxes. I’m not sure why anyone would want 13 pounds of horse genitals badly enough to try to smuggle them into the United States, but the women said they were for medicinal purposes. It think they’re nuts.

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GRAND LAKE EATS & MEATS: The much anticipated 1909 Restaurant at 3rd & Main in Grove is now open for lunch and dinner. Harrell Pickens is now open for business in the butcher shop at Littlefield’s Country Store. They’re serving breakfast and lunch now, as well.

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BEST FACE BOOK POST THIS WEEK: I got so drunk last night I walked across the dance floor to get another drink and won the dance contest.

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BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK (in front of Concept Tile store): Husbands choosing tiles must have note from wife.

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LEGAL TIP OF THE WEEK (from Michael Haggerty): I don’t care how exciting it may seem, life is easier if you keep your sexual performances outside the courthouse. And I don’t mean on the lawn.

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to Greg Hopeman, Robyn Guest, Andi McConn, Dave Hansen, Leta Carson, Winston Connor II, “Ugly John” Mullen, Bob Rush, Bryan Hendershot, Matt Jobe, Glenna Whitehead, Debbie Totty, and (heckuva deal) Don White. Oh, yeah. It’s my birthday week, too!

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK:  How can you tell when it’s time to tune bagpipes?

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BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: Mardi Gras parties are on the schedule this weekend – at the Summit Restaurant at Shangri-La (including Cajun Buffet), Big Shots (with street vendors and street performers), and at Monkey Island Pub (including costume contest).

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GRAND LAKE WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: There are plenty of entertainment options around the lake this weekend, including Randy Lunsford performing through the weekend in the Burlesque Room at The Shebang. Friday night is karaoke night at Monkey Island Pub, and there’s always great live entertainment on the weekends at the Road Hog Saloon.

Area casinos have excellent musical options this weekend, as well, highlighted by country star Daryle Singletary at Venue 655 at Grand Lake Casino Saturday night. At Downstream Casino’s Legend Sports Bar, there’s a “Throwback Thursday” free concert featuring The Crayons Thursday night. Kidd/Ray take the stage Friday night, with Derryl Perry wrapping up the weekend Saturdaynight. Kenny Babb will be in the Lover’s Leap Lounge both Friday & Saturday nights. The Rumor will perform atop the 1897 Bar at Cherokee Casino Grove’s 1897 Bar Friday night, followed by Thomas Martinez Saturday night. At Wyandotte Casino’s Club 60 West Bar, The Bobby D Band will perform Friday night – and there’s a double-header Saturday night: the Ultimate Tribute to Shania Twain featuring Donna Huber at 8:00 in the Event Center, and The Bobby D Band returns to the bar. Buffalo Run Casino’s Trailer Park Bar & Grill features great music from Western Justice Friday night and Dead Metal Society taking over entertainment honors Saturday night. At Indigo Sky Casino, there is live entertainment in the Echo Bar starting Thursday night with music by Torn. Friday night, The Mark Chapman Band will entertain, followed by Big Smitty Saturday night. If live theater is more to your liking, check out the Grove Playmakers performance of W;T both Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30.

The best spots to catch all your favorite sports action, including NBA & college basketball, and PGA Golf are the Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La, Monkey Island Pub, the Standing Room Only Bar at The Shebang, Road Hog Saloon, and Pickles at the Lake in Langley.

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: The series premiere of The Blacklist: Redemption (a spinoff of The Blacklist) is Thursday night at 9:00 on NBC. Jimmy Kimmel hosts The 89th Academy Awards Sunday, beginning (believe it or not) at 4:00 on ABC. Monday night The Voice returns at 7:00 on NBC.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: The Lego Batman Movie, Collide and Rock Dog

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he will eat for a lifetime. Teach a man to create an artificial shortage of fish, and he will eat steak.” – Jay Leno

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SAVE THE DATE: Friday, March 3 – Morrows Bar & Grill opens for the season in Raper Hollow. Friday-Sunday, March 3-5 – Welcome Back Weekend on Grand Lake! Thursday-Sunday, March 9-12 – Grand Lake Boat Show at Grove Civic Center.Saturday, March 11 – St. Patrick’s Party at Monkey Island Pub. Sunday, March 12 – Daylight Saving Time (Yea!). Friday & Saturday, March 24-25 – Grove Area Merchants Association Spring Open House. Friday-Sunday, March 24-26 – Long John’s Big Meat Run on the rocks at Disney. Saturday, April 1 – GEFFE Gala (Grove Education Foundation for Excellence).

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The NBA returns to regular play following the All-Star weekend. The OKC Thunder enjoy a few days at home, hosting the L.A. Lakers Friday night at 7:00, the New Orleans Pelicans Sunday evening at 6:00, and the Utah Jazz Tuesday night at 7:00 – all on Fox Sports Oklahoma. This week’s Thursday night double-header on TNT features New York at Cleveland in the early game (7:00) and the L.A. Clippers at Golden State in the late game (9:30). ESPN’s doubleheader Friday features Boston at Toronto at 7:00 and San Antonio at the L.A. Clippers at 9:30. Saturday night, Chicago is at Cleveland at 7:30 on ABC. Monday night action on TNT begins at 6:00, featuring Toronto at New York, Miami at Dallas, and Indiana at Houston.

College basketball has some really good games this week. Tulsa kicks off the weekend Thursday night hosting South Florida (7:00on ESPNEWS). Saturday afternoon, OSU hosts Texas Tech at 1:00 and OU hosts Kansas State at 5:00, both on ESPNU. Other great Saturday games include Florida at Kentucky (1:00 on CBS), Creighton at Villanova (2:00 on Fox), Duke at Miami (3:00 on CBS), and BYU at Gonzaga (9:00 on ESPN2).

