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April 8 Random Observations of The Grand Lake Bum

If all the weekends could be like last weekend, I would be good. Great friends, great fun, beautiful weather, time on the water, good music, and a really fun hypnotism/comedy show – leaf-bearing trees and increasingly green golf courses filled with happy people with white legs wearing shorts. Maybe we’re on the right side of Spring now!


I’m glad President Trump backed off his talk about closing the Mexican border. There’s that tariff thing he’s talking about on cars, but there are other places to get cars. Avocados, though! What’s Taco Tuesday without guacamole?


Charles Eugene Ferris and Christopher Hicks of Rogers, Arkansas win the coveted “Darwin Award” this week. Apparently out of interesting things to do while drinking away a Sunday afternoon, they took turns donning a bulletproof vest and shooting each other. They both survived, but both were arrested for aggravated assault. Apparently “stupid” is not a crime; but you still can’t fix it.


Dan O’Neil was elected mayor of Edmond last week. I’m not sure how he feels about his “mandate,” even though he got 67% of the vote. His opponent, former Mayor Charles Lamb, received 2,159 votes…even though he died in December.


Truth is stranger than fiction. A mother in Brazil tried to get a father for her daughter, but ended up getting twice as much as she asked for. When she filed a paternity suit against the guy she claimed to be the father of her child, he accused his identical twin brother of actually fathering the child. DNA tests showed each twin had the same scientific chance of being the father. Neither brother would confess, though, so the judge ordered them both to pay child support. It’s good news for the mother and daughter who will receive twice the amount normally awarded; but I’m predicting the holiday family gatherings are going to be a little awkward from now on.


Habits can be hard to break. A Stuart, Florida man proved the point again last week. Casey Michael Lewis was released on bond after being arrested on grand theft charges. But it wasn’t long before he was right back in jail. In fact, it was only 15 minutes. He couldn’t even make it out of the parking lot at the jail before he was arrested on burglary charges for breaking into cars.


Some things are just tough to figure out. For example, you might think everyone would agree that it should be against the law for teachers to have sex with their students. But, if that’s what you think, you are wrong. A proposed law in Rhode Island would ban such relationships, even if the high schoolers had reached the ripe old age of 16. But there was opposition. In fact, two teachers’ unions showed up at a legislative hearing to express their opposition to the proposed law. Things that make you go, “hmm.”


DINING AND DRINKING ON GRAND LAKE: There’s another Guest Chef event at The Shebang Wednesday night, April 10. Chef Adams, resident chef from Springfield Grocers, will do the honors. Honey Creek BBQ is now open just south of Honey Creek Bridge. Same ownership as The Parrot. Good stuff!


RANDY KREHBIEL’S RANDOM FACTOID OF THE WEEK: Albert Einstein’s brain was stolen during his autopsy.


BEST FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: I want to lose weight, but I don’t want to get caught in one of those “eat right and exercise” scams.


BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK: Pollen – when flowers can’t keep it in their plants.


TWEET OF THE WEEK: Have you ever agreed with someone just so they would shut the hell up?


OBSERVATION OF THE WEEK: Every time we try to eat healthy, along comes Easter, Summer, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Friday or Tuesday and ruins it for us.


FEEL-OLD MOMENTS OF THE WEEK: Talk show icon David Letterman turns 72 this week; and legendary singer/songwriter Leon Russell would have turned 77 last week. He released “Leon Russell and the Shelter People” 48 years ago. Trumpet player extraordinaire Herb Alpert (remember the Tijuana Brass?) turned 84 last week.


GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Pat Sheeler, Peggy Howard, Bill Durick, Bill Schenke, Jerry Cookson, Harrison Love, Jack Moore, Doug Frans, Debbie Littlefield, Ashley Davidson, Ron Lay, Brent Mills, Mark Poole, Vicki Howard, Tim Howson, Jason Faulconer, Jeff Spielmann, and Liz Paden.


UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK: If a psychiatrist diagnoses you with “dual personalitis,” can you pay half the fee and insist that the shrink get the other half from the other patient?


