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Grand Lake Bum 11-27-16

We captured four big holidays in a single week – Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Shop Small Saturday, and Cyber-shopping Monday. We used the first holiday to be thankful for everything we have – and the other three to show we always want more, more, more…and we’re gonna get it, even if we have to run over someone.  Happy holidays!

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Be sure to watch your driving during the holidays – especially if you’re doing anything else you shouldn’t be doing. In Ohio, cops stopped Californian Daniel Yates for following too close.  The canine cop also became suspicious of a giant stack of boxes in Christmas gift wrapping.  When officers unwrapped the “presents,” they found 71 pounds of marijuana, 360 THC pills, and a pound of hash wax oil.  Somebody was going to have one heck of a Christmas!

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Somebody in Tennessee is going to enjoy the Christmas I was hoping to enjoy as my own.  There was one winner Saturday night in the $421 million Powerball drawing…but it wasn’t me. Again. Odds of winning the Powerball are one in 292 million.  I might not have had 292 million losing tickets, yet, but it sure seems like I should be getting close.

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Sometimes, the new Christmas ideas seem a little much to me.  Like the company named “Modern Christmas” which is now selling nativity scenes with a  modern take on Christmas at the rate of about 500 per day.  The “modern” nativity scene comes complete with wise men on Segways, bearing gifts from Amazon Prime.  There’s also a latte-drinking Mary and a man-bun-wearing Joseph taking a selfie with the baby Jesus. I remind you once again – I don’t make this stuff up!

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I know a lot of guys & gals have spent much of the last week hunting – but I haven’t heard of any hunting competition that came out closer to a tie than the one in Oregon where a 69 year old hunter shot an elk and was dragging it behind his car when the vehicle suddenly flipped over, impaling the hunter on the elk’s antlers.  The hunter was rescued and lived.  The elk wasn’t so fortunate.

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We finally have proof that insurance companies would rather have you out of the way than constantly on their list of patients wanting payments. In California, terminally ill Stephanie Packer released documentation that her insurance company had officially denied coverage for a drug that would extend her life – but willingly offered to pay all cost except a $1.20 co-pay for suicide drugs.

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Kristi Goss might not be in so much trouble if not for the Arkansas Razorbacks.  Kristi, who was an assistant to a Garland County judge, was convicted of stealing $200,000 in public funds.  She spent the money on a tuxedo for her dog, some sequined throw pillows, a diamond bracelet and…Arkansas Razorback tickets!  If she had been able to see into the future and get a sneak peek at the Razorback record this year, she might have thought twice about needing money for tickets and could still be walking around as a free woman.

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Christine Garcia is the first transgender police officer in San Diego.  She was also instrumental in planning and organizing an LGBTQ rally last week. Unfortunately, when she showed up at the rally, she was denied entrance because she was on duty – and organizers were afraid her uniform might cause discomfort at the event.  Apparently the event wasn’t TOTALLY about tolerance.

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For those of you still watching the Presidential race, we’re still hoping to have official election results by December 19 when the members of the Electoral College vote.  First we’ll have to get past recounts in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. Sadly, there has already been voter fraud uncovered – like in Outagamie County in Wisconsin where initial voting returns showed vote totals far greater than the total population of the county. When the fraud was discovered, officials quickly corrected the vote totals, which gave Trump a little over 1,000 fewer votes in the county. Hopefully we’ll get this all sorted out soon.  It seems to go on and on and on.  Even when it’s over, it’s not over. Even Fidel Castro couldn’t take it anymore.

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FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK (by Casey Davis): What makes me think we will see a Trump Havana Hotel in the near future?

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LEGAL TIP OF THE WEEK (from Josh Davis): It’s probably not a good idea to go to the police station and ask them to give you a breathalyzer test so you can prove to your wife that you’re not drunk. Especially when you are.

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BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK (spotted outside a coffee shop in London): All Americans must be accompanied by an adult.

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to Marty Follis, Kendall Adams, Dave Faulkner, Ben Gibbs, Darrel Hicks, Ryan Blakemore, Ellen Conklin, Judie Clark, Marshall Brackin, and Rita Hitzeman.

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK:  Is it still okay to listen to an AM radio after noon?

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BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: Friday at 7:30 catch the live performance of “Seasonal Allergies” at Playmakers in Grove (7:30). There is also a Sunday matinee at 2:00 and a 7:30 performance Tuesday night. Saturday night is the “All Things Christmas Costume Party” at Monkey Island Pub. Monday, December 5 is the Grand Lake Association Annual Banquet at Wyandotte Casino.

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GRAND LAKE WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: There’s plenty of great musical entertainment around the lake this weekend, including Clint Walker on stage in the Back Stage Room at The Shebang on Monkey Island Friday night and Randy Lunsford performing in the Burlesque Room Saturday & Sunday.  Friday night is karaoke night at Monkey Island Pub, and D.J. Rob will be on duty Saturday night for the “All Things Christmas Costume Party.”  There’s always a great Saturday night show at the Road Hog Saloon, too.

Area casinos have great musical options this weekend, as well, highlighted by the Turnpike Troubadours at Buffalo Run Casino’s Showplace Friday night.  Entertainment at Buffalo Run’s Trailer Park Bar & Grill features The Sex both Friday and Saturday nights. The weekend at Downstream Casino is highlighted by Derryl Perry at Legends Sports Bar Friday night, followed by Earl & ThemSaturday night. Kenny Babb will perform in Downstream’s Lover’s Leap Lounge both nights. At Indigo Sky Casino, there is live entertainment in the Echo Bar starting Thursday night with music by Jamie Wolfe and the Wranglers. Noisy Empire will entertain Friday night followed by FM Live Saturday night. Lickitty Split will entertain Thursday night at Wyandotte Casino’s Club 60 West, followed by The Stonehorse Band Friday night. If comedy is more your style, Thursday night is Open Mic Night at the Loony Saloon at The Stables Casino. The weekend belongs to the professionals with Sophia Starr and DeMarrio Oates from Bazar Entertainment on stage both Friday & Saturday nights.

The best spots to catch all your favorite sports action, including Thunder basketball, college football & basketball, PGA golf, and NFL games are the Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La, Monkey Island Pub, the Standing Room Only Bar at The Shebang, Road Hog Saloon, Pickles at the Lake in Langley, Ugly’s Grill & Bar at Thunder Bay Marina, and Hookers at Cherokee Yacht Club.