On the PGA Tour, it’s off to Palm Beach Gardens, Florida for the Honda Classic this weekend. Coverage begins at 1:00 Thursday& Friday and noon Saturday & Sunday on the Golf Channel. NBC picks up coverage of the final two rounds at 2:00 Saturday &Sunday.

It’s also time to crank up the NASCAR action again, starting with the Daytona 500 airing Sunday at 1:00 on Fox. And, yep, it’s baseball season, too! Spring training is underway and MLB exhibition games begin this week.

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The weather has spoiled us so rotten the last few weekends, that a weekend with high temperatures pushing 60 degrees sounds cool. That’s what’s ahead, though. I guess we should remember that it’s still February and thank our lucky stars! Get out and have some fun. There are lots of big Mardi Gras parties – pick a couple; but wherever you decide to play, 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.

 

1909 in Downtown Grove

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 in Langley

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

Chickanella’s in Grove

Chicken Coop West of Langley

Clanton’s Café in Vinita

Coffee Shelter in Ketchum

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)

Hatfield’s Saloon in Grove

High Winds Casino east of Miami (smoking)

Indigo Sky Casino west of Seneca, Mo. (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 Bar & Grill 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

Pit Stop Café in Grove

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 2-12-17

Did you enjoy summer last Saturday? Wowzer.  Golf courses full of people – boats on the water – folks jogging and riding around in golf carts with shorts on – motorcycles on the roads - rich guys riding around in convertibles – drinking and smoking on the patio at The Shebang - it was awesome! It was really nice of Mother Nature to break up the winter with that little one-day preview of summertime fun on Grand. It was perfect timing for me – it was just a little warmer here on Saturday than it was in the Bahamas where a bunch of my friends arrived that day. I think we ought to start a Grand Lake petition to God for a new weather pattern. Instead of having summer weather for four months or so, I propose we split the seasons differently. Let’s have winter on Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday – and summer on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday year round. I think that’s a much smarter way to divide the seasons.

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In the meantime, the Oklahoma legislature is in session. Watch out! Remember last fall when voters overwhelmingly voted to make possession of minor drugs a misdemeanor? And remember we also voted to take the savings and invest it in mental health and rehab? Not everybody thinks the people know best. State Senator Ralph Shortey is pushing legislation to repeal everything the people voted to approve. He says we didn’t know what we were voting for. Hmm. I think the Tulsa World summed it up better than anything I could think up – the headline on their editorial read “Legislators to the People: Sit down and be quiet.” C’mon, man.

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State Representative Travis Dunlap has proposed a new law to make it more difficult to get a divorce.  He says since most people cite “incompatibility,” we should do away with it as a reason for divorce if couples have children, or have been married more than 10 years, or if one of them objects. It’s an interesting thought to pass a law trying to force two people together when they want to be apart. I think he’ll probably find out people cite “incompatibility” because the real reason is too embarrassing.

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Oh, boy. We have a new source of embarrassment for Oklahoma. It’s a new Bravo Network “reality show” called Sweet Home Oklahoma. The half-hour unscripted comedy show is produced by the same production company that brought us all the “Real Housewives of…” crap; so that’ll give you an idea how we look. It centers around the daily perils of being a crank, rich, selfish, privileged resident of Nichols Hills in the OKC metro. The series premiers with back-to-back episodes March 20 at 9:00 on Bravo. God help us.

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I’ve heard of people who love Girl Scout cookies, but this is ridiculous. At an Ardmore shopping mall, 45-year-old Jerry Warren approached some Girl Scouts and offered to trade vodka for the cookies. He must have been really drunk if he was willing to give up vodka for cookies. Fortunately, the Girl Scouts didn’t want the vodka as bad as Jerry wanted the cookies…or as bad as the police department wanted Jerry in the pokey.

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Professor Irwin Corey died last week at the age of 102. If you didn’t see him repeatedly on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, you missed some great entertainment. I’ve always loved the title he gave himself – “The World’s Foremost Authority.” Now that he’s gone, I think I’ll take on that title.  It fits, don’t you think?

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Responding to a New York Times report that President Trump wanders alone through the White House in his bath robe, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said “the President doesn’t even own a robe.” YIKES! So what, if anything, is he wearing while he wanders alone through the White House? I sure hope it’s not the same situation with everyone named “Donald.” I hope he doesn’t wander around wearing a shirt, but no pants like Donald Duck.

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Preston Kelley lives in Alabama, but his grandmother received a picture of him that seemed to indicate he was being held captive in the woods of Tennessee. His message said if she didn’t send him a $1,000 moneygram, he would not be released. Instead of sending the money, she went to the police who arrested Kelley on charges of trying to extort his grandmother. He’s being held, ironically, on $1,000 bond. So…I guess his message about not being released unless his grandmother sends him $1,000 is now true. Does that mean there’s no crime now?

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I have often quoted various studies indicating that exercise might not, in fact, be good for you; but now there is proof. Don McNelly of New York talked often about his passion for running – and last Sunday, he died. Admittedly, it took a while. He ran in 744 marathons, and when he died, he was 96; but still…

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Alec Baldwin is getting really, really good at his impression of President Trump on Saturday Night Live. Too good, maybe. A front page story about Trump and Israel in the Dominican Republic newspaper El Nacional mistakenly used a photo of Baldwin (in character) instead of Trump. Thanks to The Donald for making Saturday Night Live great again!

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GRAND LAKE DINING NEWS: The much anticipated opening of 1909 at 3rd & Main in Grove is here (and it’s a really cool place with great food)! Roadhouse 125 on Monkey Island is now planning an April 1 opening.

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BEST FACE BOOK POST THIS WEEK: My boss told me “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” Now I’m sitting in a disciplinary meeting dressed as Wonder Woman.

