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January 16 Random Observations Of The Grand Lake Bum

I survived Friday the 13th totally intact; and I had another great boat show weekend at the OKC Boat & RV Show along with lots of folks from Grand Lake (including three of our biggest dealers). I took time to wander through Bricktown while I was there. They certainly have a lot of drinking establishments to check out in OKC. I did my best! Now it’s back to Grand Lake, dig out my “big boy” clothes and check out the Winter Gala at Shangri-La Saturday night!


I know I’ve probably been having way too much fun analyzing today’s outrageous salaries for athletes, but here’s another little comparison. In 1922 Babe Ruth made 496 appearances at home plate. He was paid $52,000 for the YEAR. A hundred hears later, in 2022, Mike Trout made 499 plate apperaances, and was paid $74,382 for each APPEARANCE AT HOME PLATE.


We all make misstatements or have typos in the things we write periodically, but this is particularly funny because it appeared in a Church Bulletin: The ladies of the church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.


Don’t be discouraged about your lottery ticket purchases just because we’re not a big city. The Friday the 13th near-record Mega Millions winner of $1.35 billion purchased the winning ticket at Hometown Gas & Grill in Lebanon, Maine – population 6,500. Another $15 million lottery winner is from appropriately-named Luck, Wisconsin – population 1,119.


GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Tag Webb, Marilyn VanGilder, Nancy Dalquest, Glenn Coffee, Barbara Rader, Tabitha Beyers, Ellen O’Dell, Kanaan Jones, Jodie Locke, Tami Bailey, Rex Wood, Doug Goss, Eileen Ellison, Diane Haney, Bootsey Torchia, Donna Palu, Ryan Rahhal, Randy Threet, Richard Cannon, Elaine Wyatt, Sherry Sherrell, Brad Williams, and Kristy Mayfield.


BEST GRAND LAKE EVENTS THIS WEEK. Friday morning at 8:00 the Grove Chamber hosts an “Eggs & Issues” legislative breakfast at St. Andrews Episcopal Church. Saturday is a really big event - “A Night in the City” Winter Gala at Shangri-La Resort (6:00 p.m). Saturday is also the second Winter Concert Series at Grove High School Performing Arts Center – Confederate Railroad. There is Thursday Night Trivia at Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill – and Tuesday Trivia competition at The Anchor at Shangri-La.


RANDY KREHBIEL’S RANDOM FACTOID OF THE WEEK: Benjamin Franklin Bache, grandson of Benjamin Franklin, was a founder of the Republic of Texas.


FUN FACT OF THE WEEK: In 1989, Bo Jackson hit 32 home runs and had 105 runs batted in. That same year, he averaged 5.5 yards per carry in the NFL. Best dual-sport athlete of all time!


ODD FACT OF THE WEEK: This year was the first NFL postseason since 1999 to include all three Florida teams – Buccaneers, Dolphins, Jaguars.


BEST FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: Alcohol increases the size of the “send” button by 89 percent.


BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK: We do not have WiFi. Talk to each other. Pretend it’s 1995.


BEST TWEET OF THE WEEK: If your wife is mad at you, buy her a boat. She’ll probably still be mad at you, but you’ll have a new boat!


BEST PUN OF THE WEEK: I hate it that Elon Musk is now mired in controversy. “Elon-gate” could be really drawn out.


UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Why do you spend time arguing with left-handed people when you know they’re not right?


OBSERVATION OF THE WEEK: Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, Kyler Murray, Deshawn Watson – the four highest paid quarterbacks in the NFL missed the playoffs.


FEEL-OLD MOMENTS OF THE WEEK: We lost one of the greatest guitarists of all time last week. Jeff Beck died unexpectedly at the age of 78. Brad Henry was sworn in as Oklahoma’s 26th governor twenty years ago!


QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Life continues. It goes on. In these three words, I can sum up everything I have learned in my 80 years about life. It goes on.” – Robert Frost


BEST WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: There’s some great entertainment around the lake to start off the new year. On Monkey Island, the fun kicks off at Doc’s Thursday night with Jason Morgan leading the karaoke fun. Scott Musick performs at Doc’s Bar & Grill Friday night, and the incredible show band Hook will entertain at the Winter Gala at Shangri-La Saturday night. Becky Sparkman and Cool Breeze highlight the entertainment Saturday night at Big Shots Rhythm & Booze; and DJ Chris Kennedy will lead the DJ and karaoke fun at Monkey Island Pub.  

On South Grand, Ryan Graham will be at Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill in Disney Saturday night; and RocKFiscH will perform Saturday night at The Drunken Rooster.

In Grove, the second in a series of great winter concerts at the Grove High School Performing Arts Center is Saturday night at 6:00 featuring Confederate Railroad. Tickets are available at the Grove Chamber of Commerce. There is karaoke fun Thursday night at Grand Lake Casino’s Venue 655, followed by live music from Runnin’ on Empty Friday night and more karaoke Saturday. The Brandon Butler Band will entertain Friday night at Cherokee Casino Grove; and Midnight South will take over Saturday night.

Chris Hyde will entertain Thursday night at Indigo Sky Casino. Derryl Perry will take over Friday night followed by The Rumor Saturday night. Stonehorse will provide the Saturday night music at Riverbend Casino’s Club 60 West. Girls’ Night Out: The Show will provide the fun entertainment at Buffalo Run Casino’s Peoria Showplace Saturday night. I guess it’s a girls’ weekend, because Tony Valentine’s Girls’ Night Out will provide the entertainment Friday night at the Pavilion at Downstream Casino. Blanco Brown will be on stage Saturday night at Downstream’s Legends Sports Bar.