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: NetFlix streams 13 episodes of the Australian comedy Pacific Heat Friday. Steve Harvey brings backShowtime at the Apollo Monday night at 7:00 on Fox, and The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show also airs Monday night at 9:00on CBS.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: The Comedian, Pocket Listing, and Kidnap

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “The Dow Jones industrial average topped 19,000 for the first time last week. When they heard that, Americans everywhere nodded in approval as if they actually know what the Dow Jones industrial average is.” – James Corden

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SAVE THE DATE: Friday, December 9 – Ketchum’s “Gateway to the Lake” Christmas Parade (6:30). Saturday, December 10 – Second Chance Pet Rescue annual Christmas Breakfast & Dessert Auction (9:00 a.m.) at the Grove Community Center. Saturday, December 10 – Polar Bear Plunge at Arrowhead Yacht Club. Saturday, December 10 – Grove Christmas Parade (6:00 p.m.) Saturday, December 10 – Christmas Lights Boat Parade on Grand Lake with delayed television coverage by Rusty Fleming and Mike Williams. Sunday, December 18 – Christmas Brunch with Santa at the Summit Restaurant at Shangri-La (including photos with Santa).

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In the college football world, it’s Bedlam weekend. OSU will be at OU Saturday morning at 11:30 (Fox) to play for all the Big 12 marbles.  K-State will be at TCU at 11:00 (Fox Sports 1) and Baylor will be at West Virginia (2:30 on Fox Sports 1). Those are the biggies for Big 12 fans – but it’s also Championship Weekend for many of the other conferences. Colorado takes on Washington Friday night (8:00 on Fox) and there are other great ones on Saturday. Alabama faces Florida (3:00 on CBS), Clemson takes on Virginia Tech (7:00 on ABC) and Wisconsin is up against Penn State (7:00 on Fox).

NFL games get underway Thursday night with Minnesota hosting the Dallas Cowboys (7:30 on NBC). Sunday games include Kansas City at Atlanta (12:00 on CBS), Detroit at New Orleans (12:00 on Fox) and the NY Giants at Pittsburgh (3:30 on Fox). Sunday night’s game sends Carolina to Seattle (7:30 on NBC) and Monday Night Football features Indianapolis at the New York Jets (7:30 on ESPN).

The OKC Thunder has back-to-back games Sunday and Monday this weekend, hosting New Orleans Sunday night at 6:00 and traveling to Atlanta for a Monday night game at 6:30. Both games are on Fox Sports Oklahoma. NBA action starts Thursday night with a TNT double-header featuring the Clippers and Cavaliers at 7:00 and the Rockets and Warriors at 9:30. Friday night’s ESPN double-headers sends Cleveland to Chicago (7:00) and Houston to Denver (9:30).

College basketball has plenty of action this week, too.  Cincinnati is at Iowa State Thursday night (8:00 on ESPN). OSU is at Maryland Saturday while Oral Roberts takes on Michigan State.  Other Saturday games include UCLA at Kentucky (11:30 on CBS), West Virginia at Virginia (1:00 on ESPNU), Stanford at Kansas (2:30 on ESPN), Xavier at Baylor (2:30 on ESPN2), Wichita State at Colorado State (4:00 on CBSSN), Maine at Duke (4:30 on ESPN2) and Gonzaga at Arizona (4:30 on ESPN).

It’s Hero World Challenge on the PGA Tour this week.  Coverage begins at 12:30 Thursday & Friday, 11:00 Saturday, and 10:00Sunday on the Golf Channel. NBC picks up the final rounds Saturday at 1:30 and Sunday at noon.

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We’re starting off the month of December with cooler weather this weekend.  Highs will be in the low to mid 50s with lows near freezing. There must be a little winter in the air. At least we’ll have light winds and sunshine. Be safe, be kind, and have a great weekend; and be sure to buy a drink for the guy next to you.  It could be me. 

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

 

American Grill in Grove

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

Artichoke Restaurant & Bar in Langley

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

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

Bobbers Café in Langley

Book ‘ems at South Wind Marina in Bernice

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

Buffalo Run Casino in Miami (smoking)

Café Italia on Monkey Island

Carlos Montez in Langley (smoking in bar)

Ceasar’s Place in Vinita and on Monkey Island

Chickanella’s in Grove

Chicken Coop West of Langley

Clanton’s Café in Vinita

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

Docks Bar at Harbors View Marina

Downstream Casino in Quapaw (smoking)

Drake’s Restaurant in Grove

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

Gabby’s Place in downtown Grove

Goodfella’s Pizza (Cleora and Grove)

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

Grand Lodge in Ketchum (smoking)

Hatfield’s Saloon in Grove

High Winds Casino east of Miami (smoking)

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

Juan Montez Restaurant & Cantina at Red Arrow Marina

Karrie's Kaboose in Vinita (smoking)

La Casita de Martin in downtown Grove

Lakeside Bar & Grill in Grove at Sail Boat Bridge

Lighthouse Supper Club in Ketchum

Los Garcias in Langley

Lupe's Mexican Restaurant in Grove

Monkey Island Pub (Smoking)

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

Morrows Bar & Grill in Raper Hollow

Nu Taste Restaurant in Grove

Okie Smokies Barbecue in Grove on Hwy 59 South

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

Pickles at the Lake in Langley

Pit Stop Café in Grove

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

Raggedy’s in Grove

Rancho Viejo in Grove

Riggs & Company in Langley

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

Rusty Anchor (next to the cliffs at Dripping Springs)

Scooters in Langley (smoking)

Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina (smoking)

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

Sticky Fingers Barbecue in Ketchum

Stuffn’s Restaurant in Ketchum (Smoking on patio)

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

The Grill at Indian Hills Resort & Marina in Bernice

The Landings Marina (smoking on the deck)

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

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

The Office on Monkey Island (smoking)

The Stables Casino in Miami (smoking)

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

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

VIP Pizza at Hammerhead Marina (smoking on deck)

Water Side Bar & Grill in Grove

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

Wolf Creek Diner in Grove

Wyandotte Nation Casino at Twin Bridges (smoking)

Grand Lake Bum 11-20-16

Happy holidays!  This is the first week of what everyone calls the “holiday season.” It kicks off with Thanksgiving – the celebration of the arrival of the first illegal immigrants in what would later become the United States. 

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I’ve always loved Thanksgiving. It’s a “no-demand” holiday.  No one shows up unexpectedly to demand a boat ride.  There is very little demand for extra beds and/or sofas. It’s one of the few holidays of the year that doesn’t put undue stress on those of us who live at Grand Lake – and it is celebrated strictly by eating and drinking to excess.  It’s the best holiday we’ll have until New Year’s Eve! Enjoy.

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I actually celebrated Thanksgiving early – like I always do. I started Saturday night with the annual Monkey Island Potluck Thanksgiving Dinner at Monkey Island Pub, then managed to sober up in time for Chef Kevin’s fabulous Thanksgiving Sunday Brunch at the Summit at Shangri-La. That makes for a perfect schedule.  I have plenty of leftovers to munch on Thanksgiving, but no cooking, cleaning, or fraternizing to mess up a day full of football and my traditional Thanksgiving entrée…Wild Turkey! Stay thirsty, my friends.

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The elections are behind us – finally. If anyone is looking for evidence about how much your vote counts, there’s no need to look any further than Delaware County! More than 15,500 votes were cast in the Sheriff’s race. Incumbent Harlan Moore was victorious after the recount.  He won by…five votes.

