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May 9 Random Observations Of The Grand Lake Bum

We finally had a weekend of fantastic Grand Lake weather – and it’s a good thing because we are still paying the price for all the rain in the weeks gone by. The lake is finally dropping, but we still need to keep a close eye out for debris on the water while we’re stacking it up on the shoreline. Hopefully that’s all the flooding for this year. Maybe summer is finally on the near horizon. The early signs are appearing – although I haven’t seen any adults in outdoor swimming pools, I’ve seen some kids who are oblivious to the chill. Pool and in-the-water lake time can’t be far away for the rest of us!


We made some more Oklahoma horse racing history last weekend when the 80-1 long shot Rich Strike won the Kentucky Derby. Rick Dawson of Edmond, Oklahoma claimed the horse last fall in a $30,000 claiming race. He had only one win prior to the Derby – and he wasn’t even in the race until a late scratch allowed him to draw in the day before the race; but last Saturday, he turned out to be appropriately named – a $30,000 investment turned into a very “Rich Strike!”


Truth is stranger than fiction. Andrew Wilhoite is in an Indiana jail awaiting trial on charges of murdering his wife. While awaiting trial, he filed as a Republican candidate for a spot on the Clinton, Indiana township board, and got enough votes to be elected in November (one of three qualifying candidates for three open slots). If he’s tried and convicted before November, he won’t be able to serve (as a convicted felon); but if the election comes before his trial, he’ll be sworn into office…from jail.


I was sorry to see that Golden State Warrior Draymond Green was fined $25,000 for showing Memphis Grizzly fans his middle fingers. The Oklahoma legislature doesn’t need any more ideas for new laws.


The Ohio wacko who was restrained in his Frontier Airlines seat with duct tape after groping and assaulting flight attendants has been sentenced to 60 days in prison and another year of probation. The event was last August, and he was just sentenced this week. I’m not sure why it took so long, but if you’ve ever tried to free someone who has been attached to an airline seat with duct tape, that might explain it.  


GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Curt Landry, Darryl Gupton, Roger Cook, Beverly Funke, Renae Ryan, Bobby Bell, Lyn Goss, Lorri Dyer, Pat McConn, Carrie Moore, Donna Altmiller, Joe Landon, Shari Bell, Kevin Brady, Nancy Adkisson, Chance Grubb, Maxine Duncan, Byron Long, Gary Cameron, Greg Mantia, Gaylyn Haynes, Kim Klaus, and Vicki Stockwell.


BEST GRAND LAKE EVENTS OF THE WEEK: Thursday is the Grove Chamber of Commerce Membership Luncheon at Grove Community Center (noon). Friday is the Grove Chamber of Commerce Spring Scramble Golf Tournament at Quail Ridge Golf Course. The Mountain Men Rendezvous is at Har-Ber Village Museum this weekend, Friday-Sunday from 9:00-3:00. The big Rendezvous at The Run Car/Truck Show & Swap Meet at Buffalo Run Casino runs Saturday & Sunday. The Kentucky Derby may be over, but the parties continue. Saturday night is a Kentucky Derby Costume Party at Monkey Island Pub.


RANDY KREHBIEL’S RANDOM FACTOID OF THE WEEK: Our word "care" comes from the Old English "cearu," meaning "sorrow" or "anxiety."


FUN FACT OF THE WEEK: A man in China bought a first class, fully refundable ticket which gave him access to the airport’s VIP lounge where high-rolling travelers can dine for free. The man re-scheduled his first-class ticket 300 times in one year to enjoy the free meals. When the airline figured out his scheme and confronted him, he canceled the ticket and got a full refund.


BEST FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: A new study recently found that humans eat more bananas than monkeys. I can’t remember the last time I ate a monkey.


BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK: Closed for tornado. Back in 30 minutes.


TWEET OF THE WEEK: Whoever prayed for rain over the last three weeks, would you please pray for my bank account?  


BEST PUN OF THE WEEK: It is better to have loved a short person than to never have loved a tall.


UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Do the tags on clothing sold in China say “Made just around the corner”?


OBSERVATION OF THE WEEK: Walmart should not get mad at me for forgetting to scan something. They gave me literally zero training before making me a cashier.  


FEEL-OLD MOMENTS OF THE WEEK: It’s the week of “Willies.” American music icon Willie Nelson turned 89 years young last week; and “The Say Hey Kid,” Willie Mays, turned 91.


QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “I don’t think I’ve ever stepped into a gym. They won’t let me smoke in there.” – John Daly


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. Mark Gibson performs at Doc’s Bar & Grill Friday night; and Terry Jordan tickles the ivories both Friday and Saturday nights at The Summit. Thursday night is karaoke night with DJ Mo at the Blind Swine on Monkey Island, and Erin Fitzgibbon entertains early Friday night at the Swine.  DJ K-Bandito provides the dance music Friday & Saturday nights at Big Shots Rhythm & Booze; and Saturday is karaoke night at Monkey Island Pub.

