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Grand Lake Bum 3-26-17

The rock climbers who showed up by the thousands in Disney over the weekend for the annual Big Meat Run ended up, for the most part, in a Big Mud Run. April showers started eight days early this year; but it seems like no amount of water can dampen the spirits of the four-wheeling aficionados. Some of ‘em probably liked it better. It makes sense. Water shouldn’t detract from a Grand Lake event, for heaven’s sake!

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Everybody had something they loved over the past weekend. Mudders had mud. Rain fans had rain. Chilly weather lovers had chilly weather – and by Sunday afternoon, sun lovers got their wish, filling the lake with boats and the golf courses with duffers. By the way, if you are a weekender who is new to Grand Lake, you should know about the “Grand Lake Sunday afternoon rule.” No matter what the weather is like for the rest of the weekend, it’s always perfect by mid-afternoon on Sunday. That’s why the rest of us finally had to give up and move here full-time.

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 If you’ve been watching the news lately, you know they play sorta rough in Russia – but I couldn’t help but think back on my days as a young accordion player (yeah, I know) when I saw what happened in the village of Cheboksaray, Russia. Some guy told his accordion-playing buddy he didn’t like the music, so…the offended accordion player killed him. With a crowbar. Then polished him off with a sledgehammer o the head. Then left his body in his apartment for three days. Then chopped it up with an axe and carried some of the parts to various garbage bins in his accordion case. Then got tired, and left a few parts behind. When police tracked him down, he resisted arrest…with a pitchfork. The moral of the story is: accordion players are paranoid enough. Don’t irritate one of ‘em.

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I’m not sure anything could be more embarrassing for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. During his appearance before a U.S. Senate committee attempting to explain why he was the perfect guy to make the right decision, the current members of the Supreme Court issued a ruling overturning one of his judicial decisions…unanimously. Oops.

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I think we should petition the Vatican to persuade Pope Francis to move to Grand Lake. Last week, he proved he’s a Grand Laker at heart. “Water is needed to live,” he said, “but wine expresses the abundance of the banquet and joy of the celebration. Wine is necessary for the celebration.” I may be Catholic, after all.

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A buddy of mine is a financial manager, believe it or not. I had him take a look at my stuff, and I got good news and bad news from him. The good news: I have enough money to live comfortably the rest of my life. The bad news: I have to be dead byTuesday.

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Last week, the Oklahoma House of Representatives spent more than an hour debating whether or not a lifetime hunting license holder should be charged an additional fee for a bear tag. Your tax dollars at work. At least they’re focusing on the important issues facing our state, right?

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The Governor of Arkansas has signed a new law which could allow concealed weapons at University of Arkansas basketball and football games. I think I’m with State Representative Greg Leding whose district includes Fayetteville. He called the law “horrifying.” Heated competitions, bad officiating, angry, screaming fans – and guns. What could possibly go wrong?

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Be careful what you say while you’re hanging out in your glass house. Former Colorado Republican Party Chairman and conservative radio host Steve Curtis said last year “It seems to me that virtually every case of voter fraud I can remember in my lifetime was committed by Democrats.” I guess he can update his data base now. Tuesday, HE was charged with voter fraud.

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U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said last week, “No one should have to buy health insurance if they don’t want to. That’s freedom.” Cool. So we don’t have to buy automobile insurance anymore, either because…you know – freedom?

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My defense lawyer friend Josh Davis went to a DUI conference in New Orleans last week. I can’t think of a more appropriate place to learn about drunk driving!

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PLACES TO STAY AROUND THE LAKE: The new River Bend Hotel is now open at River Bend Casino (formerly Wyandotte Casino) in Wyandotte.

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DINING & DRINKING ON GRAND UPDATE: Roadhouse 125 on Monkey Island is now scheduled to open Saturday, April 8.

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BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK: There isn’t a key to my heart, but you can jimmy that thing open with a credit card.

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BEST FACEBOOK POST THIS WEEK: I was born to be wild, but only until around 9:00 p.m. or so.

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BEST INSIGHT OF THE WEEK: I can’t believe I forgot to go to the gym today. That’s seven years in a row!

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to Andy Stewart, Kathi Sikorski, Chelsey Weatherford, Tonya Blair, Anna Pickens, Mike Farley, Becky Sconyers, Wayne Smith, Kacey Threet, Erin Gayer, Steve Wetwiska, Tod Sanger, and Sam Walker.

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK:  How is it possible to run out of space?

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BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: Saturday night is the annual GEFFE Gala benefitting the Grove Education Foundation for Excellence. The gala is at the Grove Civic Center. The Smithsonian traveling exhibition: The Way We Worked continues its run at the Har-Ber Village Museum this weekend and will continue through May 8.

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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 and Clint Walker in the Back Stage Room at The Shebang on Monkey Island Friday & Saturday nights, and the Balcony Bar will also be open upstairs at The Shebang with Karaoke (if it’s above 60 degrees). Across the street at Big Shots Rhythm & Booze, enjoy all the best tunesFriday night – and a live performance by Even Keel Band Saturday night. Friday night is Karaoke Night at Monkey Island Pub – and there’s always live music Saturday nights at Road Hog Saloon.

Area casinos have excellent musical options this weekend, as well.  The Dropouts will perform atop the 1897 Bar at Cherokee Casino Grove’s 1897 Bar Friday night. At Buffalo Run Casino’s Trailer Park Bar & Grill, Str8ight Shot will perform bothFriday & Saturday nights. The Tribute Kings will be on the stage at Downstream Casino’s Legends Sports Bar Friday night. At Indigo Sky Casino, there is live entertainment in the Echo Bar starting Thursday night with music by Boston Mountain Playboys.Friday night, Travis Kidd will entertain, followed by Another Alibi Saturday night.

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

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: The Amazing Race moves to a new time & day this week, Thursday night at 9:00 on CBS. Alec Baldwin is The Donald again this week on Saturday Night Live, 10:30 Saturday night on NBC. The 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards will air live Sunday night at 7:00 on CBS; and season 2 of Home Fires airs Sunday night at 8:00 on PBS.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIE: The Boss Baby

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “My grandparents didn’t come to America all the way from Germany just to see it get taken over by immigrants.” – Donald Trump

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SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, April 8 – South Grand Lake Chamber’s Bootleggers’ Ball at Cherokee Yacht Club. Saturday, April 8 – Roadhouse 125 restaurant opens on Monkey Island. Sunday, April 16 – Easter Sunday Buffet at Shangri-La’s Summit Restaurant. Saturday, April 29 – fundraising concert & dance featuring The Old Bulldog Band at Big Shots ($30 tickets on sale now – proceeds to the Monkey Island Golf Cart & Pedestrian Trail). Friday, May 5 – GRDA Lake Launch 2017 – “Grand Fiesta!” at Ecosystems Center in Langley (6:00-9:00). Saturday, May 6 – Burning of the Socks at Harbors View Marina.