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Some things just don’t sound right.  MTV celebrated its 35th birthday last week. I guess there is finally someone over 30 we can trust, right?

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Karma? A city council leader in the United Kingdom is a little embarrassed this week. A couple of months ago, Jackie Burns of the South Lanarkshire, UK city council, made a big deal out of closing all the public toilets in his district, citing “unavoidable budget cuts.”  Apparently no one, including Councilor Burns, was able to deal with the subsequent problem discreetly. He was arrested last week and fined for urinating in the town square.

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There’s speeding….then, there’s SPEEDING!  Did you see the story about the Highway Patrol trooper who pulled over a Ford Mustang on Oklahoma City’s Kilpatrick Turnpike last Saturday. He was clocked on the cop’s radar at 208 MPH!  When the driver gets out of jail, he and his Mustang will probably show up in a Ford commercial near you!

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SUGGESTED THANKSGIVING CONVERSATION STARTER AMIDST FRIENDS & FAMILY ON OPPOSITE SIDES DURING THE CONTENTIOUS ELECTION CYCLE:  “How ‘bout those Cubs!?!?!!”

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FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: Wanna freak out your neighbors?  Name your wi-fi “FBI Surveillance Van 7.”

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LEGAL TIP OF THE WEEK (from Josh Davis): If you’re going to get pulled over for a DUI, then lie to the cop about your name, it’s probably not a good idea to still be wearing your name tag from work.

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BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK (spotted outside a coffee shop in London): All Americans must be accompanied by an adult.

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to Mark Oliver, Cathey Mackey, J.B. Robison, Jr., Debi Holcomb White, Kenneth Bloom, Renea Walters, Dawn Cook, Amber Hopeman, Steve Bruno, Matt Thomas, Linda Lippitt, Reid Smith, Terry Davis, Mike Vaughn, Judy Keeton, Buddy Yandell, and John Vance. A very special shout-out goes to Shangri-La Resort owner Eddy Gibbs, honored last week by the South Grand Lake Area Chamber of Commerce with the coveted Barbara Conner Award for achievement and outstanding contributions to the Grand Lake area.  Nobody deserves it more. That’s for sure!

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK:  Does a man-eating shark eat women, too?

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BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: Friday, you don’t have to eat turkey again. Friday is the annual Black Friday Night Seafood Buffet at The Summit at Shangri-La. Saturday is one of the most important days of the year.  It’s Small Business Saturday. Avoid the big chain stores and shop small!

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GRAND LAKE WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: There’s plenty of great musical entertainment around the lake this weekend, including Randy Lunsford performing in the Burlesque Room at The Shebang on Monkey Island (although Shebang will be closed Thanksgiving).  Friday night is karaoke night at Monkey Island Pub – and there’s always a great Saturday night show at the Road Hog Saloon.

Area casinos have great musical options this weekend, as well. Entertainment at Buffalo Run Casino’s Trailer Park Bar & Grill features The Sex both Friday and Saturday nights. The weekend at Downstream Casino is highlighted by a country music Friday night featuring Merle Jam at Legends Sports Bar, followed by Oreo Blue Saturday night. Howard Gayles will perform in Downstream’s Lover’s Leap Lounge both nights. At Bordertown Casino’s Lost Creek Saloon, there are free line dancing lessons every Thursday. The George Brothers with Leslie Wright will provide the Friday night musical entertainment, followed by Runnin’ on Empty Saturday night.  At Indigo Sky Casino, there is live entertainment in the Echo Bar starting Thanksgiving night with music by Rocked & Loaded. Stonehorse will entertain Friday night followed by Diversity Saturday night. Big Smitty will entertain Friday night at Wyandotte Casino’s Club 60 West.

The best spots to catch all your favorite sports action, including Thunder basketball, college football & basketball, PGA golf, and NFL games are the Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La, Monkey Island Pub, the Standing Room Only Bar at The Shebang, Road Hog Saloon, Pickles at the Lake in Langley, Ugly’s Grill & Bar at Thunder Bay Marina, Hookers at Cherokee Yacht Club and J.R. Spanky’s northeast of Grove.

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: It’s Thanksgiving week, so you won’t want to miss Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 90th Celebration Wednesday night at 8:00 on NBC. If you’re not watching football Thanksgiving night, check out Anne of Green Gables at 7:00 on PBS. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life will be available Friday on NetFlix.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: Rules Don’t Apply, Moana, and Bad Santa 2

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Donald Trump has announced that as President, he’ll take a salary of $1 a year. And he promises he’ll earn every penny.” – Conan O’Brien

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SAVE THE DATE: Friday, December 2 – “Seasonal Allergies” at Playmakers in Grove (7:30). Friday, December 2 – Turnpike Troubadours concert at Buffalo Run Casino. Sunday, December 4 – “Seasonal Allergies” at Playmakers in Grove (2:00). Monday, December 5 – Grand Lake Association Annual Banquet at Wyandotte Casino. Tuesday, December 6 – “Seasonal Allergies” at Playmakers in Grove (7:30). Friday, December 9 – Ketchum’s “Gateway to the Lake” Christmas Parade (6:30). Saturday, December 10 – Second Chance Pet Rescue annual Christmas Breakfast & Dessert Auction (9:00 a.m.) at the Grove Community Center. Saturday, December 10 – Grove Christmas Parade (6:00 p.m.) Saturday, December 10 – Christmas Lights Boat Parade on Grand Lake.

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In the college football world, OU and OSU are both idle this week, enjoying the holiday as they prepare to meet each other next week. College action starts Thanksgiving night with Texas A&M hosting LSU (6:30 on ESPN).Friday afternoon, Arkansas is at Missouri (1:30 on CBS), Washington is at Washington State (2:30 on Fox Sports 1), Baylor is at Texas Tech (5:00 on ESPN), and Tulsa hosts Cincinnati (7:30 on ESPNU).

Saturday games include Michigan at Ohio State (11:00 on ABC), Kentucky at Louisville (11:00 on ESPN), Auburn at Alabama (2:30 on CBS), West Virginia at Iowa State (2:30 on Fox Sports 1), Michigan State at Penn State (2:30 on ESPN), South Carolina at Clemson (6:30 on ESPN), Utah at Colorado (6:30 on Fox), and Florida at Florida State (7:00 on ABC)..

NFL Thanksgiving action sends Minnesota to Detroit (11:30 on CBS), Washington to Dallas (3:30 on Fox), and Pittsburgh to Indianapolis (7:30 on NBC). Sunday’s featured games include Tennessee at Chicago (12:00 on CBS), Arizona at Atlanta (12:00 on Fox) and Carolina at Oakland (3:30 on CBS). Sunday night’s game on NBC sends Kansas City to Denver (NBC); and Monday Night Football (ESPN) features Green Bay at Philadelphia.

