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September 19 Random Observations Of The Grand Lake Bum

Fall is officially here. I’ll be honest with you – temperatures in the 90s and trees full of green leaves is my kind of fall! Spending a morning on the golf course and an afternoon & evening on the water was the perfect way to spend the last official weekend of summer – and I certainly wasn’t alone. The lake was crazy busy over the past weekend. The first day of fall is this week – and Grand Lake is kicking off another season with an incredible array of fun stuff. Saturday night, there are three OMG events happening all at the same time – and that doesn’t even count the OU-Kansas State game Saturday night.

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Speaking of football, I continue to be amazed that the best job in all of sports is the job of unsuccessful coach. Nebraska wanted their head football coach Scott Frost out of the program so badly they paid him $15 million to not work there, anymore. If they had waited two more weeks, they would have only owed him $7.5 million, but they wanted a new coach before their game against Oklahoma. For the record, Scott Frost had not lost a game by more than a touchdown in the team’s last 13 outings. Saturday’s score was OU 49-Nebraska 14. I guess they showed him! By the way, if anyone is looking for a bad coach to pay, I’m worse than Scott Frost!

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Do you miss analogue television? Do you long for fuzzy pictures that make you squint to determine what is going on? If so, sign up for the new Thursday Night NFL Football on Amazon Prime Video. Ugh. That picture will take you back. I’m sure they’ll work hard to get the issues corrected, but so far…it’s awful.

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In the meantime, technology is throwing a curve ball to fans around Grand Lake. ESPN+ - what? “I thought I had all the ESPN channels!” I’ve heard that 100 times since OU and OSU games could only be found on ESPN+ in back-to-back weeks. “Prime Video? What’s THAT? What Channel is it on?” I’ve heard that stuff over and over for the past few days. Adjustments are difficult. Change is hard. But, if anything can make us adapt quickly, it’s football!

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Bill Howell, Juli Miller, DeAnne McAbee, Julie Pace, Theresa McDougall, Bryan Timberlake, Rick Cooper, Sheryl Chinowth, Susan Jones, Lyn Moore, Justin May, Vernon Ellis, Coreey Black, Angela Good, Jerri Parrish, Sheila Bond, Shelley Koster, Conley Cornell, Heather May, Chloe Goff, Kathy Lungren Baker, Barbara Oden, Lea McMahon, Debbie Mitchell, Drenda Cox, and Susan Moritz.

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BEST GRAND LAKE EVENTS THIS WEEK: There is no shortage of activity on Grand Lake this week. Start your weekend with Taste Testing at Grove Royal Liquor 4:00-6:00. Friday-Sunday are Pioneer Days at Har-Ber Village in Grove.  Saturday is the awesome Mahogany & Chrome Classic Boat Show and Vintage Car Show at Arrowhead Yacht Club (10:00-3:00). Saturday evening marks the return of the fabulous “A Taste of Gran at INTEGRIS Health Grove. From 5:00-7:30 Saturday, there is a Progressive Dinner event in Grove at Rustic Rehab, Flower Bar, Legacy Event Center, Pardon My French, Blu Bayou Gifts & Décor, and Muddy Pearl. Saturday evening is also the Cedar Port Marina Customer Appreciation Party in Disney and the Yellowstone Costume Party at Monkey Island Pub. Sunday-Tuesday, Shangri-La Golf Club hosts the MSSU Invitational Tournament.

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RANDY KREHBIEL’S RANDOM FACTOID OF THE WEEK: Patti Page's 1965 rendition of "Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte" was not recorded until after the release of the film of a similar title for which the song was written. It was Page's last Gold Record and last Top 10 hit.

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FUN FACT OF THE WEEK: If you wonder about that sucking sound that is taking all the money out of the economy, experts predict there will be $10 BILLION spent on political advertising this election year.

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BEST FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: I was watching a show for about 10 minutes, and this lady was listing all of these great things to do for fun. Then I realized it was one of the religious channels, and she was reading a list of sins.

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BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK: Don’t blame others for the road you travel. It’s your own asphalt.

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BEST TWEET OF THE WEEK: Seeking one night stand. Maybe two. I have two lamps.

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BEST PUN OF THE WEEK: I’m trying to organize a hide & seek tournament, but good players are really hard to find.

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Was the pole vault accidentally discovered by a clumsy javelin thrower?

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OBSERVATION OF THE WEEK: When someone tells you that your dreams are silly, remember there’s a millionaire walking around who invented the swimming pool noodle.

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FEEL-OLD MOMENTS OF THE WEEK: Italian actress and longtime sex symbol Sophia Loren turns 88 this week. Actor/comedian Bill Murray, star of both television and the big screen, turns 72. The popular television program M*A*S*H made its debut in this week of September – exactly 50 years ago!

