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January 3 Random Observations Of The Grand Lake Bum

Grand Lake rang in the new year in true fashion. Party, party, party. The football fans on Vyve cable were driven a little wacko, though. For some reason, all the ESPN programming was on the Bally Sports Southwest Channel, and vice versa. To make matters even more confusing, the on-screen guide showed the programming on the right channel, but the actual programs were something else entirely. I hope you found your team! And I hope you stayed warm during that 45-degree temperature drop New Year’s Day.

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Congratulations to all the area football teams, too. If you’re a fan of OU, OSU, Tulsa, or Arkansas – you won! I’m not sure a 4-0 bowl record for area teams has ever happened before!

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One-and-done OU Football Coach Bob Stoops had a great line after the Alamo Bowl. When asked about a tequila shower instead of the traditional Gatorade, he said, “That’d be okay. What’s the administration gonna do, fire me?”

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The new year brings lots of new situations, not the least of which is the change in the workplace. For 50 years, employers have been telling their employees they’re lucky to have jobs. Now, employers are lucky to have employees.

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If it’s January, it’s Boat Show Time! The first big boat show of the year is this weekend – The Oklahoma Boat Expo runs Friday-Sunday at the Cox Business Convention Center in downtown Tulsa. Fourteen boat dealers (including all but three Grand Lake dealers) representing 40 different brands of boats will be at the show, as well as RV dealers, PWC and ATV dealers and a variety of tourism-related businesses. Show hours are 11:00-8:00 Friday, 10:00-8:00 Saturday, and 10:00-5:00 Sunday. Details are available at the show’s website www.okboatexpo.com.

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I hope you’re enjoying your new 2022 tax cut passed by the legislature last year. It’s one of several new laws that took effect with the flipping of the calendar page. The loss of $137 million in revenue may be harmful to some important programs, but at least we’ll all have about $11.00 more per month. Enjoy.

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Kent Harrell, Patricia McDonald, Becky Wetwiska, Susan Graham, Danny Banning, Greg Price, Carol Cable, Morgan Grubb, Jim Parrish, Kendra McGeady, Tracie Sconyers, Bill Sanford, Doug Schoppa, Carrie Connor, and Mark Cavins.

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BEST GRAND LAKE EVENTS OF THE WEEK: It’s show time! The Oklahoma Boat Expo runs Friday-Sunday at the Cox Business Convention Center in downtown Tulsa. There’s plenty happening at Shangri-La, too. Thursday night is Round 3 of the Pool League Tournament at The Anchor at Shangri-La (7:00). Friday night is the challenging CXC Aviator Flight Night at The Anchor (6:00). Monday night is the big CFP National Championship Watch Party at The Anchor (7:00).

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RANDY KREHBIEL’S RANDOM FACTOID OF THE WEEK: Actress Sally Field’s brother Richard D. Field is a well-known nuclear physicist.

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FUN FACT OF THE WEEK: The record for the largest e-commerce transaction is still held by billionaire “Shark Tank” star and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. He purchased his Gulfstream V private jet online…for $40 million.

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BEST FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: “My husband and I have decided we don’t want to have children. We will be telling them tonight.”

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BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK: You wanna see social distancing? Loan someone some money.

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TWEET OF THE WEEK: Misery might love company, but so does joy. And joy throws much better parties.

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BEST PUN OF THE WEEK: I made a snow angle today. It’s acute one.

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK: When is the employee party for Self Check-out Clerks at Walmart?

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OBSERVATION OF THE WEEK: If you’re afraid of not getting what you ordered with online shopping, you probably shouldn’t try online dating.

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FEEL-OLD MOMENTS OF THE WEEK: America’s Sweetheart is gone. Talented, gentle, edgy, animal-loving Betty White died last week. She would turned 100 years old January 17. We lost a couple of great men last week, too. Hall of Fame coach, broadcaster, and video game icon John Madden left us at age 85. Soft-spoken longtime U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 82.

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “They taught us to pray with our eyes closed. When we opened our eyes, they had the land and we had The Bible.” – Desmond Tutu

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BEST WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: On Monkey Island, Thursday night Karaoke with Jason Morgan kicks off the weekend fun at Doc’s Bar & Grill. Kevin Price performs at Doc’s Bar & Grill Friday night, and Terry Jordan entertains Friday and Saturday nights at The Summit. DJ K-Bandito will lead the cavalcade of Saturday night fun at Big Shots Rhythm & Booze. Thursday night is karaoke night at the Blind Swine on Monkey Island.

In Grove, Brett and Terri entertain Friday night at The Regatta followed by Jacob Clark Saturday night.

Indigo Sky Casino this week presents Brett and Terri in the Echo Bar Thursday night. Friday night features Brent Giddens Tribute to Elvis with the Burning Love Band, and Derryl Perry wraps up the weekend Saturday night. There is Friday night live entertainment at Venue 655 at Grand Lake Casino followed by karaoke Saturday night. At Cherokee Casino Grove, The Brandon Butler Band entertains Friday night, and Borrowed Money takes the stage Saturday night.

