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March 11 Random Observations of The Grand Lake Bum

Daylight Saving Time has finally arrived. I hope you’re enjoying the first week of additional sunlight at the end of the day where it does us all some good instead of at the beginning of the day when it is totally wasted. You fanatic “Grand Lake Sunrise Photographers” can sleep in a little for the next few months.


The arrival of Daylight Saving Time is just in time for Spring Break in Oklahoma this week – running right through the official First Day of Spring on March 20. There’s nothing like the expected influx of Spring Break celebrations on Grand Lake to remind us that the official season of outdoor fun is right in front of us.  Congratulations! We made it!


I’m doing well in my first week of Lent, by the way. I gave up brussels sprouts this year; and I haven’t given in to the temptation yet!


Here we are at the St. Patrick’s Day holiday weekend. Nothing could be timed more perfectly than a holiday in the middle of Spring Break that is dedicated to absolutely nothing but drinking! When you’ve spent the night drinking green beer, don’t be alarmed the next morning. Remember, what goes in must come out.


My friend Linda Wall did some important research last week. If you didn’t know, a “butt” is a traditional unit of volume used for measuring wines and other alcoholic beverages. A butt is generally defined to be two hogsheads, but the size of hogsheads varies according to the contents. In the United States a hogshead is typically 63 gallons and a butt is 126 gallons. So now, when someone says they went to a party where there was a “buttload of whiskey,” you know how much it was. You’re welcome.


In case you haven’t been keeping up with the news, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution last week condemning hate speech. The vote was 403-27. So, now we know. So apparently, there are 27 members of the U.S. Congress who actually support hate speech?  


LEGAL TIP FOR JAMES JUSTICE II IN WEST VIRGINIA: If you're going to forge a letter from your governor claiming you have been pardoned for your crimes, you should probably make sure that you use spellcheck to avoid "multiple errors" in spelling, grammar and punctuation - INCLUDING MISSPELLING THE NAME OF YOUR OWN STATE.


BUM’S FOOD TIP OF THE WEEK: Rice cakes have no right to call themselves “cake” at all!


RANDY KREHBIEL’S RANDOM FACTOID OF THE WEEK: The Pig War, a confrontation between U.S. and British interests near Vancouver in 1859, gets its name from the fact that the only casualty was, in fact, a pig.


BEST FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: Last night the internet stopped working, so I spent a few hours with my family. They seem like good people.


BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK: Unattended children will be given an energy drink and taught to swear.


BEST BUMPER STICKER SEEN THIS WEEK: Ask your doctor if medical advice from a television commercial is right for you.


TWEET OF THE WEEK: Everything will kill you, so choose something fun.


OBSERVATION OF THE WEEK: Skilled labor isn’t cheap. Cheap labor isn’t skilled.


FEEL-OLD MOMENTS OF THE WEEK: Famed actor/writer/director/producer Rob Reiner (remember Meathead from “All in the Family?) turned 72 last week. His father, comedian/producer Carl Reiner turns 96 next week. Jan-Michael Vincent, best known for his starring role in the television series “Airwolf,” died last month. He was 74.


GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Kristy Gibbs, Steve Hays, Clint Walker, Janie Gibbs, Guy Hixenbaugh, Gary Quick, John Pellow, Peggy Stowers, Candy Brasel, Carla Steckline, and Dana Able!


UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Is it just me, or does no one disappear in the Bermuda Triangle anymore?


BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: There are great St. Patrick’s Day parties around the lake Saturday night – Monkey Island Pub, Blind Swine, Juan Montez, Mooney’s, Michelle’s Grand Lodge Bar, and Pickles at the Lake. The Shebang will feature its famous St. Patrick’s Day Corned Beef & Cabbage Friday & Saturday nights, and Doc’s Bar & Grill has a special St. Patrick’s Day Sunday Brunch menu. Thursday is a big day for South Grand Lakers – a Stakeholders Meeting will be held regarding the planned road construction project across the Pensacola Dam (2:00 p.m. at GRDA Ecosystems Center in Langley). Har-Ber Village in Grove opens for the 2019 season Saturday; and Saturday is the first Kyle Williams Boating Safety Course at GRDA Ecosystems Center; and next Wednesday, March 20, is the First Day of Spring! FINALLY!


