January 11 Random Observations of The Grand Lake Bum
There certainly has been plenty happening since we talked last week. With the cold weather, I’m sure everybody has been hovered over their computers, busily playing musical chairs with social media sites. I hope you have your “friends” list cleaned up with the appropriate former friends blocked and others “unfollowed.” You gotta do what you gotta do to keep your blood pressure down, right? I can’t remember a time in recent history when the old adage from Maurice Switzer (sometimes erroneously attributed to Abraham Lincoln) was more appropriate: “It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to talk and remove all doubt of it.”
Here we are in January. You know what that means. It’s time for boat shopping! There’s a boat show in Oklahoma City this weekend. On January 28, the new “Tulsa Virtual Boat Show” goes live – on line. That’ll be fun. Shopping nine northeastern Oklahoma boat dealers representing more than forty brands of boats – all on line (www.tulsavirtualboatshow.com). Then, on February 1, the in-person version – the Tulsa Boat, Sport & Travel Show. Spring will be here before you know it. And a new boat is always a great way to kick off the season.
Speaking of Spring, the new activity park at Shangri-La – The Anchor – is on target for an April opening. That’s another exciting Grand Lake development that should truly transform our mecca into a year-round destination. I’m most excited about the fact that they’re going to have a simulator utilized to train NASCAR and Formula One drivers. It’ll be located just steps from the bar. It should be a great opportunity to see if you’ve had too much to drink to drive safely. You’ll be able to drink, drive, crash…and not get hurt!
While we’re on the subject of drinking, I don’t know when to start because the time is still a little uncertain as to when I have to quit. I can’t imagine anything more confusing and nerve-wracking than owning a bar right now. An Oklahoma County District Court Judge last Friday extended the restraining order blocking enforcement of Governor Stitt’s 11:00 p.m. curfew for the sale of booze. As of this writing, she still hasn’t issued a permanent order – so we don’t know when things may change – or if they will. As I write this, bars can still be open until 2:00 a.m., but we’d better plan ahead in case things change. As my pal Kenny always says, “You can’t drink all day if you don’t start early.”
I know a lot of people are frustrated about accessing the COVID-19 vaccine. A buddy of mine came up with the absolute best solution to the problem: “When we go into another lockdown, just rain all the Amazon delivery drivers to give the vaccine. The entire population will be immunized by Saturday. Wednesday if you’ve got Prime.”
DINING AND DRINKING UPDATE: The Blind Swine is now open only Thursday, Friday & Saturday. The Grill at Indian Hills has re-opened. Lester’s 3rd Street Diner has opened in Grove. Grand Lake Public House is now open for lunch at 11:00 in addition to dinner service. Sunday Brunch is offered to the public at Doc’s Bar & Grill (9:00-2:00) and Mulligans at Patricia Island (10:00-2:00). The Café at Har-Ber Village is open year-round (8:00-4:00). Every Friday night is Steak Night at Mooney’s. Shangri-La Resort offers daily lunch specials weekdays, plus Italian Night Wednesdays, Prime Rib Thursdays, and All-You-Can-Eat Ribs Friday nights. The Shebang offers nightly specials 7 days a week.
BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: In-person Grove Area Chamber of Commerce luncheons return this week – Thursday at noon at the Grove Civic Center. If you’re going to be in Oklahoma City this weekend, the downsized OKC Boat, RV, Hunt & Fish Show is Friday-Sunday at the OKC Fairgrounds.
BEST WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: Thursday Night Karaoke with Jason Morgan kicks off the weekend at Doc’s Bar & Grill at Shangri-La this week. Friday night, Franklin Birt performs at Doc’s.
Indigo Sky Casino this week presents Jon Dooly in the Echo Bar Thursday night, followed by Encore Friday and Brent Giddens Saturday. At Downstream Casino’s Legends Sports Bar Shotgun Billys will entertain both night and Eastern Heights performs Saturday.
RANDY KREHBIEL’S RANDOM FACTOID OF THE WEEK: Actress Angela Lansbury came to the United States at age 15, in 1940, to escape the London Blitz.
FUN FACT OF THE WEEK: Horsepower is how hard you hit the dock. Torque is how far you drag the dock with you.
BEST FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: When I see lovers’ names carved in trees, I think it’s strange how many people bring a knife on a date.
BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK: Welcome to our new ool. Notice there is no “P” in it. Let’s keep it that way.
TWEET OF THE WEEK: Hello, I’m brand new to Twitter, what are you guys up to?