The NBA action features the OKC Thunder at Denver Friday night (8:00 on Fox Sports Oklahoma) and at home Saturday night hosting Detroit (7:00 on Fox Sports Oklahoma). They take Sunday as a travel day before taking the court again Monday night on the road in New York to take on the Knicks (6:30 on Fox Sports Oklahoma).

College basketball has a little action this week, too.  OSU wraps up final round play Wednesday in the Maui Jim Invitational – and OU hosts Abilene Christian Friday afternoon at 2:00 (Fox Sports Oklahoma)

The PGA Tour is headed “down under” where they don’t pay much attention to Thanksgiving. If you’re a real die-hard, you can watch live coverage of the ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf each night at midnight beginningWednesday – or you can watch it at a more civilized hour, 1:00 p.m. Thursday & Friday, 12:30 Saturday & Sunday on The Golf Channel.

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I don’t know how we could ask for better Thanksgiving weekend weather.  We’ll enjoy sunshine with lows in the upper 30s and highs around 60 starting on Thanksgiving and continuing all weekend.  Can’t beat that! Be safe, be kind, and have a great weekend; and be sure to buy a drink for the guy next to you.  It could be me. 

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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 in Langley

Book ‘ems at South Wind Marina in Bernice

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

Buffalo Run Casino in Miami (smoking)

Café Italia on Monkey Island

Carlos Montez in Langley (smoking in bar)

Ceasar’s Place in Vinita and on Monkey Island

Chickanella’s in Grove

Chicken Coop West of Langley

Clanton’s Café in Vinita

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

Docks Bar at Harbors View Marina

Downstream Casino in Quapaw (smoking)

Drake’s Restaurant in Grove

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

Gabby’s Place in downtown Grove

Goodfella’s Pizza (Cleora and Grove)

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

Grand Lodge in Ketchum (smoking)

Hatfield’s Saloon in Grove

High Winds Casino east of Miami (smoking)

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

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 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 11-13-16

If you were wandering around the lake looking for your friends last Friday night, I found most of them for you. It seemed like every other person I saw at the Billy Joel concert at Tulsa’s BOK Center were Grand Lakers.  He put on a fabulous show, by the way, including a tear-jerking Veterans Day tribute as he invited a group of Oklahoma veterans on stage while he performed Goodnight, Saigon. Unbelievable.  By the way, boaters should be aware of Billy Joel’s continuing dedication to boating and clean water. He recently donated his custom built, 57-foot, $2 million commuter yacht, Vendetta, to the International Sea-Keepers Society which protects the oceans through research, conservation, and education. Vendetta was named, according to Joel, “because living well is the best revenge.”  Agreed!

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As we continue to shake out the results of the 2016 election cycle, you might want to buy cigarettes here before you head to California. Voters there approved a $2.00 per pack increase in cigarette tax. Wow!  Ironically, they also approved recreational use of marijuana. I guess they’re making a statement on the preferred smoking substance in the Golden State. Voters in Massachusetts and Nevada also voted to legalize recreational week. The Las Vegas slogan of “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” will probably be especially true now.  Visitors won’t even remember what happened in Vegas!

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The Electoral College has picked up a lot of support this week.  Before the elections, it seemed like all my friends were supportive of abandoning the cumbersome Electoral College method of electing Presidents and preferred, instead, to let every vote count – the popular vote. This week, it seems like my Republican pals aren’t so enthusiastic about changing that, anymore. You don’t suppose that had anything to do with the fact that Donald Trump became only the fourth President in U.S. history to be elected to office while winning the Electoral College vote – but losing the popular vote, do you?

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My friends have varied opinions on the voter approval of the state question to “Modernize Liquor Laws” by allowing the sale of wine and cold strong beer in grocery stores and convenience stores.  If you wonder what the rest of the world is thinking, here’s a hint. Market Watch carried a post-election headline shouting “Oklahoma Votes to Make Beer Great Again.” The editorial applauded Oklahoma voters for “ending the prohibition on real beer.” I can’t tell yet whether it’s good business or not – but at least we don’t have quite as many people pointing and laughing at Oklahoma’s backward views of alcohol.

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In Belgium, the first – or at least the first legal – beer pipeline has been installed. It pumps quantities equal to 12,000 bottles of beer per hour from the brewery in Bruges, to a bottling operation two miles away. The company says that will keep big tanker trucks out of the historic city. Locals who donated to the cost of the project were enticed by an offer of “free beer for life.”  Non-contributors are just keeping their eyes open for a pipeline leak.

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In an unrelated story, a continuous-flow free wine fountain has been established in Abruzzo, Italy in hopes of attracting tourists who visit nearby Vatican City. I don’t know if it will work there, but I think it’s a great idea for Grand Lake.  Anyone who has ever hosted a reception will tell you nothing attracts a crowd at Grand Lake like free alcohol. I think the Chambers of Commerce and Grand Lake Association ought to get to work on a project like this.  Free-flowing booze, free to the public, twenty-four/seven. What could possibly go wrong?

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FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: Just burned 2,000 calories. That’s the last time I’ll leave brownies in the oven while I nap.

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LEGAL TIP OF THE WEEK (from Michael Haggerty): When choosing between legal advice, your lawyer is the better bet over your cellmate, no matter how much hard-won "experience" your cellie may have. There is a reason, after all, he's locked up there with you.

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BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK (seen in front of Pantages Playhouse in Winnipeg): Psychic Fair cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. (Thanks to Barb Pliler for sharing this one.)

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ANOTHER GREAT SIGN (seen by my pal George Sherman at Scheers in Kansas City): In dog beers, I’ve only had one.

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to Chuck Perry, Cliff Hudson, Tom Fielder, Leann Goff, Dar Phillips, Kenny Cole, Gary Goss, Val Saamer, Suzy Bloom, Jody Crabtree, and Barbara Patrick. My heart goes out to the millions of fans & friends of Leon Russell – an incredible musician and longtime Grand Laker. The superstar died in his sleep Saturday night in Nashville. He was 74. RIP.

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK:  Does a man-eating shark eat women, too?

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BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: It’s a big weekend on Grand Lake – especially for mid-November! Thursday night is the South Grand Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet at Cherokee Yacht Club. Saturday night, Shangri-La Members will enjoy the annual   Festivus Party and Christmas Shopping specials. Saturday night is also the annual Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner & celebration at Monkey Island Pub. Bring a side dish and enjoy the community spirit. Sunday is another great feast – the Pre-Thanksgiving Sunday Brunch at The Summit at Shangri-La (10:00-3:00).

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GRAND LAKE WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: There’s plenty of great musical entertainment around the lake this weekend, including Randy Lunsford performing in the Burlesque Room at The Shebang on Monkey Island – and Clint Walker on stage in the Back Stage Room Friday night. Friday night is karaoke night at Monkey Island Pub – and there’s always a great Saturday night show at the Road Hog Saloon.