DINING AND DRINKING UDATE: Kim Brady will be the featured Guest Chef Wednesday at The Shebang, and Drenda Cox will be the Guest Chef next Wednesday. Big Shots Rhythm & Booze is now open at 5:00 p.m. for Happy Hour Friday & Saturdays at 5:00, in addition to their late-night dance fun on Saturdays. They’re also offering dance lessons early Friday evenings. Blind Swine on Monkey Island is closed for the winter. Bailey’s Bistro at The Layk Schoolhouse on Monkey Island has changed days of operation. They’re now open from 8:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Arrowhead Yacht Club is Closed – reopening February 2.


BUM MUST-SEE TV: Real Time with Bill Maher returns for another season Friday night at 9:00 on HBO. The Accused premieres Sunday night at 8:00 on Fox. The Bachelor returns for a new season Monday at 7:00 on ABC.


BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: Redeeming Love and The King’s Daughter open in movie theaters this week. Brazen will be available Saturday on NETFLIX.


SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, January 26 – Open House at The Spa at Shangri-La (4:00 p.m.). Thursday, January 26 - Open House at the Grove Area Chamber of Commerce Office (5:00-6:30 p.m.). Thursday, January 26 – South Grand Lake Chamber Membership Luncheon at GRDA Ecosystems Center in Langley (11:30 a.m.). Saturday, January 28 – Winter Concert Series at Grove High School Performing Arts Center – Ricochet. Sunday, January 29 – Readers Theater at Playmakers in Grove (2:00 p.m.). Monday-Sunday, January 30-February 5 – Tulsa Boat, Sport & Travel Show at SageNet Expo, Tulsa State Fairgrounds. Friday, February 3 – First Friday Wine Share at Muddy Pearl in Grove. Saturday, February 4 – Winter Pickleball Tournament at The Anchor Racquet Club at Shangri-La. Friday-Tuesday, February 10-14 – Valentine’s Specials at Doc’s Bar & Grill. Sunday, February 12 – Super Bowl Party at The Anchor at Shangri-La. Saturday, February 18 – Pimps & Ho’s Costume Party at Monkey Island Pub. Sunday, February 19 – Readers Theater at Playmakers in Grove (2:00 p.m.).


NFL action is getting really serious now. It’s PLAYOFF TIME. Wild Card Playoffs are already behind us and we’re moving into the Divisional Round this week. There are two games Saturday and two more Sunday to determine who will meet up in the conference championship battles.

The NBA season rolls on this week, too. After hosting Indiana Wednesday, the OKC Thunder hit the road for a Friday night game in Sacramento and a Sunday game in Denver before returning home to host Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks Wednesday.

There are some good college basketball games in the area this week, too. OU hosts Baylor Saturday at 3:00 before traveling to TCU next Tuesday at 7:00. OSU hosts Iowa State in Stillwater Saturday at 1:00, then travels to Texas for a Tuesday night game at 8:00. Arkansas travels to Ole Miss for a Saturday morning game at 11:00, then hosts LSU next Tuesday at 6:00. Kansas plays host to TCU at noon Saturday, and is on the road at Baylor Monday night at 8:00.

PGA Players are back on the mainland this week, playing in La Quinta, California. Coverage of The American Express begins at 2:00 Thursday-Sunday on the Golf Channel.  


This weekend’s weather is still trying to figure out what it wants to do. It’ll be partly cloudy for the most part, but we may have a little shower Saturday morning. It’ll be a little cooler than the weekdays with highs around 50 and lows around 30. It’s a big live entertainment weekend, though, and a great weekend to take advantage of all Grand Lake has to offer indoors! Remember, though, 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

Artichoke Restaurant & Bar in Langley

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

Bella Donna’s at Honey Creek Landing Marina

Big Shots on Monkey Island (Open Friday & Saturday nights)

Blind Swine on Duck Creek at Safe Harbor Harbors View Marina

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

Cafeteria at The Layk Schoolhouse on Monkey Island

Casa Gutierrez in Grove

Cesar’s Place in Vinita

Cesar’s Place in Langley

Changos Locos at Littlefield Corner, Monkey Island

Checkered Past in Grove

Chickanella’s in Grove

Chicken Coop West of Langley

Clanton’s Café in Vinita

Copper Penny Bar in Ketchum

Copper’s Tea and Coffee House in Grove

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

Cove Club in Langley

Danny’s Dockside Pizza at Honey Creek Landing

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 Restaurant in Grove

Drunken Rooster Bar & Grill

E&H Liquor Store at Littlefield Corner, Monkey Island

Eddy’s Lakeside Bar at Shangri-La Marina (smoking)

Fire Pit at Wildwood Cove Resort in Drowning Creek

Forage in downtown Grove & The Layk Schoolhouse on Monkey Island

Galley at The Anchor, Shangri-La Resort

Goodfella’s Pizza (Cleora and Grove)

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

Grand Lake Coffee Company in Grove

Grand Lake Public House in Grove

Grand Lake RV Resort at the back of Duck Creek

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

Matt’s Place in Grove

Monkey Island Pub (Smoking)

Monkey Island RV Resort

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

Monkey Grind at Shangri-La Resort Hotel

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

Pier 13 Liquor Store in Langley

Pistol Pat’s on Honey Creek in Grove

Pit Stop Café in Grove

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

Raggedy’s in Grove

Rancho Viejo in Grove

Regatta Restaurant & Bar at Sailboat Bridge, 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)

Royal Liquor Store in Grove

Rusty Anchor (next to the cliffs at Dripping Springs)

Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina (smoking)

Stuffn’s Restaurant in Ketchum (Smoking on patio)

Sugar Shack at Lee’s Grand Lake Resort

Summit Restaurant at Shangri-La on Monkey Island

The Grill at Indian Hills Resort & Marina in Bernice

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

Wolf Creek Diner in Grove


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