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Grand Lake Bum 5-29-16

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The best spots to catch PGA play, NBA Playoff games, Stanley Cup Playoffs, and NASCAR action are the Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La, Island Joe’s at Shangri-La Marina, Monkey Island Pub, the Standing Room Only Bar at The Shebang, Road Hog Saloon, Pickles at the Lake in Langley, Hookers at Cherokee Yacht Club and J.R. Spanky’s northeast of Grove.

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: The premiere of the final season of Beauty and the Beast is Thursday night at 8:00 on CW and the series premiere of Feed the Beast is Sunday night at 9:00 on AMC.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

American Grill in Grove

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

Artichoke Restaurant & Bar in Langley

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

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

Bobbers Café north of Langley on Highway 82

Book ‘ems at South Wind Marina in Bernice

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

Buffalo Run Casino in Miami (smoking)

Carlos Montez in Langley (smoking in bar)

Ceasar’s Place in Vinita and on Monkey Island

Chicken Coop in Langley

Clanton’s Café in Vinita

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

Docks Bar at Harbors View Marina

Downstream Casino in Quapaw (smoking)

Drake’s Restaurant in Grove

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

Gabby’s Place in downtown Grove

Goodfella’s Pizza (Cleora and Grove)

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

Grand Lodge in Ketchum (smoking)

High Winds Casino east of Miami (smoking)

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

Iron Frog (Grove)

Island Joe's Kentena at Shangri-La Marina (smoking)

J.R. Spanky's on Highway 10 north of Grove (smoking)

Juan Montez Restaurant & Cantina at Red Arrow Marina

Karrie's Kaboose in Vinita (smoking)

La Casita de Martin in downtown Grove

Lakeside Bar & Grill in Grove at Sail Boat Bridge

Lighthouse Supper Club in Ketchum

Los Garcias in Langley

Lupe's Mexican Restaurant in Grove

Monkey Island Pub (Smoking)

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

Morrows Landing in Raper Hollow

Nu Taste Restaurant in Grove

Okie Smokies Barbecue in Grove on Hwy 59 South

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

Pickles at the Lake in Langley

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

Raggedy’s in Grove

Rancho Viejo in Grove

Riggs & Company in Langley

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

Rusty Anchor (next to the cliffs at Dripping Springs)

Scooters in Langley (smoking)

Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina (smoking)

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

Sticky Fingers Barbecue in Ketchum

Stuffn’s Restaurant in Ketchum (Smoking on patio)

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

The Grill at Indian Hills Resort & Marina in Bernice

The Landings Marina (smoking on the deck)

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

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

The Office on Monkey Island (smoking)

The Stables Casino in Miami (smoking)

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

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

VIP Pizza at Hammerhead Marina (smoking on deck)

Water Side Bar & Grill in Grove

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

Wolf Creek Diner in Grove

Wyandotte Nation Casino at Twin Bridges (smoking)

Grand Lake Bum 5-22-16

It seems like last week was “Welcome Back Weekend” and yet here we are at the big Memorial Day holiday weekend, already. Time flies when you live in paradise! The Lake Bum Official Holiday Weekend Rules are in effect this weekend.  No fighting, no puking, no driving while you’re drunk, no hitting on someone else’s date, no bragging about how much money you have (or how much your daddy has) or how important you are, no religion, no politics – and lots of patience.  Everybody will be busy, busy, busy and nobody can staff up to handle huge crowds of people who only come to the lake two or three times a year.  Be nice to the people who are working so you can play. Wait patiently, tip generously and, most importantly – have a safe and fun-filled weekend. That’s what Grand Lake is all about. We don’t care who you are or what you have, we just want you to have fun – and we want everybody around you to have fun, as well.

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If you’re new to Grand Lake, we are fortunate to have lots of restaurants and bars, many of which are accessible by boat, and many of which will feature live entertainment this weekend.  If you spend a holiday weekend on Grand Lake (or any weekend) and don’t have a wonderful time, it’s your own damn fault!

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I thought we were going to be safe from government over-reach and personal harm because the legislature has to adjourn this week. Sadly, since they didn’t do anything but pass unconstitutional laws and a few laws that will only hurt poor people who can’t fight back, they’re talking about the possibility of a special session. They’re even considering changing the name of some “taxes” to “fees,” so they can raise them without requiring as much support. In the Grand Lake realm, they’re discussing raising some money by taking 2% of GRDA’s money (so they won’t just “waste” it by investing in Grand Lake). It’s all embarrassing. Remember the wise words of Gideon John Tucker (often mistakenly attributed to Mark Twain): “No man’s life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session.” Ain’t it the truth?

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I guess you have to be very specific, no matter where you are.  A judge in Pakistan’s anti-terrorism court questioned a constable about a grenade that was in evidence.  He asked how it worked.  Apparently the constable either didn’t understand that the judge wanted an explanation – or maybe he couldn’t explain it.  Instead, he pulled the pin to demonstrate how it works. Fortunately, everybody is expected to survive their injuries suffered in the courtroom explosion.

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There are some things that even a judge seems to have no control over.  Take the court in Israel, for example, where the judge refused a man’s request for a restraining order….against God.  No kidding, I don’t make this stuff up.  The guy claimed the Almighty had exhibited a “seriously negative attitude toward him” over the past few years.  The judge refused the request, even though God didn’t show up to argue his case (or at least no one could see him, if he did show). If they had looked, they probably would have found God in the jail – at least that seems to be where a lot of people find Him.

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I’m not exactly sure what the students did in class, but officials at Energy Institute High School in Houston finally admitted their French teacher had a problem.  She doesn’t speak French. Must have known somebody.

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BEST FACEBOOK POST THIS WEEK: “The man who invented autocorrect has died. Restaurant in peace.” (Thanks to my pal Toney Foster for this one – he said it was “too good not to scare.”)

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BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK: Dance like no one’s watching.  Because they’re not. They’re checking their cell phones.

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DINING AND DRINKING ON GRAND UPDATE: Daily lunch specials have been added at Island Joe’s (Shangri-La Marina), along with Thursday night Mexican Night specials. OPENING THIS WEEK – Mason/Dixon Southern Kitchen (at the old Armadillo location on Monkey Island) for drinks only.  Food service will be here in a week or so. COMING SOON –  Café Italia (old Roadhouse location on the Island).

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: I messed up last week and forgot to wish a happy birthday to my bud Randy Hess.  So, there it is. Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to Cheryl Ayer, Ron Blaylock, Jim Arnold, Jim Ratcliff, Lori Magoulas, Ron Griffin, Bill Hodge, Jim Sellers, Brinda Russell, and Arlene Seybolt.

