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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. 

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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 1-8-16

Okay, I’m ready for winter to be OVER!  That cold snap last week just about did me in!  As it turns out, there aren’t as many warm adult beverages as you might think. For your information, I discovered that enough properly loaded cold beverages can make you feel warm inside, too.  FYI

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The first big challenge of 2017 is just ahead, so you’d better be sure your liquor cabinet is stocked.  We wrap up this week with Friday the 13th, and kick off next week with Blue Monday.  If we live through the next couple of weeks, we’ll be into boat show season, followed quickly by spring.  We’ve just gotta get through the next week or so.

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We get a new President and kick off the Oklahoma boat show season all on the same weekend. I’ll leave swearing in the new President to someone else. I’m going to head to the Oklahoma City RV & Boat Show (January 19-22) to get warmed up for the big one in Tulsa (January 30-February 5). The Tulsa show is a lot better, of course, but the OKC show is in a better neighborhood. All the bars & clubs in Bricktown are within walking distance of the Cox Convention Center. Maybe I’ll concentrate on party training in Bricktown, and leave most the boat shopping for Tulsa where there’s a bigger selection.

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If you’re going to the inauguration in Washington, you should know that President-elect Trump has banned guns from his inauguration and related inaugural activities.  I can hear the wheels turning in the NRA’s marketing minds.

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So, how much attention did you pay to the 41 college football bowl games?  Which conference had the best winning percentage. SEC? Uh, no. They were tied for sixth (6-6). PAC 12? Nope. That’s who was tied with the SEC for 6th.  Big 10? No, they were actually 8th! The worst conference was the Mid American, losing all of their six bowl games, followed by the American Athletic Conference whose wins by Tulsa and South Florida helped them show up on the board with two wins against five losses.  Give up?  The most successful conference in 2016-17 bowl games was the Big 12, winning 4 games, losing 2.

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If you’re not feeling bad enough about yourself, there’s a new test that can make you feel even worse.  During the college bowl games, I saw a commercial for something called Teloyears.  You can send in your DNA and have it analyzed to see, not how old you really are, but how old your body thinks it is.  So, for a mere $89, you can make yourself feel really bad!

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There’s a new medical study out that should make most of my pals feel a hell of a lot better about themselves.  A study by the Department of Psychology at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts draws a direct correlation between honesty and swearing. It concludes that the more a person swears, the more honest they tend to be.  I’ll tell you one thing: I’m surrounded by a bunch of people who are damned honest!

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You can’t judge a son by its title.  Organizers of a Christmas caroling event in Sri Lanka proved the point over the holidays.  They innocently included a song in a list of songs for carolers.  Entitled “Hail Mary,” the song was by the late rapper Tupac Shakur. If you know the song, you’re probably aware that this was likely the first appearance of several words in any Christmas ceremony anywhere, anytime.

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 Incoming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has demanded that President-Elect Trump be treated “with the respect he deserves.” He’d better be care.  I know I sure as hell don’t want what I deserve!! I always hope for mercy, not fairness.

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The airport shooting in Ft. Lauderdale last week was unbelievably tragic – but it’s even more unbelievable that the FBI office in Alaska didn’t do anything when the guy waltzed into their office telling them the voices in his head were telling him to join ISIS. They didn’t even put him on a no-fly list.  I can only imaging the conversation: SHOOTER: “I’m being mind-controlled by the CIA to force me to watch ISIS videos and I’m thinking of committing terrorist acts.”  FBI: “Nope. No problem here.  Oh, btw, here’s your gun back.” Sheesh.

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FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: “I saw a guy at Starbucks today. No iPhone, no tablet, no laptop. He just sat there drinking coffee…like a psychopath.”

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BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK(at a McDonalds drive-thru): “We are currently out of boy toys. Sorry for the inconvenience.” Whaaaat?

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LEGAL TIP OF THE WEEK (from Michael Haggerty): Bringing all your kids to court to elicit sympathy from the judge often causes the opposite response.

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GRAND LAKE DINING & DRINKING UPDATE: A new restaurant, The Coffee Shelter, opens in Ketchum (496 W. Ketchum Ave.) Monday, January 16 – breakfast, soup, sandwiches and, of course…coffee. Coming very soon to Grove (4 West 3rd) – 1909 Restaurant and affiliated Blue Duck Brew House with craft beers.

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to Jacqui Haglund, Paul Bulten, Brianna Case, Sandy Scott, Kristi Mullinax, Dale Forrest, Linday Young, Mickey Landers, Leslie Hudson, Benee Masri, and Ron Ryan.

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK:  Why do psychics have to ask you your name?

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BEST EVENT OF THE WEEK: Opening of The Coffee Shelter in Ketchum Monday, January 16.

