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Grand Lake Bum 6-19-16

If you were intending to enjoy a little Springtime fun at Grand Lake, and you haven’t made it to the lake yet – it’s too late.  You missed it.  Not the lake fun – but Springtime.  Summer has now officially arrived – even the calendar says so.  So how about a little Summertime fun?!

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What a change from last year on Grand Lake, huh? I just ate, drank, floated, danced and sang (?) my way through another unbelievable weekend. From Friday night’s Grove Rotary Lobsterfest to Saturday’s Splash Bash in Ketchum Cove – from theSaturday night Sports Fan dress-up contest at Monkey Island Pub and the awesome live music at Island Joe’s to some not-so-good music coming out of my own mouth at the Shebang Balcony Bar – I couldn’t have planned a better weekend if I had been in charge myself. I topped off Sunday by watching the boat races in Wolf Creek before wrapping it up with a few beverages and Chef Harrell’sSunday Night Fried Chicken Special on the patio at The Shebang. Grand Lake just keeps getting better! By the time the 4th of July comes around in a couple of weeks, we ought to have the routine down well enough we can shepherd some of the newbies and rookies around.  (We probably won’t teach them…but we could.)

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LAKE BUM “SHAME ON YOU” AWARD goes to the National Vietnam Veterans Foundation.  Of all groups claiming to help those who need it and deserve it, this one is the worst. The Foundation collected over $29 million from 2010-2014. An audit revealed that two cents out of every donated dollar went to help veterans.  Ninety-eight cents went to administrative costs and fundraising.  Charity is great – just be sure your donations go to the people who really need the help.

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LAKE BUM “STRANGEST AD CAMPAIGN” AWARD goes to a fitness club in Sawley, England. It pictured ugly extraterrestrial beings on an invasion mission. The caption read, “And when they arrive, they’ll take the fat ones first.” Not everybody thought it was as clever as I did.  They were forced to withdraw the ad.

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I’ve heard of crackdowns on crime…but, seriously?  Cops in Camden, New Jersey arrested Erica Ramos for theft in a shopping center.  Later she was released – apparently when the cops decided they probably shouldn’t have arrested her, even though she admitted that she stole the 95 cents from the “wishing fountain” in the mall.

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LEGAL TIP OF THE WEEK (from Josh Davis): If you're going to try and steal someone's bike off their front porch you should try not to get your pant leg stuck in the gears and crash it into their car, setting off their car alarm.

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Talk dirty too me?  I guess that’s the new thing on the internet.  The popular porn site pornhub.com now has released pornography for the visually impaired. “Each video includes a special narration that has been tailored and crafted to give the user full enjoyment of the scene,” according to a statement from Porn Hub. Maybe they should think about a series of audio books. Grab your iPhone and your ear buds – and REALLY enjoy your jogging.

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BEST FACEBOOK POST THIS WEEK: I just saw some idiot in the gym put a water bottle in the Pringles holder on the treadmill.

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BEST SIGN (seen by my old colleague Bob Dotson of NBC News in Mule Shoe, Texas): “Taxidermist/Veterinarian – either way you get your dog back.”

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to Dee Bithell, Jason Benson, Jeremy Mullen, Rudy Moritz, Bill Thune, Rob Stallings, Jason Morgan, and Angie Johnson. An extra-special shout-out goes to GRDA Police Officer Jason Littlefield who has been named VFW National Law Enforcement Officer of the Year in recognition of his dedication and selfless service! Grand Lake’s native son has been a GRDA officer since 1999. Congrats, also, to the legendary Waylan’s Ku-Ku in Miami for making the onlyinyourstate.com list of “Mom & Pop Restaurants That Serve Homemade Meals to Die For.” For all my lifelong peeps, the Polly Anna Café in my hometown of Woodward also made the list.

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK:  If dentists make money off of people with unhealthy teeth, why should I trust a toothpaste that is recommended by 4 out of 5 dentists?

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BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: There’s so much happening around the lake this weekend, you’d think THIS was the holiday weekend instead of next weekend. The Grove Area Chamber Fundraising Golf Tournament at Patricia Island Golf Course kicks off the weekend Friday afternoon; and it’s “Thunder on Wolf Creek” weekend, with trials Friday afternoon and boat races bothSaturday & Sunday afternoons on Wolf Creek. Friday night is the annual Spark Plug Dinner at Arrowhead Yacht Club honoring major Duck Creek Fireworks donors – and there’s a dinner at Wyandotte Casino honoring the family of Henry Holderman, the original dreamer who dreamed up the idea of a dam creating Grand Lake. Saturday is a Grand Open House Celebration at Southwinds Marina in Bernice, Saturday night is a big Pirate Party at Grand Lake Sailing Club; and Saturday and Sunday evenings provide a great musical evening to raise money for Har-Ber Village as former Broadway Performer Ron Young is featured in “A Musical Evening with Ron Young” at the Har-Ber Village Museum (dessert and wine included).

