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July 25 Random Observations Of The Grand Lake Bum

Triple digit temperatures didn’t slow down Grand Lake fun in the least last weekend. Oklahoma legislators from across the state showed up for their annual Grand Lake Getaway Weekend including a couple of receptions & dinners at Shangri-La, the annual Legislative Golf Tournament, and a big party in Woodard Hollow hosted, as always, by Dr. Doug Cox and Tom & Susan Kimball.


Congratulations are in order, by the way, for an exceptional feat on the golf course for State Representative Anthony Moore from Clinton, while he was enjoying the Grand Lake weekend. He holed an Albatross (three under par) on Shangri-La’s Champions #7 – an accomplishment actually more rare than a hole in one.  


Legislators and state officials certainly weren’t the only VIP Grand Lake guests, though. It was a lot of fun to see the OU Football Coaches hanging out on Monkey Island for their annual Coaches’ retreat. It’s probably the last weekend those guys will have the chance to relax for a few months. I’m glad they chose to spend their time at Grand Lake!


It may be an omen for the future. BMW is planning to offer Europeans heated seats in their cars on a subscription basis. All the components will be in the cars, ready to go. But it will take a subscription to activate them. It’s probably just the beginning. We already have radio by subscription, and now I can see the future. “Yes, you have power windows. Do you want them activated?” “Oh, you wanted  the air conditioning and heating system activated? There’s an app for that.”


GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Joe Allbaugh, Jim Conner, Yana Livesay, Mims Talton III, Doyle Junker, Terri Ogle, Justin Barrett, Jeff Martin, Brad Busch, Jay Cranke, J.B. Robison, Kane Russell, Kenny Smith, John McCharen, Kirk Woford, Tammy Botts, Peggy Blair, Kim Brady, Amy Regan, and Cheryl Brecheisen.


BEST GRAND LAKE EVENTS THIS WEEK: Playmakers in Grove wraps up live performances of “Nunsense” Thursday & Friday evenings at 7:30 and Sunday afternoon at 2:00 this week. Friday is the weekly wine tasting at Grove Royal Liquor beginning at 4:00. The Route 66 Heritage Fest in downtown Miami is this weekend – Friday & Saturday.


RANDY KREHBIEL’S RANDOM FACTOID OF THE WEEK: James Webb, the NASA administrator for whom the current space telescope is named, was briefly an attorney for Kerr-McGee Oil in Oklahoma City.


FUN FACT OF THE WEEK: Vegan food ain’t that bad once you add meat and cheese to it.


BEST FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic.


BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK: Husband left us for a 22-year-old. House for sale by scorned, slightly bitter, newly single owner.


BEST TWEET OF THE WEEK: Number of rings since 1997: Cowboys 0 – J-Lo 5.


BEST PUN OF THE WEEK: The sound a cow makes when it runs out of milk? None. There is udder silence.


BEST POLITICAL PUN OF THE WEEK: The Koch Brothers still own a lot of valuable real estate, but their best investment may be the Manchin they bought in West Virginia.


UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK: If 70-80 year olds are generally regarded as unemployable due to mental decline/skill mismatch, why are they the only group exclusively running the country?


OBSERVATION OF THE WEEK: One great thing about Oklahoma summer heat: you can guarantee no one is waiting in your back seat to kill you.


FEEL-OLD MOMENTS OF THE WEEK: Legendary Oklahoma actor and horseman Dale Robertson would have been 99 years old last week. He died in 2013. Gilbert O’Sullivan’s hit song “Alone Again, Naturally” was the number one song in the nation on this date…50 years ago.


QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Stay away from negative people. They have a problem for every solution.” – Albert Einstein


BEST WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: On Monkey Island, Thursday night Karaoke & Shrimp Boil with Jason Morgan kicks off the weekend fun at Doc’s Bar & Grill. Eli Mattson performs at Doc’s Bar & Grill Friday night; and Terry Jordan tickles the ivories both Friday and Saturday nights at The Summit. Eddy’s Lakeside Bar features Friday night entertainment by DJ Matt followed by Travis Kidd Saturday night. Thursday and Tuesday nights are karaoke nights with DJ Mo at the Blind Swine on Monkey Island, Erin Fitzgibbon entertains early both Wednesday and Friday night at the Swine. There is karaoke fun on the Balcony Bar at The Shebang Friday & Saturday nights. Burlesque comes to Monkey Island this week as DJ K-Bandito and Big Shots Rhythm & Booze present the Terra Rogue Burlesque Troop Saturday night at 8:30. Saturday is karaoke & line dancing with DJ Chris Kennedy at Monkey Island Pub.

