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March 6 Random Observations Of The Grand Lake Bum

“Welcome Back Weekend” started out a little shaky with low temperatures dipping into the mid-30s Friday night – but by Saturday, the sunshine was out, there was virtually no wind, and temperatures were in the mid-60s in time for the Poker Run fun and the first big boating day of the season. The Grove Home & Garden Show had great crowds and the GHS stellar production of “Grease” was a fabulous show. This weekend, the rock crawling crew will be all over the Disney area for the Big Meat Run, and we get even more golf and boating time with the arrival of Daylight Saving Time. Be sure to set your clocks forward one hour Saturday night. Sunday is the big day! Spring Break week kicks off this weekend, too. It’ll be a little cooler with highs in the mid-50s and lows in the 30’s, but I’ll bet everyone finds something fun to do. Next week, it’s St. Patrick’s party time and the Grand Lake Boat & Sport Show, followed immediately by the official arrival of the first day of Spring! We’re rolling now!


Congratulations and our thanks to State Senator Blake “Cowboy” Stevens for his persistence in pushing legislation to make Daylight Saving Time permanent in Oklahoma. He finally managed to gain overwhelming support in the State Senate last week, passing the bill by a 44-3 vote. It now goes to the House. Even with passage, it won’t become effective until and unless the U.S. House of Representatives passes the “Sunshine Protection Act” allowing states the right to make DST permanent. The U.S. Senate passed it unanimously, but the House has yet to ever bring the bill up. Anybody know a member of Congress? Call ‘em!


We’re one step closer. Representative Ken Luttrell also got committee approval for his bill legalizing sports betting in Oklahoma. It now goes to the full house. We may roll into the 21st century, after all!


Grand Lake continues to explode with great events. Last week, B.A.S.S. announced the return of the Bassmaster Classic to Grand Lake in 2024. The Super Bowl of fishing is scheduled for March 22-24, 2024. Weigh-ins will be at the BOK Center in Tulsa. On the very same day as that announcement, GLOC also announced the return of the GLOC Shootout powerboat races to Grand Lake in 2024. The fun never slows down at Grand Lake!


I guess the guy was trying to build up his courage – or maybe he was just hungry. Last weekend a guy went to a Waffle House in Tulsa, ordered, ate, paid for his meal, tipped the waitress… then pulled a gun and demanded the cash in the register. He didn’t have a getaway car, though, so police arrested him on foot nearby. You can’t fix stupid.


GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Debia Feldman, Russell Perry, Stephanie Winslow-Moore, Jenny Lee, Tiffany Holbrook, Beverly Jones, Becky Brock, Ralph Richardson, Dan Dillingham, Ken MacLeod, Tim Langley, Carol Milanowski, Roberta Arnold, Myles Davidson, Clint Walker, and Kristy Gibbs.


BEST GRAND LAKE EVENTS THIS WEEK. Thursday, Creative Alliance President Judi Barber is the featured speaker at the Grove Chamber of Commerce Members Luncheon at Grove City Hall (noon). Thursday evening is a sign-up session and organizational meeting for everyone interested in participating in the Spring Pool League at The Anchor at Shangri-La (7:00 p.m.). The Big Meat Run presented by Mid-America Outdoors is Thursday-Sunday in the South Grand Lake Recreational Area. The Women’s Auxiliary Association of Monkey Island (WAAMI) hosts a fundraising Chili Lunch Saturday at the Monkey Island Community Center (11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.). Har-Ber Village opens for the 2023 season Saturday. Saturday is also the year’s first Kyle Williams Safe Boating Course at GRDA Ecosystems Center in Langley (8:00-5:00). Next week, Monday-Friday, is Spring Break Day Camp at Rocket Skating in Grove. The Anchor at Shangri-La now offers Half-Price Wednesdays featuring half-price arcade and virtual reality games all day each Wednesday through April 5. NOTE: The Anchor will close at 9:00 p.m. this Friday night for a private event.  


RANDY KREHBIEL’S RANDOM FACTOID OF THE WEEK: For a while, heroine, syringes and needles could be ordered through the Sears Roebuck catalog.