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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 Mason/Dixon performing live Fridaynight. Diversity will be on stage Saturday night, and Low Compatibility wraps up the weekend entertaining on the Island Joe’s deckSunday afternoon.  Randy Lunsford performs evenings at The Shebang this week in the Burlesque Room, and there is karaoke fun every Friday & Saturday night on the Shebang Balcony Bar. Big Shots will be open Friday & Saturday night with great dance music, too. 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, Wave Theory starts the weekend Friday night at Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina, with Lickitty Split taking over the Sharky’s stage Saturday night.

In the Grove area, there are two nights of great music this weekend provided by Western Justice Friday & Saturday nights at J.R. Spanky’s (Highway 10 Northeast of Grove). The Grand Lake Sailing Club is having a big Pirate Party Saturday night. It’s open to the public and Just Sayin’ will provide live music beginning at 7:00. Saturday and Sunday evenings the spotlight will be on a great performer for a great cause, as former Broadway performer Ron Young is featured in A Musical Evening with Ron Young as a fundraising event at Har-Ber Village Museum for two nights.

Area casinos add great musical options this weekend, as well, beginning with a free 80’s tribute concert at Downstream Casino’s Legends Sports Bar Thursday night by Members Only. ShotGunBillys will perform Friday night followed by Motown sounds of theABS Band Saturday night. Lover’s Leap Lounge will feature the softer sounds of Howard Gayles both Friday & Saturday nights. At Buffalo Run Casino’s Trailer Park Bar & Grill, Fun House 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. The Midwestern Playboys will provide the musical entertainment Friday night at Bordertown, followed Brandon Butler Saturday night.  At Indigo Sky Casino, there is live entertainment in the Echo Bar, starting with Torn Thursday night. Leah & the Mojo Doctors perform Friday night and The George Brothers with Leslie Wright take over Saturday. If comedy is your thing, it’s a great weekend at Loony Saloon at The Stables Casino. Rob Brackenridge will be on stage Friday & Saturday nights along with special guest Patrick Ryan.

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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LAKE AREA FIREWORKS SCHEDULE: Friday, July 1 – Vinita.  Saturday, July 2 – Monkey Island and Grand Lake (Disney).Sunday, July 3 – Duck Creek and Grove (Wolf Creek). Monday, July 4 – Miami and Jay.

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: Sunday night will provide a great fix for those in game show withdrawal. The evening begins with Celebrity Family Feud at 7:00, followed by Michael Strahan’s $100,000 Pyramid at 8:00 and Alec Baldwin hosting The Match Game at9:00 – all on ABC.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: Free State of Jones and Independence Day: Resurgence

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Everything is changing. People are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.” – Will Rogers

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SAVE THE DATE: Thursday-Monday, June 30-July 4 – Huckleberry Festival in Jay. Saturday, July 2 – Arts, Crafts, Music & Cajun Festival at Grove Civic Center and Snider’s Campgrounds. 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, the College World Series continues this week, with games Thursday night (ESPN2), Friday afternoon (ESPN2) and Friday night (ESPN), with Bracket finals (if necessary) on Saturday.  The Finals start Monday night at 6:00 (ESPN).

The PGE Tour heads to Bethesda, Maryland and the legendary Congressional Country Club this week for the Quicken Loans National. Coverage is at 2:30 Thursday & Friday, and noon Saturday & Sunday on the Golf Channel.  CBS picks up the final two rounds at 2:00 Saturday & Sunday.

The NASCAR boys are at Sonoma this weekend for the Toyota-Savemart 350. Coverage begins Sunday afternoon at 2:00 on Fox Sports 1.

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The weekend weather forecast for the weekend is absolutely perfect for an end-of-June party at the lake. We’ll have sunshine, light breezes and highs in the mid-90s.  Perfect 4th of July weekend prep. 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 6-12-16

I guess I can scratch another one off my bucket list.  I’ve been to catfish races now.  Saturday’s Hook ‘N’ Cookoff was one of the best ever – and J.B. Robison’s call of the catfish races was one of the reasons.  Too back Monkey Island Lake Bum didn’t do better – must have been hung over.  If you had a fish in the race…Snake Island Sammy was the winner.  Catfish races.  Who says we can’t think up new stuff to do at the lake?

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Now, I’ve heard it all in the world of police entrapment.  It happened in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.  Dane Rusk saw what appeared to be a homeless man with a cardboard sign at an intersection.  Taking pity on what he thought was an unfortunate plight, he pulled over, took off his seatbelt, and pulled a few bucks from his pocket for the panhandler.  Oops.  The “panhandler” turned out to be an undercover cop, and Rusk was given a $175 ticket for not wearing his seatbelt. And the cop kept the three bucks, too!  No good deed goes unpunished.  I hope this doesn’t give the cops in Bernice any ideas.

