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September 12 Random Observations Of The Grand Lake Bum

This weekend is officially the last weekend of “Summer” – but don’t let that slow you down. The very best golf and boating season of the year is just getting underway. And plenty of folks are taking advantage.

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Golf and boating aren’t the only thing folks are taking advantage of in our area. It was great to see reports that consumer spending and pay are both increasing in Oklahoma. At the same time, tribal gaming revenue to the State of Oklahoma hit a single-month record in August - $17.9 million. I guess that means, in true Okie fashion, we took advantage of the increase in wages and quickly invested it at the nearest casino!

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I know we have all had the unsettling experience of mentioning some product or service, only to have our social media apps light up with advertising for the things we mentioned. If you’re tired of Alexa listening to everything you say, several of my gal pals are excited about a new development on the horizon. They say programmers are working on a new male version of Alexa. They’re confident it won’t listen to anything.

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The sad death of Queen Elizabeth II has bringing lots of changes. England even has to change its National Anthem to include, “God Save the King.” I wonder what changes it might also bring to the United States. For example, Charles Barkley is going to have to find a new nickname. There’s a new “King Charles” on the scene.

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It’s a great season for owners of television stations. The General Election campaign season is now in full swing in Oklahoma and throughout the nation. The candidates who first ran against “professional politicians” have now become the “professional politicians” themselves. Candidates and influencers have bought virtually every available commercial slot – and things are getting pretty hateful in the political ads. Opposition research is an amazing thing, isn’t it? If you can’t remember every stupid thing you’ve done in your life, just run for political office. Your opponents will undoubtedly jog your memory!

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Kudos to the wonderful team of firefighters and first responders at the Monkey Island Fire Department. Sunday afternoon, in honor and remembrance of the heroes of 9/11, the MIFD team put on full gear and climbed the eleven-story stairwell of the Vista Tower condo building at Shangri-La. MIFD is a wonderful source of pride and an incredible asset to all of Grand Lake. Happy birthday wishes go out this week to CeCe Mitchell, Jennifer Jeffers, Butch Bruenger, Diane Bruenger, Trent Richey, Rich Lillard, Angie Drake, Philip Lancaster, Robert Waller, Marcie Wallace Hill, Barry Willingham, Melissa Patrick, Rami Masri, Joyce Duke, Renee Diver, Nick Bentley, Josh West Tera Northcutt, and Therri Wadel.

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BEST GRAND LAKE EVENTS THIS WEEK: There is no shortage of activity on Grand Lake this week. Thursday is the 84th REC Drive-Thru Event (3 p.m.) Oklahoma Lieutenant Governor Matt Pinnell will host his annual “Luau on the Green” at Shangri-La Thursday, followed by his annual Golf Tournament Friday morning. Friday afternoon is also a Couples Nine & Wine event at Shangri-La Golf Club (5:30). The annual Cherokee Golf Classic is at The Coves Golf Club, Friday. Friday night is Opening Night for performances of “2 Across” at Playmakers in Grove; and the CASA of N.E. Oklahoma Family Fun Festival is at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Grove Friday and Saturday (“Finding Nemo” movie Friday night 8:00-10:00, Festival fun from 9:00-3:00 Saturday). Next Tuesday is Food Truck Tuesday at Langley City Park (5:00-8:00).

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RANDY KREHBIEL’S RANDOM FACTOID OF THE WEEK: Oklahoma's last territorial governor, Frank Frantz, served with Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders and is said to have knocked TDR out three times while boxing with him at the White House.

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FUN FACT OF THE WEEK: Actor Bill Fagerbakke, who portrayed Michael “Dauber” Dybinski in the popular sitcom “Coach,” is also a winner of the “Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Animal Sidekick.” He’s the voice of Patrick Star in the animated series “SpongeBob SquarePants.”

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BEST FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: Customers are now required to unload the semi-trucks at Walmart. This is in addition to your checkout duties.