BEST EVENT OF THE WEEK: Saturday night is the South Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce Bootlegger’s Ball at Cherokee Yacht Club.


GRAND LAKE WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: There’s plenty of great entertainment coming up around the lake to kick off the new month. On Monkey Island, Saturday night is the “Steampunk” party with DJ Mo at Monkey Island Pub. At the Blind Swine, Erin Fitzgibbon will be on stage Friday night, and KJ Flip hosts karaoke Sunday and Tuesday. At Littlefield Corner, Lickitty Split will entertain Saturday night at Road Hog Saloon.

On South Grand Lake, Thursday night is Trivia Contest night at Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill in Disney. Friday night is Karaoke Night at Michelle’s Bar & Grill at Grand Lodge in Ketchum – and there’s always live entertainment at Michelle’s on Saturday night. Juan Montez at Red Arrow Marina also has Saturday night entertainment.

Area casinos have big entertainment plans, too. Cherokee Casino-Grove features music from Reverse Reaction Friday night followed by The Mixers Saturday. Lickitty Split will perform Friday night at Grand Lake Casino. At Bordertown Casino’s Lost Creek Saloon, you are the star at Thursday night karaoke. Derryl Perry will be on stage at Bordertown Friday night, followed by a Saturday night performance by Thomas Martinez.  At River Bend Casino’s Club 60 West, Lucas Gates will be on stage Friday night, and  D.J. Kennedy will provide the entertainment Saturday night. Saturday night, Sugarpill performs at Buffalo Run Casino’s Trailer Park Bar & Grill, and live DJ entertainment starts at 10:00 p.m. both Friday and Saturday nights at Buffalo Run. At Downstream Casino’s Legends Sports Bar, Travis Kidd performs Friday night, followed by the Allison Arms Band Saturday night. In The Pavilion at Downstream, Tracy Lawrence will be on stage Friday night. Indigo Sky Casino offers three nights of musical entertainment this week. Glory Days perform Thursday night in the Echo Bar, followed by Jessie Joice Friday night and Paralandra Saturday night.

The best spots to catch all your favorite sports action, including The Masters, NASCAR, and NBA playoff games are Doc’s Bar & Grill at Shangri-La Resort, the Standing Room Only Bar at The Shebang, Blind Swine, Road Hog Saloon, 1909 in Grove, Pickles at the Lake in Langley, and Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill in Disney.


BUM MUST-SEE TV: Black Summer and The Perfect Date are available on NETFLIX Friday. Season 8 of Game of Thrones premiers Sunday night at 8:00 on HBO and Les Miserables airs Sunday night at 8:00 on PBS. The series premier of Bless This Mess is Tuesday night at 8:30 on ABC.


BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: Hellboy and Little


QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “We are tied to the ocean; and when you go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back where we came from.” – John F. Kennedy


SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, April 18 – 90th birthday celebration for the Coleman: The Wizard of Oz at the Coleman Theater featuring Dennis James on the organ (6:30). Friday-Sunday, April 19-21 – Open House and Boat Show at Arrowhead Yacht Club. Saturday, April 20 – 2nd Annual Langley Easter Egg Hunt (11:00). Saturday, April 27 – Fundraising Event for the Monkey Island Trail with the Old Bulldog Band at Big Shots on Monkey Island. Friday-Sunday, May 3-5 – In-Water Boat Show by Nichols Marine at Shangri-La Marina. Friday-Saturday, May 3-4 – Miami Rodeo. Saturday, May 4 – Ping, Callaway, and Titleist Demo Da at Shangri-La Golf Club (9-1). Saturday, May 4 – Cedar Port Scavenger Hunt benefiting the Lions Club Ketchum Backpack Program. Saturday, May 4 – Ladies Night “Sip & Paint” at Doc’s covered patio at Shangri-La Resort. Saturday, May 4 – Burning of the Socks at Harbors View Marina – music by 5th Element. Saturday, May 18 – Ales & Tails at the Craig County Fairgrounds in Vinita. Saturday, May 18 – Barkaritaville Party (fundraiser for 2nd Chance Pet Rescue) at The Parrot in Grove (5:30-9:00). Friday-Saturday, May 31-June 1 – Toes in the Grand celebration at Wolf Creek Park in Grove. Friday-Wednesday, May 31-June 5 – MLF Stage Seven Bass Pro Tour out of Wolf Creek Park. Saturday, June 8 – Camp Bandage (10-2) at Grand Lake RV Resort. Saturday, June 8 – Home of Hope Annual Gala at Shangri-La. Monday-Wednesday, June 17-19 – Junior Players Academy at Shangri-La Golf Club. Saturday, July 20 – Grand Bobber Drop. Saturday, July 20 – Aquapalooza adjacent to Grand Lake RV Resort.


