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Well, here we are. This weekend is the end of Daylight Saving Time (insert sad emoji). You’ll have to stay up until 2:00 a.m. in order to set your clock back at the appropriate time. If you’re lucky, maybe you can convince the bartender that it’s technically only 1:00 o’clock and you should be allowed to drink for another hour.


I had no idea I was so important to the Big XII football gurus. In the middle of the second quarter of Saturday’s OU-Kansas game, I got a phone call and had to run an emergency errand. I wasn’t crazy about the outcome of the game, but it was unbelievably thoughtful of the Big XII to stop the game and wait until I could get back to watch. I’ve never felt quite so important!


I had a rare occasion to drive my car to a city last week. I went to Tulsa – and I saw an amazing thing. Drivers in Tulsa were using something called a “turn signal” to let other drivers know their intentions. We ought to teach Grand Lake drivers how to use those. It was really helpful. On my return trip to the lake, I was reminded that some things never change on the big highways. Truckers who are driving 75.2 miles per hour still can’t resist the urge to pass a truck in front of them that is traveling at a mere 75 miles per hour.


It was unfortunate that cold and rainy weather caused the cancellation of some outdoor Halloween celebrations last Saturday night – but the folks at The Anchor at Grand Lake figured out how to handle it! They had pumpkin painting, games, treats, costume contests, karaoke and lots of fun for the little ones in an absolute sea of costume families – but they also had the sports screens full of OSU football and World Series baseball for the big kids. Whoever thought of building a sports bar connected to an arcade was a genius – and a hero for moms and dads with little ones!


I couldn’t make all of the big Halloween parties, but I managed to make it to Big Shots and Monkey Island Pub after the ball games. It may be almost November, but there is no shortage of party animals on Monkey Island. I can testify to that!


Speaking of Monkey Island party animals, a newly formed group called Heart of Monkey Island is taking over the longstanding tradition of raising money for less fortunate kids at Christmas. They have already scheduled a fundraising chili cookoff November 11 at the Big Shots parking lot to get the ball rolling. Kudos to these great community minded folks. The only thing better than a Grand Lake party is a Grand Lake party for a great cause!


GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Grand Lakers Michael DiPasquale, Mitch Whitehead, Mary Faulkner, Linda Wilburn, Scott Brecheisen, Nancy Jackson, Hal Ellis, Steve Odle, Mary Lee, Cindi Lillard, Karen Hudiburg, Bud Hawkes, Candy Couch, Devon Chezem, Shaleen Wheeler, and Abby Moser.


BEST GRAND LAKE EVENTS THIS WEEK. It’s football Bedlam week! Thursday afternoon is a South Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce Bedlam Business After Hours at Grand River Abstract in Langley (4:30 p.m.). The beginning of a new month is marked with the “First Friday Wine Share” at Illusions Day Spa in Grove (6:00-7:30). Friday evening is also a S’Mores & Pours Bedlam Pickleball Mixer with bar at The Anchor Racquet Club (7:00-9:00 p.m.). Saturday is a Bedlam Hooray Grill Tailgate & OU-OSU Watch Party at The Anchor. Saturday is also a “Fall Shop Hop” sale at six popular boutiques around the lake – Den of Uniquity and Monkey Buzz on Monkey Island, Sassy & Classy in Ketchum, Mia’s Boutique and Stone Hill Boutique in Langley, and Disney Island Outfitters at the Dam Hotel in Disney (10:00-5:00). Saturday & Sunday features the Mary Bulten Memorial Pickleball Open Tournament at The Anchor Racquet Club. Next week “Tuesday Trivia” season returns at The Anchor at Shangri-La (7:00 p.m.).


RANDY KREHBIEL’S RANDOM FACTOID OF THE WEEK: Emily Dickinson’s use of the common meter enables one to sing pretty much all of her poems to the tune of Gilligan’s Island: “Because I could not stop for Death, he kindly stopped for me. The carriage held but just ourselves – and Immortality.”


FUN FACT OF THE WEEK: Ten-time LPGA Major winner Annika Sorenstam has been admitted as a member of Augusta National. I think they’re now up to seven female members at Augusta as they speed their way into the 19th century. They didn’t allow any female members at all until 2012 when they admitted former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.


