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January 23 Random Observations Of The Grand Lake Bum

They’re blowing the last bit of Chili Bowl dust out of the SageNet Center at Tulsa’s Fairgrounds and exhibitors are setting up for the Tulsa Boat, Sport & Travel Show which kicks off Monday night and continues through Sunday, February 5. With the Oklahoma Boat Expo and OKC Boat & RV Show both in the rearview mirror, this is the last show of the busy month of January. The two previous shows were mostly about boats with a few RV dealers. This one is mostly about RVs, but there are five boat dealers signed up to display in next week’s show including three Grand Lake dealers – Arrowhead Boat Sales, Blackbeard Marine, and Grove Marine. Several other Grand Lake businesses will also be exhibitors at the show. If you missed them at the earlier Oklahoma Boat Expo, check out this last big Tulsa show of the off-season next week.

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Someone will have to take notes for me at the Tulsa Boat show, though. I’ve already made it to the first two big shows of the month, so somebody else is going to have to handle bar duties for me in Tulsa. I’ll be day-drinking my way across the Caribbean. Nope…it does NOT suck to be me!

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I’m sure I’m not the only sports fan delighted that the college football portal is finally closed. It’s absolutely crazy, isn’t it? Imagine if every NFL player was a free agent – every year!

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Of course it’s not just the portal that has changed the college football scene. The impact of NIL is seriously changing the face of college sports – but no more than at OU right now. The Crimson & Cream NIL has announced that they have annual donor commitments for $1.6 million and are utilizing the funding to provide NIL agreements to the entire 115-man roster – scholarship players, walk-ons, transfers, and mid-year recruits enrolled for the spring semester. Pretty soon top college players will be turning down NFL possibilities because they’ll be able to make more money playing college ball!

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Football, basketball…yeah, our Oklahoma basketball teams are good and our football teams have better rosters, but I’m ready for some softball! National preseason rankings are out. OU is #1 and OSU is #3. Do you “throw like a girl?” Ha! You wish!

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I don’t put many serious thoughts in this weekly conglomeration of words – but I do want to take a moment this week for a serious thought. As the Grand River Dam Authority wraps up its application for re-licensing by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to continue managing Grand Lake, the age-old arguments about Grand Lake levels causing flooding in Miami are resurfacing – most recently in a lengthy story in The Frontier. Flooding has occurred in Miami since long before Grand Lake was ever built, but Miami folks who built their homes in flood plains are still blaming Grand Lake and still trying to get money from GRDA. Cities across America with rivers flowing through them have dealt with this problem without ruining the recreation and property values of people downstream by arguing that water flows uphill. One statement in The Frontier article caught my eye. It said the City of Miami is designating land further from the river for development. What an idea! If they had thought of that decades ago (like other cities in the country), they wouldn’t have to continue filing lawsuits to destroy the Grand Lake recreation by reducing lake levels to dangerous levels. GRDA has done a fabulous job trying to fight fear with logic, buyouts, expensive studies showing facts instead of theories. Let’s hope they stick to their guns!

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Danny Brumble, Sarah Jackson Thompson, Bud Wyatt, Paula Brumble, Cathy Weatherford, Tim Duit, Jim Gibbs, Linda Athey, Terri Geary, T.J. Barnow, Terra Apperson, Michael Blackman, Debby Hardman, Bruce Burnett, Vanessa Lillie, Holly Weatherford, Katelin Jumper, Justin Tesreau, and JoAnn Schaub.

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BEST GRAND LAKE EVENTS THIS WEEK. It’s a really busy week to wrap up the month of January at Grand Lake. Thursday is an Open House at The Spa at Shangri-La (4:00 p.m.) and an Open House at the Grove Area Chamber of Commerce Office (5:00-6:30 p.m.). Thursday is also the South Grand Lake Chamber Membership Luncheon at GRDA Ecosystems Center in Langley (11:30 a.m.). Royal Liquor in Grove offers in-store tasting Friday from 4:00-6:00. Saturday is the final Winter Concert Series at Grove High School Performing Arts Center featuring Ricochet. Sunday afternoon is a fun Readers Theater at Playmakers in Grove (2:00 p.m.). Monday is the kick-off of the Tulsa Boat, Sport & Travel Show at SageNet Expo, Tulsa State Fairgrounds (continuing through February 5).

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RANDY KREHBIEL’S RANDOM FACTOID OF THE WEEK: Hippopotami are believed to share a common ancestor with whales, who are their closest relatives in the animal kingdom.

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FUN FACTS OF THE WEEK: Out with the old, in with the new. Five former Big 12 quarterbacks started in this year’s NFL playoff games. On the other hand, 2023 is the first year since 2009 that neither Aaron Rodgers nor Tom Brady won a playoff game.

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ODD FACT OF THE WEEK: The date of the last day of this year will be 123123.

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BEST FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: My Mom finally got the courage to bring my Dad’s urn into the living room and place it on the mantle. It was bittersweet and caught everyone a little off guard, including my Dad who was just sitting there watching Storage Wars.

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BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK: Those who can, teach. Those who cannot, pass laws about teaching.