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK:  Was Berry White? Was Clint Black? Was George Strait? Was Marvin Gay? It makes Stevie Wonder. (Thanks to Matt Nowlin for sharing this one.)

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BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: Dedication of the Monkey Island Pedestrian & Golf Cart Trail is Friday at 5:30 on the trail across from The Landings Market & Grill. Rocklahoma is also this weekend at the giant venue just north of Pryor. Other than that – it’s Memorial Weekend. There’s something big happening everywhere!   

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GRAND LAKE WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: As you might imagine, there’s plenty of live entertainment around the lake for the Memorial weekend. On Monkey Island, Island Joe’s Kentena at Shangri-La Marina will have Boombox Revival kicking off the holiday fun Friday night. Diversity will be on stage Saturday night, and Low Compatibility entertains Sunday night.  Mondayafternoon, Larry Bolton will wrap up the weekend at Island Joe’s. Big Shots will be open Thursday-Sunday nights with great dance music featuring D.J. Sway Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Be alert, ladies. Following the Memorial Weekend, Wednesday night, June 1is The Hunk Show at Big Shots, featuring a bunch of hard-bodied boys putting on a show for your enjoyment. Randy Lunsfordentertains Thursday-Sunday evenings at The Shebang and there’s karaoke on the Balcony Bar Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Just down Highway 125, Friday night is Karaoke Night at Monkey Island Pub.

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

On South Grand Lake, RPM will entertain the Friday night crowd at Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina. Saturday night, Robby V and the Smokin’ Section will take over the stage, and Local Spin will wrap up the weekend with a Sunday night performance. At Michelle’s Grand Lodge Bar & Grill in Ketchum, Friday night is 80s theme night with entertainment by D.J. Dee Dee.  Saturdaynight, The Waive Theory Band will perform at Michelle’s; and Friday night is Karaoke Night at Pickles at the Lake just north of Langley.

Area casinos have great options this weekend, as well, highlighted by a giant Foreigner concert Friday night at the Venue at Downstream Casino. At Downstream’s Legends Sports Bar, Plus One will perform Friday night followed by Mr. Lucky Saturdaynight. Lover’s Leap Lounge will feature the softer sounds of Howard Gayles both Friday & Saturday nights. At Buffalo Run Casino’s Trailer Park Bar & Grill, The Sex will be on stage both Friday and Saturday nights. At Bordertown Casino’s Lost Creek Saloon, there are free line dancing lessons every Wednesday night. The final night of the Spring Sing It Contest is Thursday night. The Shotgun Billys will provide the musical entertainment Friday night at Bordertown, followed Heath Wright and the HangmenSaturday night.  At Indigo Sky Casino, there is live entertainment in the Echo Bar beginning with Donnie Ray Stephens Thursdaynight, followed by Sweet Trouble Friday night and Another Alibi Saturday. The Band DeLorean wraps up the holiday weekend at Indigo Sunday night. At Grand Lake Casino, Lickitty Split will be on stage Saturday night. If comedy is your thing, it’s a great weekend at Loony Saloon at The Stables Casino. David Nickerson will be on stage Friday & Saturday nights along with special guest Jim Seward.

The best spots to catch PGA play, NBA Playoff games, Stanley Cup Playoffs, and NASCAR action are the Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La, Island Joe’s at Shangri-La Marina, Monkey Island Pub, the Standing Room Only Bar at The Shebang, Road Hog Saloon, Pickles at the Lake in Langley, Hookers at Cherokee Yacht Club and J.R. Spanky’s northeast of Grove.

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: The Dresser series premiere is Monday night at 8:00 on Starz and America’s Got Talent will premiere for the season Tuesday night at 7:00 on NBC, just ahead of the series premiere of Maya & Marty at 9:00.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: Alice Through the Looking Glass and X-Men: Apocalypse

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Here’s the thing about rights.  They’re not supposed to be voted on.  That’s why they call them RIGHTS.” – Stephen Colbert

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SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, June 4 – Grand Lake Shoreline Clean-Up Day sponsored by GRDA and Grand Lake Power Squadron. Saturday, June 4 – World’s Largest Calf Fry Festival in Vinita. Saturday, June 4 – Home of Hope Admirals Banquet & Auction at Cherokee Yacht Club. Saturday, June 4 – Shangri-La Member and Slip Renter Appreciation Party. Thursday-Saturday, June 9-11 – American Heritage Music Festival and National Fiddle Fest at Grove Civic Center and Snider’s Campground. Saturday, June 11 – South Grand Chamber Hook ‘N’ Cookoff at South Grand Lake Regional Airport. Friday, June 17 – Grove Rotary Lobsterfest at the Grove Civic Center (social at 5:30, dinner & live auction at 7:30). Friday, June 17Jeff Foxworthy live at Downstream Casino. Thursday, July 7-Sunday, July 10 – GLOC Performance Boat Challenge. Saturday, July 16 – Aquapalooza (anchor near Southwind Marina).

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In the sports world, NBA Playoffs continue this week. The OKC Thunder is at Golden State Thursday night at 8:00 in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals.  If necessary, Game 6 is Saturday night at Game 7 Sunday night, both at 8:00 – all on TNT.

On the PGA Tour – the guys are in Fort Worth this week for the Dean and Deluca Invitational.  Yeah, I know.  You’ve never heard of that.  Me neither.  In the past, it has been called the Colonial. Does that help? Coverage begins at 3:00 Thursday & Friday andnoon Saturday & Sunday on the Golf Channel. CBS will have the final two rounds beginning at 2:00 Saturday & Sunday.

Sunday is the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.  Pre-race coverage is at 11:00, with race time at noon Sunday on ABC. The NASCAR kids are still in Charlotte.  Sunday night is the Coca Cola 600.  Coverage begins at 5:00 Sunday on Fox.

Stanley Cup play continues in the NHL, as necessary. Final semi-final games are this week if things are still undecided. Tampa Bay is at Pittsburgh Thursday night at 7:00 and San Jose is at St. Louis Friday night at 7:00.  Both games are on NBCSN.

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The Memorial weekend weather looks like it does every year.  Might rain. Probably not. There’s a 30% chance of scattered thunderstorms (I’m not sure what the actual percentages of “30% chance of scattered” works out to, but I’m not worrying about it). High temperatures will be in the mid-80s. Looks like a boating and golf weekend. Jump right in the middle of it and party outdoors all day and at your favorite Grand Lake club all night.  Remember, though, wherever you choose to party, be sure to buy a drink for the guy next to you.  It could be me. 