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Things are getting deadly serious this week in the March Madness battles. We’re down to the Final Four teams. Semi-final battles are Saturday afternoon & evening with game 1 at 5:00 and game 2 at 7:30, both on CBS. The National Championship Game will follow on Monday night, April 3, at 8:00 on CBS. Women’s NCAA Tournament Final Four is this weekend, too, withFriday night action on ESPN2. The Women’s National Championship Game is Sunday afternoon at 5:00 on ESPN.

In the NBA, Thursday night’s TNT double-header features Cleveland at Chicago early (7:00) and Houston at Portland late (9:30). Friday night, the San Antonio Spurs are at the OKC Thunder (7:00) and Houston is at Golden State (9:30), both on ESPN. Sunday, Boston is at New York at noon (ABC), Charlotte is at OKC Thunder (2:00 on Fox Sports Oklahoma) and Utah is at San Antonio (2:30 on ABC). The Thunder host Milwaukee Tuesday night, April 4, at 7:00 on ESPN.

The PGA Tour players are headed for Houston, Texas this week. Coverage of the Shell Houston Open begins at 3:00 Thursday& Friday and noon Saturday & Sunday on the Golf Channel. NBC picks up coverage of the final two rounds Saturday &Sunday at 2:00.

NASCAR drivers are running at Martinsville this week. Coverage of the STP 500 begins at 1:00 Sunday afternoon on Fox Sports 1.

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Weekend weather ahead looks just like April normally looks. We may have to dodge a shower or two but, for the most part, the weather looks good with high temperatures in the mid-to-upper 60s. Springtime is here – so let’s get the party started! Remember, though, wherever you decide to play, be sure to buy a drink for the guy next to you.  It could be me. 

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

 

1909 in Downtown Grove

American Grill in Grove

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

Artichoke Restaurant & Bar in Langley

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

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

Bobbers Café in Langley

Book ‘ems at South Wind Marina in Bernice

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

Buffalo Run Casino in Miami (smoking)

Café Italia on Monkey Island

Carlos Montez in Langley (smoking in bar)

Ceasar’s Place in Vinita and on Monkey Island

Chickanella’s in Grove

Chicken Coop West of Langley

Clanton’s Café in Vinita

Coffee Shelter in Ketchum

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

Docks Bar at Harbors View Marina

Downstream Casino in Quapaw (smoking)

Drake’s Restaurant in Grove

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

Gabby’s Place in downtown Grove

Goodfella’s Pizza (Cleora and Grove)

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

Grand Lodge in Ketchum (smoking)

Hatfield’s Saloon in Grove

High Winds Casino east of Miami (smoking)

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

Juan Montez Restaurant & Cantina at Red Arrow Marina

Karrie's Kaboose in Vinita (smoking)

La Casita de Martin in downtown Grove

Lakeside Bar & Grill in Grove at Sail Boat Bridge

Lighthouse Supper Club in Ketchum

Los Garcias in Langley

Lupe's Mexican Restaurant in Grove

Monkey Island Pub (Smoking)

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

Morrows Bar & Grill in Raper Hollow

Nu Taste Restaurant in Grove

Okie Smokies Barbecue in Grove on Hwy 59 South

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

Pickles at the Lake in Langley

Pit Stop Café in Grove

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

Raggedy’s in Grove

Rancho Viejo in Grove

Riggs & Company in Langley

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

Rusty Anchor (next to the cliffs at Dripping Springs)

Scooters in Langley (smoking)

Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina (smoking)

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

Sticky Fingers Barbecue in Ketchum

Stuffn’s Restaurant in Ketchum (Smoking on patio)

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

The Grill at Indian Hills Resort & Marina in Bernice

The Landings Marina (smoking on the deck)

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

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

The Office on Monkey Island (smoking)

The Stables Casino in Miami (smoking)

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

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

VIP Pizza at Hammerhead Marina (smoking on deck)

Water Side Bar & Grill in Grove

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

Wolf Creek Diner in Grove

Wyandotte Nation Casino at Twin Bridges (smoking)

Grand Lake Bum 3-19-17

Well, at least the last two-and-a-half days of Spring Break were perfect! Temps fell a little low early in the Spring Break, but Mother Nature rebounded nicely for the final weekend, running that temperature up to the mid-80s on the last day of break – just in time for the First Official Day of Spring, 2017. Congratulations, everybody. We made it!

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I had a terrific time celebrating St. Patrick’s Day over the weekend – AGAIN. My favorite night spots spreading one of the biggest drinking holidays of the year over two weekends had my liver really worried – especially since it was also the week of Spring Break Drinking Competition. I survived, though, just in time to put my training to work enjoying the increasing amount of daylight we’re seeing every day now. Spring has sprung!  If you’re not in shape by now, you’d better get with it.

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Leadership in the Oklahoma House of Representatives asked the Oklahoma Tourism Department to give them a list of planned actions that would result from a 14% budget cut. The list included closings of Grand Lake state parks and the Cherokee Golf Course below the Pensacola Dam, as well as an end to the legendary Oklahoma Today Magazine. Hopefully cooler heads will prevail and someone can convince legislative leaders that a 14% cut – on top of the 38% budget cut Tourism has already endured since 2009 – is probably not a smart thing to do with the only agency in Oklahoma that actually brings business to our state. If you know a legislator – call them.

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It could be worse, of course. Just when you think no one could top the strange actions of the Oklahoma legislature, Illinois pops up. Lawmakers in that state apparently can’t do much about the highest property taxes in the nation, the lowest credit rating in the nation, a $130 billion unfunded pension crisis, and they haven’t been able to write a state budget for 19 months; BUT – they are doing something.  Last week, they voted to designate October as Zombie Preparedness Month, adding a zombie invasion to the list of potential natural disasters for which citizens should have a 72 hour supply of food & water on hand. Sadly, this is not a joke. It actually happened (the legislative vote – not the zombie invasion).

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Just in case you’re not feeling old…the singing group Hanson is beginning a new tour – their 25th Anniversary Tour! Whaaaa?

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I’m confused. The Bible says we all came from the first two folks on earth – Adam & Eve. They had three sons. How does that work?

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Hmmm. It was probably fairly simple for Oklahoma State Senator Ralph Shortey (R-Moore) to explain why he was in a Moore motel room the other night. Apparently he had more difficulty explaining to cops what that teenage boy was doing in the room with him. If you’re keeping track, that’s “zero days since Oklahoma experienced a nationwide embarrassment. Keep up the good work.”

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Mother knows best – or you’d better hope she does. A new scientific study says it doesn’t matter how smart your daddy is, it’s not gonna help you. As it turns out, the genes for “intelligence” are passed along to all of us from our mothers, not our daddies. That should be really good news to the kids of some daddies I hang out with!