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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. At Wyandotte Casino’s Club 60 West Bar, The Dropouts kick off the Wyandotte weekend Friday night. The Pumpkin Hollow Band will be on stage Friday night at 1897 Bar at Cherokee Casino Grove, followed by NighTTrain on Saturday night. The weekend at Downstream Casino kicks off with Friday night country music from The Bobby D Band at Legends Sports Bar. Saturday night, rock & roll music will be provided by Lost on Utica. Howard Gayles will perform in Downstream’s Lover’s Leap Lounge both nights. Buffalo Run Casino’s Trailer Park Bar & Grill features great music from Kaos Theory both Friday & Saturday nights. At Indigo Sky Casino, there is live entertainment in the Echo Bar startingThursday night with music by Walrus. The George Brothers will entertain Friday night followed by Oreo Blue 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: Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events will be available on NetFlix beginning Friday. Victoria,the PBS replacement for Downton Abby, fills the Masterpiece Theater slot beginning Sunday night at 8:00. The Young Pope is alsoSunday night at 8:00 on HBO.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: Live by Night, Patriot’s Day and Sleepless

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “When members of Congress tell Americans to give up their government healthcare, the correct response should be ‘You, first.’” – Andy Borowitz

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SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, January 19 – OKC Boat and RV Show opens at the Cox Convention Center. Saturday, January 28 – 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.)

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NFL playoff action moves into the Divisional Rounds this week.  Saturday’s games will be in Atlanta (hosting Seattle at 3:30 on Fox) and New England (hosting Houston at 7:00 on CBS). Sunday’s games will be in Kansas City (versus Pittsburgh at noon on NBC) and Dallas (playing either Green Bay or N.Y. Giants – didn’t know which at press time – at 3:30 on Fox).

In the NBA, TNT’s Thursday night double-header features Chicago at New York at 7:00 and Detroit at Golden State at 9:30.Friday night, the OKC Thunder is at Minnesota (7:00 on Fox Sports Oklahoma). The ESPN Friday Night Double-Header features Boston at Atlanta at 7:00 and Detroit at Utah at 9:30. Sunday night, the Thunder are at Sacramento (8:00 on Fox Sports Oklahoma) and Chicago is at Memphis (8:00 on ESPN). Monday night, TNT has another double-header with Cleveland at Golden State early (7:00) and the OKC Thunder at the L.A. Clippers late (9:30).

College basketball has some good games this week, too. Saturday, all three Oklahoma teams are on the court, and all three are nationally televised.  Oklahoma State is at Kansas at 1:00 (ESPN2), Tulsa is at Temple at 3:00 (ESPNEWS), and OU hosts Texas Tech in Norman at 7:30 (ESPNU).

The PGA Tour is in Hawaii for the second consecutive week (smart guys) – this week, it’s the Sony Open. Coverage will be on the Golf Channel beginning at 5:00 Thursday-Sunday.

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After teasing us with spring-like weekday temperatures, Mother Nature is planning a 20-degree drop in high temperatures betweenThursday & Friday. The weekend ahead looks a little damp with high temperatures around 40. The good news is, lows won’t be too much below freezing. Find an indoor spot to enjoy some Grand Lake fun. While you’re there, 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

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 1-1-17

Another New Year’s Eve celebration is in the books – and I survived again. Everybody who knows me realizes that a day dedicated exclusively to football and drinking is pretty darn close to a perfect holiday in my books! There was great entertainment everywhere you looked around the lake, giving an indication of the holiday spirit on the lake for the year ahead. The only bigger drinking event for Grand Lakers might be the Tulsa Boat Show – and that’s coming up in less than a month! Can you believe it?

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I must admit, of all the New Year’s Eve choices on Grand Lake, the one that brought the biggest smile to my face was the renewal of an ancient Grand Lake tradition – Don White performing New Year’s Eve at the newly reopened Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill in Disney. Helluva deal. It’s also nice to see the new courtesy slips at Mooney’s. Glad to see the revival.

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I sneaked down to OKC over the holiday weekend for a Sunday brunch with some pals. I’d never been to Sophabellas before, but I love the understanding of real life that their management has. On the front of the menu, their bloody mary bar and $1 mimosa “policy” explains that “We know that Sunday morning is possibly just your final act of Saturday night. We understand if you need to keep your sunglasses on.” Very understanding.  Since we live in the midst of a quaint little drinking community with a boating problem, Grand Lake restaurants, bars & clubs should keep this gentle policy in mind.

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Speaking of drinking on Grand Lake, several people have asked me if the new Cherokee Casino Grove is accessible by boat. The answer is “no” – unless you take a really, really good run at the shoreline. It’s close enough to the water that such access is a possibility, though. Any hot shot developers listening?

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The crazy New Year’s Day water skiers and wake boarders got pretty lucky this year, weatherwise. They ended up with mid-50s temperatures – a better offering than the Polar Bear Plungers had back on December 10. Oklahoma weather. Who knows?