ODD FACT OF THE WEEK: The Summit of Mt. Everest is made of marine limestone, which means the highest point on earth was once at the bottom of the sea.


OXYMORON OF THE WEEK: Deafening silence


BEST FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: If laziness was an Olympic Sport, I would come in 4th so I wouldn’t have to walk to the podium.


BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK: If you see a large mound of dirt in a field, don’t disturb it. Wait for the Dollar General to hatch.


BEST TWEET OF THE WEEK: In wine there is wisdom. In beer there is strength. In water there is bacteria. You decide.


BEST PUN OF THE WEEK: I’m going to write a book about all the things I should have done in my life. I’ll call it my oughtabiography.


UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Why doesn’t Tarzan have a beard?


OBSERVATION OF THE WEEK: I was going to start one of those “swear jars” for myself, but I don’t make enough money to keep up with my mouth.


QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “If you can sit quietly after difficult news; if in financial downturns you remain perfectly calm; if you can see your neighbors travel to fantastic places without a twinge of jealousy; if you can happily eat whatever is put on your plate; if you can fall asleep after a day of running around without a drink or a pill; if you can always find contentment just where you are: you are probably a dog.” – Jack Kornfield


FEEL-OLD MOMENTS OF THE WEEK: Happy birthday to actress Julia Roberts. The “Pretty Woman” star turned 56 over the weekend. Actress Stefanie Powers, perhaps best known for her role as Jennifer Hart in the popular TV series “Hart to Hart,” turns 81 years old this week.  


BEST WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: On Monkey Island, the weekend fun kicks off at Doc’s Bar & Grill Thursday night with Jason Morgan leading the karaoke fun. KJ Flip leads the Thursday karaoke at Big Shots and DJ K-Bandito hosts the weekend musical fun Friday & Saturday nights. Kevin Price performs at Doc’s Bar & Grill at Shangri-La Friday night and Terry Jordan entertains for the last time of the season both Friday & Saturday nights at The Summit. There’s still karaoke on the Balcony Bar at The Shebang Friday and Saturday nights, and Saturday night is Rockstar Karaoke fun at Monkey Island Pub featuring DJ Kennedy.

On South Grand Lake, the weekend musical fun always starts on Thursday nights with karaoke fun at The Drunken Rooster, and Jumpsuit Love will be on stage Saturday night. The Hydromatics will provide Saturday night’s music at Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill.

In Grove there is karaoke fun Thursday night at Grand Lake Casino’s Venue 655, followed by live music by Jeff Tatum Friday night, and more karaoke Saturday. House Party entertains Friday night at Cherokee Casino Grove, followed by D’Elegantz Saturday night. Brother Zehr performs Friday night at The Stables Casino.


GRAND LAKE DINING & DRINKING UDATE: Waterside Bar & Grill in Grove is now closed permanently. The Monkey Grind at Shangri-La now closes at noon Monday-Thursday, still open until 3:00 Friday-Sunday. The Fire Pit at Wildwood Cove Resort is open Friday & Saturday nights (5:00-9:00 p.m.). Monkey Island Pub is now open Friday & Saturday at 4:00. The Grill at Indian Hills has begun winter hours – Thursday-Sunday from 7:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.


BUM MUST-SEE TV: Seal Team returns for another season Thursday night at 9:00 on CBS. The Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be broadcast live Friday night at 7:00 on Disney+. Barbra Streisand will be the featured guest on CBS Sunday Morning at 9:00 a.m. Sunday. The new series Blue Eye Samurai is Thursday on NETFLIX.  JFK: One Day in America airs Sunday night at 8:00 on National Geographic at 7:00 Sunday night and will be available Monday streaming on both HULU and Disney+.


BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: What Happens Later, The Marsh King’s Daughter, Priscilla,  and  Divinity all open in theaters this week.