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Did you know “Dammit, I’m mad!” spelled backwards spells “Dammit, I’m Mad!” ?

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Wait. What? WHO ran into a Coast Guard vessel?  A 230-foot replica of Noah’s Ark was being moved to Oslo when it somehow got out of control and crashed into a docked Norwegian Coast Guard patrol boat.  Go ahead.  Google it.  I didn’t make this up. (I don’t think it was really Noah, though.  There were no animals on board.)

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I think the goofy stuff done by the Oklahoma legislature this year has finally been topped by city officials in Staten Island, New York. They have a problem with an increasing deer population in the city’s green spaces. They’re spending $2 million to try to solve the problem.  Nope.  Not the way a typical Okie would do it.  They’ve decided to tranquilize the deer so they can give them vasectomies.  Seriously!  They can probably persuade their hooved patients not to lift anything for a week or two – but I’ll bet they have a tough time training them to sit on those little donut pillows for a week.

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I may have found a new potential career for some of my fat buddies.  In Argentina, television stations have some of the same restrictions we have in the U.S. They can’t show topless women, for example, even in public service announcements about breast exams. An innovative ad agency figured out a loophole, though. They are actually airing TV spots showing the proper way to check for breast lumps, complete with a naked model facing the camera – and demonstrating exactly where to press on bare breasts to find lumps.  The model, however, is an overweight male, demonstrating the technique on his generously sized man boobs. 

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Biology Letters Journal reports a difficult life for male nursery web spiders who routinely deliver food items wrapped in silk to female spiders. The Journal says this a) increases the male spider’s chance of scoring with the lady, and b) decreases by 84% the chance that the female spontaneously eat him on the spot. Some males try delivering silk-wrapped non-food gifts (with mixed results).  But worst of all, some unscrupulous females will accept the gift, and still devour the male.  The Journal did not print a finding that seems obvious to me – the web spiders are the species most like humans!

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DEFINITION OF THE WEEK – Golf: an endless series of tragedies, obscured by the occasional miracle.

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BEST FACEBOOK POST THIS WEEK: 1) Not leaving my bedroom; 2) not leaving my house; and 3) not going to a party.  My childhood punishments have become my adult goals.

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BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK (at Grand Lake State Park, Bernice): “Don’t trust Facebook… The water’s just fine.” Unfortunately, a few idiots started circulating a two year old news story on Facebook last week, talking about an old e-coli scare closing the swim beach at the park.  Pay attention, folks.  Your lack of attention to a little detail (like that story was two years old) can seriously damage Grand Lake businesses.  

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to Kevin Dennis, John Link, Michael Junk, Mike Ward, and Brittani Isaac. We’re all proud of Sheryl Hicks who accepted an award as President of the South Grand Lake Lions Club last week – the largest Lions Club in Oklahoma – honored for having the biggest membership increase, as well.  How ‘bout that!? Congratulations, too, to OU Women’s Basketball Coach Sherri Coale who was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of FameSaturday night! Also, kudos to the OSU Cowboys for making the trip to the College World series; and congratulations to the National Champion OU Women’s Softball team!

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK:  Why the hell are cereal bags not ZipLoc yet?

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BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: There’s a lot happening around Grand Lake this weekend, so you’d better get your travelin’ shoes on.  Friday night is the Grove Rotary Club’s annual Lobsterfest at the Grove Civic Center (social at 5:30, dinner & live auction at 7:30). For all you rednecks, Friday night is also the big Jeff Foxworthy at Downstream Casino. Saturday, choose your party, either on land or on Grand. Splash Bash is Saturday afternoon in Ketchum Cove with music by Lickitty Split; and it is also the date for the big Route 66 Festival in Vinita. Saturday night, you can enjoy a little springtime football - the Oklahoma All-Star Eight Man Football game is at 6:00 p.m. Saturday at Robertson Stadium at NEO in Miami. Sunday, of course, is Father’s Day and a chance to feed Dad to his heart’s content at the Summit Restaurant’s annual Father’s Day Sunday Brunch Buffet at Shangri-La.

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GRAND LAKE WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: There’s plenty of live entertainment around the lake for Father’s Day weekend. On Monkey Island, Island Joe’s Kentena at Shangri-La Marina will have Whiskey Poet Society performing live Fridaynight. Boombox Revival will be on stage Saturday night, and Larry Bolton wraps up the weekend entertaining on the Island Joe’s deck Sunday afternoon.  Randy Lunsford performs evenings at The Shebang this week in the Burlesque Room, and there is karaoke fun every Friday & Saturday night on the Shebang Balcony Bar. Big Shots will be open Friday & Saturday night with great dance music, too. 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, Billy Kay starts the weekend Friday night at Sharkey’s at Hammerhead Marina. Lickitty Split will entertain on the water Saturday afternoon for folks rafted up for the Splash Bash in Ketchum Cove, and you can keep the Ketchum Cove party going Saturday night at Sharky’s with music by Reverse Reaction.