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I don’t usually spend any time mentioning new law firms, but I couldn’t resist this one. In McAlester, attorneys Warren Gotcher and Jeremy Beaver have teamed up. Think about it: Gotcher/Beaver? I pity the poor person who has to answer the firm’s phone with a straight face.

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DINING & DRINKING ON GRAND UPDATE: If you’re not a member at Shangri-La, it’s time to join if you want to eat at club house restaurant. The Summit Restaurant goes private May 1. With the opening of the new Resort Hotel at Shangri-La,Doc’s Bar & Grill at the hotel and Eddy’s Lakeside Bar at Shangri-La Marina will be open to the public, but service at The Summit Restaurant at Shangri-La’s club house will be limited to members, their guests, and resort guests.

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BEST T-SHIRT SEEN THIS WEEK: In wine there is wisdom. In beer there is freedom. In my boat there are both.

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 BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK: Turning on your lights and siren after you lose a drag race is just poor sportsmanship.

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BEST FACEBOOK POST THIS WEEK: Stop posting your problems on Facebook. Go to a bar like everyone else.

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BEST E-MAIL I RECEIVED THIS WEEK: Autocorrect has become my worst enema.

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to Julie Londagin, Jason Macer, Todd Segress, Jan Smith, Ryan Dalton, Spencer Londagin, Jana Kimball, Lauren Hess, Matt Moyer, Charles Gragg, Greg Brasel, and Amanda Dalton.

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK:  Do Roman paramedics refer to “IV’s” as “4’s?”

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BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: Friday & Saturday is the Grove Area Merchants’ Spring Open House. In Disney, it’s rock crawling time!  Long John’s Big Meat Run is Friday-Sunday. The Smithsonian traveling exhibition: The Way We Worked opens this weekend at the Har-Ber Village Museum and will continue through May 8.

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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 and Clint Walker in the Back Stage Room at The Shebang on Monkey Island Friday & Saturday nights, and the Balcony Bar will also be open upstairs at The Shebang with Karaoke (if it’s above 60 degrees). Across the street at Big Shots Rhythm & Booze, Big Skillet Band will be live on stage for your listening and dancing pleasure. Friday night is Karaoke Night at Monkey Island Pub – and there’s always live music Saturday nights at Road Hog Saloon.

Area casinos have excellent musical options this weekend, as well.  Rod Robertson will perform atop the 1897 Bar at Cherokee Casino Grove’s 1897 Bar Friday night, followed by The Band DeLorean Saturday night. Grand Lake Casino will feature the music of Lickitty Split Friday night at Venue 655. At Buffalo Run Casino’s Trailer Park Bar & Grill, The Sex will perform bothFriday & Saturday nights. Asphalt Cowboys will be on the stage at Downstream Casino’s Legends Sports Bar both Friday andSaturday nights. At Indigo Sky Casino, there is live entertainment in the Echo Bar starting Thursday night with music by Georgia Coast. Friday night, Shawna Russell will entertain, followed by Hi-Fidelics Saturday night.

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

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: Season 3 of Grace & Frankie will be available Friday on NetFlix. Kiddos will want to catch the series premiere of Tangled: The Series, airing Friday night at 6:30 on Disney; and Trial & Error is a really good new series, airingTuesday nights at 9:00 on NBC.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: Life, Power Rangers, and CHiPs

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “I just learned that a spy device in my home can also be used to heat up food quickly.” – Andy Borowitz

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SAVE THE DATE: April 1 – GEFFE Gala (Grove Education Foundation for Excellence). Saturday, April 8 – South Grand Lake Chamber’s Bootleggers’ Ball at Cherokee Yacht Club. Sunday, April 16 – Easter Sunday Buffet at Shangri-La’s Summit Restaurant. Friday, May 5 – GRDA Lake Launch 2017. Saturday, May 6 – Burning of the Socks at Harbors View Marina.

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Things are getting really serious this week in the March Madness battles. NCAA Tournament action will fill the screens of CBS, TBS, TNT, and Tru-TV Thursday-Sunday this week. By Sunday night, we’ll know the Final Four teams. Women’s NCAA Tournament action hits the quarterfinals this weekend, with games on the networks of ESPN Sunday & Monday – check your local listings, as they say.

In the NBA, there’s a limited television schedule this week because all the networks are clogged up with college games; but the Oklahoma City Thunder will be featured in a national telecast at Houston Sunday afternoon (2:30 on ABC). Monday night, they’ll be in Dallas to take on the Mavericks (7:30 on Fox Sports Oklahoma). TNT will also have a Monday night double-header – Cleveland at San Antonio in the early game (7:00) and New Orleans at Utah late (9:30).

The PGA Tour players are headed for Austin, Texas this week. Coverage of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play begins at1:00 Wednesday, Thursday & Friday and 9:00 a.m. Saturday & Sunday on the Golf Channel. NBC picks up coverage of the semi-finals and finals Saturday & Sunday at 1:00. This week is also the Puerto Rico Open. Coverage on the Golf Channel begins at 9:30 Thursday & Friday mornings, 1:00 on Saturday and 1:30 Sunday.

NASCAR drivers are running the Auto World 400 this week. Coverage begins at 2:30 Sunday afternoon on Fox.

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Weekend weather ahead looks just like springtime is supposed to look. We might have a few morning showers Friday, then it clears off to be a really nice weekend – sunshine with high temperatures around 70. It’s your last chance for weekend Grand Lake fun in the month of March. The clock is ticking. Get your dancing shoes on! Remember, though, wherever you decide to play, be sure to buy a drink for the guy next to you.  It could be me. 

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

 

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

 

1909 in Downtown Grove

American Grill in Grove

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

Artichoke Restaurant & Bar in Langley

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

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

Bobbers Café in Langley

Book ‘ems at South Wind Marina in Bernice

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

Buffalo Run Casino in Miami (smoking)

Café Italia on Monkey Island

Carlos Montez in Langley (smoking in bar)

Ceasar’s Place in Vinita and on Monkey Island

Chickanella’s in Grove

Chicken Coop West of Langley

Clanton’s Café in Vinita

Coffee Shelter in Ketchum

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

Docks Bar at Harbors View Marina

Downstream Casino in Quapaw (smoking)

Drake’s Restaurant in Grove

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

Gabby’s Place in downtown Grove

Goodfella’s Pizza (Cleora and Grove)

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

Grand Lodge in Ketchum (smoking)

Hatfield’s Saloon in Grove

High Winds Casino east of Miami (smoking)

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

Juan Montez Restaurant & Cantina at Red Arrow Marina

Karrie's Kaboose in Vinita (smoking)

La Casita de Martin in downtown Grove

Lakeside Bar & Grill in Grove at Sail Boat Bridge

Lighthouse Supper Club in Ketchum

Los Garcias in Langley

Lupe's Mexican Restaurant in Grove

Monkey Island Pub (Smoking)