Area casinos have great musical options this weekend, as well, highlighted by a big Rick Springfield concert at Buffalo Run Casino Saturday night at 8:00. Entertainment at Buffalo Run Casino’s Trailer Park Bar & Grill features Fun House Friday night and Dead Metal Society Saturday night. The weekend at Downstream Casino is highlighted by a Saturday night Jamey Johnson concert in the Pavilion. At Downstream’s Legends Sports Bar The Scott Keaton Band will provide a variety of blues and rock tunes, followed by Another Alibi Saturday night. Kenny Babb will perform in Downstream’s Lover’s Leap Lounge both nights. At Bordertown Casino’s Lost Creek Saloon, there are free line dancing lessons every Thursday night – and this week, there is aWhiskey River concert, as well. T.J. McFarland will provide the Friday night musical entertainment, followed by Derryl PerrySaturday night.  At Indigo Sky Casino, there is live entertainment in the Echo Bar starting Thursday night with music by T.J. McFarland. September’s End will entertain Friday night followed by Leah and the Mojo Doctors Saturday night. The Hi-Fidelics will entertain Friday night at Wyandotte Casino’s Club 60 West.

The best spots to catch all your favorite sports action, including Thunder basketball, college football & basketball, PGA golf, NASCAR, and NFL games are the Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La, Monkey Island Pub, the Standing Room Only Bar at The Shebang, Road Hog Saloon, Pickles at the Lake in Langley, Ugly’s Grill & Bar at Thunder Bay Marina, Hookers at Cherokee Yacht Club and J.R. Spanky’s northeast of Grove.

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: If you’re ready for the Christmas season My Christmas Dream is Saturday night at 7:00 on Hallmark. Sunday night, it’s The American Music Awards at 7:00 on ABC. Season 3 of The Librarians also debuts Sunday night at 7:00 on TNT. Monday night features the first full Search Party at 10:00 on TBS.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: The Edge of Seventeen, Bleed for This and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Remember the good ol’ days before social media when you had to buy a supermarket tabloid to get your fake news?” – Jimmie Tramel

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SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, November 25 – Black Friday Night Seafood Buffet at The Summit at Shangri-La. Monday, December 5 – Grand Lake Association Annual Banquet at Wyandotte Casino. Saturday, December 10 – Christmas Lights Boat Parade on Grand Lake.

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In the college football world, our “Big Four,” OU, OSU, Tulsa, and Arkansas are all on the road this week – and all the games areSaturday. OSU is at TCU at 11:00 (Fox Sports 1) and Arkansas is at Mississippi State at 6:00 (ESPNU). OU and Tulsa both play at 7:00 – the Sooners are at West Virginia (ABC) and the Golden Hurricane is at UCF (ESPNEWS).

College action starts Thursday with Houston hosting Louisville (7:00 on ESPN). Besides the Big Four, other great Saturday match-ups include Kansas State at Baylor (11:00 on ESPN2), Ohio State at Michigan State (11:00 on ESPN), Wisconsin at Purdue (11:00 on ABC), Florida State at Syracuse (2:30 on ESPN2), Missouri at Tennessee (2:30 on CBS), Virginia Tech at Notre Dame (2:30 on NBC), Texas Tech at Iowa State (2:30 on Fox Sports 1), Texas at Kansas (2:30 on ABC), Indiana at Michigan (2:30 on ESPN), Clemson at Wake Forest (6:00 on ESPN), Arizona State at Washington (6:30 on Fox), and USC at UCLA (9:30 on ESPN).  In case you wonder how in the world Alabama holds on to that #1 spot, they play someone called Chattanooga Saturdaynight at 6:00 (ESPN).

NFL Thursday night action sends New Orleans to Carolina (7:30 on NBC). Sunday games include Baltimore at Dallas (noon on CBS), Tampa Bay at Kansas City (12:00 on Fox), and New England at San Francisco (3:30 on CBS). Sunday night’s game on NBC sends Green Bay to Washington; and Monday Night Football (ESPN) features Houston at Oakland.

The NBA action features Philadelphia at Minnesota and the Chicago at Utah in Thursday night action on TNT (7:00 and 9:30respectively). Friday night the OKC Thunder hosts the Brooklyn Nets at 7:00 (Fox Sports Oklahoma), Golden State is at Boston (7:00 on ESPN), and the Clippers are in Sacramento (9:30 on ESPN). Sunday night the Thunder will host Indiana (6:00 on Fox Sports Oklahoma) before heading to L.A. for a Tuesday night game against the Lakers (9:30 on Fox Sports Oklahoma and NBA-TV).

College basketball gets underway this week, too.  OU and OSU will be as far from each other as they can get.  OU plays Thursdayagainst Tulane in the opening round of the Tire Pros Invitational in Orlando (6:00 on ESPN2).  Tournament play continues Fridayand Sunday. The Cowboys will be in Hawaii in the Maui Jim Invitational. They’ll start with Connecticut Monday night (8:00 on ESPNU) and continue tournament play Tuesday and Wednesday.

The PGA Tour is in Sea Island, Georgia this week as Davis Love III hosts the RSM Classic. Coverage is on the Golf Channel beginning at 12:30 Thursday-Sunday.

In the NASCAR world, you’d better watch fast if you’ve been planning to catch a race this year.  Coverage of the Ford Eco-Boost 400 from Miami starts at 1:30 Sunday on NBC.

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The weekend weather ahead looks a little more like Autumn. Saturday, we’ll have a high of 60 degrees or so, but we may have to fight off a few morning Thunderstorms. Saturday & Sunday, highs will be in the 50s, with lows in the 30s. We may even get a light freeze Saturday night. Be safe, be kind, and have a great weekend; and be sure to buy a drink for the guy next to you.  It could be me. 

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

 

American Grill in Grove

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

Artichoke Restaurant & Bar in Langley

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

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

Bobbers Café in Langley

Book ‘ems at South Wind Marina in Bernice

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

Buffalo Run Casino in Miami (smoking)

Café Italia on Monkey Island

Carlos Montez in Langley (smoking in bar)

Ceasar’s Place in Vinita and on Monkey Island

Chickanella’s in Grove

Chicken Coop West of Langley

Clanton’s Café in Vinita

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

Docks Bar at Harbors View Marina

Downstream Casino in Quapaw (smoking)

Drake’s Restaurant in Grove

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

Gabby’s Place in downtown Grove

Goodfella’s Pizza (Cleora and Grove)

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

Grand Lodge in Ketchum (smoking)

Hatfield’s Saloon in Grove

High Winds Casino east of Miami (smoking)

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

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 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 11-6-16

If you’re finding that you are arriving at every appointment an hour early, it’s because you forgot to set your clock back before you went to bed Saturday night.  Sheesh. “I look forward to setting my clock back so it gets dark at 5:00 in the afternoon,” said NO ONE…EVER! I’m afraid it’s going to take me a couple of weeks to adjust enough to even stay up until the bars close!