In the Grove area, there’s always great live entertainment Friday & Saturday nights at J.R. Spanky’s (Highway 10 Northeast of Grove).

Area casinos have great options this weekend, as well. Jeff Foxworthy will give a live performance Friday night at the Outdoor Venue at Downstream Casino. At Downstream’s Legends Sports Bar, Retrorockerz will perform Friday night followed by Brent Giddens and the V.C.R. Band Saturday night. Lover’s Leap Lounge will feature the softer sounds of Kenny Babb both Friday &Saturday nights. 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. T.J. McFarland will provide the musical entertainment Friday night at Bordertown, followed Paul Bogart Saturday night.  At Indigo Sky Casino, there is live entertainment in the Echo Bar, starting with T.J. McFarland Thursday night. September’s End performs Friday night and Stonehorsetakes over Saturday. At Grand Lake Casino, it’ll be Lickitty Split on stage Saturday night. If comedy is your thing, it’s a great weekend at Loony Saloon at The Stables Casino. Rod Reyes will be on stage Friday & Saturday nights along with special guest Jake Redpath.

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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LAKE AREA FIREWORKS SCHEDULE: Friday, July 1 – Vinita.  Saturday, July 2 – Monkey Island and Grand Lake (Disney).Sunday, July 3 – Duck Creek and Grove (Wolf Creek). Monday, July 4 – Miami and Jay.

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: The two-hour season premiere of Aquarius is Thursday night at 8:00 on NBC. Season 4 of Orange is the New Black will be available on NetFlix Friday; and the finale of Person of Interest is next Tuesday night at 9:00 on CBS.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: Finding Dory and Central Intelligence

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes.  That way, when you criticize them, you’re a mile away – and you have their shoes!” – Jack Handey

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SAVE THE DATE: Friday, June 24 – Spark Plug Dinner at Arrowhead Yacht Club. Friday, June 24 – Grove Area Chamber Golf Tournament at Patricia Island Golf Course. Saturday, June 25 – Grand Open House Celebration at Southwinds Marina, Bernice.Saturday-Sunday, June 25-26 – A Musical Evening with Ron Young at Har-Ber Village ($50) raising money for the Har-Ber Village Museum (dessert and wine included). Saturday-Sunday, June 25-26 – Thunder on Wolf Creek (hydroplane and runabout races).Thursday-Monday, June 30-July 4 – Huckleberry Festival in Jay. Saturday, July 2 – Arts, Crafts, Music & Cajun Festival at Grove Civic Center and Snider’s Campgrounds. 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, August 6 – Boats, Bikes, Bikinis & BBQ at Arrowhead Yacht Club.

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In the sports world, golf is the big headline sport of the week.  It’s time for the U.S. Open!  Doverage starts on FS1 at 9:00 a.m.Thursday & Friday, switching to Fox at 4:00 each day.  Saturday & Sunday coverage of the final two rounds is exclusively on Fox beginning at 10:00 a.m.

The College World Series starts Saturday, with game coverage afternoons and evenings daily on the networks of ESPN; and the Oklahoma State Cowboys are in it to win it!

NBA Playoff Finals continue this week with Golden State at Cleveland Thursday night at 8:00 – and Sunday night, if necessary, Cleveland will be at Golden State at 7:00.  Both games are on ABC.

The NASCAR boys are taking the weekend off.  They be back on the track next week.

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The weekend weather outlook for Father’s Day Weekend on Grand Lake is perfect, with sunshine and highs around 90. It looks like a boating and golf weekend for sure. Jump right in the middle of it. Live life so fully that Westboro Baptist Church will picket your funeral - and 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.

 

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 6-4-16

I had a big time Saturday night.  Nothing draws a crowd on Grand Lake like free food and free drinks.  That was the case Saturdaynight, too, at the big Members and Slip Renters Appreciation Party thrown by Shangri-La.  It’s good that those guys & gals are here – because they certainly know how to throw a party!

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If you missed that party, there’s another big one this weekend on South Grand Lake.  The annual Hook ‘n’ Cookoff  is Saturday at South Grand Lake Regional Airport.  They’ve added something new this year, which really should be fun.  I’ve never actually met a catfish trainer, but I’m assuming they’re no different than horse trainers – except they probably live closer to the water.  We’ll see how it works on Saturday.  I’ve never been to a “catfish race” before – but I won’t be able to say that next week.  I’m gonna check this out!