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “I never did give them hell. I just told the truth, and they thought it was hell.” – Harry Truman

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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. Chloe Johns performs indoors at Doc’s Bar & Grill Friday night; 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. The Faulconers will perform at Blind Swine late Friday night. There is karaoke fun on the Balcony Bar at The Shebang Friday and Saturday nights; and DJ K-Bandito is now hosting Big Shots Big Saturdays across the street at Big Shots. Saturday is Rockstar Karaoke with DJ Chris Kennedy at Monkey Island Pub’s Yellowstone Costume Party.

On South Grand Lake, Jason Kyle performs Friday night at Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill (9:00) and Tim Gillium takes his solo act to the Sunset Stage Sunday afternoon at 4:00. Magen Faulconer will be performing at The Blind Swine on Duck Creek Sunday. At the Drunken Rooster, DJ Mo provides the entertainment Friday night with great Saturday night music by The Trailer Park Kings. Empire will entertain guests at the Cedar Port Marina Customer Appreciation Party Saturday night.

In Grove, the live theater production of 2 Across continues this weekend at Playmakers with Thursday & Friday performances at 7:30 and a Sunday matinee at 4:00. There is karaoke fun every Thursday night at Grand Lake Casino’s Venue 655, followed by live music Friday night from Constant Chaos, and more karaoke Saturday. Audio Crush performs Friday night at Cherokee Casino Grove followed by Lyle Parman and the Slidebar Band Saturday.

Nothing Fancy starts the weekend music Thursday night at Indigo Sky Casino followed by Whisky Outlaws Friday night and The Rumor Saturday. Stonehorse will be on stage Saturday night at Club 60 West at River Bend Casino.

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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. Ugly’s Grill & Bar is now open Friday 5:00-9:00, Saturday 12:00-9:00, and Sunday 12:00-4:00. Doc’s Bar & Grill at Shangri-La now offers a breakfast buffet seven days a week from 7:00 a.m.

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: The new Fall season has arrived. Law & Order, Law & Order: Organized Crime, and Law & Order: SVU all return for a new season Thursday night on NBC. Norman Lear: 100 Years of Music and Laughter also airs Thursday night at 8:00 on ABC. The much-anticipated new season of Shark Tank debuts Friday night at 7:00 on ABC. The Voice airs Monday and Tuesday at 7:00 on NBC.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: Dark Harvest and Don’t Worry Darling both open in movie theaters this week along with a return to the big screen of Avatar. Sidney is in limited theaters beginning this week and is available on Apple TV+. Lou is available beginning Friday on NETFLIX.

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SAVE THE DATE: 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). Saturday, October 15 – Octoberfest Celebration at Lee’s Grand Lake Resort (noon-8:00 p.m.).

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It’s another big college football weekend. Oklahoma State is idle this week, but OU begins Big XII play hosting Kansas State under the new LED lights in Norman at 7:00 Saturday night. Tulsa is at Ole Miss Saturday afternoon at 3:00 and Arkansas faces Texas A&M at 6:00. Virginia Tech hosts West Virginia to kick off the week Thursday night at 6:30 and Boise State is at UTEP Friday night at 8:00.

Other great Saturday matchups include Baylor at Iowa State, Duke at Kansas, and Maryland at Michigan, all at 11:00 a.m., Florida at Tennessee at 2:30, and Wisconsin at Ohio State at 6:30.

NFL action gets underway Thursday night with Pittsburgh at Cleveland. Sunday games include Kansas City at Indianapolis and New Orleans at Carolina, both at noon, Green Bay at Tampa Bay at 3:30, and San Francisco at Denver at 7:00. Monday Night Football features Dallas at the New York Giants.

It’s Presidents Cup week for PGA golfers. Coverage on The Golf Channel begins at noon Thursday and 10:30 Friday morning. NBC picks up the coverage Saturday morning at 7:00 and Sunday morning at 11:00.

NASCAR drivers are in Fort Worth this weekend for the Auto Trader Echo Park Automotive 500. Coverage begins at 2:30 Sunday afternoon on USA.

Some of the great Major League Baseball games this weekend include the Yankees hosting the Red Sox for two games (Thursday at 6:00 and Sunday at 6:00), Atlanta at Phi8ladelphia Friday at 6:00, and St. Louis at Milwaukee next Wednesday at 6:30.

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Ready or not, the season is preparing for change. Weather for the coming weekend is great for me! We’ll have clear skies, highs around 90 and lows in the mid-60s. Sunday night, it’ll be dramatically cooler – and next week’s temperatures will take about 10 degrees off of this week’s temps; so get out there and enjoy all the many weekend Grand Lake entertainment options. 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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