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BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK (in front of The Office, a strip club on Monkey Island): “Boobs & Beer. No cover.” LOL. That’s the idea, right?

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LEGAL TIP OF THE WEEK (from Josh Davis): If you’re going to get pulled over for a DUI, and try to tell the cop that you haven’t been drinking, try not to throw up on them.

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to Rich Talley, Bob Corlett, Lisette Coston, Blake Keeton, Roy Green, Ainslee Stanford II, Zach Roach, Angelic Sanchez-Peetoom, Tyler Carson, Todd Gayer, Jim Wyche, Bill Oden, and Bob Howard.

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK:  Just west of Big Cabin, there is a sign for eastbound traffic notifying travelers there are “Free Restrooms 7 Miles Ahead.” Are there restrooms somewhere that charge you to go?

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GRAND LAKE WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: There are plenty of entertainment options around the lake this weekend, including Clint Walker live in the Back Stage Room Friday night and Randy Lunsford performing through the weekend in the Burlesque Room at The Shebang. Friday night is karaoke night at Monkey Island Pub, and there’s always great live entertainment on the weekends at the Road Hog Saloon. On South Grand Lake, Without Warning will be on stage Saturday night at Pickles at the Lake just north of Langley.

Area casinos have excellent musical options this weekend, as well. At Downstream Casino’s Legend Sports Bar Retrorockerz take the stage Friday night, with Mr. Lucky wrapping up the weekend Saturday night. Howard Gayles will be in the Lover’s Leap Lounge both Friday & Saturday nights. FM Live will perform atop the 1897 Bar at Cherokee Casino Grove’s 1897 Bar Fridaynight, followed by Reverse Reaction Saturday night. At Wyandotte Casino’s Club 60 West Bar, The Mixtapes Band will performFriday night. Buffalo Run Casino’s Trailer Park Bar & Grill features great music from 151 both Friday & Saturday nights. At Indigo Sky Casino, there is live entertainment in the Echo Bar starting Thursday night with music by Joe Giles & the Homewreckers.Friday night, The Bobby D Band will entertain, followed by 90lb. Wrench Saturday night. If live stand-up comedy is more your style,The Lu Tang Clan is back by popular demand Saturday night at the Loony Saloon at The Stables Casino.

The best spots to catch all your favorite sports action, including NBA & college basketball, and PGA Golf are the Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La, Monkey Island Pub, the Standing Room Only Bar at The Shebang, Road Hog Saloon, and Pickles at the Lake in Langley.

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: The series premiere of The Good Fight is Sunday night at 7:00 on CBS. The 5th and final season of Bates Motel starts Monday night at 9:00 on A&E.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: Disney’s Newsies, the Broadway Musical, The Great Wall and In Dubious Battle

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “One of the scariest things about the Oklahoma budget crisis is that we’re forced to rely on the same people who helped caused the problem to somehow fix it. It’s a scary proposition. It would be like going back to the same bad plastic surgeon who botched your Botox injections for a brow lift. It’s probably not going to end well.” – Patrick, The Lost Ogle

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SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, February 25-March 11 (Fri. & Sat. at 7:30; Sundays at 2:00) – Grove Playmakers presents live production of W:T. Saturday, February 25 – Mardi Gras Parties at Big Shots (with street performers), Monkey Island Pub, and the Summit at Shangri-La (with a Cajun Buffet). Friday-Sunday, March 3-5 – Welcome Back Weekend on Grand Lake! Thursday-Sunday, March 9-12 – Grand Lake Boat Show at Grove Civic Center. Friday & Saturday, March 24-25 – Grove Area Merchants Association Spring Open House.

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It’s All-Star Weekend in the NBA with the last regular season game of the week being Thursday night at Chicago hosts Boston at7:00 on TNT. Friday night is the All-Star Celebrity Game (6:00 on ESPN), Saturday night is the skills competition including three-point shooting and slam dunk competition (7:00 on TNT), and Sunday night is the 2017 NBA All-Star Game (7:00 on TNT).

College basketball has some really good games this week, including some doozies in Big 12 competition. Baylor hosts KansasSaturday at noon on CBS – and Saturday night is another edition of Bedlam Basketball as the Cowboys host the Sooners at 7:00 on ESPNU. Tulsa will be at Cincinnati Saturday morning at 11:00 (ESPNU)

On the PGA Tour, it’s off to Pacific Palisades, California for the Genesis Open. Coverage begins at 1:00 Thursday & Friday andnoon Saturday & Sunday on the Golf Channel. CBS picks up coverage of the final two rounds at 1:30 Saturday & Sunday.

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After a little mid-week cool spell, the Grand Lake weather for the upcoming weekend looks really nice again. We’ll have sunshine and mid-to-upper 60s for high temperatures all weekend with sunshine and light winds. This is my kind of February! Get out and have some fun; but wherever you decide to play, be sure to buy a drink for the guy next to you.  It could be me. 

GRAND LAKE BUM

 

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.

 

1909 in Downtown Grove

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 in Langley

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

Chickanella’s in Grove

Chicken Coop West of Langley

Clanton’s Café in Vinita

Coffee Shelter in Ketchum

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)

Hatfield’s Saloon in Grove

High Winds Casino east of Miami (smoking)

Indigo Sky Casino west of Seneca, Mo. (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 Bar & Grill 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

Pit Stop Café in Grove

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 2-5-17

It looks like a great year for the Grand Lake area economy!  The Tulsa Boat Show is like an economic groundhog for the lake. If dealers sell a lot of stuff at the show, the economy at the lake seems to follow suit for rest of the year – and dealers sold a lot of stuff. Congratulations to us all!