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On the presidential campaign front, this is the last week of Primary Elections & caucuses.  Now the number of contenders is significantly smaller than when we started.  All that means is the remaining candidates have to have more stamina…and the fights will probably get increasingly nasty.  In Oklahoma, we’ll be battling it out in state races, too.  The Primary Election for Oklahoma is June 28.  If you haven’t already registered to vote…good.  You’re too late, and I won’t have to worry about you canceling out my vote! The deadline to register to be eligible to vote in the June 28 Primaries was last Friday, June 3.  Sorry you missed it…again.

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Hey, somebody get Donald Trump on the stick!  We’re losing more business to Mexico!  The PGA Tour has announced it will move its World Golf Championships to Club de Golf Chapultepec in Mexico City, ending its relationship with… Trump Doral in Miami. (Now, that’s got to be embarrassing.)

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I thought we had already hit the bottom of the barrel on the national political scene, but as Lee Corso would say…”Not so fast, my friend.”  Here’s an even NEWER low, submitted by a candidate for Chairman of the Libertarian Party.  As he gave his campaign speech at the convention, he took his clothes off.  Seriously.  Right down to his skivvies (which a couple of guys from the audience poked dollar bills into). After the fiasco, candidate James Weeks said he had done the “campaign strip” on a dare, and promptly withdrew from the race.

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In case you thought the Oklahoma legislature accomplished absolutely nothing in the 2016 session, you’re wrong.  According to the Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce, the state legislature managed to get Oklahoma $50.9 million worth of free national publicity.  Unfortunately, it was all BAD publicity. In fairness, we should point out that this total value of negative publicity did NOT include a subsequent national editorial in the New York Times headlined “Oklahoma Makes the Poor Poorer.”  Aren’t you proud?

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The OU-OSU rivalry over the years has led to many marriages that result in a “house divided.” Kohls may have accidentally come up with the perfect shirt for members of such families.  Candi Dixon spotted the misprinted shirt at Kohls in Yukon.  Bearing the OU logo beneath the heading of “Oklahoma Sooners,” the slogan down the side of the design provided team encouragement – “Go Pokes!”  Oops.

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LEGAL TIP OF THE WEEK (from Josh Davis): “It’s never a good idea to do a line of meth before coming to court; but if you have to, please make sure there’s not still some in your mustache.  Yes, I’m talking to you, Ma’am.”

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PROGRESS ON GRAND UPDATE: You know about the Shangri-La Resort Hotel now under construction on Monkey Island – and the new Cherokee Casino Grove under construction at Tom Cat Corner – but did you know Indigo Sky Casino has also just announced plans for a $34 million expansion? Things are popping in the Grand Lake area!

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BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK (along a desolate stretch of mountain road): Cougar in Area! Please stay on trails, travel in small groups, and do not allow men under 30 to travel alone.

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy Birthday to one of Grand Lake’s biggest longtime advocates!  Former Oklahoma Governor George Nigh turns 89 Thursday, June 9.  Birthday wishes also go out this week to Rick Wilson, Matt Nash, Bri Ball, Marty Phillips, Megan Phillips, Ron Young, Shawn Alexander, Dave Moore, and Doug Ohlstrom,

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK:  Why do hot dogs come ten to a package, but packages of hot dog buns only have eight?

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BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: Fun activities this weekend extend, quite literally, from one end of the lake to the other.  Saturdayis the South Grand Lake Area Chamber of Commerce annual Hook ‘n’ Cookoff at South Grand Lake Regional Airport.  This year, they have even added catfish races!  At the other end of the lake, the American Heritage Music Festival and National Fiddle Fest will be held at the Grove Civic Center and Snider’s Campground at the back of Honey Creek Thursday-Saturday!

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GRAND LAKE WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: Summer is here, and there’s plenty of live entertainment around the lake for this weekend. On Monkey Island, Island Joe’s Kentena at Shangri-La Marina will have Diversity performing live Friday night. T-Bird will be on stage Saturday night, and Low Compatibility wraps up the weekend entertaining on the Island Joe’s deck Sundayafternoon.  Randy Lunsford also performs at The Shebang this week in the Burlesque Room, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sundayevenings, and there is karaoke fun every Friday & Saturday night on the Shebang Balcony Bar. Big Shots will be open Friday &Saturday night with great dance music, too. Just down Highway 125, Friday night is Karaoke Night at Monkey Island Pub, andLickitty Split will be on stage Saturday night at Road Hog Saloon.

On South Grand Lake, Lickitty Split will entertain attendees at the big Hook ‘n’ Cookoff event Saturday at South Grand Lake Regional Airport.  South of Vertical will perform for the Friday night crowd at Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina; and Friday night is Karaoke Night at Pickles at the Lake just north of Langley.

If you’re in the Grove area, there’s always great live entertainment Friday & Saturday nights at J.R. Spanky’s (Highway 10 Northeast of Grove).