SAVE THE DATE: Friday & Saturday, November 10-11 – Grove Merchants Christmas Open House. Saturday, November 11 – Heart of Monkey Island Chili Cookoff & Bloody Mary Competition in the Big Shots parking lot raising money for kids for Christmas (11:00 a.m.). Saturday, November 11 – DCCSAN Winterset Gala at Shangri-La resort (6:00 p.m.). Tuesday, November 14 – Tuesday Trivia with Lee Lawson at The Anchor at Shangri-La (7:00 p.m.). Thursday, November 16 – South Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet at Shangri-La Resort (5:00 p.m.). Saturday, November 18 – Delaware County Community Partnership “Holiday Hoedown” at Legacy Event Center (6:00 p.m.). Saturday, November 18 – Monkey Island Thanksgiving Pot Luck Dinner at Monkey Island Pub. Thursday, November 23 – Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet at Doc’s Bar & Grill (11:00-7:00) and The Cove Club (10:00-3:00). Thursday, November 23 - NFL Thanksgiving Game Day Watch Party at The Anchor at Shangri-La (10:00-10:00). Saturday & Sunday, November 25-26 – Opening weekend for Santa’s Ozark Mountain Village at Har-Ber Village. Friday, December 1 – “Lights on Grove!” Christmas kick-off celebration on the Grove City Hall lawn (6:00 p.m.). Saturday & Sunday, December 2-3 – “Journey to Jesus” with Oasis animals at Oasis Animal Adventures (3:00-8:00 p.m.). Tuesday, December 5  -Tuesday Trivia with Lee Lawson at The Anchor at Shangri-La (7:00 p.m.). Saturday, December 9 – Christmas Lights Boat Parade from Cherokee Yacht Club. Saturday, December 9 – Grove Lighted Christmas Parade (6:00 p.m.). Tuesday, December 12 – Tuesday Trivia with Lee Lawson at The Anchor at Shangri-La (7:00 p.m.).


It’s a huge college football week in Oklahoma. It’s Bedlam Football Week – the final one, at least for a while. OU is at OSU Saturday. TCU and Texas Tech kick off the weekend Thursday night. Other games to watch Saturday include Kansas State at Texas, Kansas at Iowa State, Arkansas at Florida, Washington at USC, Oregon State at Colorado, and LSU at Alabama.

In the NFL, Tennessee is at Pittsburgh Thursday night at 7:00. Sunday games include a very early start with Miami and Kansas City facing off from Frankfurt, Germany at 8:30 Sunday morning. Noon games include The Rams at Green Bay, and Tampa Bay at Houston. Philadelphia hosts the Cowboys at 3:30 and Buffalo is at Cincinnati at 7:00. Monday Night Football sends the Chargers to New York to face the Jets.

If Texas and Arizona push things to the 7-game limit, the final two games of the World Series will be Friday & Saturday at 7:00 in Arlington.

It’s also the biggest weekend of the year for horse racing. It’s Breeders’ Cup weekend. Coverage of the World Championship of horse racing begins Friday at 3:00 and Saturday at 12:30 on NBC.

The NBA Regular Season is underway. The OKC Thunder is in the middle of a great home stand. After hosting Detroit Monday and New Orleans Wednesday, the Thunder take on Golden State Friday, Atlanta next Monday, and Cleveland next Wednesday – all at home, all at 7:00, all on Bally Sports Oklahoma.

NASCAR drivers are in Phoenix Sunday for the last race of the season. Coverage of the NASCAR Cup Series Championship begins Sunday at 2:00 on NBC.

PGA players are in Los Cabos, Mexico this week for the Worldwide Technology Championship. Coverage begins at 3:30 Thursday-Saturday and 2:00 Sunday exclusively on the Golf Channel.


Weather for the upcoming weekend will be light years better than the weekend gone by. Instead of rain and chilly temperatures, we’ll have fair to partly cloudy skies – and instead of daytime highs in the 40s, we’ll have nighttime lows in the 40s. High temperatures will be in the 60s – pushing 70 by Sunday. It’s a great weekend to have some lake fun! Remember, though, 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

Back Porch Ice Cream in Grove

Bailey’s Bistro at Layk Schoolhouse on Monkey Island

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

Blue Bluff Café at Blue Bluff Harbor

Blue Cat Bistro at Har-Ber Village

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 on Monkey Island

Chicken Coop West of Langley

Chubby’s Grill at On Target in Grove

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

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

Fire Pit at Wildwood Cove Resort in Drowning Creek

Flower Bar in 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

Grand Lake RV Resort at the back of Duck Creek

Hero’s Deli 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

Keagan’s Coffee at Littlefield Corner

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

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

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 Anchor Sports Bar & Activity Park at Shangri-La

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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