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More year-end statistics are out, comparing all the states; and we finally beat Mississippi at something!  In the “Personal Income Growth” category, Mississippi was not last this year.  Oklahoma was.

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With regard to Tulsa State Representative Dan Kirby, can someone tell me is he is – or is he ain’t?  First he was caught on sexual harassment allegations by his former Executive Assistant. Then, since he works for taxpayers, taxpayers were tapped for the $44,500 paid to his former assistant and her attorneys to settle the case. In embarrassment and humiliation, Kirby resigned. But, embarrassment and humiliation are only passing fads in the political arena – and Representative Kirby is apparently over them both.  He now says he is rescinding his resignation and taking his seat back in the House of Representatives, because he got bad advice regarding the settlement – and he’s not guilty of doing anything wrong.  In the meantime, another former assistant of his has now filed a complaint. House Speaker-Elect Charles McCall says a house committee will investigate the mess starting this week. My question is – if he resigns, the seat is vacant, right?  So there’s a process for filling it – and I don’t think that process is a former office holder saying, “Overs, overs.  I’ll take it back. I changed my mind. I didn’t do it!  OVERS!” We’ll see, though. Stranger things have happened.

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Speaking of strange things and affairs in the political world, we have the first casualty from President-Elect Trump’s White House team. Jason Miller announced his resignation as White House Communications Director before he even got to see his office.  As it turns out, that’s not a good job for a guy who is already busy with a pregnant wife and a pregnant mistress. Especially when the mistress also happens to be a co-worker – who also called for his resignation on Twitter referring to him as “baby daddy”. Oops. (At least it was the Communications Department – and there was obviously no lack of communication.)

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If you’re old, you might want to think about a woman.  I mean as your doctor. A Medicare analysis of data indicates elderly patients seen by female internists were less likely to die or be readmitted to hospitals in the short run than those with male doctors. As a general rule, I’d rather get naked with a woman, anyway, so I guess I’m okay with that.

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If you’re looking for a new vacation destination, my pal Libby Smith tells me that, as of Sunday, January 1, it is legal to hunt catfish with a pitchfork in Illinois. You’re welcome.

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FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: The fact that there’s a “Highway to Hell” and only a “Staircase to Heaven” tells you a little about the anticipated traffic numbers.

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BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK: The answer may not be at the beach, but shouldn’t we at least check?

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LEGAL TIP OF THE WEEK (from Josh Davis): When you try to run from your crashed out car to avoid the cops and a DUI, try not to forget your kid in the back seat.

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MY PERSONAL NEW YEAR’S FACEBOOK POST: Stop asking me to repost your post to prove that I read your post, or that I hate cancer, love Jesus, think your cat is cute, or agree with your politics. Happy New Year!

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to Susan Graham, Sergio Andre, Mark Witten, Morgan Grubb, Kent Harrell, Kendra Sue Montana-McGeady, Greg Price, Tracie Gelinas, Becky Wetwiska, Carol Cable, Bill Sanford, Mark Cavins, and Carrie Connor.

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK:  If you wear cowboy clothes, are you ranch dressing? (thanks to my pal Jon Wilson for this one)

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BEST EVENT OF THE WEEK: Free Fleetwood Mac tribute at Wyandotte Casino’s Club 60 West Event Center Saturday night by Mirage: Visions of Fleetwood Mac.

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GRAND LAKE WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: We kick off the new year with great musical entertainment around the lake this weekend, including Clint Walker Friday night at the Back Stage Room at The Shebang and Randy Lunsford performing in the through the weekend in the Burlesque Room. Friday night is karaoke night at Monkey Island Pub, and there’s always great weekend fun at the Road Hog Saloon.

Area casinos have great musical options this weekend, as well, highlighted by a Saturday night tribute by Mirage: Visions of Fleetwood Mac at Wyandotte Casino’s Club 60 West Event Center. In the Club 60 West Bar, The Band DeLorean kicks off the Wyandotte weekend Friday night, followed by Nathan Bryce and Loaded Dice Saturday night. Time Machine will be on stageFriday night at Cherokee Casino Grove, followed by Paralandra on Saturday night. Legends Sports Bar at Downstream Casino always has great Friday & Saturday night musical entertainment, but I can’t tell you what it is this week. It’s not that I won’t tell you…I just don’t know. They didn’t get it posted on their website in advance. Hungover from New Year’s Eve probably. Kenny Babb will perform in Downstream’s Lover’s Leap Lounge, however, both nights. At Indigo Sky Casino, there is live entertainment in the Echo Bar starting Thursday night with music by The Jeff Fox Band. Travis Kidd will entertain Friday night followed by The High-Fidelics Saturday night.