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BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK: We have made a change. Helen Wait is now our new service manager. If you need service, please go to Helen Wait.

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BEST TWEET OF THE WEEK: My teacher friends tell me not to worry about spelling because there is now autocorrect to watch out for us. And for that, I am eternally grapefruit.

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BEST PUN OF THE WEEK: Pete the serial flasher was thinking about retiring, but he’s gonna stick it out for another year.

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK: If the sun is in space, why is there light on earth, but not in space?

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OBSERVATION OF THE WEEK: Los Angeles Angels pitcher/outfielder/designated hitter Shohei “Shotime” Ohtani is the only Major League Baseball player in history to hit 30 home runs and pitch 100 strikeouts in a season – and he has now done it twice!

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FEEL-OLD MOMENTS OF THE WEEK: Remember the great SNL line, “Jane, you ignorant slut”? Jane Curtain turned 75 last week. Actress and sex symbol Raquel Welch turned 82. We all know “the perfect country-western song,” right? Author David Allan Coe is now 83 years old.

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Those people who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.” – Isaac Asimov

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BEST WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: On Monkey Island, the weekend fun kicks off Thursday night at the Karaoke & Shrimp Boil with Jason Morgan at Doc’s Bar & Grill. Mark Gibson performs indoors at Doc’s Bar & Grill Friday night while DJ Matt entertains on Doc’s Patio. Saturday night, The Downbeat will be live on Doc’s Patio; and Terry Jordan tickles the ivories both Friday and Saturday nights at The Summit. Thursday and Tuesday nights are karaoke nights with DJ Mo at the Blind Swine on Monkey Island, and Erin Fitzgibbon entertains early both Wednesday and Friday nights. There is karaoke fun on the Balcony Bar at The Shebang Friday and Saturday nights; and DJ K-Bandito keeps the crowd hopping both nights across the street at Big Shots. Saturday is Rockstar Karaoke with DJ Chris Kennedy at Monkey Island Pub.

On South Grand Lake, Gusto Dave performs early Thursday night at Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill (6:30) and Barrett Lewis takes his solo act to the Sunset Stage Sunday afternoon at 4:00. The Faulconer Duo will be performing at The Blind Swine on Duck Creek Saturday night. At the Drunken Rooster, RocKFiscH provides the entertainment Saturday night.

In Grove, there is karaoke fun every Thursday night at Grand Lake Casino’s Venue 655, followed by live music Friday night from Morgan Squared, and more karaoke Saturday. The Shotgunbillys perform Friday night at Cherokee Casino Grove followed by Jon Dooly Saturday.

Michelle Warren starts the weekend music Thursday night at Indigo Sky Casino followed by Funkin Gonuts Friday night and MoArk Mojo Saturday. Uncertain Henry will be on stage Saturday night at Club 60 West at River Bend Casino. If you like your entertainment a little more violent, there is live WFC 141 Boxing Saturday night at Buffalo Run Casino’s Indoor Peoria Show Place.

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DINING AND DRINKING UPDATE: A new restaurant is coming to The Layk Schoolhouse on Monkey Island. Bailey’s Bistro plans opening October 18. Eddy’s Lakeside Bar at Shangri-La and Sharky’s Bar at Hammerhead Marina are now closed for the season (although VIP Pizza is still open).  Blind Swine on Duck Creek and the Quarterdeck Café at Tera Miranda are now open only Friday-Sunday, and Quarterdeck is no longer serving their Saturday-Sunday Breakfast Buffet. Blind Swine on Monkey Island is now closed Sunday & Monday. Doc’s Bar & Grill at Shangri-La now offers a breakfast buffet seven days a week from 7:00 a.m. The Café at Indian Hills is now closed on Wednesdays. Bella Donna’s has a new lunch menu.