On South Grand Lake, Dustin Moore leads the Thursday night karaoke fun at the Drunken Rooster Bar & Grill. Cory Lee takes over entertainment Friday night followed by House Party Saturday. Magen Faulconer performs Sunday at Blind Swine on Duck Creek.

Sharky’s Bar at Hammerhead Marina opens the weekend entertainment Friday night with Jeff Jenkins. One Night Stand entertains Saturday night. Jamey Hooper will entertain Thursday night at Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill in Disney. Barrett Lewis will wrap up the month with a matinee performance beginning at 4:00 Sunday afternoon. Ugly’s Grill & Bar now features karaoke entertainment with KJ Flip and DJ Sweet Daddy D every Friday night.

In Grove, Twice as Nice Harpists provide the Friday night entertainment followed by Cory Lee Saturday night. The Widowmakers Duo will be on stage at Cherokee Casino Grove Friday night, followed by Reversing Radio Saturday night. There is karaoke Thursday night at Grand Lake Casino’s Venue 655, followed by live music from Jeff Tatum Friday night, and more karaoke Saturday.

Indigo Sky Casino this week presents Low Compatibility in the Echo Bar Thursday night. Friday night features Dino D and the D Train Band, followed by Thomas Martinez Saturday.


DINING AND DRINKING UPDATE: In addition to their regular menu, Doc’s Bar & Grill at Shangri-La features “Summer Grilling Theme Week” Wednesday-Sunday, offering a Seasonal Grilled Vegetable Platter, Grilled Beef Short Ribs with Habanero Pineapple BBQ Sauce, and Bacon Wrapped Shrimp & Vegetable Kabobs. Shag’s Stacks & Pitchforks Food Truck is now at Marina Del Rey Resort every weekend.


BUM MUST-SEE TV: The Resort is available streaming on Peacock beginning Thursday.  The new comedy series Uncoupled premiers Friday night on NETFLIX and City on a Hill makes its debut Sunday night at 9:00 on Showtime. Season 2 of Reservation Dogs will be available next Wednesday on HULU.


BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: Vengeance and DC League of Super-Pets open in movie theaters this week. Purple Hearts premiers on NETFLIX.


SAVE THE DATE: Friday & Saturday, August 5-6 – Run a Monkey Golf Tournament at Shangri-La. Saturday, August 6 – Hot August Nights Float-Up Movie Night at Marina Del Rey Resort. Friday, August 12 – Mary Moore Charity Event & Golf Tournament at Shangri-La. Saturday, August 13 – Cruise Night in Jay. Monday-Tuesday, August 15-16 – Women’s Oklahoma Golf Association Partnership Championship Tournament at Shangri-La. Wednesday-Saturday, August 24-27 – Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo in Vinita. Friday-Sunday, August 26-28 – Women’s Weekend at Shangri-La Resort. Saturday, September 3 – Redneck Raft-Out in Check In Bay. Thursday-Saturday, September 8-10 – Harvest Fest 2022 at Camp Copperhead in Spavinaw. Thursday, September 15 – 84th REC Drive-Thru Event (3 p.m.) Friday, September 23 – Mahogany & Chrome Classic Boat Show at Arrowhead Yacht Club (10:00-3:00).


PGA golfers are in Detroit this week for the Rocket Mortgage Classic. Live coverage begins at 2:00 Thursday & Friday and noon Saturday & Sunday on the Golf Channel. CBS picks up the final two rounds Saturday and Sunday at 2:00.

NASCAR drivers are in Indianapolis this week for the Verizon 200 at The Brickyard. Coverage begins at 1:30 Sunday afternoon on NBC.

There are also some great Major League Baseball games televised this weekend, including three games Saturday – Milwaukee at Boston at 3:00, St. Louis at Washington at 6:00, and Texas at the L.A. Angels at 8:00. Sunday, San Francisco hosts the Cubs at 6:00. Monday features Boston at Houston at 7:00; and the Giants host the Dodgers Tuesday at 8:30.


Oddly enough, it looks like we might start the dog days of August with high temperatures in the double-digits. High temperatures Friday & Saturday are forecast at upper 80s with a bit of a chance of a few morning showers. Otherwise, it’ll be sunny and hot. High temperatures Sunday will be back in the mid-90s. Lows this weekend will be around 70. There’s plenty of action around the lake, so get out and have some fun before the fall schedules ruin everything. 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)

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

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 on the Lake at Blue Bluff Harbor

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)

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

Marina’s Place at Littlefield Corner

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

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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