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Apparently the boat show management was trying to spruce up the activity a little bit, but a zip line through the building and a hot dog eating contest didn’t seem to be the attractions they had hoped they would be.  Perhaps they should try to find something a little more water-related. And, NO – NOT that water skiing squirrel again!  I discovered a great water activity that happened in Argentina. A new world record was set for the number of people holding hands and simultaneously floating in water for 30 seconds. There were 1,941 people in the mass float in the salty waters of Lake Epecuen in the Buenos Aires province. That easily broke the old record which was set in Taiwan in 2014. I’m thinking that might be a good event for a Saturday afternoon in Woodard Hollow.

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I’m sure glad I trained carefully for the drinking marathon that goes along with spending the entire week in Tulsa at the boat show. I ran across some people who obviously had not trained for the big week, and they seemed to pretty much alternate days they could function. I always say it’s like any sport – you need to train regularly to be ready for competition!

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With groundhog day, the Tulsa Boat Show and the Super Bowl all in our rearview mirror, it’s time to get ready for spring. The weather this week already seems like spring – and Welcome Back Weekend is a short three weeks away! 

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Did you see the big drug crackdown at Rutgers University?  The NCAA announced that Rutgers had not penalized 16 football players who violated drug policies – so Athletic Director Pat Hobbs is cracking the whip. He announced that players would be suspended from their team if they were caught using illegal drugs…the fourth time. Seriously. Oh, wait.  If it’s just marijuana, you get suspended after you’re caught the fifth time.

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Rutgers isn’t the only place that seems to be looking the other way. In Russia, the parliament voted 380-3 the lighten the penalties for first-time domestic abuse. Instead of jail time, the first offense will only get offenders a ticket – as long as offenders only beat their spouse once a year – and if the injuries are not “substantial.” Happy wife-beating day.

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Smuggling across the U.S./Mexican border apparently runs both ways.  And drugs aren’t the only addictive substance, as any sugar freak will testify. Sonia Garcia has already put one kid through college with her Crispy Kreme smuggling operation. She loads up in El Paso every day, smuggling 40 boxes of doughnuts across the border, selling them at a 60% mark-up out of the trunk of her car to hungry users in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Cocaine isn’t the only addictive white powder, I guess. Sugar counts, too!

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A 28 year old man in Scotland is in custody after breaking into a business and stealing a car. The car was an unmarked police car – and, by the way, police stations should be pretty high on the list of places you shouldn’t break into.

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If you want to fill up a few hours with some sick fun, get on your computer and search “dangerous teen trends. You’ll get more than 600,000 results. There are videos of kids setting themselves on fire, pouring alcohol in their eyes, snorting condoms, seeing how long they can strangle each other without passing out, and a zillion other nutso things. I’m not sure what’s wrong with teenagers – but they don’t seem to be getting any less weird.

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Trader Joe’s grocery stores have gained the reputation of having relentlessly cheery employees; but apparently “cheery” is a little harder to find in New York. Thomas Nagle has filed an unfair labor practices complaint after he was fired for not being cheery. He said he smiled frequently, but management at Trader Joe’s argued that his smile was not “genuine.” Don’t just smile at me, by golly. Smile like you mean it!

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I found a new addition to my collection of unusually named towns & cities.  How about this one? Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania. I think that’s an odd name for a community that’s both landlocked and 100 miles from New Jersey.

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EATS ON GRAND: Chef Harrell Pickens (of Anna’s Bananas and Shebang fame) is taking over the butcher shop and meat market at Littlefield’s Country Store.

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BEST FACE BOOK POST THIS WEEK: Scientists have grown human vocal cords in a petri dish. The results speak for themselves.

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LEGAL TIP OF THE WEEK (from Michael Haggerty): Be sure to remove all your valuables before having your vehicle repaired. Especially cocaine.

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to Sandy Garrett, Steve Weatherford, Ben Wolfe, Tamara Carrott, Dennis Barber, Betty Dennis, Brad Coston, and Terry “Buffalo” Ware.

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK:  How do you get off of a nonstop flight?

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BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: Home & Garden Show at the Grove Civic Center Friday-Sunday. Valentine’s Sweetheart DinnerFriday & Saturday at the Summit Restaurant at Shangri-La.

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GRAND LAKE WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: There are plenty of entertainment options around the lake this weekend, including Randy Lunsford performing through the weekend in the Burlesque Room at The Shebang. Friday night is karaoke night at Monkey Island Pub, and there’s always great live entertainment on the weekends at the Road Hog Saloon.

Area casinos have excellent musical options this weekend, as well, highlighted by a Saturday night concert by Sawyer Brown at The Pavilion at Downstream Casino. At Downstream’s Legend Sports Bar The Brandon Butler Band takes the stage Friday night, withOreo Blue wrapping up the weekend Saturday night. Kenny Babb will be in the Lover’s Leap Lounge both Friday & Saturdaynights. The Crush will perform atop the 1897 Bar at Cherokee Casino Grove’s 1897 Bar Friday night, followed by Travis KiddSaturday night. At Wyandotte Casino’s Club 60 West Bar, The Stonehorse Band will perform Friday night. Saturday, Club 60 will host a UFC 208 Watch Party for the Holm vs. De Randamie fight. The weekend at Buffalo Run Casino’s Peoria Showplace, Fridaynight is fight night featuring Shobox: The New Generation. Trailer Park Bar & Grill features great music from The Sex both Friday& Saturday nights. At Indigo Sky Casino, there is live entertainment in the Echo Bar starting Thursday night with music by Brett & Terri. Friday night, Paralandra will entertain, followed by Diversity Saturday night. If live stand-up comedy is more your style, Troy Gittings and Thomas Nichols will perform at the Loony Saloon at The Stables Casino.