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

Morrows Bar & Grill in Raper Hollow

Nu Taste Restaurant in Grove

Okie Smokies Barbecue in Grove on Hwy 59 South

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

Pickles at the Lake in Langley

Pit Stop Café in Grove

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

Raggedy’s in Grove

Rancho Viejo in Grove

Riggs & Company in Langley

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

Rusty Anchor (next to the cliffs at Dripping Springs)

Scooters in Langley (smoking)

Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina (smoking)

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

Sticky Fingers Barbecue in Ketchum

Stuffn’s Restaurant in Ketchum (Smoking on patio)

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

The Grill at Indian Hills Resort & Marina in Bernice

The Landings Marina (smoking on the deck)

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

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

The Office on Monkey Island (smoking)

The Stables Casino in Miami (smoking)

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

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

VIP Pizza at Hammerhead Marina (smoking on deck)

Water Side Bar & Grill in Grove

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

Wolf Creek Diner in Grove

Wyandotte Nation Casino at Twin Bridges (smoking)

Grand Lake Bum 3-12-17

My life got better at 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning. There’s something about the arrival of Daylight Saving Time that just makes you feel better! Don’t you think? In fact, I think we should do away with standard time altogether and live on DST all year-round.  It makes a lot more sense to me to have the extra daylight at the end of the day where everybody can enjoy it instead of having it at the beginning of the day when 80 percent of us sleep through it.

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It was fun to see the bagpipers back on Grand for the big St. Patrick’s Day Party at Monkey Island Pub Saturday night. Not that it takes much prodding to push us into party mode, but the fact that St. Patrick’s Day falls on Friday this year only gives Grand Lakers a chance to extend the party to a full eight days.

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It’s hard to believe we have already breezed through the OKC, Tulsa, and Grand Lake Boat Shows – Welcome Back Weekend Festivities, the return of Daylight Saving Time, and now – Spring Break 2017 is behind us and March Madness is underway! Next up is St. Patrick’s Day, then Easter, then boats will start filling Woodward Hollow, Party Cove, and Dripping Springs on weekends. Winter, we knew ye not (nor did we have any desire to know ye better!)

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There may be hope for my friends in Kansas, after all. President Trump is actually repaying Kansans who voted for him with a big favor.  He’s naming Governor Brownback Ambassador to Italy. With him on the other side of the Atlantic, Kansas may actually have a chance to survive.

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Now I’ve heard everything. A new medical study indicates you can get rid of a problem with stinky armpits – if you can find a donor. The doctors studied identical twins, one with stinky pits and one without. They found that, over time, they could eliminate the stench of the stinky-sweat twin by dabbing his armpits regularly with sweat from the non-stinky-sweat twin. That makes me wonder if you could get rid of smelly breath by finding a spit-swapping donor. At least the research would be fun (for half the research team).

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Consultant Peter Bender really got into his job researching Hanes underwear products for the Chicago Tribune – not just the regular undies, but also the Playtex and Maindenform women’s brands. So what’s a male researchers reaction to three days in a sports bra, an underwire bra, and a lacy bra? “These things are difficult,” he wrote in his blog for the Tribune – “The lacy one was especially itchy.” Now you know, boys.

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Albeit by the slimmest of margins, the majority of the Oklahoma House of Representatives voted last week to confirm their belief that Oklahoma voters don’t know what they’re doing. They voted to override last fall’s overwhelming passage of State Question 780, reducing the simple possession of many drugs from felony status to a misdemeanor. Fifty-one members of the House decided that voters didn’t know what they were doing when they expressed their will. I contend that voters obviously didn’t know what they were doing when they voted to elect those fifty-one House members!  The bill still has to be passed by the Senate and signed by the Governor before the will of the people is officially overridden.  You might give ‘em a call. You can’t tell. There may still be an elected official or two who cares what voters think. (A buddy of mine was proof-reading this paragraph and thought it started out…”Albeit by the slimiest of margins…”  That works, too.)

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Just because you have the right to carry a gun, that apparently does not give you the right to use it to avoid having your drunk ass thrown out of a bar – twice. Eli Kasper learned the less at the Wobbly Barn in Killington, Vermont. After being thrown out of the bar for being drunk, he returned to defend his honor – and his spot at the bar – with a gun. During the ensuing fight, he was too drunk to hang onto his gun. Now he just faces more charges. It’s probably good advice to leave your gun at home when you plan on defending your right to be drunk and obnoxious.

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Who’s number 1? U.S. News & World Report, in conjunction with the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, has released the 2017 list of “Best Countries in the World.” We always assume it’s us, of course..but, as it turns out, it’s not us.  Out of seven different ranking categories, the U.S. only made the top five in one category – Most Powerful – where we ranked #1 ahead of Russia & China. Overall rankings for “Best Countries” dropped the U.S. from fourth to seventh this year. The top 6 ahead of the U.S.  (in order) were Switzerland, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, and Sweden. If you’re thinking of someplace else to spend your golden years, the top three countries for “a comfortable retirement” were New Zealand, Australia, and Switzerland.

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LEGAL TIP OF THE WEEK (from Josh Davis): It’s probably not a defense to the drive by shooting you’ve been charged with, when you tell the cops that you were actually doing a different drive by shooting at the time.

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BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK: Just give us the same health care coverage Congress has. We’ll get by.

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BEST FACEBOOK POST THIS WEEK: This whiskey tastes like I’m about to tell you how I feel.

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to Janie Gibbs, Guy Hixenbaugh, Gary Quick, Peggy Stowers, John Pellow, Carla Steckline, Bill Slepka, Nick Paden, Richard Lippitt, and Rusty Fleming.

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK:  Was the pole vault accidentally discovered by a clumsy javelin thrower?

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BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: Friday night is the “Luck of the Irish” party at Big Shots on Monkey Island. Drink specials and Corned Beef & Cabbage are on the menu all weekend at the Summit at Shangri-La in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day!

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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 and Clint Walker in the Back Stage Room at The Shebang on Monkey Island. Friday & Saturday, the Balcony Bar will be open upstairs at The Shebang withKaraoke (if it’s above 60 degrees), and there will be plenty of dance music across the street at Big Shots for the “Luck of the Irish” party Friday night and Spring Break Wrap-Up Saturday. Friday night is Karaoke Night at Monkey Island Pub – and there’s always live music Saturday nights at Road Hog Saloon.

Area casinos have excellent musical options this weekend, as well.  Poison Overdose will perform atop the 1897 Bar at Cherokee Casino Grove’s 1897 Bar Friday night, followed by The Uncrowned Kings Saturday night. At Wyandotte Casino’s Club 60 West Bar, Lickitty Split will perform both Friday and Saturday nights; and Change of Heart will present a tribute to the music of Heart Saturday night in the Event Center ($10). At Buffalo Run Casino’s Trailer Park Bar & Grill, Imzadi will perform both Friday & Saturday nights. Friday night, Scott Ellison will be on the stage at Downstream Ca’s Legends Sports Bar, followed by Milton Patton Saturday. At Indigo Sky Casino, there is live entertainment in the Echo Bar starting Thursdaynight with music by Dewayne Bowman. Friday night, Southern Ground will entertain, followed by Dirty Saints Saturday night.