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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.

 

American Grill in Grove

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

Artichoke Restaurant & Bar in Langley

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

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

Bobbers Café north of Langley on Highway 82

Book ‘ems at South Wind Marina in Bernice

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

Buffalo Run Casino in Miami (smoking)

Carlos Montez in Langley (smoking in bar)

Ceasar’s Place in Vinita and on Monkey Island

Chicken Coop in Langley

Clanton’s Café in Vinita

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

Docks Bar at Harbors View Marina

Downstream Casino in Quapaw (smoking)

Drake’s Restaurant in Grove

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

Gabby’s Place in downtown Grove

Goodfella’s Pizza (Cleora and Grove)

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

Grand Lodge in Ketchum (smoking)

High Winds Casino east of Miami (smoking)

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

Iron Frog (Grove)

Island Joe's Kentena at Shangri-La Marina (smoking)

J.R. Spanky's on Highway 10 north of Grove (smoking)

Juan Montez Restaurant & Cantina at Red Arrow Marina

Karrie's Kaboose in Vinita (smoking)

La Casita de Martin in downtown Grove

Lakeside Bar & Grill in Grove at Sail Boat Bridge

Lighthouse Supper Club in Ketchum

Los Garcias in Langley

Lupe's Mexican Restaurant in Grove

Monkey Island Pub (Smoking)

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

Morrows Landing in Raper Hollow

Nu Taste Restaurant in Grove

Okie Smokies Barbecue in Grove on Hwy 59 South

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

Pickles at the Lake in Langley

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

Raggedy’s in Grove

Rancho Viejo in Grove

Riggs & Company in Langley

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

Rusty Anchor (next to the cliffs at Dripping Springs)

Scooters in Langley (smoking)

Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina (smoking)

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

Sticky Fingers Barbecue in Ketchum

Stuffn’s Restaurant in Ketchum (Smoking on patio)

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

The Grill at Indian Hills Resort & Marina in Bernice

The Landings Marina (smoking on the deck)

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

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

The Office on Monkey Island (smoking)

The Stables Casino in Miami (smoking)

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

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

VIP Pizza at Hammerhead Marina (smoking on deck)

Water Side Bar & Grill in Grove

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

Wolf Creek Diner in Grove

Wyandotte Nation Casino at Twin Bridges (smoking)

Grand Lake Bum 5-8-16

If your boat isn’t ready or you don’t have a boat, it’s time to get in gear. Grand Lake is now “officially” open for the year. I went to the “GRDA Lake Launch Party” Friday night, along with a few hundred other people. It was sure great to see so many people kicking off another season of fun.  GRDA’s top honcho, Dan Sullivan, announced that GRDA has formally filed a request with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for an amendment to their license.  If FERC agrees, that amendment would mean we would never again have to worry about draining the lake down to a dangerously low level before Labor Day like we have had to do in the past.  Last year, GRDA got a waiver of the requirement – and boating & shoreline living was greatly improved.  Let’s hope they’re successful at making our better lifestyle permanent with this amendment.

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Dan Sullivan also gave his annual “State of the Lake” address at the big party and reported that the “state of the lake is…GRAND.” I sure hope it stays that way.  GRDA has invested a lot of money over the years in water quality programs, support of community events, and providing top notch services to visitors and residents of the Grand Lake area.  They can do that, of course, because they sell lots of electricity to Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative which most of the rest of us, in turn, purchase from REC.  I’m not sure what the REC guys & gals are thinking, but they have made plans to drop that tradition and buy power from Missouri-based KAMO, reducing their purchase from GRDA by half.  GRDA can’t increase their spending on important Grand Lake programs if REC pulls the financial rug out from under them. We’ll still have to buy our power from REC, of course…but they’ll be sending that money to the Missouri-based company instead of keeping it here at home where it helps the lake.  I guess I don’t understand all I know about that – but I’m hoping REC will re-think this situation and think about the lake area needs of those of us who buy all our power from them.  We can live without electricity for a while if we have to, but we can’t live without clean water. Hopefully REC will reverse a bad plan and think about the big picture.

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All right!  I’m down off my soap box and back to the rest of the craziness around us..like at Brigham Young University where Madi Barney, a 20-year-old student reported being raped. Police in Provo, Utah are still investigating the rape case, but BYU went on to discipline young Ms. Barney for violating the school’s policy against pre-marital sex.  Nope. I’m not making this up.

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Some people just don’t know when things are good.  In France, Frederic Denard has sued his former employer for $415,000.  He says the perfume company where he worked didn’t give him enough work to do, causing extreme boredom and, ultimately, depression.  Weird, huh? He’s asking his former employer for money for doing nothing…because they were already paying him money for doing nothing.  Things that make you go, “hmmmm.”  

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The Daily Oklahoman reports that fired Oklahoma City School Superintendent Rob Neu was gone about 3 out of every 10 working days during the 21.5 months he was employed.  He missed 125.5 days of work.  With a work attendance record like that, we should probably expect him to run for Congress.

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I have excellent news to report.  I read a lengthy study at a site called medical-news.org which published a compilation of medical studies about a beverage that can actually help lengthen your life.  The site says it reduces stress, boosts your immune system, decreases the likelihood of heart attacks and strokes by 50%, lowers cancer risk, and reduces the likelihood of dementia.  Here’s the best news of all: this healthy beverage, according to the site, is… whiskey!  No wonder Grand Lake is a popular retirement destination.  People live longer here – and now we know why.

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Paranoia can sure make you look silly. When a female passenger on an American Airlines flight became frightened at her dark-skinned seat mate and his unintelligible scrawling in some foreign language, she assumed he was probably a terrorist. After she mentioned her fear to the flight crew, she left the plane, claiming to be sick. The crew removed the suspicious character and delayed the flight for almost two hours while they interrogated him. As it turns out, this dark-skinned fellow was Italian – in fact a highly decorated Italian economics wizard, Guido Menzio, who is very young, but who has already earned professorships at Pennsylvania University, Princeton, and Stanford.  As for that “unintelligible scrawling in some foreign language” – the “language” was…algebra. Yep, he was busted for attempting to fly on American Airlines while doing math. You can’t fix stupid.

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Mortal men sure don’t seem to mind very well, despite their claimed allegiance to the Almighty.  Did you notice all the candidates who said God told them to run for President have now quit?

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Now we know why Ted Cruz named Carly Fiorina as his vice-presidential running mate.  He needed someone with experience to fire his entire campaign staff.

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BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK: Don’t trust atoms. They make up everything.

