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!
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.
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.
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!
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.”
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!
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
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!
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.
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.”
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.)
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.
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.
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.
GRAND LAKE DINING & DRINKING UPDATE: The Coffee Shelter is now open in Ketchum (496 W. Ketchum Ave.).
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.
UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK: If life is unfair to everyone, does that mean life is fair?
BEST EVENT OF THE WEEK: Oklahoma City RV & Boat Show, Cox Convention Center, Thursday-Sunday.
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.
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.
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.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “People that elect corrupt politicians are not victims…but accomplices.” – George Orwell
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.
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.
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)