Area casinos have great options this weekend, as well. At Downstream Casino’s Legends Sports Bar, Travis Kidd will performFriday night followed by Earl & Them Saturday night. Lover’s Leap Lounge will feature the softer sounds of Howard Gayles bothFriday & Saturday nights. At Buffalo Run Casino’s Trailer Park Bar & Grill, Dirty Saints will be on stage both Friday and Saturdaynights. At Bordertown Casino’s Lost Creek Saloon, there are free line dancing lessons every Wednesday night. Brent Harrison will provide the musical entertainment Friday night at Bordertown, followed The Bobby D Band Saturday night.  At Indigo Sky Casino,there is live entertainment in the Echo Bar. Paralandra performs Friday night and The Uncrowned Kings take over Saturday. If comedy is your thing, it’s a great weekend at Loony Saloon at The Stables Casino. Larry Reeb will be on stage Friday & Saturdaynights along with special guest Kate Brindle.

The best spots to catch PGA play, NBA Playoff games, and NASCAR 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: Sunday night, the 70th Annual Tony Awards will be presented on CBS beginning at 7:00. DVR it, or recordThe Last Ship which is also Sunday night at 8:00 on TNT. Monday night at 9:00 is the series premier of BrainDead (from the creators of The Good Wife) on CBS.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: Now You See Me, Warcraft, and The Conjuring 2

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Of course Donald Trump backed out of the debate. History has shown chickens should be wary of men named Sanders.” (thanks to Josh Davis for sharing this one)

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SAVE THE DATE: Friday, June 17 – Grove Rotary Lobsterfest at the Grove Civic Center (social at 5:30, dinner & live auction at7:30). Friday, June 17Jeff Foxworthy live at Downstream Casino. Saturday, June 18 – Splash Bash in Ketchum Cove with music by Lickitty Split. Saturday, June 18 – Route 66 Festival in Vinita. Saturday, June 18 – Oklahoma All-Star Eight Man Football game,6:00 p.m. at Robertson Stadium at NEO in Miami. Sunday, June 19 – Father’s Day Sunday Brunch Buffet at the Summit Restaurant at Shangri-La. Saturday, June 25 – Grand Open House Celebration at Southwinds Marina, Bernice. Saturday-Sunday, June 25-26 – A Musical Evening with Ron Young at Har-Ber Village ($50) raising money for the Har-Ber Village Museum (dessert and wine included). Saturday-Sunday, June 25-16 – Thunder on Wolf Creek (hydroplane and runabout races). Thursday, July 7-Sunday, July 10 – GLOC Performance Boat Challenge. Saturday, July 16 – Aquapalooza (anchor near Southwind Marina).

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In the sports world, NBA Playoff Finals continue this week with Cleveland and Golden State battling it out for the ultimate championship. Game 3 is Wednesday night and Game 4 is Friday night – Game 5, if necessary will be Monday night, all on ABC.

On the PGA Tour – the guys will be hanging out in Memphis this weekend.  Coverage of the FedEx St. Jude Classic begins at 2:30Thursday & Friday, and noon Saturday & Sunday on the Golf Channel. CBS has the final two rounds Saturday and Sunday at 2:00.

It’s time for the third leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown.  The Belmont Stakes is Saturday. Coverage begins on NBC at 4:00 with post time set for 5:30; and the NASCAR kids are in Michigan Sunday for the Firekeepers Casino 400.  Coverage begins at noonSunday on Fox Sports 1.

In the Stanley Cup Finals, Game 5 is Thursday night at 7:00 with San Jose in Pittsburgh.  Game 6, if necessary, will be Sunday night at 7:00 in San Jose.  Coverage is on NBC.

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Weather-wise, all I can say about the weekend ahead is – all right, all right, all right!  Summer is finally here. High temperatures will be in the low-90s with lots of sunshine every day. Looks like a boating and golf weekend for sure. Jump right in the middle of it and party outdoors all day and at your favorite Grand Lake club all night.  Remember, wherever you choose to party, 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 5-29-16

How ‘bout that Memorial Weekend on Grand Lake, huh?  So much for another series of faulty weather forecasts.  Weekend weather couldn’t have been better – and the weekend ahead looks just as good.  One of these days, the forecasters are going to figure out what we’ve known for a long time: the sun ALWAYS shines on Grand Lake!

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Monkey Island is certainly catching a lot of attention these days.  It was fun watching the television crew from Bravo Network filming at The Shebang over the weekend.  Officially, the project is an “as yet untitled series,” but it was pretty easy to tell what was going on from watching the cast.  If it’s not for a “Real Housewives of Oklahoma City,” it will be something really close to that. By the time they finished their post-filming party time at Big Shots, it was difficult to tell what was scripted and what was not!