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BEST TWEET OF THE WEEK: Every woman has a little bit of Marilyn inside of her. You just have to find out if it’s Monroe or Manson.

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BEST PUN OF THE WEEK: I’m thinking of starting a social network for chickens. Not as a full-time job or anything. Just as a way to make hens meet.

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Why do they call it life insurance?

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OBSERVATION OF THE WEEK: To everyone who signed my high school yearbook, I did in fact “stay cool.”  

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FEEL-OLD MOMENTS OF THE WEEK: The popular TV Show “Bonanza” aired its final episode 50 years ago this month. Gina Lollobrigida, Italian film star and sex symbol during the 1950s and 60s, died last week. She was 95. County (and now rock) superstar Dolly Parton turned 77 last week. Robert Weston Smith, one of the world’s most popular DJs, would have turned 85 last week. Unfortunately, he died in 1995. You may have known him by another name – Wolfman Jack.

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Progress doesn’t come from early risers. Progress is made by lazy men looking for easier ways to do things.” – Robert A. Heinlein

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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. Mark Gibson performs at Doc’s Bar & Grill Friday night. Saturday night is a fun night of fabulous comedy at Big Shots Rhythm & Booze headlined by Angela Teague along with Cepeda Cheeks, Cayce Mautino, Katy Style, and Wade McFarland (starting at 8:30); and DJ Chris Kennedy will lead the DJ and karaoke fun at Monkey Island Pub.  

On South Grand, Jump Suit Love will perform Saturday night at The Drunken Rooster. Magen Faulconer provides the musical entertainment Saturday night at Pickles Pub in Langley.

In Grove, the final show in a series of great winter concerts at the Grove High School Performing Arts Center is Saturday night at 6:00 featuring Ricochet. 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 HollyWood Riot Friday night and more karaoke Saturday. Rusty Meyers will entertain Friday night at Cherokee Casino Grove; and Morgan Squared will take over Saturday night.

Low Compatibility will entertain Thursday night at Indigo Sky Casino. Chris Hyde will take over Friday night followed by Encore Saturday night. Diversity will provide the Saturday night music at Riverbend Casino’s Club 60 West.

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DINING AND DRINKING UDATE: Drenda Cox will be the featured Guest Chef Wednesday at The Shebang. 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. Bella Donna’s in Grove now offers an all-you-can-eat pizza & salad lunch buffet Tuesday-Friday. 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.

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: The new series Poker Face debuts Thursday on Peacock. Shrinking premieres Friday on Apple TV+. The Bachelor returns for a new season Monday at 7:00 on ABC.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: Avatar: The Way of Water and Puss in Boots: The Last Wish are in movie theaters this week. Brazen is available on NETFLIX.

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SAVE THE DATE: 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 Parties at The Anchor at Shangri-La, Big Shots on Monkey Island, Drunken Rooster in Cleora, Bella Donna’s in Grove. Friday-Tuesday, Tuesday, February 14 – Special Valentine’s Sweetheart Dinner at The Summit Restaurant (open to the public). February 17-21 – Mardi Gras drink and food at Doc’s Bar & Grill. 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.). Saturday, February 25 – Mardi Gras Buffet & Costume Party at The Summit Restaurant. Friday-Sunday, March 3-5 – Welcome Back Weekend! Thursday-Sunday, March 9-12 – Big Meat Run in the South Grand Lake Recreational Area. Friday-Sunday, March 17-19 – Grand Lake Boat and Sport Show at the Craig County Community Center in Vinita. Saturday, March 25 – Spring Fling Market with 2 Hip Chicks Traveling Roadshow at Whoops Surplus building in Grove (9:00-4:00).

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NFL action is down to the Final Four! There are two games Sunday to determine who will meet up in the Super Bowl February 12. The NFC Championship game is Sunday at 2:00 followed by the AFC Championship game at 5:30.

The NBA season rolls on this week, too. After hosting Atlanta Wednesday, the OKC Thunder will be home for a couple more games – Cleveland Friday night and Golden State Monday – before heading to Houston to face the Rockets next Wednesday.

There are some good college basketball games in the area this week, too. After a Tuesday night game at TCU, OU will have Alabama at Lloyd Noble Saturday at 1:00. Next week is another Bedlam match-up – OSU at OU next Wednesday night at 8:00. Prior to the Bedlam game, OSU is at Texas Tuesday and hosts Ole Miss Saturday at 7:00. Kansas is at Kentucky Saturday night at 7:00 and will host Kansas State next Tuesday. After hosting LSU Tuesday, the Razorbacks travel to Baylor for a 3:00 p.m. game Saturday. Next Tuesday, they at home facing Texas A&M.

PGA Players are still hanging in California. They’ll spend the weekend in San Diego for the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. Coverage starts at 2:00 Wednesday-Friday on the Golf Channel. CBS picks up Friday & Saturday coverage at 4:00 – and the final round is back on the Golf Channel Sunday at 3:30.

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We’ve seen our last daytime high temperature in the 60s for a while. This weekend’s highs will be closer to 50 degrees with nighttime lows in the mid-30s. There’s still plenty to do at Grand Lake. Just do it 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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