The best spots to catch all your favorite sports action, including the final college football bowl games, NBA basketball, 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: Nashville moves from ABC to CMT for the kick-off of its fifth season Thursday night at 8:00. Emerald City, NBC’s long-delayed (and dark) re-boot of the Wizard of Oz airs Friday night at 8:00, preceded at 7:00 by the 13th season kick-off of Grimm. The 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards will be televised Sunday night at 7:00 on NBC.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: Hidden Figures and A Monster Calls

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Historians studying photographs from four decades ago have come to the conclusion that the U.S. must have believed in science at some point.” – Andy Borowitz

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SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, January 19 – OKC Boat and RV Show opens at the Cox Convention Center. Saturday, January 21Loverboy concert at Downstream Casino. 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.)

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In the college football world, we’re right down to the end of another season. Following the “Big Four” bowl games Monday – including OU and Auburn in the Sugar Bowl at 7:30 on ESPN - the National Championship Game is Monday night, January 9 at 7:00 on ESPN featuring the rematch of the decade: Alabama vs. Clemson – again. Let’s hope it turns out differently this year. If you want a good warm-up to the biggest game, there’s another big one Saturday – the NCAA FCS Championship pits James Madison against Youngstown State at 11:00 Saturday morning on ESPN2.

NFL action moves into “The Playoffs” this week.  Saturday and Sunday each feature two Wild Card games. In the NBA, the OKC Thunder kicks off TNT’s Thursday night double-header facing the Rockets in Houston at 7:00. TNT will also feature intermittent coverage of San Antonio at Denver before the nightcap with Portland hosting the L.A. Lakers at 9:30. Friday night, ESPN has the double-header with New York at Milwaukee at 7:00 and Memphis at Golden State at 9:30. Saturday night, it’s Thunder basketball again as OKC hosts the Denver Nuggets at 7:00 before heading to Chicago to take on the Bulls Monday night at 7:00, both on Fox Sports Oklahoma.

College basketball has some good games this week, too. Saturday, OU is at Kansas State at 2:00 (ESPNEWS) and Oklahoma State is at Baylor at 6:00, (ESPNEWS). Kansas hosts Texas Tech Saturday evening at 6:15 (ESPN2).  

The PGA Tour is underway for another year. The pros will be back on the course in Maui this week for the SBS Tournament of Champions. Coverage will be on the Golf Channel beginning at 5:00 Thursday, Friday & Saturday. NBC will pick up the final round coverage at 2:00 Sunday.

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It must be winter. The forecast for the first full weekend of January looks…cold. We might see a snow flurry or two Thursday &Friday before the sun comes out for Saturday & Sunday. Even at that, highs will only be around the freezing mark with lows in the teens. It looks like the perfect weekend to spend mid-afternoons outside and evenings at your favorite bar. While you’re there, 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

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 12-25-16

Christmas is behind us, a clean slate is ahead of us, there’s a little more daylight every day, and the best party weekend of the year is just ahead. The New Year’s holiday is for purists.  Oh, I realize there are a lot of amateurs attached to the rim of shot glasses, but you’ve got to appreciate a mid-winter holiday built around nothing but drinking and football. The only thing that’s better is the situation my buddies in Florida are facing…a holiday that’s only about drinking, football, and boating.  Now THAT’S the perfect holiday. Enjoy.

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Don’t you just love it on Christmas Day when a present says “from Mom and Dad” and you just know that Dad has absolutely no idea what’s inside?

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Dr. Henry Heimlich, the surgeon who invented the life-saving Heimlich maneuver, died last week. Don’t worry. He didn’t choke on anything. Heart attack.

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Let’s see how in touch you are with today’s music.  Name the highest paid musician in the past year.  If you didn’t say “Taylor Swift,” you lose. $170 million.

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Your tax dollars are hard at work in Oklahoma.  Apparently, they paid former legislative aide Hollie Bishop and her attorney $44,500 to settle her sexual harassment claim against her former boss, Tulsa State Representative Dan Kirby. I’m still trying to figure out why tax money paid her instead of Kirby paying it personally. It brings expanded meaning to the phrase fringe “benefits.” Perhaps Representative Kirby misunderstood at orientation and thought they said “friends with benefits.”

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DEFINITION OF THE WEEK – Irony: people waving confederate flags while telling other people “You lost. Get over it.”

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LEGAL TIP OF THE WEEK (from Michael Haggerty): When you appear for court and your lawyer tells you not to leave yet, but you leave anyway, things are not going to go well.

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Say it ain’t so.  Smith & Wesson stockholders have approved changing the name of the iconic company to American Outdoor Brands Corp.  I guess we’ll have to go back and edit movies like Dirty Harry IV where the bad guys ask Clint Eastwood who’s gonna stop ‘em. Somehow, “American Outdoor Brands…and me” doesn’t have the same ring to it. New signs, are in the future for a lot of redneck Okies, too. “This house protected by American Outdoor Brands.”  I dunno. Branding mistake, maybe?