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

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: Marvels Iron Fist will be available Friday on NetFlix. The Circus, spotlighting the first 100 days of the Trump Administration airs Sunday night at 7:00 on Showtime; and Dancing with the Stars returns Monday night at 7:00 on ABC.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIE: Beauty and the Beast

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Offering a poor person a health savings account is like offering a starving person a cookbook.”

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SAVE THE DATE: Friday & Saturday, March 24-25 – Grove Area Merchants Association Spring Open House. Friday-Sunday, March 24-26 – Long John’s Big Meat Run on the rocks at Disney. Saturday, March 25Big Skillet Band at Big Shots on Monkey Island. Saturday, April 1 – GEFFE Gala (Grove Education Foundation for Excellence). Saturday, April 8 – South Grand Lake Chamber’s Bootleggers’ Ball at Cherokee Yacht Club. Sunday, April 16 – Easter Sunday Buffet at Shangri-La’s Summit Restaurant. Friday, May 5 – GRDA Lake Launch 2017. Saturday, May 6 – Burning of the Socks at Harbors View Marina.

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With conference tournaments and “Selection Sunday” in our rear view mirror, March Madness is in full-blown action. NCAA Tournament action will fill the screens of CBS, TBS, TNT, and Tru-TV Thursday-Monday this week, while the ESPN channels will all be buried in NIT action, as well as Women’s NCAA Tournament games from Tulsa’s BOK Center. With more than 100 games on those schedules – check your local listings, as they say.

In the NBA, the Oklahoma City Thunder kick off weekend action Thursday night’s at 7:00 on the road in Toronto (7:00 on Fox Sports Oklahoma) before returning home for a Saturday matinee hosting Sacramento (2:00 on Fox Sports  Oklahoma). Mondaynight, the Golden State Warriors return to OKC (7:00 on TNT) and the Cleveland Cavaliers will be in town next Thursday (7:00on Fox Sports Oklahoma).

It’s a big week on the PGA Tour. Coverage of the Arnold Palmer Invitational begins at 1:00 Thursday & Friday and 11:30Saturday & Sunday on the Golf Channel. NBC picks up coverage of the final two rounds at 1:30 Saturday & Sunday.

NASCAR drivers are running around in the desert again this weekend, but they have moved from Las Vegas to Phoenix. Coverage of the Camping World 500 begins at 2:30 Sunday afternoon on Fox.

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Weekend weather ahead looks way better than last weekend – about 30 degrees better. We may have a scattered shower or two Friday, but otherwise – nice – with highs in the mid-70s Saturday & Sunday. It’s perfect weather for a Grand Lake party weekend to wrap up Spring Break! Remember, though, wherever you decide to play, be sure to buy a drink for the guy next to you.  It could be me. 

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

 

1909 in Downtown Grove

American Grill in Grove

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

Artichoke Restaurant & Bar in Langley

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

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

Bobbers Café in Langley

Book ‘ems at South Wind Marina in Bernice

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

Buffalo Run Casino in Miami (smoking)

Café Italia on Monkey Island

Carlos Montez in Langley (smoking in bar)

Ceasar’s Place in Vinita and on Monkey Island

Chickanella’s in Grove

Chicken Coop West of Langley

Clanton’s Café in Vinita

Coffee Shelter in Ketchum

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

Docks Bar at Harbors View Marina

Downstream Casino in Quapaw (smoking)

Drake’s Restaurant in Grove

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

Gabby’s Place in downtown Grove

Goodfella’s Pizza (Cleora and Grove)

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

Grand Lodge in Ketchum (smoking)

Hatfield’s Saloon in Grove

High Winds Casino east of Miami (smoking)

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

Juan Montez Restaurant & Cantina at Red Arrow Marina

Karrie's Kaboose in Vinita (smoking)

La Casita de Martin in downtown Grove

Lakeside Bar & Grill in Grove at Sail Boat Bridge

Lighthouse Supper Club in Ketchum

Los Garcias in Langley

Lupe's Mexican Restaurant in Grove

Monkey Island Pub (Smoking)

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

Morrows Bar & Grill in Raper Hollow

Nu Taste Restaurant in Grove

Okie Smokies Barbecue in Grove on Hwy 59 South

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

Pickles at the Lake in Langley

Pit Stop Café in Grove

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

Raggedy’s in Grove

Rancho Viejo in Grove

Riggs & Company in Langley

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

Rusty Anchor (next to the cliffs at Dripping Springs)

Scooters in Langley (smoking)

Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina (smoking)

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

Sticky Fingers Barbecue in Ketchum

Stuffn’s Restaurant in Ketchum (Smoking on patio)

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

The Grill at Indian Hills Resort & Marina in Bernice

The Landings Marina (smoking on the deck)

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

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

The Office on Monkey Island (smoking)

The Stables Casino in Miami (smoking)

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

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

VIP Pizza at Hammerhead Marina (smoking on deck)

Water Side Bar & Grill in Grove

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

Wolf Creek Diner in Grove

Wyandotte Nation Casino at Twin Bridges (smoking)

Grand Lake Bum 3-5-17

Another “Welcome Back Weekend” is in the books and another party season at Grand Lake is officially underway (which may come as a slight surprise to those who never stopped the lake party all winter long). Mother Nature was pretty nice to Welcome Back boaters, although she was a little windy. Understandable, I guess. A lot of Grand Lakers I know are a little windy. Any-who – congratulations to some 300 players who participated in the Ice Breaker Poker Run. Rhonda Morris took the top prize with an Ace over four Jacks. John Cowan’s full house (Queens over 8s) took second place, and Warren Stickrod took third-place prize money with another full house (Jacks over 7s). If you missed the big parties, you missed a lot of fun, but that’s okay. We’ll throw another big party somewhere on the lake, oh…let’s say…every weekend!

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Of course, with the increase in fun, there is an increase in the forces trying to slow down the fun – and the law enforcement agencies had obviously beefed up their Grand Lake presence (and activity). I saw something this week that made me really glad the well-known “speed trap town” of Bernice doesn’t have a spotlight. In Fremont, California, just north of San Jose, they have a lot of “red light cameras” to photograph motorists running red lights so they can send them a ticket without having to actually do anything. They reported collected $190,000 per month more last year by adjusting the stoplights – shortening the length of the “yellow light” by two-thirds of a second. Jerks.

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There is another fantastic weekend just ahead.  Not only is it the weekend for the Grand Lake Boat Show at the Grove Civic Center (Thursday- Sunday), but Sunday is one of the best days of the entire year. It’s the day we return to Daylight Saving Time! Be sure to Spring the ol’ clock forward before you hit the sack Saturday night.