Golf owns the airwaves this week. It’s time for The Masters! Coverage is on ESPN Thursday & Friday beginning at 2:00. Weekend coverage is on CBS – Saturday at 2:00 and Sunday at 1:00.

In the NBA, it’s playoff time – and your Oklahoma City Thunder is in! Playoff action begins Saturday.

There’s some good Major League Baseball action on the tube this week. San Francisco hosts the Rockies Saturday at 3:00 and the Mets are in Atlanta at 6:00, both on Fox Sports 1. Sunday afternoon, St. Louis is at Cincinnati at 3:00 and the Mets are once again in Atlanta at 6:00 – both on ESPN. Monday night action features the Mets at Philly at 6:00 and Cincinnati in L.A. to face the Dodgers at 9:00, both on ESPN. Next Wednesday night, the rivalry is on! Red Sox at Yankees at 5:3, also on ESPN.

NASCAR drivers are in Richmond this week for Saturday night prime time racing. Coverage of the Toyota Owners 400 begins at 6:30 Saturday evening on Fox.


The weekend ahead of us doesn’t look quite as awesome as the weekend behind us…but it still looks pretty spring-like! We may have a shower or two, but we’ll have highs around 60 and lows in the 40’s. Not too shabby. Of course, the weather is always perfect for indoor dining & drinking at Grand Lake.  So, party on! Remember, though… be sure to buy a drink for the guy next to you. It could be me.


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

1909 in Downtown Grove

Ailey’s Café in Langley

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 (Open Friday & Saturday nights)

Blind Swine on Monkey Island

Blue Bluff Café at Blue Bluff Harbor

Bobbers Café in Langley

Buffalo Run Casino in Miami (smoking)

Café Italia on Monkey Island

Café Yum in Grove

Carlos Montez in Langley (smoking in bar)

Ceasar’s Place in Vinita and at Littlefield Corner

Checkered Past in Grove

Chickanella’s in Grove

Chicken Coop West of Langley

Clanton’s Café in Vinita

Coffee Shelter in Ketchum

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

Doc’s Bar & Grill at Shangri-La Resort Hotel

Docks Bar at Harbors View Marina

Downstream Casino in Quapaw (smoking)

Drake’s on the Lake at Blue Bluff Harbor

Drake’s Restaurant in Grove

Eddy’s Lakeside Bar at Shangri-La Marina

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

Henrie’s Grill in Grove

High Winds Casino east of Miami (smoking)

Hilltop Café in Grove

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

Juan Montez Restaurant & Cantina at Red Arrow Marina

Karrie's Kaboose in Langley (smoking)

La Casita de Martin in downtown Grove

Lighthouse Supper Club in Ketchum

Los Garcias in Langley

Lupe's Mexican Restaurant in Grove

Monkey Island Pub (Smoking)

Monkey’s Uncle at Littlefield Corner (Breakfast & lunch)

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

Mulligan’s at Patricia Island Golf Club in Grove

Nu Taste Restaurant in Grove

Pappy’s Bar on Hwy 10 east of Grove

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

River Bend Casino in Wyandotte (smoking)

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)

Sticky Fingers Barbecue in Ketchum

Stuffn’s Restaurant in Ketchum (Smoking on 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 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


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