The best spots to catch all your favorite sports action, including NBA & college basketball, and PGA Golf are the Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La, Monkey Island Pub, the Standing Room Only Bar at The Shebang, Road Hog Saloon, and Pickles at the Lake in Langley.

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: Alec Baldwin hosts Saturday Night Live as President Donald Trump Saturday night at 10:30 on NBC.Sunday night at 7:00 The Grammy Awards will be on CBS; and at 10:00 Sunday night, catch the season premiere of Last WeekTonight with Jon Oliver on HBO.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: Deadpool and Zoolander 2

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “I’m glad I learned about parallelograms instead of how to do taxes.  It’s really come in handy this parallelogram season.” – Sage Boggs

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SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, February 25 – Mardi Gras Party at Monkey Island Pub. Saturday, February 25 – Mardi Gras Buffet & Party at the Summit at Shangri-La. Friday-Sunday, March 3-5 – Welcome Back Weekend on Grand Lake! Thursday-Sunday, March 9-12 – Grand Lake Boat Show at Grove Civic Center.

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With football season officially in the rear view mirror, it’s time to focus on basketball. The OKC Thunder dominates NBA television coverage this week, opening Thursday night’s TNT double-header hosting Cleveland at 7:00. It doesn’t get any easier as the Golden State Warriors come to OKC Saturday night in prime time (7:30 on ABC).  Monday night, Westbrook & company are back on TNT at 7:00 on the road in Washington. Other great NBA games include Boston at Portland Thursday night (9:30 on TNT), Indiana at Washington and Chicago at Phoenix Friday night (7:00 and 9:30 on ESPN) and San Antonio at New York Sunday afternoon (2:30 on ABC).

College basketball has some really good games this week, too. Saturday, OSU is at home hosting Texas (3:00 on ESPN2), and OU is on the road at Iowa State (5:00 on ESPN2). Tulsa hosts Houston at 5:00 (ESPNU). Kansas is at Texas Tech (1:00 on ESPN), Kansas State is at West Virginia (11:00 on ESPN) and top-ranked Gonzaga is at St. Mary’s Saturday night (7:15 on ESPN).Monday night, Baylor is at Texas Tech (6:00 on ESPNU) and Kansas hosts West Virginia (8:00 on ESPN).

On the PGA Tour, it’s off to the beach – Pebble Beach for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Coverage begins at 2:00 Thursday &Friday and noon Saturday & Sunday on the Golf Channel. CBS picks up coverage of the final two rounds at 2:00 Saturday &Sunday.

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The weather for the upcoming weekend looks pretty darn good. We’ll have sunshine and mid-60s Friday with temperatures edging up near 70 on Saturday before the clouds & cooler weather bring Sunday’s high temps down a little – but just to the mid 50s. Pretty darn nice for February! Get out and have some fun; but wherever you decide to play, 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.

 

1909 in Downtown Grove

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 in Langley

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

Chickanella’s in Grove

Chicken Coop West of Langley

Clanton’s Café in Vinita

Coffee Shelter in Ketchum

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)

Hatfield’s Saloon in Grove

High Winds Casino east of Miami (smoking)

Indigo Sky Casino west of Seneca, Mo. (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 Bar & Grill 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

Pit Stop Café in Grove

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 1-29-17

It’s a big week in Oklahoma! The Tulsa Boat, Sport & Travel Show gets underway with festivities Monday night and continues through Sunday at the River Spirit Expo at the Tulsa State Fairgrounds; and we’re gearing up for the official opening of the 2017 legislative session next Monday. Both events should be really fun shows with lots of opportunities to find at least one thing you really like – and both have the likelihood of your ending up with less money in your pocket than you started with! Historic lawyer, editor, and politician Gideon J. Tucker said it best, clear back in 1866: “No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session.”

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The silliness begins!  You knew it would happen when the Oklahoma legislature went back into session.  Senator Joseph Silk has introduced a proposed amendment to the Oklahoma Constitution, allowing the state to secede from the United States. I can’t make this stuff up. He says there’s no reason to secede right now, but the communists might take over in 30 or 40 years and we’ll want a way out. Sheesh. It’s good to see lawmakers focused on our really important problems, isn’t it?

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Grand Lakers can’t walk through the Tulsa Boat Show without puffing up with pride. I swear, every one of the best displays is hosted by a Grand Lake business. Grand Lake dealers dominate the show to the point there wouldn’t even be a Tulsa Boat Show if not for them. Grand Lake Realtors, resorts, restaurants and service businesses fill a great section of the upper floor with an entire section exclusively for Grand Lake, hosted by the Grand Lake Association and the South Grand Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. The best publications distributed to show patrons are also from Grand Lake: The Grand Laker, Grand Times, Grand Paradise Magazine, and the Grand Lake Guide. Both huge opening night VIP parties are hosted by Grand Lakers – Nichols Marine at Shangri-La and Arrowhead Yacht Club. If we didn’t already have a Grand Lake Boat Show, we should consider substituting that name for the Tulsa Show. Enjoy the show. It’s a FABULOUS show. Thanks, Grand Lake!

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Have you noticed all those “but-wait-there’s-more” commercials on television always end with an offer to get a second of the sale items “ABSOLUTELY FREE…just pay a separate fee?” They never say how much that “separate fee” might be. I suggested to my boat sales pals, they could probably improve their sales figures with a similar pitch. They could offer their boats “ABSOLUTELY FREE…just pay a separate fee.” They wouldn’t have to mention that the “separate fee” is $250,000!  It might work, huh?  It must work on TV.

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Have you seen the company around the lake called We Luv Trees? I’m confused. They say they “Luv Trees,” but I only see them cutting trees down and cutting them up.  That’s what I call tough luv!