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LEGAL TIP OF THE WEEK (from Michael Haggerty): Getting your gun out at your kid’s ballgame to resolve an officiating dispute is a bad idea.

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DINING AND DRINKING BY WATER UPDATE: Tom’s Friday night special at Island Joe’s Kentena at Shangri-La Marina is pork chops with baked potato and a veggie ($14). By the way, Island Joe’s expands their hours beginning this week. They’ll open at4:00 Thursday this week and, for the rest of the summer, they’ll open at 11:00 a.m. six days a week (closed Tuesdays).  Sharky’s Bar at Hammerhead Marina opens for the 2016 season this weekend with live bands both Friday & Saturday night.

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to Darryl Gupton, Curt Landry, Roger Cook, Lorri Dyer, Renae Ryan, Lyn Goss, Shari Bell, Nancy Adkisson, Josh McAffrey, Chance Grubb, Gaylyn Haynes, Michael Boesker, and Vicki Stockwell.

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK:  Why do we have “hard liquor,” but no “soft” liquor?

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BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: Saturday is Scavenger Hunt day. Start at Cedar Port Marina at 11:00 a.m.  Check-in is at Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina at 8:00 p.m. Saturday is also “Barkaritaville,” a fundraiser for Grand Lake’s Second Chance Pet Rescue, 5:00-9:30 at Honey Creek Landing & Marina in Grove.  

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GRAND LAKE WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: There’s plenty of live entertainment around the lake this weekend. On Monkey Island, it’s another big weekend. Big Shots is now open Thursday nights in addition to Friday & Saturday. Thursday night is also Service Industry Night – SIN on Thursday for all the folks who have to work weekends. Randy Lunsford entertains evenings at The Shebang and there’s karaoke on the Balcony Bar Friday & Saturday nights. Just down Highway 125, Lickitty Split will be on stage Saturday night at Road Hog Saloon, and Friday night is Karaoke Night at Monkey Island Pub.

If you’re in the Grove area, Randy Lunsford also entertains most Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at Gabby’s in downtown Grove; and there’s always great live entertainment Friday & Saturday nights at J.R. Spanky’s (Highway 10 Northeast of Grove).

On South Grand Lake, Lickitty Split will be performing Friday evening at Michelle’s Grand Lodge Bar & Grill in Ketchum and Sharky’s Bar at Hammerhead Marina opens for the 2016 season this week, featuring Fishbone Gypsy performing Friday night andFM Live Saturday night.

Area casinos have great options this weekend, as well. At Buffalo Run Casino’s Trailer Park Bar & Grill, Keefer Madness will be on stage both Friday and Saturday nights. At the Downstream Casino’s Legends Sports Bar, Donnie Miller & Rude Awakening will perform Friday night followed by Backroad Anthem Saturday night. Lover’s Leap Lounge will feature the softer sounds of Howard Gayles both Friday & Saturday nights. At Bordertown Casino’s Lost Creek Saloon, there are free line dancing lessons everyWednesday night and the Spring Sing It Contest every Thursday night. Members Only will provide the musical entertainment Fridaynight at Bordertown, followed Runnin’ on Empty Saturday night.  At Indigo Sky Casino, there is live entertainment in the Echo Bar beginning with DeWayne Bowman Thursday night, followed by Dirty Saints Friday night and Ruckus Saturday. If comedy is your thing, it’s a great weekend at Loony Saloon at The Stables Casino. Mike Robles will be on stage Friday & Saturday nights along with special guest Gains Kelly.

The best spots to catch PGA play, NBA Playoff games, and NASCAR action are the Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La, Island Joe’s at Shangri-La Marina, Monkey Island Pub, the Standing Room Only Bar at The Shebang, Road Hog Saloon, Pickles at the Lake in Langley, Hookers at Cherokee Yacht Club and J.R. Spanky’s northeast of Grove.

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: Chelsea Handler’s new (and undoubtedly outrageous) talk show Chelsea begins live-streaming three nights a week on Netflix Wednesday. If you’re a Mike & Molly fan, Monday night is your last chance to see the show until reruns start in syndication. The series finale is Monday night at 7:00 on CBS.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: Money Monster and Being Charlie

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “They say Donald Trump lacks the foreign policy experience to be president. But in fairness he has spent years meeting with leaders from around the world: Miss Sweden, Miss Argentina, Miss Azerbaijan.” – President Barack Obama at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

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SAVE THE DATE: Friday, May 20 – Clint Black in concert at Downstream Casino. Friday, May 27 – Dedication of the “Monkey Island Pedestrian/Golf Cart Trail at 5:30 across from Grand Lake Regional Airport. Saturday, June 4 – Grand Lake Shoreline Clean-Up Day sponsored by GRDA and Grand Lake Power Squadron. Saturday, June 4 – World’s Largest Calf Fry Festival in Vinita.Saturday, June 4 – Home of Hope Admirals Banquet & Auction at Cherokee Yacht Club. Saturday, June 4 – Shangri-La Member and Slip Renter Appreciation Party. Saturday, June 11 – South Grand Chamber Hook ‘N’ Cookoff at South Grand Lake Regional Airport.

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It’s a good sports weekend – basketball, golf, and hockey. It’s one of the really big weekends on the PGA Tour – the Players Championship. Coverage begins at noon Thursday & Friday on the Golf Channel, and moves to NBC for the final two rounds beginning at 1:00 Saturday & Sunday.

NBA Playoffs continue wrapping up competition in round 2 and beginning round 3. Monday night, Toronto is at Miami and Golden State is at Portland. Tuesday night, the OKC Thunder travel to San Antonio and Atlanta is at Cleveland. Weekend games are scheduled for Thursday, Friday, and Sunday (TNT, ESPN, and ABC).

The NASCAR kids are back on Sunday this week. Coverage of the AAA 400 Drive for Autism 400 from Dover begins at noonSunday on Fox Sports 1.

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The weekend weather starts with sunshine and high temperatures in the mid-80s Thursday & Friday, cooling to the mid-70s for highson Saturday & Sunday with our normal chance of afternoon showers & thunderstorms.  Lots of schools are done for the year, and there’s a lot happening at Grand Lake this weekend. Jump right in the middle of it and party outdoors all day and at your favorite Grand Lake club all night.  Remember, though, wherever you choose to party, be sure to buy a drink for the guy next to you.  It could be me. 