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I thought the election would never get here. That Presidential campaign got so dirty, I think I’ll take a bath – for about a week! We still have two months of complaining from the people whose candidate lost, I guess. At least at this point, I do still have a few Facebook friends.  How ‘bout you?

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Only in Florida. Police arrested a man at a Publix supermarket in West Palm Beach for trespassing and screaming at employees and customers.  They checked his I.D.  Sure enough. It was Vladimir Putin. Either it wasn’t the same Vladimir Putin you’re thinking of – or the authorities didn’t recognize him with his shirt on.

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I can imagine such a thing happening at the Delaware County Jail but, in this case, it happened in Youngstown, Ohio where 25 year old Raymond Brooks was arrested on multiple charges including being a felon in possession of a gun.  In all seriousness, he asked officers if he could have his gun back after he was finished with booking.  I didn’t catch the answer from the officers, but I probably couldn’t print it in a family publication anyway.  You can’t fix stupid.

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Oklahoma got a little – and I mean “little” – recognition during the recent 100th anniversary celebration of America’s National Park Service. A park in Guthrie was recognized as the smallest park – 10 ft. X 10 ft. Apparently, a city clerk back in 1889 is to blame. Instead of turning in a request to the feds for land “100-foot square” (100 ft. X 100 ft.), the clerk mistakenly asked for “100 square feet” (10 ft. X 10 ft.).  The miniature park is still there, behind the Post Office.

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Bad things can happen to you when you’re under anesthesia. But it’s rare that it’s something you do yourself.  It happened in Tokyo, though, at the Tokyo Medical University Hospital. A thirty-something patient was apparently a little gassy when she went in for a procedure that involved laser to her cervix. One little instance of unintended flatulence caught the laser on fire. She had significant burns to her waist and legs (among other places). Don’t eat beans before surgery.

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If you had your heart set on spending eternity in one of those beautiful, legendary caskets from the famous Batesville Casket Company in Mississippi, you’d better start making your arrangements. The company is closing its plant in Batesville in March 2017 and moving production to Mexico. I guess those 200 jobs that sounded so good to Batesville residents were actually just dead end jobs, after all. Once the company gets to Mexico, I’m sure they’ll find some other stiffs to take the jobs.

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FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: Be careful when you follow the masses.  Sometimes, the M is silent.

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LEGAL TIP OF THE WEEK (from Josh Davis): If you're going to steal a police car, it's probably not a good idea to live stream the subsequent joyride on Facebook. 

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BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK: Rabbits jump and they live for 8 years. Dogs run and they live for 15 years. Turtles do nothing and they live for 150 years. Lesson learned.

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to Maddy Cook, Jot Hartley, Christie Livingston, Tyler Graham, Linda Bostick, Brian Maddy, Jeremy Riggs, Clark Boone, Tom Quillin, and Bryan Wilkinson. Happy Veterans Day (Friday) to all the men and women who have served our great nation with such honor and pride. Thank you for your service!

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK:  Why are raisins called raisins if they’re really just dried grapes?  Why not call them dried grapes?

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BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: Friday is Veterans Day. Shangri-La Golf Club is offering $54 golf to Veterans all day Friday,Saturday & Sunday. The 14th Annual JL’s Toy Run kicks off Saturday morning at 10:00 in the parking lot of the Grove Community Center, 3rd & Broadway.

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GRAND LAKE WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: There’s plenty of great musical entertainment around the lake this weekend, including Randy Lunsford performing in the Burlesque Room at The Shebang on Monkey Island. Friday night is karaoke night at Monkey Island Pub – and there’s always a great Saturday night show at the Road Hog Saloon.

East of Grove on Highway 10, there’s always great music at J.R. Spanky’s.

Area casinos have great musical options this weekend, as well. Entertainment at Buffalo Run Casino’s Trailer Park Bar & Grill features Fun House both Friday & Saturday nights. The weekend begins Thursday night at Downstream Casino’s Legends Sports Bar with another in their Throwback Thursday Free Concert Series – Street Survivor will be featured in a Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute.Friday night, Leather & Lace will provide a variety of rock tunes, followed by Kidd/Ray Saturday night. Howard Gayles will perform in Downstream’s Lover’s Leap Lounge both nights. At Bordertown Casino’s Lost Creek Saloon, there are free line dancing lessons every Thursday night. Southern Ground will provide the Friday night musical entertainment, followed by The Dirty Saints Saturday night.  At Indigo Sky Casino, there is live entertainment in the Echo Bar starting Thursday night with music byGeorgia Coast. Big Smitty will entertain Friday night followed by Southern Ground Saturday night. The Bobby D Band will entertain Friday night at Wyandotte Casino’s Club 60 West. Saturday night is a big UFC 205 watch party- Alvarez vs. McGregor. If comedy is more your style, check out the Loony Saloon at The Stables Casino in Miami. In honor of the Veterans Day weekend, U.S. Marine Corps veteran Clay Miles will be on stage both Friday & Saturday nights with special guest Marcus Lane.

The best spots to catch all your favorite sports action, including Thunder basketball, college football, PGA golf, NASCAR, and NFL games are the Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La, Monkey Island Pub, the Standing Room Only Bar at The Shebang, Road Hog Saloon, Pickles at the Lake in Langley, Ugly’s Grill & Bar at Thunder Bay Marina, Hookers at Cherokee Yacht Club and J.R. Spanky’s northeast of Grove.

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: The fall season finale of The Blacklist show is Thursday night at 9:00 on NBC. Friday night is a big NetFlix night with release of The True Memoirs of an International Assassin. Monday is the first episode of Ron Howard’s docu-dramaMars at 8:00 on the National Geographic Channel. Complaining and/or gloating about the Presidential election outcome will be featured all day and all night on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: Almost Christmas, and Arrival

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “It takes a great country to stand a thing like an election hitting it every four years.” – Will Rogers

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SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, November 17 – South Grand Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet at Cherokee Yacht Club. Saturday, November 19 – Festivus Party and Christmas Shopping Party at Shangri-La Golf Club. Saturday, November 19 – Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner & celebration at Monkey Island Pub. Saturday, November 25 – Black Friday Night Seafood Buffet at The Summit at Shangri-La. Monday, December 5 – Grand Lake Association Annual Banquet at Wyandotte Casino. Saturday, December 10 – Christmas Lights Boat Parade on Grand Lake.

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In the college football world, Saturday morning at 11:00 is an important time. The big news is not that OU will host Baylor at that time (ABC). It’s not that Alabama hosts Mississippi State (ESPN) – or that Navy hosts the University of Tulsa (CBSSN). It’s that Kansas plays Iowa State – and someone has to actually win the game. It’ll be a big day for one of them!