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DINING AND DRINKING UPDATE: Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill in Disney has re-opened following its closure for annual cleaning & repairs. Congratulations to Curt and Tami Bailey for getting the “First Boat Customer” trophy for 2022 by being the first customers to arrive at Mooney’s by boat when they re-opened January 1. The Artichoke is closed this weekend, re-opening Tuesday, January 11. Blind Swine on Monkey Island is now operating under winter hours of operation - open only Thursday-Saturday evenings. Coppers Tea & Coffee House in Grove has re-opened. The Parrot Restaurant has closed. Quarterdeck Café at Tera Miranda is closed until March.

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: If you’re into voyeurism, Joe Millionaire: For Richer or Poorer debuts on Fox Thursday night at 7:00. The mini-series Women of the Movement begins a three-week run Thursday night at 7:00 on ABC along with a companion series Let the World See at 9:00. Law & Order: SVU and Law & Order: Organized Crime air Thursday night at 8:00 and 9:00 respectively on NBC. The final season of Search Party is available Friday on HBO Max. Call Me Kat debuts Sunday at 7:00 on Fox.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: One Night in Miami premiers in movie theaters this week. Then Tender Bar is available Friday and Redemption Diary will be available Tuesday, both on Prime Video.

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SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, January 13 – Pool League Tournament Round 4 at The Anchor (7:00). Friday, January 14 – Grove Chamber of Commerce Eggs & Issues legislative breakfast will be at the Episcopal Church in Grove (8:00 a.m.). Friday, January 14 – Winter Golf League Indoor Simulator Tournament Round 1 at The Anchor (6:00). Friday-Sunday, January 14-16 – OKC Boat & RV Show at the Bennett Event Center at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in OKC. Thursday, January 20 – Pool League Tournament Round 5 at The Anchor (7:00). Friday, January 21 – Winter Golf League Indoor Simulator Tournament Round 2 at The Anchor (6:00).  Thursday, January 27 – Pool League Tournament Championship Match at The Anchor (7:00). Friday, January 28 – Winter Golf League Indoor Simulator Tournament Round 3 at The Anchor (7:00). Monday-Sunday, January 31-February 6 – Tulsa Boat, Sport & Travel Show at Expo Square, Tulsa State Fairgrounds. Friday, February 4 – Dave Rader Open European at Flying J Ranch & Hunt Club. Sunday, February 13 – Super Bowl LVI Watch Party at The Anchor at Shangri-La. Monday, February 17 – Liverpool Legends live at the Indoor Pavilion at Downstream Casino.  

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SPORTS WATCH: The final college football bowl game is Tuesday – Kansas State vs. LSU at 8:00. With the wrap-up of the bowl season, there’s only one college football game remaining – an Alabama-Georgia rematch in the College Football National Championship game next Monday night at 7:00.

There’s great college basketball, as well. OU is at Baylor Tuesday night at 6:00 and OSU hosts Kansas at 8:00. Saturday, OSU hosts Texas at 1:00 and Iowa State will be in Norman to take on the Sooners at 5:00. Next Tuesday, OU is at Texas. The awesome OU women’s team has a little TV time, too, hosting Iowa State Wednesday at 6:00 before hosting Baylor next Wednesday at 6:00. The OSU Cowgirls host Kansas State Wednesday at 6:30 and travel to TCU next Wednesday at 6:30.

Things are getting critical in the NFL. Every game matters now. Sunday’s noon games include Dallas at Philadelphia, Cincinnati at Cleveland, Green Bay at Detroit, Pittsburgh at Baltimore, and Tennessee at Houston. At 3:30, Kansas City is at Denver, the L.A. Chargers are at Las Vegas, San Francisco is at the L.A. Rams and Seattle is at Arizona.

In the NBA, the OKC Thunder are at home Friday at 7:00 hosting the Timberwolves in a rematch of Wednesday’s game in Minnesota. They’re at home Sunday night hosting the Nuggets (6:00) before heading to Washington to take on the Wizards Tuesday night at 6:00.

The biggest players in the PGA are in Hawaii this week for the Sentry Tournament of Champions. Coverage is on the Golf Channel beginning at 5:00 Thursday-Sunday. NBC has bonus coverage at 3:00 Sunday afternoon.

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It’s winter, for sure, but it looks like we might get a little relief for the Grand Lake weekend ahead. Friday’s high will only be in the mid-30s, but Saturday & Sunday high temperatures will hover around 50. Whether you’re headed for the Oklahoma Boat Expo in Tulsa or staying at the lake, make the most of the weekend ahead. Remember, though - no matter where 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)

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

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

Copper’s Tea and Coffee House in Grove

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

Cove Club in Langley

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

Drunken Rooster Bar & Grill at Grand Meridian

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

Gabby’s Place in downtown Grove

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 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 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

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

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)

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 Landings Market and Grill on Monkey Island (smoking on the patio)

The Parrot at Honey Creek Landing in Grove (Smoking on the patio)

The Pourhouse 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

Wolf Creek Diner in Grove

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