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Just when you thought you had heard everything – a Kansas man found a unique way to get out of his miserable marriage. After an argument with his wife, 70 year old Lawrence Ripple left her a note saying he “no longer wanted to be in that situation.” He told her he’d rather be in jail than living with her. So…when he left the house, he went to a bank, told them he had a gun and demanded cash. When the teller gave him several thousand dollars, he sat down in the lobby and waited for police. Monday he pleaded guilty to bank robbery and faces 20 years…without his wife! I would think he could have found a better option, but at least he accomplished his goal.

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Texan Rich O’Toole was on target with a question he tweeted after President Trump’s Executive Order about his infamous wall: “How in the world could they build a wall between Texas and Mexico? In 15 years they still haven’t finished I-35 between Waco and Austin.”

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EATS ON GRAND: Littlefield’s Country Store will once again begin serving breakfast and lunch this week.

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BEST FACEBOOK POST THIS WEEK (from my friend Myles Davidson): For 2017, I am asking legislators to enact the Inexplicable Driving Irresponsibly and Offensive Transportation Act. Call it the IDIOT Driver Act for short.

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BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK: Weekend forecast – boating with a chance of drinking.

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TWEET OF THE WEEK  (from U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, referring to President Trump’s proposal to put a 20% tariff on all imports from Mexico): “Simply put, any policy proposal which drives up costs of Corona, tequila or margaritas is a big-time bad idea. Mucho sad!”

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LEGAL TIP OF THE WEEK (from Michael Haggerty): Your jury trial is not the time to debut your new facial piercings, no matter how tasteful they may be.

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to Lynn Moore, Mark Blanchat, Sue Ruth, Jade Jennings, Pete Moss, Retta Smith, Josh Davis, Amber Forrest, Dave Been, Kim Self-Hutchison, Stan Noble, and Jim Stockwell.

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK:  Why do you need a driver’s license to buy liquor when it’s illegal to drink and drive?

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BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: The Tulsa Boat, Sport & Travel Show runs through Sunday. Friday night is First Friday Wine Share at the Brush & Palette Gallery in Grove. Next Wednesday, January 8, is the Home of Hope Chocolate Affair at the Craig County Fairgrounds.

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GRAND LAKE WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: There are plenty of entertainment options around the lake this weekend, including Randy Lunsford performing through the weekend in the Burlesque Room at The Shebang and Clint Walker performingFriday night in the Back Stage Room. Friday night is karaoke night at Monkey Island Pub, and there’s a special pre-Super Bowl show by Brett & Terri beginning at 1:30 Sunday afternoon as part of the big Super Bowl PARTY at the Road Hog Saloon.

Area casinos have excellent musical options this weekend, as well. At Downstream Casino’s Legend Sports Bar Brent Giddens & the VCR Band take the stage Friday night, with Joe Giles & the Homewreckers wrapping up the weekend Saturday night. Howard Gayles will be in the Lover’s Leap Lounge both Friday & Saturday nights. Western Justice will perform atop the 1897 Bar at Cherokee Casino Grove’s 1897 Bar Friday night. At Wyandotte Casino’s Club 60 West Bar, The Uncrowned Kings will perform in a free show Friday night. The weekend at Buffalo Run Casino’s Trailer Park Bar & Grill features great music from The Sex bothFriday & Saturday nights. At Indigo Sky Casino, there is live entertainment in the Echo Bar starting Thursday night with music byMorgan Squared. Friday night, The Allen Biffle Band will entertain, followed by The Band DeLorean Saturday night. If live stand-up comedy is more your style, Jacob Williams will perform at the Loony Saloon at The Stables Casino with special guest Pete Daniel.

The best spots to catch all your favorite sports action, including NBA & college basketball, PGA Golf, and NFL action are the Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La, Monkey Island Pub, the Standing Room Only Bar at The Shebang, Road Hog Saloon, and Pickles at the Lake in Langley. The Buffalo Bar and Monkey Island Pub will not be open for the Super Bowl Sunday night.

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: There are two new sitcoms premiering Thursday night, and they both look pretty good. Powerless is on NBC and Superior Donuts debuts on CBS, both at 7:30 Thursday. Sunday, the Super Bowl is on Fox, of course, with pre-game at2:30 and the kick-off at 5:30. The new series 24:Legacy premieres on Fox following the game.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: The Comedian

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Facebook arguments are really just a contest of who’s time is the least valuable.” – Nathan Anderson

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SAVE THE DATE: Friday-Sunday, February 10-12 – Grove Home & Garden Show at Grove Civic Center. Friday & Saturday, February 10-11 – Valentine’s Sweetheart Dinner at Summit Restaurant at Shangri-La. Saturday, February 25 – Mardi Gras Party at Monkey Island Pub. Saturday, February 25 – Mardi Gras Buffet & Party at the Summit at Shangri-La. Friday-Sunday, March 3-5 – Welcome Back Weekend on Grand Lake! Thursday-Sunday, March 9-12 – Grand Lake Boat Show at Grove Civic Center.

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The biggest sporting event of the week, of course, is the Super Bowl, with pre-game starting sometime Thursday (2:30 Sunday, technically) and kick-off at 5:30 on Fox.

In the NBA, the OKC Thunder have a pair of home games this week, hosting Memphis Friday night at 7:00 and Portland Sundayafternoon at 2:00, both on Fox Sports Oklahoma.

Other good NBA action includes the Thursday night TNT double-header with Atlanta at Houston in the early game (7:00) and Golden State visiting the Clippers in L.A. at 9:30. Friday night, in addition to the OKC-Memphis game, ESPN hosts a double-header with the Lakers at Boston early (7:00) and Dallas at Portland at 9:30. Saturday night, ABC features Cleveland at New York.Sunday afternoon while the Thunder are on Fox Sports Oklahoma, the Clippers are in Boston at 1:00 on ABC; and Monday night’s TNT double-header  sends the Lakers to New York (6:00) and San Antonio to Memphis (8:30).