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

 

American Grill in Grove

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

Artichoke Restaurant & Bar in Langley

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

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

Bobbers Café north of Langley on Highway 82

Book ‘ems at South Wind Marina in Bernice

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

Buffalo Run Casino in Miami (smoking)

Carlos Montez in Langley (smoking in bar)

Ceasar’s Place in Vinita and on Monkey Island

Chicken Coop in Langley

Clanton’s Café in Vinita

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

Docks Bar at Harbors View Marina

Downstream Casino in Quapaw (smoking)

Drake’s Restaurant in Grove

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

Gabby’s Place in downtown Grove

Goodfella’s Pizza (Cleora and Grove)

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

Grand Lodge in Ketchum (smoking)

High Winds Casino east of Miami (smoking)

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

Iron Frog (Grove)

Island Joe's Kentena at Shangri-La Marina (smoking)

J.R. Spanky's on Highway 10 north of Grove (smoking)

Juan Montez Restaurant & Cantina at Red Arrow Marina

Karrie's Kaboose in Vinita (smoking)

La Casita de Martin in downtown Grove

Lakeside Bar & Grill in Grove at Sail Boat Bridge

Lighthouse Supper Club in Ketchum

Los Garcias in Langley

Lupe's Mexican Restaurant in Grove

Monkey Island Pub (Smoking)

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

Morrows Landing in Raper Hollow

Nu Taste Restaurant in Grove

Okie Smokies Barbecue in Grove on Hwy 59 South

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

Pickles at the Lake in Langley

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

Raggedy’s in Grove

Rancho Viejo in Grove

Riggs & Company in Langley

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

Rusty Anchor (next to the cliffs at Dripping Springs)

Scooters in Langley (smoking)

Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina (smoking)

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

Sticky Fingers Barbecue in Ketchum

Stuffn’s Restaurant in Ketchum (Smoking on patio)

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

The Grill at Indian Hills Resort & Marina in Bernice

The Landings Marina (smoking on the deck)

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

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

The Office on Monkey Island (smoking)

The Stables Casino in Miami (smoking)

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

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

VIP Pizza at Hammerhead Marina (smoking on deck)

Water Side Bar & Grill in Grove

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

Wolf Creek Diner in Grove

Wyandotte Nation Casino at Twin Bridges (smoking)

Grand Lake Bum 5-1-16

If you weren’t at Grand Lake over the past weekend, you sure look silly by letting the bozo weather forecasters ruin your fun.  The weather was great, the water was great, the “Dare to Compare In-Water Boat Show” drew shoppers – and buyers – from everywhere.  We’re off to a great start of the season.  Here we are in the first week of May, and the lake traffic and golf course traffic looks like mid-June already.

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In the weekend ahead, I’m planning to drink myself silly for Cinco de Mayo Thursday at the Big Shots party, then eat myself silly at the Friday night Cinco de Mayo buffet at the Summit at Shangri-La. Friday, we’re all going to join the GRDA Lake Launch in officially kicking off the 2016 season; and Saturday, we’re going to burn our socks at Harbor View Marina’s big season kick-off. It’s a Grand Party weekend for me.  Then, Sunday – it’s “be nice to your mama day.” Buy her a new boat!

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Here are some really bad ingredients to mix together.  A judge in Calgary, Canada explained it to Hussein Ibrahim as he sentenced him to nine years in prison for the death of a stander-by who happened to get in the way of the bullets he was randomly firing. Ibrahim argued that he was too drunk to know what he was doing.  Not a great defense, as it turns out.  The judge said, “Don’t insult my intelligence. This was a combination of alcohol, firearms, testosterone, and stupidity – not necessarily in that order.”

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Headline writers sometimes get a little carried away in their attempts to sensationalize the news and attract more readers.  For example, The City News Service blasted the headline “Gas Price Records Largest Increase Since March 29.”  Technically true. Never mind that the increase was eight-tenths of a center – and that the price was 2 cents less than a month earlier – and 76 cents less than a year ago.  You can always count on the news hounds to find a cloud in every silver lining.

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In Trinidad, Texas, John Joe Gray is a free man. Technically, he has always been a free man, even though a warrant for his arrest was issued for carrying a firearm without a permit, resisting arrest and biting a police officer. That happened in 1999.  Mr. Gray retreated to his 47-acre ranch and has been in a stand-off with law enforcement authorities for sixteen years. Finally, the sheriff said he’s not going to bother Gray anymore because, “he has actually imprisoned himself for the last sixteen years.”  There might be a little spite involved, though. Charges were actually dismissed in December, 2014, but the sheriff didn’t bother to tell Mr. Gray. 

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NEWS OF THE WEIRD: Obsessive litigant Jonathan Lee Riches has asked a federal court in Billings, Montana to somehow issue a well-meaning "restraining" order against Donald Trump -- to force Trump out of the presidential race on the ground that he fears assassination. Riches wrote that he loves and adores Trump but is afraid not everyone feels that way – so Trump should be forced to withdraw from the race for his own safety. (The federal court did not agree, by the way.)

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No, the World Trade Center bombing did not start in a convenience store, despite the fact that Donald Trump misspoke about 9/11 last week and said, “I watched our police and firemen down on 7-Eleven, down at the World Trade Center, right after it came down.”

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POLITICAL TIP OF THE WEEK (with all due respect to Carly Fiorina): If you are ever selected for possible nomination to be Vice-President of the United States, don’t sing children’s songs at your initial presentation.

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BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK (at a grocery store beer display): Camping without beer is just sitting in the woods.

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LEGAL TIP OF THE WEEK (from Casey Davis): You call it “possession of marijuana.” I call it “joint custody.”

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DINING AND DRINKING BY WATER UPDATE: Surf & Turf Special at Island Joe’s Friday night – Shrimp & Ribeye with baked potato ($16). Quarterdeck at Tera Miranda opens for the 2016 season this weekend.

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to Paula Sanford, Dean Strimple, Pam Borin, Tony Coatney, Cherie Long, Donna Belt, Stephanie Gragg, Marc Moser, Pam Wyrick, and Roger Haglund.

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK:  Why do we call them “hot water heaters?” Isn’t it actually cold water we’re heating up?

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BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: There’s plenty happening this weekend!  Thursday night is Cinco de Mayo Party night at Big Shots on Monkey Island – and a big Mother’s Day weekend sale at the Den of Uniquity. At Juan Montez Restaurant & Bar at Red Arrow Marina, it’s Cinco de Mayo weekend Thursday-Sunday. Friday evening at 6:00 is the annual GRDA Lake Launch at the Ecosystems Center in Langley. Saturday is Kentucky Derby Day – and also the big “Burning of the Socks” celebration at Harbors View Marina (4:00 p.m.). Sunday is Mother’s Day and that means big brunch offerings at The Summit at Shangri-La and at Cherokee and Arrowhead Yacht Clubs. For golfers, it’s time to fit the perfect clubs. Friday is Ping Demo Day (3:00-6:00) andSaturday is Cobra Demo Day (9:00-1:00).