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Watching Discover Oklahoma this week, I thought they were going to be at Grand Lake next week, but my hearing failed me. I thought they said “We’ll see where a Princess gets hammered,” so naturally I assumed they would be sending a film crew our way. They’re not. Turns out they said, “We’ll see where a Princess gets pampered” – not hammered. Oh, well.

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86-year-old Doris Payne has been arrested in an Atlanta suburb – again. For shoplifting – again. Apparently, shoplifting is her lifelong career. In a 2013 documentary “Careerwise” she had, at that time, stolen more than $2 million in jewelry from high-end shops around the world. Regrets? “Nope,” she said, “except I regret getting caught.” Her lawyer says, aside from her “activities” she is a wonderful person with a lot of fun stories.  I’ll bet!

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Alvin Neal tried to rob a Wells Fargo Bank in San Diego. Actually, he did rob a Wells Fargo Bank in San Diego. His victory just didn’t last long since he agreed to the teller’s condition of cash by swiping his own personal ATM card. There wasn’t even a trial.

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Actually, though, Alvin wasn’t any dumber than the two guys who stole $1,200 from a tooth-jewelry business in St. Paul, Minnesota called Eastside Grillz. Apparently, it took them a while to get up their nerve to steal the money and take off running – despite the fact they had both already presented their ID – and one of them even left a mold of his teeth. You can’t fix stupid.

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Special note of advice to a young woman in Brisbane, Australia. If you’re going to eat your entire meal, then attempt to get a free dinner by putting one of your own hairs in the food… don’t do it in front of a security camera. Here’s your sign. By the way, would I give you the name of the restaurant that proved their case with security video? Absolutely. Casa Nostre.

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Veterinarians are well-known for their compassionate care. For example, I don’t think there is a single doctor of the human variety of animals who would have cared enough or been creative enough to come up with a solution that vets in London came up with for a tortoise named “Bert.” It seems the overly-prolific Bert had developed arthritis, resulting from excessive mounting. Instead of just congratulating him on being the ultimate ladies’ man and telling him to move on, the vets actually fitted a set of wheels on the back of his shell to ease stress in his legs. You go, Bert!

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LEGAL TIP OF THE WEEK (from Josh Davis): It’s probably not a good idea to tell the cop that the reason you drunkenly drove into someone’s house is because you swerved to miss a tree when the tree was actually the air freshener hanging from your rear view mirror.

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DINING & DRINKING BY WATER: VIP Pizza at Hammerhead Marina is now open for the season.

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BEST FACEBOOK POST THIS WEEK: I’d offer you a beer, but I only have 24.

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to former Oklahoma First Lady Donna Nigh who celebrated with friends at Grand Lake over the past weekend, as well as Tiffany Holbrook, Ralph Richardson, Beverly Jones, Myles Davidson, Kara Keeton, Kristy Gibbs, Roberta Arnold, and Clint Walker.

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

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BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: The Grand Lake Boat & Sport Show runs Thursday-Sunday at the Grove Civic Center.Saturday is the big St. Patrick’s Day celebration at Monkey Island Pub (bagpipers will perform about 6:00). Sunday – WOO HOO – Daylight Saving Time!

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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 on Monkey Island. Saturdaynight, along with Karaoke upstairs in the Balcony Bar Friday & Saturday (if it’s above 60 degrees), and dance music across the street at Big Shots. D.J. Robbie will follow the live Bagpipe Band opening the St. Patrick’s Day celebration at Monkey Island Pub – and there’s always live music Saturday nights at Road Hog Saloon.

On South Grand Lake, Reverse Reaction will be on stage at Pickles at The Lake.

Area casinos have excellent musical options this weekend, as well.  The Bobby D. Band will perform atop the 1897 Bar at Cherokee Casino Grove’s 1897 Bar Friday night, followed by Paralandra Saturday night. At Wyandotte Casino’s Club 60 West Bar, The Band DeLorean will perform Friday night. At Buffalo Run Casino’s Trailer Park Bar & Grill, 151 will perform both Friday& Saturday nights, then – at the Venue next Tuesday night  -  there will be a very intimate acoustic evening featuring Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo. At Downstream Casino, the weekend starts Thursday with a “Throwback Thursday Free Concert Series” featuring Divas on Fire. Friday night, Earl & Them will be on the stage at Downstream’s Legends Sports Bar, followed byBackroad Anthem Saturday. At Indigo Sky Casino, there is live entertainment in the Echo Bar starting Thursday night with music byRocked N Loaded. Friday night, Leah & the Mojo Doctors will entertain, followed by The Uncrowned Kings Saturday night.

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

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: If you’re in the mood to be irritated by another nail-biting survivor-style reality show, the series premiere ofKicking and Screaming is Thursday night at 8:00 on Fox; and, if you watch The Vampire Diaries, the big finale is Friday night at7:00 on CW.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIE: Kong: Skull Island

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Women may be the one group that grows more radical with age. One day, a group of gray-haired women may quietly take over the earth.” – Gloria Steinem

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SAVE THE DATE: Friday & Saturday, March 24-25 – Grove Area Merchants Association Spring Open House. Friday-Sunday, March 24-26 – Long John’s Big Meat Run on the rocks at Disney. Saturday, April 1 – GEFFE Gala (Grove Education Foundation for Excellence). Saturday, April 8 – South Grand Lake Chamber’s Bootleggers’ Ball at Cherokee Yacht Club. Sunday, April 16 – Easter Sunday Buffet at Shangri-La’s Summit Restaurant. Friday, May 5 – GRDA Lake Launch 2017. Saturday, May 6 – Burning of the Socks at Harbors View Marina.

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In the NBA, the Oklahoma City Thunder open Thursday night’s TNT Double-Header at 7:00 hosting the San Antonio Spurs at 7:00. Phoenix hosts the Lakers in the nightcap. The Thunder stay home for a Saturday matinee hosting the Utah Jazz (2:00 on Fox Sports Oklahoma), while the  Spurs head back to Texas where they’ll host the Golden State Warriors Saturday night at 7:30 on ABC.Sunday’s games include Chicago at Boston (2:30 on ABC) and Cleveland at Houston (8:00 on ESPN). The Thunder return to the court Tuesday night in Boston, taking on the Celtics at 6:30 on Fox Sports Oklahoma.

It’s Tournament Championship Week for college basketball conferences, including the Big 12. If OU repeats its Saturday win over TCU with another one Wednesday night (6:00 on ESPNU), it gets the “privilege” of facing top seed Kansas (2:00 Thursday on ESPN2).  OSU takes on Iowa State Thursday morning at 11:30 (ESPN2). Semi-finals are Friday (6:00 and 8:30 on ESPN or ESPN2). The Championship game is Saturday afternoon at 5:00 on ESPN.

The PGA Tour schedule returns stateside this week to Palm Harbor, Florida. Coverage of the Valspar Championship begins at 1:00Thursday & Friday and noon Saturday & Sunday on the Golf Channel.