College basketball has some really good games this week, too. Saturday, OU and OSU are both on the road – OSU at West Virginia at 4:00 and OU at Texas Tech at 6:00, both on ESPNU. Tulsa doesn’t play until Tuesday night. They’re on the road at Memphis at 6:00 Tuesday, also on ESPNU.

On the PGA Tour, it’s off to the desert this weekend for the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Coverage begins at 2:00 Thursday& Friday and noon Saturday & Sunday on the Golf Channel. CBS picks up coverage of the final two rounds at 1:30 Saturday &Sunday.

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Temperatures are warming up nicely – at least until Sunday. Friday & Saturday highs will be in the 60-degree range before dropping to a high in the 40s on Sunday. There’s a chance of some morning showers Friday & Sunday. Saturday looks just dandy. There’s plenty of fun around the lake this weekend – and at the final weekend of the Tulsa Boat Show! Wherever you decide to play, 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.

 

1909 in Downtown Grove

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 in Langley

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

Chickanella’s in Grove

Chicken Coop West of Langley

Clanton’s Café in Vinita

Coffee Shelter in Ketchum

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)

Hatfield’s Saloon in Grove

High Winds Casino east of Miami (smoking)

Indigo Sky Casino west of Seneca, Mo. (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 Bar & Grill 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

Pit Stop Café in Grove

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)

The Grand Lake Bum 1-15-17

We made it through Friday the 13th unscathed. Now, if we can make it through this Friday unscathed, we’ll be on the way to a good year ahead!

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I continue to struggle in my efforts to think of things that are more outrageous than the regular events of the day. I failed again this week when President-Elect Donald Trump introduced a representative of the law firm representing him to make sure he had no conflicts of interest.  The firm, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, was given a big award last year – Russia Law Firm of the Year. No, really.

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The Presidential Inauguration this weekend represents a new start, but it’s not the only one. It’s also the beginning of boat show season – and a new start for the Grand Lake economy. The OKC RV & Boat Show is this weekend; and the countdown has already begun for the big Tulsa Boat Show starting January 30.

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When we had the little ice-storm scare last Friday, Governor Fallin said all “non-essential personnel” were excused from work. I can’t help but wonder what people are thinking when they label themselves as “non-essential.” I don’t think I would admit that. At least nobody has to worry about tough decisions like that for the 60-degree weekend ahead!

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As we put a final wrap-up on the now-ended college football season, it looks like the sport may be physically even rougher than I thought. The pre-game injury report for the Citrus Bowl included two University of Louisville linebackers – Henry Famurewa and James Hearns – who were both out of competition against LSU because of “gunshot wounds.”

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I’m sure you have been worried about Prince William, second in line to the English throne, and his career as a helicopter pilot. If so, you can relax.  He’s giving up his job as a Norfolk-based air ambulance pilot, and moving back to England and into Kensington Palace to assume “full-time royal duties.” I’m not sure exactly what that entails, but it mostly seems to involve waving at crowds and reading the obituary column every day. There’s no career like being a member of the lucky sperm club!

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One career is no longer available, by the way. Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus has announced that, after 146 years, the circus will close permanently in May. So…running away to join the circus is no longer an option. #signofthetimes

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If you’re looking for a new career, it might be worthwhile to investigate the possibilities of janitorial work at a casino. In Las Vegas, video & slot players failed to cash in almost $12 million of winning tickets in a single year. That brought the five-year total to $35 million in uncashed winning tickets in Las Vegas alone!

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Speaking of Las Vegas, someone finally thought to install a vending machine that caters to high rollers. In the 23rd floor lobby of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Las Vegas, there is now a vending machine that dispenses champagne. Individual servings of Moet and Chandon bubbly may be purchased from the machine with $20 tokens sold in the hotel lobby.

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Here’s something with which Grand Lake boaters & fisherman can identify. The U.S. Freshwater Fishing Association, which has tried for years to have ice fishing recognized as an Olympic sport, is working to legitimize the sport by asking the World Anti-Doping Agency to begin random drug tests of their “athletes.” They did specify, however, that they did not want to test for alcohol because, according to the Chairman of the Association, “everyone would fail.”

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There might have also been some alcohol involved in an incident that occurred in Queensland, Australia when “friends” convinced their buddy to let them help remove under-arm hair by setting it on fire. If you’re sick enough to watch some guys who are this sick…yep, it’s on YouTube. (BTW, trying to rub out a fire fueled by alcohol from deodorant spray does not work.)

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FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: Do you ever wake up, kiss the person sleeping beside you, and feel glad that you’re alive? I just did, and apparently will not be allowed on this airline again.

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BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK: Seven easy steps to improve your attitude: 1) Stand up, 2) Stretch, 3) Take a walk, 4) Keep walking, 5) Board a plane, 6) Fly to Key West, 7) Never return.

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LEGAL TIP OF THE WEEK (from Josh Davis): If you get pulled over and the trooper asks you how many you have had to drink, turning around to count the number of empty cans in the back of the car, although accurate, may not be the best idea.

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GRAND LAKE DINING & DRINKING UPDATE: The Coffee Shelter is now open in Ketchum (496 W. Ketchum Ave.).

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to Tag Webb, Rick Cravens, Ron Sparkman, Kanaan Hallett, Ed Hamilton, Doug Goss, Donna Palu,  Chuck Dixon and Brad Williams. A special shout-out to Monkey Islander Cathy Weatherford whose new book Women and Wealth has now been released. Congratulations, too, to Jim & Diana Sellers, owners of The Artichoke Restaurant north of Langley. Bestthingsok.com just named The Artichoke one of the top 15 restaurants in Oklahoma.