North Carolina is at Duke to kick off the weekend of play Thursday night (6:30 on ESPN) Utah and Arizona State also playThursday night (8:30 on FS1).  Friday night, Florida State hosts Boston College (6:30 on ESPN2).

On Saturday, in addition to the games above, Texas Tech is at Oklahoma State (2:30 on FS1) and Arkansas hosts LSU (6:00 on ESPN). Other big Saturday games include Pittsburgh at Clemson (2:30 on ABC), Penn State at Indiana (11:00 on ESPN2), USC at Washington (6:30 on Fox), Michigan at Iowa (7:00 on ABC), and California at Washington State (9:30 on ESPN).

The NBA action features Chicago at Miami and the Lakers at Sacramento in Thursday night action on TNT (7:00 and 9:30respectively). Friday night the OKC Thunder hosts the L.A. Clippers at 7:00 (Fox Sports Oklahoma and NBA-TV). Sunday night the Thunder will host Orlando (6:00 on Fox Sports Oklahoma) before heading to Detroit for a Monday niht game (6:30 on Fox Sports Oklahoma).

NFL action kicks off Thursday night with Cleveland at Baltimore (7:30 on NFL). Sunday include Minnesota at Washington or Green Bay at Tennessee (Fox) and Kansas City at Carolina (CBS), all at noon. The 3:30 game on Fox will feature Dallas at Pittsburgh. Sunday night (7:30 on NBC), Seattle will be in New England; and Monday Night Football sends Cincinnati to New York to face the Giants (7:30 on ESPN).

The PGA Tour is in beautiful Playa del Carmen, Mexico this week for the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. Coverage is on the Golf Channel beginning at noon Thursday-Sunday.

In the NASCAR world, it’s racing in the desert this week.  Coverage of the Can-Am 500 from Phoenix International Raceway starts at 1:30 Sunday on NBC.

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The weekend weather ahead looks absolutely perfect for your favorite outdoor activity.  It’ll be cool in the evenings (40s), but sunny with light winds and high temperatures in the mid-60s in the daytime. What a November, huh? The only bad thing is that 5:15sunset. I suppose we’ll get used to it, though. Be safe, be kind, and have a great weekend. While you’re out having fun, 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 in Langley

Book ‘ems at South Wind Marina in Bernice

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

Buffalo Run Casino in Miami (smoking)

Café Italia on Monkey Island

Carlos Montez in Langley (smoking in bar)

Ceasar’s Place in Vinita and on Monkey Island

Chickanella’s in Grove

Chicken Coop West of Langley

Clanton’s Café in Vinita

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

Docks Bar at Harbors View Marina

Downstream Casino in Quapaw (smoking)

Drake’s Restaurant in Grove

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

Gabby’s Place in downtown Grove

Goodfella’s Pizza (Cleora and Grove)

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

Grand Lodge in Ketchum (smoking)

Hatfield’s Saloon in Grove

High Winds Casino east of Miami (smoking)

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

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 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 10-30-16

I know the calendar says different, but I always think of this week as the last week of summer.  It’s not that there won’t still be nice, warm days ahead, it’s just that it doesn’t seem normal to be wandering around in the dark at 5:30 in the afternoon.  It doesn’t matter what we think, though…we still need to set our clocks back one hour before we head to bed Sunday night, otherwise we might show up early for work on a Monday morning.  That would make no sense at all.

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If we’re going to have an extra hour of drinking time any weekend, I guess this week would be a good time.  It’ll give us an extra hour to sip a little thinking fluid and make that final decision about how to cast our votes for every office from President to County Sheriff. If you haven’t studied up on the State Questions, there are seven of them.  Take a look before you head to the polls so you don’t hold up the line.

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If nothing else, the Presidential campaign has exposed the true personalities and biases of a lot of people who normally don’t expose such things.  It seems like everybody hates Trump or Clinton or both, so it should be an interesting election night. I hope you were able to keep most of your Facebook friends through the thick and think of Facebook misinformation. It’s probably hard on some of you to lose friends while fighting over someone neither of you ever met.  It’s easier for me. I’m so offensive and insensitive all year every year that my list of friends is always down to a pretty manageable size.

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As we live through increasingly perilous time, it’s important to remember that not everyone is dangerous who looks dangerous. Some of them are just stupid.  For example, the New York City Metropolitan Opera canceled its Saturday afternoon performance at intermission after a suspicious character was seen sprinkling some kind of substance all over the orchestra pit. The building was evacuated, and the substance tested.  As it turns out, the rumors of an out-of-town man planning to sprinkle the ashes of his late mentor at the opera turned out to be correct.  We don’t know the identity of the ash sprinkler – or his mentor. The sad ending of the story is that his mentor saw a very short span of eternity enjoying the opera – and a lot more of it viewing the inside of a vacuum cleaner bag. RIP

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The highest court in the land has agreed to decide the “transgender restroom” case.  Sheesh.  I can’t believe we’ve gone all this time without having the United States Supreme Court show us where we should go pee.

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Oklahoma has made another Top Ten list…sadly. Employee Benefit Advisor put together the list of “Ten States with the Worst Health Care,” factoring in insurance premiums, number of doctors per capita, and percentage of population with health insurance.  Oklahoma was ranked as the 8th worst state. Fortunately, we still have our friends in Arkansas and Mississippi to make us look better. Alaska took the pennant as the #1 Worst Health Care State in America.

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FEEL OLD FACT OF THE WEEK: The Rolling Stones were on tour last week when Mick Jagger turned 73!

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FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: In the ‘60s we took LSD to make the world look weird. Now, the world is weird and we take Prozac to make it look normal.

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LEGAL TIP OF THE WEEK (from Michael Haggerty): If your license has already been suspended eight times, your latest ticket probably isn’t going to go well.

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BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK (an obvious reference to Oklahoma’s upcoming vote on SQ 792): Wal-Mart wants to sell wine. Odd. Chinese kids don’t even make wine.

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to Randy Lunsford, Mark Gibson, Kayla Thomas, Scott Brecheisen, Bud Hawkes, Diedre Sparkman, Frank Devorak, Cindi Lillard, Candy Couch, Jake Morin, Shaleen Wheeler, Abby Moser, and Mitch Lindley.

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK:  Have you ever noticed that a woman’s “I’ll be ready in five minutes” and a man’s “I’ll be home in five minutes” are exactly the same amount of time?

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BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: Saturday afternoon & evening (4:00-9:00) is the big Barn Dance & Dinner at Judy’s barn, hosted by Harbors View Marina. Contact Harbors View for ticket and transportation information. Saturday night is the big Winterset Gala sponsored by DCCSN. It’s at the Robinett Center in Jay. Shangri-La’s Summit Restaurant hosts a special Michael Zinke Wine Dinner Saturday night (no regular dinner service Saturday at the Summit).