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GRAND LAKE WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: There’s plenty of live entertainment around the lake this weekend. On Monkey Island, it’s another big weekend – and it starts Thursday night at Big Shots Rhythm & Booze with a Cinco de Mayo Party.Randy Lunsford entertains Thursday, Saturday, & Sunday evenings at The Shebang and there’s karaoke on the Balcony Bar Friday& Saturday nights. Friday night, Clint Walker will be on stage at The Shebang. Just down Highway 125, there’s always great entertainment at Monkey Island Pub and The Road Hog Saloon, as well.

If you’re in the Grove area, Randy Lunsford also entertains Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at Gabby’s in downtown Grove; and there’s always great live entertainment Friday & Saturday nights at J.R. Spanky’s (Highway 10 Northeast of Grove).

At Harbors View Marina, Brett & Terri will be performing Saturday afternoon beginning at 4:00 for the official “Burning of the Socks.”

Area casinos have great options this weekend, as well. At Buffalo Run Casino’s Trailer Park Bar & Grill, The Band DeLorean will be on stage both Friday and Saturday nights. At the Downstream Casino’s Legends Sports Bar, the weekend starts with a throwbackThursday free concert by The Rippers and their 60s British Invasion Rock. The Leslie Serrano Band will perform Friday night followed by The Asphalt Cowboys Saturday night. Lover’s Leap Lounge will feature the softer sounds of Kenny Babb both Friday& Saturday nights. At Bordertown Casino’s Lost Creek Saloon, there are free line dancing lessons every Wednesday night and the Spring Sing It Contest every Thursday night. Derryl Perry will provide the musical entertainment Friday night at Bordertown, followed The Mark Chapman Band Saturday night.  At Indigo Sky Casino, there is live entertainment in the Echo Bar beginning withSouthbound Saints Thursday night, followed by Con-Fuzion Friday night and Big Smitty Saturday. If comedy is your thing, it’s a great weekend at Loony Saloon at The Stables Casino. John Floyd will be on stage Friday & Saturday nights along with special guest Clint Nohr.

The best spots to catch PGA play, NBA Playoff games, and NASCAR action are the Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La, Island Joe’s at Shangri-La Marina, Monkey Island Pub, the Standing Room Only Bar at The Shebang, Road Hog Saloon, Pickles at the Lake in Langley, Hookers at Cherokee Yacht Club and J.R. Spanky’s northeast of Grove.

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: Season 2 of Grace & Frankie will be available on NetFlix Friday. Sunday night is the series finale of The Good Wife (8:00 on CBS).

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: Captain America: Civil War and Mothers & Daughters

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “I can’t end my messages with ‘Love, Shaq’ because the B-52s ruined that for me.”  – Shaquille O’Neal

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SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, May 14 – “Barkaritaville,” a fundraiser for Grand Lake’s Second Chance Pet Rescue, 5:00-9:30 at Honey Creek Landing & Marina in Grove. Saturday, June 4 – Shangri-La Member and Slip Renter Appreciation Party. Saturday, June 11 – South Grand Chamber Hook ‘N’ Cookoff at South Grand Lake Regional Airport.

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It’s a good sports weekend – basketball, golf,  hockey and horse racing. NBA Playoffs continue in Round 2 competition. The OKC Thunder host San Antonio Thursday night (8:30 on ESPN) and Sunday night (7:00 on TNT). Other great match-ups include Cleveland at Atlanta Friday night (6:00 on ESPN), Sunday afternoon (2:30 on ABC), and Tuesday night (if necessary); and Golden State is at Portland Saturday night (7:30 on ABC) and Monday night (9:30 on TNT).

We have arrived at the biggest weekend of the year for horse racing fans.  The Kentucky Derby is Saturday. Coverage begins at 3:00on NBC with post time at 5:30.

PGA Golfers are in the Charlotte, North Carolina this weekend in the last tournament before The Players Championship.  Coverage of the Wells Fargo Championship this weekend is on the Golf Channel at 3:00 Thursday & Friday, and noon Saturday & Sunday. CBS picks up the final two rounds at 2:00 Saturday & Sunday; and the NASCAR kids are racing in the nighttime this week. Coverage of the Gobowling 400 from Kansas Speedway begins at 6:30 Saturday night on Fox Sports 1.

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The weekend weather looks downright summer-like, with partly cloudy skies and high temperatures in the 80s.  It’s about time! There’s a lot happening this weekend – it’s a great time to party outdoors all day and at your favorite Grand Lake club all night. Remember, though, wherever you choose to party, be sure to buy a drink for the guy next to you.  It could be me. 

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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.

 

American Grill in Grove

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

Artichoke Restaurant & Bar in Langley

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

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

Bobbers Café north of Langley on Highway 82

Book ‘ems at South Wind Marina in Bernice

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

Buffalo Run Casino in Miami (smoking)

Carlos Montez in Langley (smoking in bar)

Ceasar’s Place in Vinita and on Monkey Island

Chicken Coop in Langley

Clanton’s Café in Vinita

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

Docks Bar at Harbors View Marina

Downstream Casino in Quapaw (smoking)

Drake’s Restaurant in Grove

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

Gabby’s Place in downtown Grove

Goodfella’s Pizza (Cleora and Grove)

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

Grand Lodge in Ketchum (smoking)

High Winds Casino east of Miami (smoking)

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

Iron Frog (Grove)

Island Joe's Kentena at Shangri-La Marina (smoking)

J.R. Spanky's on Highway 10 north of Grove (smoking)

Juan Montez Restaurant & Cantina at Red Arrow Marina

Karrie's Kaboose in Vinita (smoking)

La Casita de Martin in downtown Grove

Lakeside Bar & Grill in Grove at Sail Boat Bridge

Lighthouse Supper Club in Ketchum

Los Garcias in Langley

Lupe's Mexican Restaurant in Grove

Monkey Island Pub (Smoking)

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

Morrows Landing in Raper Hollow

Nu Taste Restaurant in Grove

Okie Smokies Barbecue in Grove on Hwy 59 South

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

Pickles at the Lake in Langley

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

Raggedy’s in Grove

Rancho Viejo in Grove

Riggs & Company in Langley

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

Rusty Anchor (next to the cliffs at Dripping Springs)