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK:  If life is unfair to everyone, does that mean life is fair?

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BEST EVENT OF THE WEEK: Oklahoma City RV & Boat Show, Cox Convention Center, Thursday-Sunday.

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GRAND LAKE WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: There are plenty of entertainment options around the lake this weekend, including Randy Lunsford performing through the weekend in the Burlesque Room at The Shebang. Friday night is karaoke night at Monkey Island Pub, and there’s always great weekend fun at the Road Hog Saloon.

Area casinos have excellent musical options this weekend, as well, highlighted by a Saturday night Loverboy concert at Downstream Casino’s Pavilion. In Downstream’s Legend Sports Bar, Travis Kidd gets the weekend underway Friday night, with Paralandrataking over Saturday night. Howard Gayles will be in the Lover’s Leap Lounge both Friday & Saturday nights. The Bobby D Bandkicks of the weekend Friday night at Cherokee Casino Grove’s 1897 Bar, followed by The Band DeLorean Saturday night. At Grand Lake Casino, Friday night will feature a great evening from Revelation – a Tribute to Journey in the casino’s new Venue 655 club At Wyandotte Casino’s Club 60 West Bar, Lucas Gates will perform in a free show Friday night. The weekend at Buffalo Run Casino’s Trailer Park Bar & Grill features great music from Western Justice both Friday & Saturday nights. At Indigo Sky Casino,there is live entertainment in the Echo Bar starting Thursday night with music by September’s End. Stonehorse will entertain Fridaynight followed by The Rumor Saturday night.

The best spots to catch all your favorite sports action, including NBA & college basketball, PGA Golf, and NFL playoff action are the Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La, Monkey Island Pub, the Standing Room Only Bar at The Shebang, Road Hog Saloon, and Pickles at the Lake in Langley.

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: Music lovers will want to catch Great Performances: Alicia Keys – Landmarks Live in Concert on PBSFriday night at 9:00. Hunted debuts Sunday night after the AFC Championship game (about 8:30-9:00) on CBS before moving to its regular time slot Wednesdays at 7:00. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee is Wednesdays at 9:30 on TBS.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: Thursday night, LIVE in theaters is Woody Harrelson’s “stage play on film” opportunity to watch a movie as it is made in real time. Lost in London is the story of Woody’s trouble-impaired attempt to return home. The Founder is the true story of how Ray Kroc pulled a small burger operation away from two brothers, Mac and Dick McDonald, and built it into a superstar franchise operation.  Yep, THAT McDonald’s.

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “People that elect corrupt politicians are not victims…but accomplices.” – George Orwell

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SAVE THE DATE: Saturday-Sunday, January 28 & 29 – A Musical Evening with Ron Young at Big Shots. Monday, January 30 – Opening Night for the Tulsa Boat, Sport & Travel Show (South Grand Lake Chamber buses -$35 per person including show tickets – will leave from the Grove Civic Center at 4:00 and Reasor’s in Langley at 5:00. To reserve seats, call the Chamber at 918-782-3214.) Wednesday, February 8 – Home of Hope Chocolate Affair at Craig County Fairgrounds. Friday-Sunday, February 10-12 – Grove Home & Garden Show at Grove Civic Center. Saturday, February 11 – Valentine’s Sweetheart Dinner at Summit Restaurant at Shangri-La. Friday-Sunday, March 3-5 – Welcome Back Weekend on Grand Lake! Thursday-Sunday, March 9-12 – Grand Lake Boat Show at Grove Civic Center.

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NFL playoff action moves into the Division Championship rounds this week. By Sunday night, we’ll know which two teams are Super Bowl-bound. This week’s games are Sunday at 2:00 on Fox and 5:30 on CBS.

In the NBA, TNT’s Thursday night double-header features Washington at New York at 7:00 and Minnesota at the L.A. Clippers at9:30. Friday night, ESPN’s Friday Night Double-Header features Golden State at Houston at 7:00 and Indiana at the L.A. Lakers at9:30. Saturday night, San Antonio is at Cleveland (7:00 on ABC). Monday night, New York faces Indiana at TNT at 7:00 – and the OKC Thunder returns from a five-day rest to face the Jazz in Utah at 8:00 on Fox Sports Oklahoma.

College basketball has some good games this week, too. Saturday, all three Oklahoma teams are on the court, and all three are nationally televised.  Even at that, you might want to find a bar with lots of televisions, because they all play at the same time – and so does Kansas. Tulsa is at South Florida at noon (ESPNEWS) – and Texas is at Kansas (CBS), Iowa State is at OU (ESPN2), and OSU is at Texas Tech (ESPNU), all with 1:00 o’clock tipoffs. Arizona travels to UCLA at 3:00 (CBS) and West Virginia faces Kansas State at 5:00 (ESPN2).

The PGA Tour is in La Quinta, California this week for the CareerBuilder Challenge. Coverage will be on the Golf Channel beginning at 2:00 Thursday-Sunday.

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Mother Nature is trying to make up with us for last week’s nippy, wet, slick onslaught. The weekend ahead looks absolutely perfect!  We’ll have sunshine for the most part, with high temperatures in the 60s. Sounds like a perfect weekend to enjoy all Grand Lake has to offer. Wherever you play, 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.

 

1909 in Downtown Grove

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 in Langley

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

Chickanella’s in Grove

Chicken Coop West of Langley

Clanton’s Café in Vinita

Coffee Shelter in Ketchum

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)

Hatfield’s Saloon in Grove

High Winds Casino east of Miami (smoking)

Indigo Sky Casino west of Seneca, Mo. (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 Bar & Grill 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

Pit Stop Café in Grove

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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