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BEST CLASSIFIED AD SEEN THIS WEEK: Next month the Immigration Department will start deporting Seniors (instead of illegals) in order to lower Social Security and Medicare costs. Older people are easier to catch and less likely to remember how to get back home.

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FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: All men should make coffee for their women.  It says so right in the Bible – “Hebrew.”

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DINING BY WATER TIP: Mooney’s on Grand Lake has now re-opened at Disney. Open from noon daily. Get there by land or by Grand.

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DINING OFF-WATER TIP: Hi-Way Café in Vinita was just listed last week by onlyinyourstate.com as one of the “10 Little Known Restaurants in Oklahoma that are Hard to Find, but Worth the Search.”

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to Barbara Smith, Barbara Staten, Chuck Harris, Debbie Dooley, Robert Vandommelen, Judy Harris, Mark Londagin, Mary Musgrove, Reggie Wallace, Judy Barger, Steve Cornell, and Chey Cookson. And Happy New Year to everyone!

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK:  Why is the word “hyphenated” not hyphenated, but the word “non-hyphenated” is?

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BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: The New Year’s Eve Wine Dinner at Shangri-La’s Summit Restaurant (reservations required), New Year’s Eve Dinner at Cherokee Yacht Club, the New Year’s Eve Bash at Big Shots, and the Red Carpet Masquerade Party at Monkey Island Pub.

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GRAND LAKE WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: As you might expect, there’s a boat load of great musical entertainment around the lake this holiday weekend, including Randy Lunsford performing in the Burlesque Room at the Shebang leading up to New Years. Saturday night’s New Year’s Eve party at Big Shots will include, not only great dance music, but party favors, champagne toast & party favors, too.  The same is true at the fabulous Red Carpet Masquerade Ball at Monkey Island PubSaturday night. The Monkey Island live entertainment is capped off with a New Year’s Eve performance by the Street Kings at Road Hog Saloon.

On south Grand Lake, a New Year’s tradition springs back to life!  Don White will be on stage at Mooney’s on Grand Lake in Disney! Cherokee Yacht Club will feature three different entertainers throughout the evening Saturday night - Susan Wright, Terry Jordan, Mass FX and The Fabulous Two-Man Band. Juan Montez at Red Arrow Marina will feature a DJ and dance tunes at their New Year’s Eve Great Gatsby Party.

Area casinos have great musical options this weekend, as well, highlighted by a New Year’s Eve show featuring Jim Belushi at the Peoria Showplace at Buffalo Run Casino. In Buffalo Run’s Trailer Park Bar & Grill, The Sex will be on stage both Friday &Saturday nights. The big star performances start around the lake on Friday night with the great Johnny Lee at the new “Venue” at Grand Lake Casino. Grand Lake’s own Lickitty Split will play Saturday night at Grand Lake Casino.  The Pumpkin Hollow Band kicks off the holiday weekend Thursday night at the brand new Cherokee Casino Grove. The weekend at Downstream Casino gets underway with Friday night music from Mayday by Midnight at Legends Sports Bar. Saturday night, there are two shows at Legends – a Michael Jackson tribute early with MJ Déjà Vu starring Justin Dean (8:00-9:30) followed by a Madonnatribute, Material Girl. Kenny Babb will perform in Downstream’s Lover’s Leap Lounge both nights. At Indigo Sky Casino, there is live entertainment in the Echo Bar starting Thursday night with music by The Silvershakers. The Uncrowned Kings will entertainFriday night followed by Paralandra on New Year’s Eve. At Wyandotte Casino’s Club 60 West, Friday night is UFC Fight Night with a UFC 207 Watch Party featuring the Nunez/Rousey fight. Saturday night, the entertainment turn musical with the Eddie Valen Band ringing in the new year with Golden Sounds of The Platters as special guests. If your taste runs more toward comedy than music, bring in the new year Saturday night at Loony Saloon at The Stables Casino. Julie McCullough will be on stage with special guest Brett Schmidt.

The best spots to catch all your favorite sports action, including college football bowl games, NBA basketball, and NFL games are Monkey Island Pub, the Standing Room Only Bar at The Shebang, Road Hog Saloon, Pickles at the Lake in Langley, and Hookers at Cherokee Yacht Club.