NASCAR are running around in the desert this weekend. Coverage of the Kobalt 400 from Las Vegas begins at 2:30 Sundayafternoon on Fox.

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Weekend weather ahead looks really nice. We may have a scattered shower or two Saturday, but otherwise – nice – with highs in the mid-70s Friday and upper 60s Saturday & Sunday. It’s perfect weather for a Grand Lake party weekend! Remember, though, wherever you decide to play, be sure to buy a drink for the guy next to you.  It could be me. 

GRAND LAKE BUM

 

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

 

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

 

1909 in Downtown Grove

American Grill in Grove

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

Artichoke Restaurant & Bar in Langley

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

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

Bobbers Café in Langley

Book ‘ems at South Wind Marina in Bernice

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

Buffalo Run Casino in Miami (smoking)

Café Italia on Monkey Island

Carlos Montez in Langley (smoking in bar)

Ceasar’s Place in Vinita and on Monkey Island

Chickanella’s in Grove

Chicken Coop West of Langley

Clanton’s Café in Vinita

Coffee Shelter in Ketchum

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

Docks Bar at Harbors View Marina

Downstream Casino in Quapaw (smoking)

Drake’s Restaurant in Grove

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

Gabby’s Place in downtown Grove

Goodfella’s Pizza (Cleora and Grove)

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

Grand Lodge in Ketchum (smoking)

Hatfield’s Saloon in Grove

High Winds Casino east of Miami (smoking)

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

Juan Montez Restaurant & Cantina at Red Arrow Marina

Karrie's Kaboose in Vinita (smoking)

La Casita de Martin in downtown Grove

Lakeside Bar & Grill in Grove at Sail Boat Bridge

Lighthouse Supper Club in Ketchum

Los Garcias in Langley

Lupe's Mexican Restaurant in Grove

Monkey Island Pub (Smoking)

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

Morrows Bar & Grill in Raper Hollow

Nu Taste Restaurant in Grove

Okie Smokies Barbecue in Grove on Hwy 59 South

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

Pickles at the Lake in Langley

Pit Stop Café in Grove

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

Raggedy’s in Grove

Rancho Viejo in Grove

Riggs & Company in Langley

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

Rusty Anchor (next to the cliffs at Dripping Springs)

Scooters in Langley (smoking)

Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina (smoking)

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

Sticky Fingers Barbecue in Ketchum

Stuffn’s Restaurant in Ketchum (Smoking on patio)

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

The Grill at Indian Hills Resort & Marina in Bernice

The Landings Marina (smoking on the deck)

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

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

The Office on Monkey Island (smoking)

The Stables Casino in Miami (smoking)

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

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

VIP Pizza at Hammerhead Marina (smoking on deck)

Water Side Bar & Grill in Grove

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

Wolf Creek Diner in Grove

Wyandotte Nation Casino at Twin Bridges (smoking)

The Grand Lake Bum 2-26-17

Happy Welcome Back Weekend!  If we ever had such a thing as an off-season, it is officially in-season at Grand Lake now. We wrapped up the past weekend with giant Mardi Gras parties everywhere, and we’ll end the weekend ahead with giant parties to wrap up “Welcome Back” festivities – and we’ll finish the next weekend with the return of Daylight Saving Time. It’s time to get your lakin’ attitude on!

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If you’re planning to participate in the Ice-Breaker Poker Run Saturday, you can get to all six of the mandatory stops by land or by water. The Poker Run starts at 11:00 and chips need to be turned in to draw your cards at Cherokee Yacht Club Saturday evening at the “Titanic Party” between 6:00 and 8:00. Poker run stops this year are Arrowhead Yacht Club, Cedar Port Marina, Cherokee Yacht Club, Grand Lake Boat Sales (at Hi-Lift Marina), Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill, and VIP Pizza (at Hammerhead Marina).

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Attention smokers. Researchers at Rice University have confirmed that a man with a gene mutation weakening his hemoglobin avoided anemia because he smoked. Apparently the carbon monoxide from the smoke had been therapeutic.  His daughter who did not smoke, did not avoid the onset of anemia. So, the next time someone gives you trouble for smoking, tell them you’re just undergoing a hemoglobin treatment! If Governor Fallin gets her $1.50 per pack tax increase, maybe we should try deducting our entire tobacco cost as a medical expense.

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Oklahoma’s struggle to find some kind of lethal drug to enforce the death penalty in a humane way has finally been topped. The Arizona Department of Corrections has called for rules requiring inmates under the death penalty provide their own drugs. That might provide a more pleasant deathbed experience, but as you might imagine, there have been plenty of objections. First, many of the drugs are only available from illegal sources, of course and there might be a little problem of legality, as well. I’m not sure the state can order someone to kill themselves. So…the struggle for a solution continues.

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An era of TV justice ended this week with the death of Judge Wapner of The People’s Court fame. He was 97. Don’t be alarmed, though. As it turns out, the announcement of his death was made by his son, Fred Wapner. I should say Judge Fred Wapner, who is an actual non-TV real life judge.

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This week is the two-year anniversary of U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe officially declaring the end of global warming because he was able to show his colleagues a snowball on the Senate floor.

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Apparently not everyone is tired of Barack Obama. There is an actual underground campaign in France attempting to get a million signatures on a petition to persuade him to move to France and run for president. There are more than 500 posters that popped up in Paris last week promoting “Obama in ’17.” Who knew that President could be a career choice? You just move from country to country, apparently, as job openings occur.

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Have you been keeping tabs on who President Trump does and does not like? According to my records, he must like one-time nude model and former U.S. Senator Scott Brown better than almost anyone. He appointed him to a new job – Ambassador to New Zealand. New Zealand isn’t in the news much, so I’m not sure exactly what that job entails besides living in luxury in one of the most beautiful spots in the world, but I feel confident it is a job that does not suck!

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I’m really proud of myself. Despite the fact that Wednesday was National Margarita Day, I made it all the way to my birthday on Thursday. Can’t say much for Friday – but I was able to rally for Mardi Gras celebrations Saturday night. Happy March! It only gets better from here.

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NEWS NOTE: Apparently, the groundhog’s February 2 declaration of six more weeks of winter was fake news.

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PHILOSOPHY WORTH REMEMBERING: Stressed spelled backwards is desserts. Coincidence? I think not.

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DINING & DRINKING BY WATER: Morrows Bar & Grill opens Friday for the season – and Arrowhead Yacht Club re-opensThursday.

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BEST FACE BOOK POST THIS WEEK: I’ve been putting a lot of thought into it, and I just don’t think being an adult is gonna work for me.

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BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK: Mr. Rogers did not adequately prepare me for the people in my neighborhood.

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to Taylor Brandwein, Joyce Maxson, Steve Cleary, Stan Orr, Diane McPeters, Jim Brown, Tom Workman, Tara Barnow Smith, Lisa Cookson, Ross Gray, Mike Schwers, and Sheena Carson.

