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August 6 Random Observations of The Grand Lake Bum

Another year is in the books for the Boats, Bikes, Bikinis & BBQ event at Arrowhead Yacht Club – and another great success. I started to say the guys at Arrowhead “pulled off another great event,” but using the words “pulled off” in conjunction with an event that involves a bikini contest just didn’t sound right. Congratulations to everyone involved. A lot of money was raised for great causes – South Grand Lakers Helping Children and the local BACA Chapter. Still raising money for great causes the Grand Lake way – by partying down!


Looks like we have gained a new Grand Laker. Country superstar Toby Keith spent the weekend meeting and greeting his new neighbors on Monkey Island – even did some karaoke at The Shebang Balcony Bar.


I can’t believe NFL Football season has already arrived (sort of – preseason) and this is the last weekend before most kids start school. Teachers report even earlier. It’s a sad week. It’s also a good time to remind the legislature of the good ol’ days – when school started AFTER Labor Day!


Zemarcuis Devon Scott, an 18-year-old from Texarkana, Arkansas missed the concert he wanted to see. For some reason, he thought it would be a good idea to jump and airport fence, dash aboard an American Eagle commuter jet, hop in the cockpit and try to fly himself to the concert. Fortunately, police caught him before he could figure out how to operate the jet. It wasn’t as easy as he thought. He told authorities he thought flying the plan would amount to little more than pushing buttons and pulling levers. Technically, the idiot is probably right. The big questions, though, are “Which buttons? Which levers? And when?” You can’t fix stupid.


I don’t know why Damian Simms was mad at 7-Eleven – but something made him walk into a store in St. Petersburg, Florida with a bucket of human feces and urine he had obtained from a porta-potty – and toss it all on the floor. The police reports noted “an indication of alcohol influence.” Ya’ THINK???


As lawmakers in Oklahoma struggle to finalize implementation of the medical marijuana law in our state, school just got a lot better in Illinois – at least if you’re the kid with the cool parents. Governor Bruce Rauner has signed a law requiring public schools to allow parents to administer medical marijuana at school to eligible children. It allows parents or guardians to administer a "cannabis-infused product" to a student on school property or a school bus.


If you’re collecting a list of excuses that don’t work when attempting to get out of a speeding ticket – authorities in Minnesota have released another one: “trying to get to Taco Bell before they close,” did not work for the driver clocked at 99 mph. That’s some bad munchies, right there.  


There are a thousand ways to die…plus this one. In Moscow, Russia, a 60-year old man died after slipping on his bathroom floor and wedging a toilet brush in his skull through an eye socket. Just thought you might need to know. Bathroom hazards.


BEST FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: Do you ever wake up, kiss the person sleeping beside you, and feel glad that you are alive? I just did – and apparently I will not be allowed on this airline again.


RANDY KREHBIEL’S RANDOM FACTOID OF THE WEEK: Keywest, Oklahoma, was a settlement near Stroud in the early 1900s. It was named for Key West, Florida, but few people seem to have noticed a resemblance.


BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK: According to chemistry, alcohol actually IS a solution!


TWEET OF THE WEEK: Is Google a boy or a girl? Obviously, it’s a girl because it won’t even let you finish your sentence without suggesting other ideas.


WORTH NOTING: When you start feeling down because you have made some bad decisions, think of Ronald Wayne. In 1976, he sold his 10% share of Apple Computers for $800. Today, that would be worth $95,000,000,000.00, making him one of the richest people on earth. 


FEEL-OLD MOMENT OF THE WEEK: “The Breakfast Club” was released 33 years ago.


BEST OBSERVATION OF THE WEEK: Media reports indicate that people in Dubai would not understand the humor in “The Flintstones,” but I know for a fact the people in Abu Dhabi do!


GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Jack Adkisson, Lori Gray, Linda McCulla, Sandy Kirkpatrick, David Moriz, Kari Baker, JoAnn Brice, Mary Stallings, Jamie Perryman, Jeff McDougall, CC Leuszle, Aracelly “Marina” Jameson, Heather Cole, Kori Quillin, Hershel Lamirand, and Bill Wolfe. It’s that time of year, already – congratulations to the OU Football team, preseason #5 in the Coaches Poll and preseason #7 in the ESPN Power Rankings.


UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Why are all blackboards called that when some of them are green?


BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: The “Ugly’s Hole in One” competition continues this weekend at Thunder Bay Marina benefiting PAAS and Folds of Honor.Saturday is the Back to School Bash at the Pensacola Dam Off-Road Area, the afternoon Woodstock on the Water raft-up and concert in Lawhead Hollow, and the Luau Party at Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill Saturday night. Saturday night is also the Red Carpet Premiere of the movie “Wedding Belles” at the Cinema 6 in Grove followed by a celebratory after-party at Big Shots Rhythm & Booze on Monkey Island.