FUN FACT OF THE WEEK: It has been sixty-one years since Wilt “The Stilt” Chamberlain scored 100 points for the Philadelphia Warriors in a single NBA game.


ODD FACT OF THE WEEK: Ancient Babylonians did math in base 60 instead of base 10. That’s why we have 60 seconds in a minute and 360 degrees in a circle.


BEST FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: Some people in your family will come miles to bury you, but won’t even cross the room to support you when you’re alive.


BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK: Drink whiskey. No great sea story ever started with a glass of White Zinfandel.


BEST TWEET OF THE WEEK: We squint at the sun because it’s bright. We squint at people because they are not.


BEST PUN OF THE WEEK: In the old days, cowboys would hang a lantern on their saddle at night so they could find the trail when they were far from home. This was early Saddle Light Navigation.


UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Why do they report power outages on TV?


OBSERVATION OF THE WEEK: Following Rupert Murdoch’s deposition in the Dominion lawsuit, Fox “News” has been nominated for the prestigious “George Santos Excellence in Journalism Award.”


FEEL-OLD MOMENTS OF THE WEEK: Legendary actor/writer/producer/director Ron Howard was born in Duncan, Oklahoma – 69 years ago! It was during this week that a young Tiger Woods made his debut on the PGA Tour at the Los Angeles Open…31 years ago!


QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Never follow anyone else’s path. Unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost and you see a path. Then by all means follow that path.” – Ellen DeGeneres


BEST WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: On Monkey Island, the weekend fun kicks off at Doc’s Thursday night with Jason Morgan leading the karaoke and Singo competition. Chloe Johns performs at Doc’s Bar & Grill Friday night. Friday night is karaoke and open mic night at Big Shots Rhythm & Booze – and there is always special entertainment and dancing on Saturday nights. The Faulconers will entertain Saturday night at The Road Hog Saloon; and DJ Chris Kennedy will lead the DJ and karaoke fun at Monkey Island Pub Saturday night.  

On South Grand, Magen Faulconer will perform Thursday night at the Copper Penny in Ketchum. JR Neal will provide the entertainment Thursday night at Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill in Disney and BJP Music entertains Saturday night music. RocKFiscH will perform Saturday night at The Drunken Rooster.

In Grove, there is karaoke fun Thursday night at Grand Lake Casino’s Venue 655, followed by live music Friday night by Torn, and more karaoke Saturday. Brett n’ Terri entertain Friday night at Cherokee Casino Grove, followed by Bobby DeGonia Saturday night and Johnny Dale Roberts next Tuesday for an early show (6:00 p.m.).

Chris Hyde will provide the music Friday night at Indigo Sky Casino, followed by Dino D and the D Train Band Saturday. Saturday night, there is World Championship Fighting competition live at Peoria Showplace at Buffalo Run Casino. Friday night, the Pawns & Kings Tour arrives at Downstream Casino’s Pavilion featuring Alter Bridge with Mammoth WVH and Pistols at Dawn.


GRAND LAKE DINING & DRINKING UDATE: Wednesday night’s Guest Chefs at The Shebang (March 8) will be Duane and Tammie Koehler preparing their legendary enchiladas with homemade salsa by Kelly Whitehead. There is a WAAMI Chili Luncheon Fundraiser Saturday at Monkey Island Community Center (11:00-2:00). Prime Meats, Eats & Sweets in Ketchum, VIP Pizza at Hammerhead Marina, and Back Porch Ice Cream in Grove are all now open. BOOM Sports Bar at The Regatta in Grove is now open Friday evenings, Saturdays & Sundays. Bella Donna’s in Grove is offering all-you-can-eat Peel & Eat Shrimp Sundays at 3:00 p.m. The Cove Club in Langley no longer serves breakfast on Saturday (open at 11:00), but they still serve Sunday breakfast.