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There’s more attention coming, too – Luxiere Magazine has scheduled a photo shoot at Shangri-La next week for upscale ads and a magazine cover.

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We’ll be voting on reforming Oklahoma’s liquor laws in November.  The legislature voted to put the changes to a statewide vote on their last day of the legislative session.  If we vote to have wine in grocery stores and cold beer in liquor stores, we can approve it in November – and about a year-and-a-half later, it might actually happen.  Seriously.  I’m not sure why they decided it would take a year-and-a-half to notify everybody.  Maybe legislators are afraid their internet will be down or something.

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I suppose we should all be grateful that the legislative session is finally at an end for the year, even though they left significant human and economic debris in their wake.  C’mon, guys & gals.  Honest…we don’t WANT to be like Kansas.  Stop trying!

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I don’t know if it’s fair to blame the total collapse of the Oklahoma legislature on Governor Fallin…but there is already a new T-Shirt on the market.  It features a photo of Governor Mary Fallin with the caption: “This is why we can’t have nice things.”

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Now we’re moving out of the legislating season and into the campaign season (if there’s a difference). I’m thinking the Presidential race is going to overshadow any nasty campaigning at the state level. I’m sure we should be believing one-fourth of what we hear and one-half of what we see…but it’s gonna be fun.  We’re into the last week of primaries – then the main event takes to the bloody ring. In my little head, politics is more addictive than drugs or alcohol. I think I have the same view of politics as General Patton had of war.  Remember his famous quote? “Compared to war, all other forms of human endeavor shrink to insignificance.  God help me, I do love it so.”

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I got tickled at a sports headline I saw about the Toronto Raptors big loss to Cleveland in the NBA Playoffs last week. “Two Raptors Seen at Casino Before Loss,” the headline screamed.  Well, duh!  Anytime I’ve ever seen ANYONE at a casino it has been “just before loss!”  That certainly has always been the case for me anytime I’ve been in a casino. A loss follows very quickly.

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So, you think you know sports?  Let’s try this little game.  Who is the most famous athlete in the world? Nope, you’re wrong.  An analysis of salary, endorsements, and social media followers says the most popular athlete in the world is Cristiano Ronaldo.  Who? I know, right? He’s a soccer player from Portugal who pockets $111.4 million a year and is followed by 42 million fans on Twitter. Remember, this is worldwide, so four of the top ten are soccer players, along with a couple of tennis players, one golfer, and three NBA players – including one of our own.  Here’s the line-up of the world’s most famous athletes (in order) behind Ronaldo: LeBron James, Lionel Messi, Neymar Jr., Roger Federer, Kevin Durant, Tiger Woods, James Rodriguez, Rafael Nadal, and Kobe Bryant.  Do you feel as uninformed as I do?

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As we move into the summer months, remember to take care of your pets – otherwise, some critic might bite your head off.  No, really.  The Times of India reports that a guy named Urjaram learned his lesson the hard way.  He tied up his camel and forgot all about it – all day long – in record heat. That evening, when he remembered, the camel was apparently out of patience.  It took 25 villagers six hours to calm the camel down.  That was after he retaliated for the mistreatment by literally biting his owners’ head off. Karma counts.

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DINING AND DRINKING ON GRAND UPDATE: Congratulations to Clanton’s Café in Vinita.  Onlyinyourstate.com included Clanton’s on a list of “19 Restaurants in Oklahoma you have to visit before you do!  Nicely done. There’s a great Friday night special at Island Joe’s this week: chicken cordon bleu, baked potato, steamed veggies ($15). COMING SOON –  Café Italia (at the old Roadhouse location on Monkey Island).

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to Joe Chouteau, Andrew Doney, Tiana Douglas, Valerie Carter, Hank Kraft, Chris Mullen, Julie McFerron, Ab Whitlow, Gerald Barry, Don Davis, and Dan Arnold.

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK:  Do crematoriums give discounts to burn victims?

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BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: There’s certainly plenty happening around the lake this weekend. Saturday is the World Largest Calf Fry Festival in Vinita, as well as the Home of Hope Admirals Fundraising Banquet & Auction at Cherokee Yacht Club.Saturday is also Grand Lake Shoreline Clean-Up Day sponsored by GRDA and Grand Lake Power Squadron. If you’re a Shangri-La Member or Slip Renter, lucky you.  There’s a party in your honor Saturday night at the club house.  Food, drinks, and great live entertainment, too.