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: 60 Minutes returns for a new season Sunday night at 6:30 on CBS, and Seal Team also returns Sunday night on Paramount+. The much-anticipated new season of The Voice debuts Monday night at 7:00 on NBC. Monday is a big night on CBS, as well, with the return of new seasons of The Neighborhood at 7:00, Bob Hearts Abishola at 7:30, NCIS at 8:00, and NCIS Hawaii at 9:00.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: The Woman King and See How They Run both open in movie theaters this week. Goodnight Mommy is available this week exclusively on Prime Video.

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SAVE THE DATE: Friday-Sunday, September 23-25 – Pioneer Days at Har-Ber Village in Grove.  Saturday, September 24 – Mahogany & Chrome Classic Boat Show and Vintage Car Show at Arrowhead Yacht Club (10:00-3:00). Saturday, September 24 – Cedar Port Marina Customer Appreciation Party. Saturday, September 24 – A Taste of Grand at INTEGRIS Health Grove. Sunday-Tuesday, September 25-27 – MSSU Invitational Tournament at Shangri-La Golf Club. Friday- Sunday, Sept 30-Oct. 2 – Round 7 of the MAO Racing SXS Championship Series and Pit Bike Championship Series at Mid-America Outdoors in Jay. Saturday, October 1 – Benefit Pancake Breakfast at the Monkey Island Fire Department (8:00-11:00). Saturday, October 1 – Miss Pelican Festival Pageant at The Legacy in Grove (6:30). Sunday, October 2 – John Daly/Major Ed Heart of a Lion Tournament at Shangri-La Golf Club. Thursday-Sunday, October 6-9 – Pelican Festival at Wolf Creek Park in Grove. Friday, October 7 – South Grand Lake Chamber’s 25th Annual Coves Golf Tournament. Saturday, October 8 – River Bend Car Show at River Bend Casino in Wyandotte. Tuesday, October 11 –Lake O’ The Cherokees Sub-Watershed Association Annual Meeting at NEO Student Union (4:00).

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College football is in full swing, and there’s a great Saturday line-up. Undoubtedly, the most watched game in Oklahoma will be the OU-Nebraska game at 11:00 a.m. OSU hosts Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Missouri State is at Arkansas, and Tulsa hosts Jacksonville State, all at 6:00 p.m. Other Saturday games of interest include California at Notre Dame (1:30), BYU at Oregon and Penn State at Auburn (both at 2:30), and Miami at Texas A&M at 8:00. Florida State and Louisville kick off the week’s college action Thursday night at 6:30.

The NFL regular season rolls into Week #@ with the Chiefs and Chargers starting the week’s play Thursday night at 7:00. Sunday, Carolina is at the N.Y. Giants at noon, Cincinnati is at Dallas at 3:30, and Chicago is at Green Bay at 7:00. Monday night, there are two games – Tennessee at Buffalo at 6:00 and Minnesota at Philadelphia at 7:30.

PGA Golfers are kicking off the 2022-2023 season this week with the Fortinet Championship in NAPA Valley. Coverage is on the Golf Channel beginning at 5:00 Thursday-Sunday.  

NASCAR drivers are at Bristol for some Saturday night prime time racing. Coverage of the Bass Pro Shops Night Race begins at 6:30 Saturday night on USA.  

There are also some great Major League Baseball games televised this weekend, including Oakland at Houston Thursday at 6:00. The Mets host the Pirates Friday night at 6:00. Cincinnati is at St. Louis Saturday at noon. Sunday, the Giants host the Dodgers at 6:00. Houston is at Tampa Bay Monday at 5:30, the Dodgers host Arizona Tuesday at 2:00, and the Pirates visit the Yankees at 6:00 Wednesday.

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Weather for the final official weekend of summer looks absolutely perfect! Sunny skies, light winds, highs around 90 and lows in the mid-60s. It couldn’t be better weather for every conceivable Grand Lake entertainment option. Enjoy all Grand Lake has to offer, both indoors and out. 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

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

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 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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