On South Grand Lake, Sharky’s Bar at Hammerhead Marina opens the weekend entertainment Friday night with True Karaoke. RocKFiscH entertains at Sharky’s Saturday night and Jamey Hooper Sunday afternoon. Dustin Moore starts the weekend musical entertainment with karaoke Thursday night at the Drunken Rooster Bar & Grill. Clint Ingram takes over entertainment Friday night; and Reverse Reaction will be on stage Saturday night at the Rooster. Clint Ingram will be on stage Thursday night at Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill in Disney followed by Jake Flint Friday night and The Barrett Lewis Band Saturday.

In Grove, Twice as Nice Harpists provide the music Friday night at The Regatta; and DJ Gragg entertains Saturday night. There is live entertainment by Uncrowned Kings Friday night at Venue 655 at Grand Lake Casino followed by karaoke Saturday night. Johnny Dale Roberts will be on stage at Cherokee Casino Grove Friday night, followed by The Brandon Butler Band Saturday night.

Indigo Sky Casino this week presents Jon Dooly in the Echo Bar Thursday night. Friday night features The Juice Duo; and Swade Diablos wraps up the weekend Saturday night. Frank Caliendo entertains Saturday night at Buffalo Run Casino’s Indoor Peoria Showplace.


DINING AND DRINKING UPDATE: Thursday night Shrimp Boil at Doc’s at Shangri-La and Friday Night Shrimp Boil at Blind Swine on Duck Creek at Harbors View Marina. Big Shots Rhythm & Booze is now open every Friday and Saturday night for music & dancing. Bella Donna’s Italian Restaurant at Honey Creek Landing Marina is now open. Blind Swine on Duck Creek is now open Tuesday-Sunday. The Quarterdeck at Tera Miranda is open Thursday-Sunday. The Galley food court at The Anchor at Shangri-La now offers seven-day-a-week food service.


BUM MUST-SEE TV: The Lincoln Lawyer debuts Friday on NETFLIX. The 2022 Billboard Music Awards will be televised live Sunday night at 7:00 on NBC. Star Trek: Strange New World is available on Paramount+.


BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: Love in Kilnerry opens in movie theaters this week. Firestarter premieres in movie theaters and streaming on Peacock Friday. Gaslit is now streaming on the Starz app.


SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, May 19 – Grove Chamber Business After Hours at Eubanks Power Sports in Grove (5:00). Friday, May 20 – Eddy’s Lakeside Bar opens for the season at Shangri-La Marina. Friday, May 20 – Grove Rotary Lobsterfest. Saturday, May 21 – Preakness Stakes Watch Party at The Anchor. Saturday-Sunday, May 21-22 – Big Bass Bash. Tuesday, May 24 – Grove Chamber Trivia Night at The Regatta. Friday, May 27 – Grand Reopening of renovated Honey Creek Landing Marina. Saturday, May 28 – Grove Farmers Market at the Community Center. Friday, June 3 – Grove Block Party at the Community Center. Saturday, June 4 – Monkey Island Scavenger Hunt & Auction at The Shebang benefiting 2nd Chance Pet Rescue (11:00 a.m.) Saturday, June 4 – Camp Bandage at Grand Lake RV Park (11:00 a.m.). Friday, June 17 – Monthly Sunset Cruise at Shangri-La Marina. Friday, June 24 – South Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament at Shangri-La.


In the sports world, the NBA Playoffs are moving into the conference championship rounds next Tuesday with games daily. The NBA draft lottery will also be televised on ESPN Tuesday evening, May 17 at 7:00.

National Hockey League Playoffs move into Round 2 play this weekend. Each series is a best-of-seven competition.

Just a week ahead of the PGA Championship in Tulsa, PGA golfers are in McKinney, Texas for the AT&T Byron Nelson at TPC Craig Ranch. Coverage begins at 3:00 Thursday and Friday, and 12:00 Saturday & Sunday on the Golf Channel. CBS picks up the final two rounds at 2:00 Saturday & Sunday.

On the heels of last week’s thrilling Bedlam series, the Big 12 Softball Championship Tournament is this week with games Thursday-Saturday on the networks of ESPN.   

NASCAR drivers are in Kansas City this week for the AdventHealth 400. Coverage begin Sunday afternoon at 2:00 on FS1.


The weather is acting like it should, according to the calendar. We may have a little shower or two Saturday but, for the most part, we’ll have partly cloudy skies and nice temperatures – highs around 80 and lows in the upper 50s. It’s a really big weekend on Grand Lake, so get out there and do something fun. 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

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)

Forage 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 Coffee Company in Grove

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

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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