Scooters in Langley (smoking)

Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina (smoking)

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

Sticky Fingers Barbecue in Ketchum

Stuffn’s Restaurant in Ketchum (Smoking on patio)

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

The Grill at Indian Hills Resort & Marina in Bernice

The Landings Marina (smoking on the deck)

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

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

The Office on Monkey Island (smoking)

The Stables Casino in Miami (smoking)

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

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

VIP Pizza at Hammerhead Marina (smoking on deck)

Water Side Bar & Grill in Grove

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

Wolf Creek Diner in Grove

Wyandotte Nation Casino at Twin Bridges (smoking)

Grand Lake Bum 4-24-16

Before the wind came sweeping down the plains just ahead of the rain on Sunday, last weekend was absolutely picture perfect on Grand Lake – and everybody took full advantage.  The lake looked like it was a Saturday in June last weekend.  I don’t think I have ever seen so many boats on the water and so many golfers on the courses in April as I saw last weekend!  Welcome to paradise! It reminded me once again of the signature line out of the official Monkey Island Anthem: “We watch folks come in here for the weekend, just wishing they could stay and be like us!”

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Grand Lake is already at the point in the season where you can’t possibly do everything.  Believe me, I try! I couldn’t make it to the GEFFE Gala Saturday night, but reports from the event are fabulous. It’s a good thing we have people who are willing to pony up and support our schools, because the state legislature certainly is NOT. We’re the point of shooting up from the bottom toward the middle again.  My pal Josh Davis is now marketing T-shirts and bumper stickers with our new state slogan: Make Oklahoma OK Again.

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Speaking of fun for worthy causes, I had another fabulous time Saturday night at Big Shots watching the absolutely fabulous Old Bulldog Band and raising money for the Community Crisis Center. What happened to bands that could play songs from the Beatles, the Zombies, Lovin’ Spoonful, Sam & Dave, the Animals, Los Bravos, and even the Monkees – all in one set?  Those guys & gals are fabulous! I might have had too much fun, especially by the time the Bulldog performance was over and I made it over to Monkey Island Pub for the big Hee Haw/Rockabilly party.  I sure was glad to see those guys from the Travelin’ Pig Barbecue still shoveling some buzz-killing food out the windows of their trailer! #lifesavers

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Eating while naked?  I don’t know if Grand Lake is ready for it, yet; and you would undoubtedly have a bit of a problem getting the Oklahoma legislature to legalize it, but it is an apparent hit in London. A 42-seat restaurant called Bunyadi will open in June featuring naked servers and patrons, alike. That’s a pretty good deal for guys who have spent years buying dinners for girls who may or may not ever take their clothes off.  Now, they’ll be able to know right up front – before dinner!  Not everybody is shy about it, apparently.  The restaurant has a waiting list of 11,000.  I don’t know if the kitchen staff is naked or not. If so, I hope they know not to try frying bacon. 

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The Oklahoma legislature, in its infinite wisdom, has approved a new law which would allow anyone over the age of 21 to open carry a gun, not permit, no training, no background check, no nothing.  What could possibly go wrong?  The only deal is, you can’t carry guns into the capitol building where the guys & gals are who passed the law.

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If your husband, wife, or partner suddenly has the urge to buy a new mattress…here’s your warning.  A Spanish company has invented a new mattress than can tell if your partner has been cheating on you. The “smarttress” uses 24 ultrasonic wave sensors to detect whether your mattress is being used while you’re gone – and by how many people (including where the most pressure is put on the mattress). When questionable activity is detected in your bed, the “Lover Detection System” sends an alert to your smart phone. If you or your lover either one feels the need to purchase this new $1,300 mattress…it sucks to be you.

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Election year seems to always bring out the “crazies” and their crazy ideas.  In Texas, enough of the Republican County Convention gatherings passed resolutions calling for a Texas secession from the United States that the topic will probably actually be up for discussion at the Texas Republican State Convention.  It works for me.  Oklahoma will willingly take Texas’ federal highway funding money, education grant money, military bases, and Medicaid dough.  Plus, the Big 12 will be a lot easier competition without Texas, Texas Tech, TCU, Baylor. Buh-bye.  In reality, it probably won’t be quite that easy.  Federal courts rules back in 1869 that states did not have the right to secede.  You may remember that it didn’t work out so well for them the last time a few of them decided to try it.

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BEST FACEBOOK POST THIS WEEK: If Trump wins the election, it will be the first time in American history that a billionaire has moved into public housing vacated by a black family.

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LEGAL TIP OF THE WEEK (from Josh Davis): “If you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, it’s probably not a good idea to drive around town in your car that has your name stenciled in giant letters on the back window.”

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DINING AND DRINKING BY WATER UPDATE: Shrimpfest this Friday night at Island Joe’s – shrimp cocktail, fried shrimp, baked potato: $16. The Aqua Bar & Grill at The Landings Marina also opens for the season this weekend.

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy Birthday wishes go out this week John Lewis, Mike Burnett, Nina Landers, Julie Smith, Judi Barber, Bonnie Carpenter, Mike Foshee, Nancy Brandwein, Alice Ehrie, Robin Markwell, Dick Lane, Lori Stanphill, David Jones, Gregg Lorimor, Cale DeLozier, Josh Goff, and Michael Garner.

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK:  Why are pizzas round, packaged in square boxes, and eaten in triangles?

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BEST EVENT OF THE WEEK: The Dare to Compare In-Water Boat Show runs Friday-Sunday.  It includes seven Grand Lake dealers at five locations: Shangri-La Marina (Nichols Marine will be there also), MarineMax (Grand Lake Boat Sales will be there also), Ugly John’s Thunder Bay, Dick Lane’s of Grand Lake, and Williams Yacht Group.

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GRAND LAKE WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: There’s plenty of live entertainment around the lake this weekend. On Monkey Island, it’s another big weekend. Randy Lunsford entertains Thursday-Sunday evenings at The Shebang and there’s karaoke on the Balcony Bar Friday & Saturday nights. This week is also a great week at Shebang for live theater fans.  Miami Little Theater presents the Marvelous Wonderettes Friday night at 8:00.  Optional dinner seating is available with service from 6:00-8:00. Just down Highway 125, there’s always great entertainment at Monkey Island Pub and The Road Hog Saloon, as well.

If you’re in the Grove area, Randy Lunsford also entertains Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at Gabby’s in downtown Grove; and there’ll be great live music by popular Western Justice both Friday and Saturday nights at J.R. Spanky’s (Highway 10 Northeast of Grove).