GRAND LAKE WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: There’s plenty of great entertainment coming up around the lake to kick off the new month. On Monkey Island, Saturday night is the biggest party of the year at Monkey Island Pub – their annual St. Patrick’s Day Party. The fun starts at 6:00 with hourly performances by the fabulous Tulsa Metro Pipe Band; and great dance music throughout the evening will be provided by The Full Monty.  At the Blind Swine, Erin Fitzgibbon will be on stage Friday night, and KJ Flip hosts karaoke Sunday and Tuesday. At Littlefield Corner, there’s always live music Saturday night at Road Hog Saloon, and Brett & Terri will be on stage Sunday.

On South Grand Lake, Thursday night is Trivia Contest night at Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill in Disney, and DJ Wade will provide the tunes Saturday night. Sunday afternoon from 3-6, Johnny Dale Roberts will provide St. Patrick’s Day party tunes at Mooney’s. Friday night is Karaoke Night at Michelle’s Bar & Grill at Grand Lodge in Ketchum – and there’s always live entertainment at Michelle’s on Saturday night. Juan Montez at Red Arrow Marina also has Saturday night entertainment.

Area casinos have big entertainment plans, too. Cherokee Casino-Grove features music from Travis Kidd Friday night followed by Western Justice Saturday. At Bordertown Casino’s Lost Creek Saloon, you are the star at Thursday night karaoke. Asphalt Cowboys will be on stage at Bordertown Saturday night. Bo Phillips will perform Friday night at Buffalo Run Casino’s Trailer Park Bar & Grill followed by Dead Metal Society Saturday night.  At Buffalo Run’s Peoria Showplace, Warrant will be Saturday night’s featured entertainment. Doors open at 7:00. Indigo Sky Casino offers three nights of musical entertainment this week. Phil Vaught performs both Thursday and Friday nights in the Echo Bar, followed by Stonehorse Saturday night.

The best spots to catch all your favorite sports action, including PGA Golf, NASCAR, and college & NBA basketball games are the Standing Room Only Bar at The Shebang, Doc’s Bar & Grill at Shangri-La Resort, Blind Swine, Road Hog Saloon, 1909 in Grove, Pickles at the Lake in Langley, and Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill in Disney.


BUM MUST-SEE TV: Eight all-new episodes of Arrested Development will be available on NETFLIX Friday, along with Season 3 of Queer Eye, and the inaugural season ofShrill. Saturday night is a great entertainment special: One Night for One Drop: Imagined by Cirque du Soleil at 7:00 on CBS. Season 4 of Billions debuts Sunday night at 8:00 on Showtime, The Fix debuts Monday night at 9:00 on ABC, and The Village premieres Tuesday night at 9:00 on NBC.


BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: The Highwaymen and Wonder Park


QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “I’m getting better, happier, and nicer as I grow older. So I would be terrific in a couple of hundred years.” – Maeve Binchy


SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, March 21 – Darrel Hicks is “Guest Chef” at The Shebang (cookin’ Cajun). Thursday-Sunday, March 21-24 – Sumner’s Big Meat Run in Disney. Saturday, March 23 – Ketchum FFA Flower Power 5K Fun Run. Saturday, March 23 – Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show at Grove Civic Center. Saturday, March 23 – Ladies Wine Tasting at The Casitas followed by a co-ed karaoke & dance party at Grand Meridian RV Park. Sunday, March 24 – Shangri-La Lake-to-Golf 5K. Friday-Saturday, March 29-30 – Grove Merchants Spring Open House. Saturday, March 30 – Bunny Hop 5K Fun Run at 8:00 a.m. (behind the Grove Community Center). Saturday, March 30 – Comedy Night at Big Shots on Monkey Island (8:00 p.m.) Saturday, April 6 – “Get in Your Head” comedy/hypnotist show at Big Shots (8:30). Saturday, April 13 – South Grand Lake Chamber Bootlegger’s Ball at Cherokee Yacht Club. Thursday, April 18 – The Wizard of Oz at the Coleman Theater featuring Dennis James on the organ (6:30). Friday-Sunday, May 3-5 – In-Water Boat Show by Nichols Marine at Shangri-La Marina. Saturday, May 4 – Burning of the Socks at Harbors View Marina – music by 5thElement. Saturday, May 18 – Ales & Tails at the Craig County Fairgrounds in Vinita. Saturday, May 18 – Barkaritaville Party (fundraiser for 2nd Chance Pet Rescue) at The Parrot in Grove (5:30-9:00). Friday-Saturday, May 31-June 1 – Toes in the Grand celebration at Wolf Creek Park in Grove. Saturday, June 8 – Camp Bandage (10-2) at Grand Lake RV Resort.


Sports fans are keeping a close eye on NCAAM basketball this week. The Big 12 tournament continues through Saturday in Kansas City followed by “Selection Sunday” for the NCAA Tournament Sunday (televised at 5:00 on CBS). “First Four” NCAA Tournament games are next Tuesday and Wednesday on Tru-TV.

In NBA action, the OKC Thunder are on the road in Indiana Thursday night (6:00 on FSOK) before returning home for a three-game home stand hosting Golden State Saturday night (7:30 on ABC), Miami Monday night (7:00 on FSOK), and Toronto Wednesday night (8:30 on ESPN).

PGA Players are in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida this week for The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass. Coverage on the Golf Channel begins at noon Thursday & Friday.  NBC picks up the final two rounds at 1:00 Saturday and Sunday.

NASCAR drivers are in Fontana, California this week for the Auto Club 400. Coverage is Sunday afternoon at 2:30 on Fox.


At least we’re going to have a little sunshine for the St. Patrick’s Day weekend as we move toward the first day of Spring next week. High temperatures will be around 50 with lows around 30. We’re just about to put those freezing temperatures behind us.  Of course, the weather is always great for indoor dining & drinking at Grand Lake.  So, party on! It’s a great weekend for it! Remember, though… 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.

1909 in Downtown Grove

Ailey’s Café in Langley

American Grill in Grove

Aquabar & Grill at The Landings Marina on Monkey Island (smoking on the deck)

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

Bobbers Café in Langley

Buffalo Run Casino in Miami (smoking)

Café Italia on Monkey Island

Café Yum in Grove

Carlos Montez in Langley (smoking in bar)

Ceasar’s Place in Vinita and at Littlefield Corner

Checkered Past in Grove

Chickanella’s in Grove

Chicken Coop West of Langley

Clanton’s Café in Vinita

Coffee Shelter in Ketchum

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

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

Gabby’s Place in downtown Grove

Goodfella’s Pizza (Cleora and Grove)

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

Grand Lodge in Ketchum (smoking)

Hatfield’s Saloon in Grove

Henrie’s Grill in Grove

High Winds Casino east of Miami (smoking)

Hilltop Café in Grove

Indigo Sky Casino west of Seneca, Mo. (smoking)

Juan Montez Restaurant & Cantina at Red Arrow Marina

Karrie's Kaboose in Langley (smoking)

La Casita de Martin in downtown Grove

Lighthouse Supper Club in Ketchum

Los Garcias in Langley

Lupe's Mexican Restaurant in Grove

Monkey Island Pub (Smoking)

Monkey’s Uncle at Littlefield Corner (Breakfast & lunch)

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

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)

Scooters in Langley (smoking)

Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina (smoking)

Sticky Fingers Barbecue in Ketchum

Stuffn’s Restaurant in Ketchum (Smoking on patio)

The Grill at Indian Hills Resort & Marina in Bernice

The Landings Marina (smoking on the deck)

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 Office Gentlemen’s Club on Monkey Island (smoking)

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


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