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: If you’re staying home New Year’s Eve, you have many choices for parties on television – Ryan Secresthosts starting at 7:00 on ABC. NBC’s New Year’s coverage is hosted by Seth Myers starting at 9:00. Carson Daly takes over at10:30. Monday, The New Celebrity Apprentice starring Arnold Schwarzenegger makes its debut at 7:00 on NBC. Tuesdaynight, Bones begins its final season at 8:00 on Fox or you can catch The Wall at 7:00 on Fox and Bull at 8:00 on CBS.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: Fences  and Jackie

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “People will generally accept facts as truth, but only if the facts agree with what they already believe.” – The Late Andy Rooney

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SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, January 19 – OKC Boat and RV Show opens at the Cox Convention Center. 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 at918-782-3214.) Wednesday, February 8 – Home of Hope Chocolate Affair at Craig County Fairgrounds. Saturday, February 11– Sweetheart Dinner at The Summit at Shangri-La.

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In the college football world, we finally get some bowl games that normal fans care about this weekend – including OU, OSU, and Arkansas. Thursday afternoon, Arkansas faces Virginia Tech in the Belk Bowl (4:30), just ahead of the Oklahoma State Cowboys taking on Colorado in the Alamo Bowl (8:00), both on ESPN. Friday’s games start at 11:00 a.m. with TCU playing Georgia in the Liberty Bowl (ESPN). At 1:00, Stanford and North Carolina tee off in the Sun Bowl on CBS, while ESPN airs the Music City Bowl (2:30) with Nebraska taking on Tennessee. Friday night at 7:00, the day is topped off with the Orange Bowl (7:00 on ESPN) as Michigan faces Florida State. Saturday morning at 10:00, there are two games – LSU and Louisville in the Citrus Bowl (ABC) and Georgia Tech vs. Kentucky in the Taxslayer Bowl (ESPN), just ahead of the big semi-final playoff action – Washington and Alabama in the Peach Bowl at 2:00 and Ohio State vs. Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl at 6:00, both on ESPN.

Monday, January 2, is another big day of bowl action. The college football day starts at noon with Florida and Ohio in the Outback Bowl on ABC and Western Michigan and Wisconsin in the Cotton Bowl on ESPN.  At 4:00, USC and Penn State face off in the Rose Bowl just ahead of the finale with Oklahoma and Auburn in the Sugar Bowl at 7:30, both on ESPN.

NFL action is in the final regular season week with final playoff berths to be determined.  Sunday games include Dallas at Philadelphia (Fox) and Houston at Tennessee (CBS), both at noon, followed by Kansas City at San Diego (CBS) and Seattle at San Francisco (Fox), both at 3:30.

In the NBA, the OKC Thunder kicks off Thursday night in Memphis at 7:00 (Fox Sports Oklahoma). The nationally televisedThursday night double-header features the Celtics in Cleveland at 7:00 and the Lakers hosting the Mavericks at 9:30, both on TNT.Friday night, Milwaukee is at Minnesota at 7:00 (NBA). Saturday night, it’s Thunder basketball again as OKC hosts the L.A. Clippers (7:00) before hitting the road again to face Milwaukee Monday night at 6:00, both on Fox Sports Oklahoma.

College basketball has a pair of good games Thursday – Butler at St. Johns at 6:00 on Fox Sports 1 and Kentucky at Ole Miss at7:00 on ESPN2. West Virginia is at Oklahoma State Friday afternoon at 3:00 and Kansas is at TCU Friday evening at 8:00, both on ESPN2. Baylor is in Norman to face the Sooners Friday night at 6:00 on ESPN2. Saturday games include Louisville at Indiana (11:30 on CBS) and Connecticut at Tulsa at 1:00 on CBSSN.

The PGA Tour is taking a holiday break. The pros will be back on the course January 5 in Maui for the Tournament of Champions.

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The New Year’s weekend weather forecast for Grand Lake looks pretty darn good. We’ll have sunshine all weekend with highs in the mid-to-upper 40s and lows in the 30s! It’s a party weekend on Grand Lake, for sure! Be safe, be kind, have a wonderful New Year’s Eve celebration - and be sure to buy a drink for the guy next to you.  It could be me. 

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

 

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

 

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

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 12-18-16

Just a few more days now, and we can stack the Christmas stuff on the back of the storage files and get back to good music on the radio. The big day is almost here, as the old cynical Christmas saying goes, “when we sit in our living rooms in front of a dead tree, eating candy out of our socks.” I have my stockings hung by the chimney with care, by the way.  This year, I hung pantyhose. I hope Santa gets the hint. Seriously, though, as we close in on the big day, I hope your Christmas is safe, fun, filled with friends…and that it’s not icy!

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I had a fantastic time Friday night visiting with friends at the big Sagitarrian/Christmas Party at Big Shots Rhythm & Booze. Papa Larry Duke put on the culinary show, feeding his flock ham & beans, cornbread, and his patented rum cake. If you missed it, you missed one of the great parties of the year.

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As it turns out, it’s a good think I partied hard Friday night. The Grand Lake weather dealt us the first nasty blow of the year Saturday night – but we sure extended perfect fall weather as long as we could – and I’m sure there’s more nice weather to come. The 2016 Winter Solstice date is 4:44 a.m. Wednesday, December 21. That means we start getting a few more minutes of sunlight each day from now until summer!  We’re on the downhill slide now!