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GRAND LAKE WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: Summer is here, and there’s plenty of live entertainment around the lake for this weekend. On Monkey Island, be alert, ladies. Following the Memorial Weekend, Wednesday night, June 1 is The Hunk Show at Big Shots, featuring a bunch of hard-bodied boys putting on a show for your enjoyment. Island Joe’s Kentena at Shangri-La Marina will have T-Bird  performing live Friday night. Too Mothers Left will be on stage Saturday night, and Randy Lunsford wraps up the weekend entertaining on the Island Joe’s deck Sunday afternoon.  Randy also performs at The Shebang this week, Thursday,Friday & Saturday evenings, and there is karaoke fun every Friday & Saturday night on the Shebang Balcony Bar. Big Shots will be open Friday & Saturday night with great dance music, too. Just down Highway 125, Friday night is Karaoke Night at Monkey Island Pub and there’s always great entertainment weekends at Road Hog Saloon.

If you’re in the Grove area, there’s always great live entertainment Friday & Saturday nights at J.R. Spanky’s (Highway 10 Northeast of Grove).

Shangri-La Members and Shangri-La Marina slip renters will enjoy a special musical treat at the club’s “Member Appreciation Party”Saturday night.  Kyle Williams of the Tulsa-based group Willyecho will perform at Shangri-La.

On South Grand Lake, Whiskey Poet Society will entertain the Friday night crowd at Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina. Saturdaynight, Beau Tyler & Friends will take over the stage. Friday night is Karaoke Night at Pickles at the Lake just north of Langley; andLickitty Split will perform at a big Grand Lake RV Park party in Duck Creek Saturday night at 7:00.

Area casinos have great options this weekend, as well, highlighted by a giant Foreigner concert Friday night at the Venue at Downstream Casino. At Downstream’s Legends Sports Bar, Plus One will perform Friday night followed by Mr. Lucky Saturdaynight. Lover’s Leap Lounge will feature the softer sounds of Kenny Babb both Friday & Saturday nights. 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. Dewayne Bowman will provide the musical entertainment Friday night at Bordertown, followed Southern Green Saturday night.  At Indigo Sky Casino, there is live entertainment in the Echo Bar beginning with The George Brothers with Leslie Wright Thursday night, followed by Boombox Revival Friday night and Joe Giles & The Homewreckers Saturday. If comedy is your thing, it’s a great weekend at Loony Saloon at The Stables Casino. Donna Carter will be on stage Friday & Saturday nights along with special guest Billy Bazar.

The best spots to catch PGA play, NBA Playoff games, Stanley Cup Playoffs, and NASCAR 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 premiere of the final season of Beauty and the Beast is Thursday night at 8:00 on CW and the series premiere of Feed the Beast is Sunday night at 9:00 on AMC.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Parents, when you teach your children not to throw tantrums, you are essentially ruining any career they might have in politics.” – Andy Borowitz

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SAVE THE DATE: Thursday-Saturday, June 9-11 – American Heritage Music Festival and National Fiddle Fest at Grove Civic Center and Snider’s Campground. Saturday, June 11 – South Grand Chamber Hook ‘N’ Cookoff and Catfish Races at South Grand Lake Regional Airport. Friday, June 17 – Grove Rotary Lobsterfest at the Grove Civic Center (social at 5:30, dinner & live auction at 7:30). Friday, June 17Jeff Foxworthy live at Downstream Casino. Saturday, June 18 – Route 66 Festival in Vinita.Saturday-Sunday, June 25-26 – A Musical Evening with Ron Young at Har-Ber Village ($50) raising money for the Har-Ber Village Museum (dessert and wine included). Saturday-Sunday, June 25-16 – Thunder on Wolf Creek (hydroplane and runabout races). Thursday, July 7-Sunday, July 10 – GLOC Performance Boat Challenge. Saturday, July 16 – Aquapalooza (anchor near Southwind Marina).

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In the sports world, NBA Playoffs continue this week. The OKC Thunder has to beat Golden State Monday night in Game 7 to take the Western Conference title and move on to face LeBron and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the finals.  The finals series begins Thursdaynight at 8:00, followed by Game 2 Sunday night at 7:00, both on ABC.

On the PGA Tour – the guys will be playing at one of America’s most prestigious spots – Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.  Yep, it’s time for The Memorial.  Coverage begins at 2:30 Thursday & Friday, 11:30 Saturday, and 11:00 Sunday on the Golf Channel. CBS has the final two rounds Saturday at 2:00 and Sunday at 1:30.

The NASCAR kids are still at Pocono this weekend for the Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400.  Coverage begins at noon Sunday on Fox Sports 1.

It’s Stanley Cup Finals time in the National Hockey League. San Jose will be in Pittsburgh for games 1 & 2, Monday andWednesday.  Pittsburgh will be at San Jose for games 2 & 3 Saturday and Monday.  All games are at 7:00 on either NBCSN or NBC (depending on the game).

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The Grand Lake weather forecast for the weekend ahead looks perfect…again. High temperatures will be in the mid-80s with lots of sunshine. Looks like a boating and golf weekend for sure. Jump right in the middle of it and party outdoors all day and at your favorite Grand Lake club all night.  Remember, though, wherever you choose to party, 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.

 

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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