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GRAND LAKE WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: There’s plenty of great musical entertainment around the lake this weekend, including Randy Lunsford performing nightly in the Burlesque Room at The Shebang on Monkey Island. Friday night,Clint Walker will also be at Shebang, performing in the Back Stage Room. Friday night is karaoke night at Monkey Island Pub – and Lickitty Split will be on stage Saturday night at the Road Hog Saloon.

In Miami, Saturday night is a special evening at the Coleman Theater. Rave On will be on stage presenting The Buddy Holly Experience. East of Grove on Highway 10, there’s always great music at J.R. Spanky’s and Grand Lake Casino.

On South Grand, Friday night comedy/musical entertainment features Tommy Nolen at Juan Montez at Red Arrow Marina.Saturday night’s big Harbors View Marina Barn Dance & Dinner at Judy Florida’s farm will feature live music from Whiskey Poet Society.

Other area casinos have great musical options this weekend, as well. Entertainment at Buffalo Run Casino’s Trailer Park Bar & Grill features The Band DeLorean both Friday & Saturday nights. The ShotGunBillys will entertain Friday night at Downstream Casino’s Legends Sports Bar Friday night, followed by Aces Wild Saturday night. Kenny Babb will perform in Downstream’s Lover’s Leap Lounge both nights. At Bordertown Casino’s Lost Creek Saloon, there are free line dancing lessons everyWednesday night and Cash for Karaoke competition on Thursdays. The Bobby Dale Band will provide the Friday night musical entertainment, followed by Southern Green Saturday night.  At Indigo Sky Casino, there is live entertainment in the Echo Bar starting Thursday night with music by Honkytonk Renovators. Aces Wild entertain Friday night followed by Joe Giles & the Homewreckers Saturday night. The Eddie Valen Band will entertain Friday night at Wyandotte Casino’s Club 60 West. If you think you have a comedy skill set, Thursday night is Open Mic Night at the Loony Saloon at The Stables Casino in Miami. If you’d rather watch the professionals, John Pinney will be on stage both Friday & Saturday nights with special guest Jeff Vaughn.

The best spots to catch all your favorite sports action, including Thunder basketball, college football, PGA golf, NASCAR, and NFL Football are the Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La, Monkey Island Pub, the Standing Room Only Bar at The Shebang, Road Hog Saloon, Pickles at the Lake in Langley, Ugly’s Grill & Bar at Thunder Bay Marina, Hookers at Cherokee Yacht Club and J.R. Spanky’s northeast of Grove.

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: The 50th Annual Country Music Awards show is Wednesday night at 7:00 on ABC. Friday night is a big NetFlix night with availability of the drama special The Crown as well as Dana Carvey’s Comedy Special: Straight White Male, 60. The regular Saturday night shows are great enough, but you certainly won’t want to miss the Presidential Election Eve presentation of the Saturday Night Live Election Special at 9:00 Monday on NBC. For a little different election coverage, tune in to Stephen Colbert’s Live Election Night Democracy’s Series Finale: Who’s Gonna Clean Up This S#*t?on Showtime beginning at 10 p.m.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: Trolls, Hacksaw Ridge, and Stagecoach: The Texas Jack Story

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “America is divided between those who think Trump will lose because the election is rigged – and those who think he will lose because it’s not.” – Stephen Colbert

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SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, November 19 – Festivus Party and Christmas Shopping Party at Shangri-La Golf Club. Saturday, November 19 – Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner & celebration at Monkey Island Pub. Saturday, November 25 – Black Friday Night Seafood Buffet at The Summit at Shangri-La. Saturday, December 10 – Christmas Lights Boat Parade on Grand Lake.

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It’s huge sports week, even with the wrap-up of the World Series.  It’s the biggest weekend of the year for horse racing fans – The Breeders Cup races will be broadcast live beginning Friday from 4:00-7:00 and again Saturday from 1:30-7:00 on NBCSN. The Classic will air on NBC Saturday night from 7:00-8:00.

In the college football world, OU kicks off the weekend of play Thursday night at Iowa State (6:30 on ESPN). UCLA & Colorado also play Thursday night. Friday’s schedule includes Temple at UCONN (6:00 on ESPN2) and San Jose State at Boise State (9:15on ESPN2).

On Saturday, Oklahoma State is at Kansas State and Arkansas hosts the Florida Gators (2:30 on CBS). Tulsa is at home Saturdaynight facing East Carolina (7:00 on ESPNEWS). Other top games on Saturday include Alabama at LSU (7:00 on CBS), Florida State at NC State, Navy at Notre Dame (10:30 on CBS), Kansas at West Virginia, Texas at Texas Tech, TCU at Baylor (2:30 on Fox), Tennessee Tech at Tennessee, and Nebraska at Ohio State.

The NBA action features the first match-up of the OKC Thunder and the Warriors since the Kevin Durant fiasco. That game isThursday night at 9:30 at Golden State (TNT), immediately following the Boston vs. Cleveland game. OKC hosts MinnesotaSaturday evening in a 5:00 o’clock game (Fox Sports Oklahoma). Monday night, the Miami Heat comes to town (7:00 on Fox Sports Oklahoma).

NFL action kicks off Thursday night with Atlanta at Tampa Bay (7:30 on NFL). Sunday include Dallas at Cleveland (Fox) and either Jacksonville at Kansas City or Pittsburgh at Baltimore (CBS) all at noon. The 3:30 game on CBS will feature Indianapolis at Green Bay or Tennessee at San Diego. Sunday night (7:30 on NBC), Denver will be in Oakland for that age-old rivalry; andMonday Night Football sends Milwaukee to Dallas to face the Cowboys (7:30 on ESPN).

The PGA Tour is in Las Vegas this week for the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Coverage is on the Golf Channel beginning at 3:30 Thursday, Friday & Saturday, and 2:30 Sunday.

In the NASCAR world, it’s Sunday afternoon racing from Fort Worth this week.  Coverage of the AAA Texas 500 starts at 1:00Sunday on NBC.

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The pre-election weekend weather looks nice. We might have a shower or two Friday, but sunshine returns Saturday with highs pushing 70 and lows around 50. There won’t be a weather excuse not to vote. The election day forecast is sunshine and a high around 70. Be safe, be kind, and have a great weekend. As you enjoy all Grand Lake has to offer, 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 in Langley

Book ‘ems at South Wind Marina in Bernice

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

Buffalo Run Casino in Miami (smoking)

Café Italia on Monkey Island

Carlos Montez in Langley (smoking in bar)

Ceasar’s Place in Vinita and on Monkey Island

Chickanella’s in Grove

Chicken Coop West of Langley

Clanton’s Café in Vinita

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

Docks Bar at Harbors View Marina

Downstream Casino in Quapaw (smoking)

Drake’s Restaurant in Grove

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

Gabby’s Place in downtown Grove

Goodfella’s Pizza (Cleora and Grove)

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

Grand Lodge in Ketchum (smoking)

Hatfield’s Saloon in Grove

High Winds Casino east of Miami (smoking)

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

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 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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