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I had a great time Saturday night watching the telecast of the Grand Lake Christmas Lights Boat Parade. All of us in the Tulsa TV viewing area got the program Saturday night. Joplin viewers will catch the boat parade Christmas Eve at 12:30 p.m. (KSNF). OKC viewers can catch the Grand Lake Christmas celebration on the water Christmas morning at 11:30 (KWTV).

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We have a new place to spend some indoor winter hours on Grand Lake.  Congratulations to all involved in the development and construction of our newest area casino. Cherokee Casino Grove is now open. Enjoy. I can’t wait until Spring when we’ll add the new Shangri-La Resort Hotel to our entertainment options.  I’m thinking 2017 is going to be one hell of a year for Grand Lake’s economy.  We’ll all find out soon. Our best indicator is action at the Tulsa Boat, Sport & Travel Show – and that great event is just a little over a month away. Show opening is January 30 at the River Spirit Expo at the Tulsa State Fairgrounds.

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If you haven’t already heard, both houses of the U.S. Congress last weekend gave final approval to legislation transferring ownership of the Grand Lake Flowage Easements from the Corps of Engineers to the Grand River Dam Authority. Lots of Grand Lakers have been working with Senators Inhofe and Lankford to get this done. Thank goodness Grand Lake development will now be supervised by regulators who are actually familiar with the lake – and who actually know and care about the property owners here. Weird, huh? Something good can come out of Congress, after all! Special thanks to Senator Inhofe who personally got this important language inserted into legislation.

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As is often the case, nothing good happens without being followed immediately by something foolish. Oklahoma State Senate Majority Leader Greg Treat (R-Edmond/Deer Creek/OKC) and State Representative Leslie Osborn (R-Mustang) have called for a study of putting a band-aid on government’s sad economic state by crippling progress at Grand Lake. They have called for a study to sell the Grand River Dam Authority to a private company. I’m confused. They were both in the legislature last year when the idea raised its ugly head again and was promptly dropped when cooler, wiser heads prevailed. Let’s hope there are still a few cooler, wiser heads in the legislature. Gideon Tucker was right: “No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session.”

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Maybe we need to try a little harder if we want the rest of the world to think about us like we think about ourselves. Forbes just published their list of “Most Reputable Countries” based on the world view of those countries. The United States did not make the Top 20. The top five (in order) were Sweden, Canada, Switzerland, Australia, and Norway.

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Fortunately, if you look hard enough, you’ll find logic and integrity in the Oklahoma legislature. Here’s some from Representative David Perryman (D-Chickasha): "The Grand River Dam Authority is working like it was designed to work and its sale has the potential of rendering devastation to the economy of northeastern Oklahoma."

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FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: I just ordered a Life Alert bracelet; so if I ever get a life, I’ll be notified immediately.

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PAY RAISE NEGOTIATION TIP: “I told my boss three companies were after me and I needed a raise to stay at my current job. He asked which three were interested. I said the gas. Electric. And cable.” (thanks to my pal, Garry Toomey for sharing this one)

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 BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK: Now that food has replaced sex in my life, I can’t even get into my own pants.

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy Birthday wishes go out this week Terry Graham, Tiffany Green, Denise Whitson, Jessica Graham, Casey Musgrove, Scott Roberts, Will Rosebure, and Nancy Wyatt. Congratulations, too, to Grand Lake real estate broker Cari Williams who has just been named Managing Broker of the new Chinowth & Cohen Grand Lake Real Estate office. That should be handy for Cari. Her new office is right across the street from The Shebang! A super holiday shout-out goes to the hard-working, generous volunteers and donors from the Monkey Island FUNdraisers, Women’s Auxiliary Association of Monkey Island, JL’s Toy Run, and South Grand Lakers Helping Children. Hundreds of Grand Lake area kids who would otherwise have nothing, will have a wonderful Christmas this year because of these great groups!

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK:  Why didn’t Noah just swat those two mosquitoes?

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BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: Take a little spin around the lake and enjoy the great Christmas lights.  Great displays are at Pine Lodge Resort, Twin Bridges State Park, and Har-Ber Village.

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

Area casinos have great musical options this weekend, as well, highlighted by Members Only performing Friday night at the brand new Cherokee Casino Grove. The weekend at Downstream Casino kicks off with Friday night music from The Uncrowned Kingsat Legends Sports Bar. Saturday night, music will be provided by The Jason Kinney Band. Howard Gayles will perform in Downstream’s Lover’s Leap Lounge both nights. At Indigo Sky Casino, there is live entertainment in the Echo Bar starting Thursday night with music by The Brandon Butler Band. Nick Gibson will entertain Friday night followed by The Band DeLoreanon Christmas Eve. The Bobby D Band will entertain Friday night at Wyandotte Casino’s Club 60 West; and Grand Lake’s ownLickitty Split will play Thursday night at the all-new Venue at Grand Lake Casino.