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK:  Why aren’t there ever any guilty bystanders?

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BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: It’s “Welcome Back Weekend” on Grand Lake. There’s a Bon Voyage Party at Arrowhead Yacht Club Thursday night, the “Ice Breaker Poker Run” with six accessible-by-land-or-water stops, followed by the “Titanic Party” at Cherokee Yacht Club Saturday night.

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GRAND LAKE WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: There are plenty of entertainment options around the lake this weekend, including a Friday night performance by Clint Walker in the Back Stage Room and a  full weekend of entertainment Randy Lunsfordperforming through the weekend in the Burlesque Room at The Shebang on Monkey Island. Friday night is karaoke night at Monkey Island Pub, and Western Justice will be on stage Saturday night at the Road Hog Saloon.

On South Grand Lake, there are two great performers at Cherokee Yacht Club’s “Titanic Party, Dinner & Dance” Saturday night.Terry Jordan will be on stage in the main dining room and Empire will provide the dance music.

Area casinos have excellent musical options this weekend, as well, although I’ve discovered that some of the casinos have changed their websites recently to make it virtually impossible to find their entertainment – so some of them are missing. Phil Vaught will perform atop the 1897 Bar at Cherokee Casino Grove’s 1897 Bar Saturday night. At Wyandotte (or is it Riverbend now?) Casino’s Club 60 West Bar, The Eddie Valen Band will perform Friday night – and Saturday is a fight night double-header with another big UFC 209 Watch Party – Woodley vs. Thompson 2 and Khabib vs. Ferguson. At Indigo Sky Casino, there is live entertainment in the Echo Bar starting Thursday night with music by Leslie Serrano. Friday night, Heath Wright & the Hangmen will entertain, followed by The Dropouts Saturday night; and Time Machine will provide the music Saturday night at Venue 655 at Grand Lake Casino.

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

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: Sunday night is a huge night for new shows. The series premiere of Chicago Justice is Sunday night at 8:00on NBC, followed by the premiere of Shades of Blue at 9:00. Making History debuts at 7:30 on Fox, and the series opener ofTime after Time is at 8:00 on ABC. The new Amy Schumer show: The Leather Special will be available Tuesday on NetFlix.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: Logan

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “The demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots.” – H.L. Mencken

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

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The Oklahoma City Thunder have a tough road schedule this week, playing three games in four days before returning home. They’re at Portland Thursday night (9:30 on TNT), Phoenix Friday night (8:00 on Fox Sports Oklahoma) and Dallas Sunday night (7:30 on ESPN) before returning home to host Portland next Tuesday night (7:00 on Fox Sports Oklahoma and NBA-TV). Other televised NBA action includes Golden State at Chicago Thursday night at 7:00 (TNT), Cleveland at Atlanta Friday at 6:00 (ESPN), followed by San Antonio at New Orleans at 8:30 (ESPN). The Chicago Bulls host the L.A. Clippers Saturday night at 7:30 (ABC) and Golden State travels to New York Sunday afternoon at 2:30 (ABC).

It’s the final week of regular season play for college basketball. OU hosts TCU Saturday afternoon at 2:00 (ESPNEWS). Oklahoma State has Kansas at home at 5:00 Saturday (ESPN). Tulsa doesn’t play until Sunday afternoon at 3:00 at Tulane (ESPNU). Other top college games include Houston at Cincinnati (Thursday at 6:00 on ESPN2), Iowa State at Virginia (Friday at 6:00 on ESPN2), Kentucky at Texas A&M (Saturday at 11:00 on CBS), Baylor at Texas (3:00 Saturday on ESPN), and Cincinnati at ConnecticutSunday at 11:00 on CBS.

On the PGA Tour, it’s off to Mexico for the WGC Mexico Championship. Coverage begins at 1:00 Thursday & Friday and 11:00 a.m. Saturday & Sunday on the Golf Channel. NBC picks up coverage of the final two rounds at 2:00 Saturday & 1:00 Sunday.

On the NASCAR circuit, they’ll be driving in circles in Atlanta this weekend. Coverage of the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 begins at 1:30 Sunday afternoon on Fox.

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God must really love Grand Lake. The “Welcome Back Weekend” weather forecast is as nice as the last few winter weekends. Forecast highs will be in the mid-60s. Perfect weather for boating and golf – and there’s plenty of both on the weekend schedule. Enjoy the fun. Grand Lake has more of it available than anywhere. Remember, though, wherever you decide to play, be sure to buy a drink for the guy next to you.  It could be me. 

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

 

1909 in Downtown Grove

American Grill in Grove

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

Artichoke Restaurant & Bar in Langley

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

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

Bobbers Café in Langley

Book ‘ems at South Wind Marina in Bernice

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

Buffalo Run Casino in Miami (smoking)

Café Italia on Monkey Island

Carlos Montez in Langley (smoking in bar)

Ceasar’s Place in Vinita and on Monkey Island

Chickanella’s in Grove

Chicken Coop West of Langley

Clanton’s Café in Vinita

Coffee Shelter in Ketchum

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

Docks Bar at Harbors View Marina

Downstream Casino in Quapaw (smoking)

Drake’s Restaurant in Grove

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

Gabby’s Place in downtown Grove

Goodfella’s Pizza (Cleora and Grove)

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

Grand Lodge in Ketchum (smoking)

Hatfield’s Saloon in Grove

High Winds Casino east of Miami (smoking)

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

Juan Montez Restaurant & Cantina at Red Arrow Marina

Karrie's Kaboose in Vinita (smoking)

La Casita de Martin in downtown Grove

Lakeside Bar & Grill in Grove at Sail Boat Bridge

Lighthouse Supper Club in Ketchum

Los Garcias in Langley

Lupe's Mexican Restaurant in Grove

Monkey Island Pub (Smoking)

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

Morrows Bar & Grill in Raper Hollow

Nu Taste Restaurant in Grove

Okie Smokies Barbecue in Grove on Hwy 59 South

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

Pickles at the Lake in Langley

Pit Stop Café in Grove

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

Raggedy’s in Grove

Rancho Viejo in Grove

Riggs & Company in Langley

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

Rusty Anchor (next to the cliffs at Dripping Springs)

Scooters in Langley (smoking)

Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina (smoking)

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

Sticky Fingers Barbecue in Ketchum

Stuffn’s Restaurant in Ketchum (Smoking on patio)

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

The Grill at Indian Hills Resort & Marina in Bernice

The Landings Marina (smoking on the deck)

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

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

The Office on Monkey Island (smoking)

The Stables Casino in Miami (smoking)

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

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

VIP Pizza at Hammerhead Marina (smoking on deck)

Water Side Bar & Grill in Grove

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

Wolf Creek Diner in Grove

Wyandotte Nation Casino at Twin Bridges (smoking)

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