BUM MUST-SEE TV: Jimmy Kimmel hosts the 95th Annual Academy Awards at 7:00 Sunday night on ABC. The Voice is back – Monday & Tuesday nights at 7:00 on NBC. Superman & Lois airs next Tuesday night at 7:00 on CW followed by Gotham Knights at 8:00.


BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: The much-anticipated Champion and Scream VI both premiere in movie theaters this week. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and Creed III are also in movie theaters this week.


SAVE THE DATE: Friday, March 17 – St. Patrick’s Party at Ugly’s Grill & Bar at Thunder Bay Marina. Friday-Sunday, March 17-19 – Grand Lake Boat and Sport Show at the Craig County Community Center in Vinita. Saturday, March 18 – St. Patrick’s Day Party at Monkey Island Pub. Sunday, March 19 – COW (Change Our World) Day at The Anchor charity competition at Shangri-La. Wednesday, March 22 – Home of Hope Chocolate Affair at the Craig County Community Center in Vinita (6:00-8:00 p.m.). Thursday, March 23 – South Grand Lake Foundation’s “Mardi Gras in March” fundraiser at the Dreamcatcher Event Center in Langley (6:00 p.m.). Friday, March 24 – Quarterdeck Café at Tera Miranda opens weekends (Friday 4-8, Saturday 11-8, Sunday 11-7). Saturday, March 25 – Spring Fling Market with 2 Hip Chicks Traveling Roadshow at Whoops Surplus building in Grove (9:00-4:00). Saturday, March 25 – “Almost Midnight Madness” pickleball tournament at The Anchor Racquet Club at Shangri-La (7:00-11:00 p.m.). Saturday, March 25 – Jay Education Foundation presents Dinner Theater & Silent Auction at Bulldog Arena in Jay (5:30 p.m.). Saturday, April 8 – Langley Easter Egg Hunt at Langley City Park (11:00-1:00). Sunday, April 9 – Easter Egg Hunt at The Anchor at Shangri-La (2:00-3:00 p.m.). Saturday-Sunday, April 22-23 – Spring Open Pickleball Tournament at The Racquet Club at Shangri-La.


It’s an incredibly busy week in college sports, highlighted by the Big 12 and SEC Conference Championship Tournaments. The Big 12 Championship Game is Saturday at 6:00 – and the SEC Championship is Sunday at noon. The Big 12 Women also play Thursday-Sunday with the Championship game at 1:00 Sunday afternoon.

OU and OSU softball teams are in action this weekend. OSU is at home hosting three games with Florida State – Friday at 6:00 and Saturday & Sunday at 2:00 – all on ESPN+. The Sooners are in Mississippi for the Bulldog Invitational Tournament, televised only on the SEC Network. OU is back home Tuesday hosting Florida State at 6:00 on ESPN+.

The OKC Thunder are on the road this weekend. They’re at New Orleans Saturday (7:30) and San Antonio Sunday (5:00) before returning home to host Brooklyn Tuesday night (7:00).

In the PGA Golf world, it’s time for The Players Championship. Live coverage from TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida begins at noon Thursday & Friday on the Golf Channel and noon Saturday & Sunday on NBC.

For pro football fans, it’s the fourth week of XFL action. Houston is at Orlando (6:00) and San Antonio is at Seattle (9:00) Saturday. Sunday games feature Arlington at St. Louis (3:00) and Las Vegas at DC (6:00).

NASCAR drivers are in Phoenix this week for the United Rentals Work United 500. Coverage gets underway Sunday at 2:30 on Fox. 


I hope you enjoyed last weekend’s nice weather because high temperatures for the coming weekend will be a little cooler. Highs will be in the mid-50s with lows in the mid-30s. It’s still pretty nice pre-Spring weather, though. Get out and have some fun. Remember, 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

Bailey’s Bistro at Layk Schoolhouse on Monkey Island

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

BOOM in Grove (at The Regatta)

Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La on Monkey Island

Buffalo Run Casino in Miami (smoking)

Café at Har-Ber Village

Café Yum in Grove

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

Flower Bar in Grove

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

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)

R Bar Dance Hall & Saloon in Grove

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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