The best spots to catch all your favorite sports action, including college football bowl games, NBA basketball, and NFL games are the Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La, Monkey Island Pub, the Standing Room Only Bar at The Shebang, Road Hog Saloon, Pickles at the Lake in Langley, and Hookers at Cherokee Yacht Club.

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: Dreamworks’ animated series Trollhunters will be available Friday on NetFlix. The 27th Annual Grand Lake Christmas Lights Boat Parade airs Saturday afternoon at 12:30 in Joplin/Pittsburgh (KSNF) and Sunday morning at 11:30in Oklahoma City (KWTV-9). The 39th Annual Kennedy Centers Honors will be televised Tuesday night at 8:00 on CBS.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: Fences  and Silence

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Never buy flowers from a monk. Only you can prevent florist friars.” – Smokey the Bear?

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SAVE THE DATE: Friday, December 30Johnny Lee concert at The Venue at Grand Lake Casino. Saturday, December 31 – Wine Dinner at the Summit at Shangri-La. Saturday, December 31 – New Year’s Eve Bash at Big Shots Rhythm & Booze ($25 per couple including toast and Papa Duke’s breakfast pizza). Saturday, December 31 – New Year’s Eve Party at Road Hog Saloon featuring The Street Kings. Saturday, December 31 – The Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve Party at Juan Montez at Red Arrow Marina. Saturday, December 31 – New Year’s Eve at Cherokee Yacht Club features dinner, dancing, champagne toast, breakfast, and entertainment by Susan Wright, Terry Jordan, Mass FX and The Fabulous Two-Man Band. Thursday, January 19 – OKC Boat and RV Show opens at the Cox Convention Center. 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.)

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In the college football world, there are bowl games galore virtually every day for the foreseeable future, but unless you’re really interested in whether teams like Old Dominion are better than someone called Eastern Michigan, etc., there aren’t many good ones. There are a few, though – Louisiana Tech plays Navy in the Armed Forces Bowl Friday at 3:30 (ESPN). There are no other biggies (in my mind, at least) until next Monday when North Carolina State plays Vanderbilt in the Independence Bowl (4:00 on ESPN2). Better games start next Tuesday when Army and North Texas face off in the Heart of Dallas Bowl (11:00), Minnesota faces Washington State (6:00) and Boise State takes on Baylor in the Cactus Bowl (9:15), all on ESPN. Next Wednesday kicks off Big 12 play with West Virginia facing Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl at 1:00, and Texas A&M taking on Kansas State in the Texas Bowl at 8:00, both on ESPN.  

NFL games have a strange schedule due to the Christmas holiday. Action gets underway Thursday night with the N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia (7:30 on NBC). There’s a rare Saturday line-up this week with the New England Patriots hosting the N.Y. Jets (CBS) and Green Bay hosting Minnesota (Fox), both at noon. At 3:30, Tampa Bay is at New Orleans (Fox). Saturday night, Cincinnati will be in Houston at 7:30 (NFL). Christmas Day, Baltimore is at Pittsburgh (3:30 on NFL) as a prelude to one of the biggest rivalries of all – Denver at Kansas City Christmas night at 7:30 on NBC. Monday night, Detroit is at Dallas (7:30 on ESPN).

In the NBA, Thursday night is a Los Angeles night – the Lakers are in Miami at 7:00 and the Clippers host the Spurs at 9:30, both on TNT. Friday night, the OKC Thunder is in Boston at 6:30 (NBA and Fox Sports Oklahoma) and the Clippers host the Mavericks (9:30 on NBA). Christmas Day is a big NBA day. Boston is at New York at 11:00 (ESPN), Golden State is at Cleveland at 1:30 and Chicago is at San Antonio at 4:00, both on ABC. Christmas night, the OKC Thunder host Minnesota at 7:00and the crosstown rival Clippers and Lakers face off at 9:30, both on ESPN.

College basketball has a pair of good games Thursday – Tulsa at Stephen F. Austin at 3:30 on ESPNU, and Kansas at UNLV at 8:00 on CBSSN.

The PGA Tour is taking a holiday break. The pros will be back on the course January 5 in Maui for the Tournament of Champions.

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The Christmas weekend weather forecast for Grand Lake isn’t perfect – but it’s a whale of a lot better than last weekend. High temperatures Friday will be in the 50s. Saturday & Sunday will be a little cooler, with highs in the 40s. We might get a few showers Saturday – and maybe even a few snow flurries on Christmas Day – but at least it won’t be so cold! Be safe, be kind, have a wonderful Christmas holiday - 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.

 

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

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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