If you’re in the South Grand Lake area, Saturday night is Karaoke Night at Juan Montez at Red Arrow Marina; and Billy K will perform live Saturday night at Pickles at the Lake, just north of Langley.

Area casinos have great options this weekend, as well. At Buffalo Run Casino’s Trailer Park Bar & Grill, Big Smitty will be on stage both Friday and Saturday nights. At the Downstream Casino’s Legends Sports Bar The Bobby D Band will perform Friday night followed by The American Kids Saturday night. Lover’s Leap Lounge will feature the softer sounds of Howard Gayles both Friday& Saturday nights. At Bordertown Casino’s Lost Creek Saloon, there are free line dancing lessons every Wednesday night and the Spring Sing It Contest every Thursday night. Brandon Butler will provide the musical entertainment Friday night at Bordertown, followed Thomas Martinez Saturday night.  At Indigo Sky Casino, there is live entertainment in the Echo Bar beginning withRachelle Turner with Georgia Coast Thursday night, followed by Leah & the Mojo Doctors Friday night and Rocked N LoadedSaturday. If comedy is your thing, it’s a great weekend at Loony Saloon at The Stables Casino. Distinguished Gentlemen will be on stage Friday & Saturday nights.

The best spots to catch PGA play, NBA Playoff games, and NASCAR action are the Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La, Island Joe’s at Shangri-La Marina, Monkey Island Pub, the Standing Room Only Bar at The Shebang, Road Hog Saloon, Pickles at the Lake in Langley, Hookers at Cherokee Yacht Club and J.R. Spanky’s northeast of Grove.

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: Ricky Gervais’ Special Correspondents is available on NetFlix beginning Friday. Saturday night at 7:00 theRock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies are on HBO at 7:00, and the American Country Countdown Awards areSunday night at 7:00 on Fox. Countdown Awards are Sunday night. Houdini & Doyle premieres Monday, May 2 at 9:00 on Fox.Tuesday, May 3, First Lady Michelle Obama will make a guest appearance on NCIS in conjunction with her “Joining Forces” initiative beginning at 7:00 on CBS. That same night is the Season 5 premiere of Person of Interest at 9:00, also on CBS.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: Mother’s Day, Keanu and Ratchet & Clank

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK in response to Harriet Tubman replacing Andrew Jackson on the twenty dollar bill: “It’s truly exciting to have a woman on the twenty, although, unfortunately, due to the wage gap, it’s now gonna be worth $17.”  – Stephen Colbert

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SAVE THE DATE: Friday-Sunday, April 29-May 1 – “Dare to Compare” Lakewide In-Water Boat Show. Thursday, May 5-Sunday, May 8 – Cinco de Mayo Weekend Fiesta at Juan Montez Restaurant and Bar at Red Arrow Marina. Friday, May 6 – GRDA Lake Launch at the Ecosystems Center in Langley. Saturday, May 7 – Burning of the Socks at 4:00 p.m. at Harbors View Marina. Sunday, May 8 – Mother’s Day Sunday Buffet at the Summit Restaurant at Shangri-La. Saturday, May 14 – “Barkaritaville,” a fundraiser for Grand Lake’s Second Chance Pet Rescue, 5:00-9:30 at Honey Creek Landing & Marina in Grove.

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It’s a good sports weekend, especially for basketball and hockey fans. NBA Playoffs continue in Round 1 competition with game 6 (as needed) come Thursday & Friday with game 7 action on Saturday & Sunday, if necessary.  NBA games are on TNT, ABC, and ESPN.  NHL playoff action is on NBCSN, CNBC, and USA.

PGA Golfers are in the Crescent City this weekend for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.  Coverage is on the Golf Channel at 2:00Thursday & Friday, and noon Saturday & Sunday.  CBS picks up the final two rounds at 2:00 Saturday & Sunday; and the NASCAR kids are in Talladega for the GEICO 500 at noon Sunday on Fox.

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It looks like the April showers are going to continue through the month, as predicted – at least off & on.  The weekend forecast calls for scattered showers from time to time, but nothing to worry about. High temperatures will be in the 70s.  It looks like the perfect weekend to buy a boat at the big lakewide boat show, then enjoy a little party to celebrate at your favorite night spot.  Remember, though, wherever you choose to party, be sure to buy a drink for the guy next to you.  It could be me. 

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

 

American Grill in Grove

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

Artichoke Restaurant & Bar in Langley (smoking in the bar)

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

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

Bobbers Café north of Langley on Highway 82

Book ‘ems at South Wind Marina in Bernice

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

Buffalo Run Casino in Miami (smoking)

Carlos Montez in Langley (smoking in bar)

Ceasar’s Place in Vinita and on Monkey Island

Chicken Coop in Langley

Clanton’s Café in Vinita

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

Docks Bar at Harbors View Marina

Downstream Casino in Quapaw (smoking)

Drake’s Restaurant in Grove

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

Gabby’s Place in downtown Grove

Goodfella’s Pizza (Cleora and Grove)

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

Grand Lodge in Ketchum (smoking)

High Winds Casino east of Miami (smoking)

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

Iron Frog (Grove)

Island Joe's Kentena at Shangri-La Marina (smoking)

J.R. Spanky's on Highway 10 north of Grove (smoking)

Juan Montez Restaurant & Cantina at Red Arrow Marina

Karrie's Kaboose in Vinita (smoking)

La Casita de Martin in downtown Grove

Lakeside Bar & Grill in Grove at Sail Boat Bridge

Lighthouse Supper Club in Ketchum

Los Garcias in Langley

Lupe's Mexican Restaurant in Grove

Monkey Island Pub (Smoking)

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

Morrows Landing in Raper Hollow

Nu Taste Restaurant in Grove

Okie Smokies Barbecue in Grove on Hwy 59 South

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

Pickles at the Lake in Langley

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

Raggedy’s in Grove

Rancho Viejo in Grove

Riggs & Company in Langley

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

Rusty Anchor (next to the cliffs at Dripping Springs)

Scooters in Langley (smoking)

Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina (smoking)

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

Sticky Fingers Barbecue in Ketchum

Stuffn’s Restaurant in Ketchum (Smoking on patio)

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

The Grill at Indian Hills Resort & Marina in Bernice

The Landings Marina (smoking on the deck)

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

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

The Office on Monkey Island (smoking)

The Stables Casino in Miami (smoking)

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

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

VIP Pizza at Hammerhead Marina (smoking on deck)

Water Side Bar & Grill in Grove

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

Wolf Creek Diner in Grove

Wyandotte Nation Casino at Twin Bridges (smoking)

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