BEST PUN OF THE WEEK: I had a happy childhood. My Dad used to put me in tired and roll me down hills. Those were Goodyears. (Thanks to Jarrod Graham for sharing this one)
OBSERVATION OF THE WEEK: “In my experience, it is nearly impossible to convince anyone of anything by telling them how stupid they are.” – Randy Krehbiel
FEEL-OLD MOMENTS OF THE WEEK: The final “Jeopardy” episode hosted by the legendary Alex Trebek aired last Friday. He died in November at the age of 80. He hosted “Jeopardy” for thirty-seven years. Last week was also Elvis Presley’s birthday. It would have been his 86th. The same day as Elvis’ birthday is the birthday of a true Grand Lake legend, the late Estle Mooney, founder of Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill in Disney. He would have been 85. And baseball lost perhaps it’s most vociferous voice last week with the death of the iconic Tommy Lasorda. His 71-year career with the Los Angeles Dodgers was highlighted by his 20 years as the team’s outspoken manager. Tommy Lasorda was 93.
GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Paul Bulten, Mickey Landers, Kristi Mullinax, Sandy Scott, Dale Forrest, Leslie Hudson, Benee Masri, Linda Young, Ron Ryan, Tag Webb, Rick Cravens, and Nancy Dalquest.
UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK: What exactly is Victoria’s secret?
BUM MUST-SEE TV: The new Ted Danson comedy series Mr. Mayor airs Thursday at 7:00 on NBC followed by the season debut of Superstore. Real Time with Bill Maher returns for a new season Friday night at 9:00 on HBO; and WandaVision will be available Friday on Disney+.
BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: The Marksman and Wrath of Man are theater releases this week. One Night in Miami and Redemption Day are available this week on Prime Video Locked Down is available on HBO Max.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.” - Dwight Eisenhower
SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, January 28-Sunday, February 14 - Official opening online of the 2021 Tulsa Virtual Boat Show. Thursday, January 28 – South Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce Membership Luncheon at First Christian Church of Langley (11:30). Monday-Sunday, February 1-7 – Tulsa Boat, Sport & Travel Show at River Spirit Expo Square in Tulsa. Tuesday, February 9 – Home of Hope Drive-Thru Chocolate Affair. Friday-Sunday, February 12-14 – Grove Home & Garden Show at the Grove Civic Center. Friday-Sunday, February 12-14 – Valentine’s Special Sweetheart Dinner service at Doc’s Bar & Grill. Saturday, February 13 – SLWGA Ladies’ “Snow Bunny Golf” at Shangri-La (1:30 tee times). Thursday-Friday, March 4-7 – Grand Lake Boat & Sport Show at the Grove Civic Center.
SPORTS WATCH: The NFL moves deeper into the playoff this week. It’s Divisional Championship weekend with double-headers both Saturday and Sunday this week.
The NBA regular season is in full operating mode. The OKC Thunder are at home for a while. They face the Spurs and Lakers in back-to-back games Tuesday & Wednesday, then Chicago Friday (7:00) before hosting Philadelphia Sunday (6:00) and Denver next Tuesday (7:00). All games are on Fox Sports Oklahoma.
PGA players are in Hawaii for the second consecutive week. Live coverage of the Sony Open in Hawaii will air exclusively on the Golf Channel beginning at 6:00 Thursday-Saturday and at 5:00 Sunday.
Weather for the weekend ahead doesn’t look too bad, considering it’s January. We’ll get about a 10-degree bump from last weekend with high temperatures in the mid-40s and lows around 30. It may be a little breezy Friday, but they’ll diminish Saturday & Sunday. Chilly, though. It looks like a good weekend to drink inside! But remember, wherever you 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.
Ailey’s Café in Langley
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
Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La on Monkey Island
Buffalo Run Casino in Miami (smoking)
Café at Har-Ber Village
Café Yum in Grove
Cesar’s Place in Vinita
Cesar’s Place in Langley
Checkered Past in Grove
Chickanella’s in Grove
Chicken Coop West of Langley
Clanton’s Café in Vinita
Copper Penny Bar in Ketchum
Coppers Tea & Coffee House in Grove
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
Domino’s in Grove
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 (smoking)
Gabby’s Place in downtown Grove
Goodfella’s Pizza (Cleora and Grove)
Grand Lake Casino, north of Grove on Highway 10 (smoking)
Grand Lake Public House in Grove
Hatfield’s Saloon in Grove
High Winds Casino east of Miami (smoking)
Honey Creek BBQ in Grove (south of Honey Creek bridge)
Indigo Sky Casino west of Seneca, Mo. (smoking)
Juan Montez Restaurant & Cantina at Red Arrow Marina
La Casita de Martin in downtown Grove
Lester’s Third Street Diner in Grove
Lighthouse Supper Club in Ketchum
Los Garcias in Langley
Lupe's Mexican Restaurant in Grove
Marina’s Place at Littlefield Corner
Matt’s Place in Grove
Monkey Island Pub (Smoking)
Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill in Disney (smoking, etc.)
Monkey Island Trail Rides
Monkey Island Winery
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)
Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina (smoking)
Stuffn’s Restaurant in Ketchum (Smoking on patio)
Summit Restaurant at Shangri-La on Monkey Island
The Grill at Indian Hills Resort & Marina in Bernice
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 Pouhouse at The Regatta in Grove
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