GRAND LAKE WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: There’s always a lot of great entertainment around the lake. On Monkey Island this weekend 5th Element will be performing at Eddy’s Lakeside Bar at Shangri-La Marina Saturday night. You are the star on the Balcony Bar at The Shebang with karaoke fun Friday and Saturday nights, and the dance floor will be hoppin’ with music by D.J. Deeko right across the street both Friday & Saturday nights at Big Shots Rhythm & Booze. Up highway 125, Friday night is Karaoke Night at Monkey Island Pub. At the Blind Swine, there’s live entertainment every Friday and Saturday night (including Erin Fitzgibbon Friday), with karaoke with KJ Flip Sunday and Tuesday; and at Littlefield Corner, the Road Hog Saloon also features live entertainment on Saturday nights.

If live theatre is more your style, Picture in Scripture Amphitheater features the live production of Damascus Road Friday and Saturday night east of Disney.

On South Grand Lake, 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.

Friday night, Don White, Steve White and Dustin Pittsley will provide the entertainment at Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina, followed by Wayne Garner Saturday night.Saturday afternoon is the big “Woodstock on the Water” event in Lawhead Hollow (Leon Russell Cove) with live music by the Barrett Lewis Band. Saturday night is also the big Luau Party at Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill in Disney featuring entertainment by DJ Binger; and there is always Friday & Saturday night entertainment & karaoke fun on the deck at Juan Montez at Red Arrow Marina.

Area casinos have big entertainment plans, too. Cherokee Casino Grove features an Elvis Tribute Friday night, followed by Jessie Joice Saturday night. At Bordertown Casino’s Lost Creek Saloon, you are the star at Thursday night karaoke. Brent Baker entertains at Bordertown Friday night, followed by the Bobby D Saturday. At River Bend Casino’s Club 60 West Bar, 5th Element will perform Friday night. At Grand Lake Casino’s Venue 655, Paralandra will be on stage Friday night. Indigo Sky Casino offers three nights of musical entertainment this week. The Allen Biffle Band performs Thursday night in the Echo Bar, followed by Diversity Friday and Travis Kidd Saturday.

The best spots to catch all your favorite sports action, including PGA Golf, Major League Baseball, NFL Preseason games, and NASCAR are Doc’s Bar & Grill at Shangri-La Resort Hotel, the Standing Room Only Bar at The Shebang, Eddy’s Lakeside Bar at Shangri-La Marina, Monkey Island Pub, Blind Swine, Road Hog Saloon, 1909 in Grove, and Pickles at the Lake in Langley.


BUM MUST-SEE TV: Ordeal by Innocence and The Package will be available on NETFLIX Friday; and Season 4 of The Ballers returns to HBO Sunday night at 9:00.


BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: The Meg, A.X.L. and The Slender Man


QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “When the politicians complain that TV turns the proceedings into a circus, it should be made clear that the circus was already there, and TV merely demonstrated that not all the performers are well trained.” – Edward R. Murrow


SAVE THE DATE: Friday, August 17 – SGLACC Greater Grand Lake Open Golf Tournament at The Coves. Saturday, August 18 – Cars for Critters Car Show at Grove Civic Center. Saturday, August 18 – “Pokemon, Pogs, and Piercings: Remembering the 1990s” at Har-Ber Village. Saturday, August 18 – Circus Costume Party at Monkey Island Pub. Wednesday, August 22 – Will Rogers Rodeo Parade in downtown Vinita (11:00 a.m.). Wednesday-Saturday, August 22-25 – Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo, Vinita Fairgrounds. Thursday-Friday, September 13-14 – Murder Mystery Theater at Har-Ber Village.


It’s another big weekend for the players on the PGA Tour. This week’s destination is St. Louis and the PGA Championship. Coverage begins Thursday and Friday at1:00 – and Friday and Saturday at 10:00 a.m. on TNT. CBS picks up the final two rounds at 1:00 Saturday & Sunday.

NFL Preseason is here. You may not see the stars this week, but you can watch some football – if you have the NFL Network. Games include Thursday night match-ups of the Browns & Giants (6:00) and Cowboys at 49ers (9:00). Friday night is another double-header with the Falcons at Jets (6:30) and Lions at Raiders (9:30). Friday night, at 8:00, the Broncos host the Vikings.

Major League Baseball features some great rivalries this weekend. Washington is in Chicago to take on the Cubs Saturday afternoon at 3:00 (FS1) and again Sunday night at 7:00 (ESPN). Monday night, it’s the Mets at Yankees at 6:00 (ESPN). Next Wednesday, the Red Sox are in Philly (6:00 on ESPN).

NASCAR drivers are at Michigan International Speedway this weekend for the Consumers Energy 400. Coverage begins at 1:30 Sunday on NBCSN.


The weekend weather looks pretty good – not unbearably hot, anyway. We may have a scattered thunder-boomer here and there Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon late, but high temps will be in the upper 80s with lows in the mid-60s…and it’s August! Be safe, have fun, and stay hydrated. And, remember…wherever you decide 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.

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

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 Langley (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)

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

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

Morrows Bar & Grill in Raper Hollow

Mulligan’s at Patricia Island Golf Club in Grove

Nu Taste Restaurant in Grove

Okie Smokies Barbecue in Grove on Hwy 59 South

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)

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

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 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


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