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September 9 Random Observations of The Grand Lake Bum

What a fabulous weekend gone by on Grand Lake. Friday, I got to see a parade of classic boats as the folks here for the Mahogany & Chrome Classic Boat Show took a little cruise to lunch at Doc’s at Shangri-La. The docks looked like a 1960’s flashback photo. The same was true Saturday when they all lined up at Arrowhead Yacht Club for the annual show. Those old classics are absolutely amazing – but not as amazing as the guys & gals who keep them looking that way!


You got the word that Grand Lake’s summer season has officially been extended through October 31, right? A herd of my Monkey Island pals made personal watercraft run from the Island up Elk River Sunday. #bestboatingoftheyear


It ought to be a wild weekend on Grand Lake this weekend. Friday the 13th and a full moon. What could possibly go wrong?


There has been plenty of controversy about Wal-Mart and their decision to stop selling ammunition. I dunno. It makes sense to me. I’ve said for many years that bullet control would be a lot more efficient than gun control. After all…guns don’t kill people. Bullets kill people.


Dancing with the Stars returns for another season Monday night, September 16. Among this year’s contestants will be former Presidential Press Secretary Sean Spicer and former Supermodel Christie Brinkley. When the mighty fall, they fall hard…and far.


Cyber attack thieves are getting downright brazen. The Oklahoma Law Enforcement Retirement System was recently the victim of cyber thieves who stole $4.2 million from the account. We’ll wait to see if the thieves were really gutsy or really stupid when they decided to pick the cops as their victim.


Are you paying attention to the college football season yet? My pal Mickey Thompson is – and he’s ready to make his prediction on the Red River Rivalry score: OU 82, Texas 81 in 5 overtimes. LOL. He may be onto something.


DINING AND DRINKING BY BOAT ON GRAND LAKE: Morrow’s Bar & Grill is closed for the season. Quarterdeck Café at Tera Miranda remains open Friday-Sunday through September 21 – no breakfast service, though. Eddy’s Lakeside Bar at Shangri-La Marina and Ugly’s Grill & Bar at Thunder Bay Marina remain open Friday, Saturday & Sunday through September.


RANDY KREHBIEL’S RANDOM FACTOID OF THE WEEK: Ten-pin, the most common form of bowling in North America, is this hemisphere's only variant of the sport in which the ball has finger holes.


BEST FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: Dr. Oz says rubbing coffee grounds on your naked body prevents cellulite. Apparently, you can’t do it at Starbucks.


BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK: Grant me the courage to change the things I can, and a Sharpie to change the rest.


TWEET OF THE WEEK: I’m awake. Please respect my privacy during this difficult time.


OBSERVATION OF THE WEEK: I’m so glad I learned about parallelograms in high school math instead of how to do my taxes. It comes in so handy during parallelogram season.


TRANSLATION OF THE WEEK: MAGA: Mexicans Always Get Across


HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK: Maxim Magazine reports details of a new medical study that indicates the best way to avoid heart attacks is increased sexual activity. I guess I’d better start getting my affairs in order.


BEST PUN OF THE WEEK: Did you hear about the Italian chef who died? He pasta way. We cannoli do so much. He just ran out of thyme. Sending olive my prayers to his family. His wife is really upset, cheese still not over it. You never sausage a tragic thing.


FEEL-OLD MOMENTS OF THE WEEK: Superstar model/actress Raquel Welch turned 79 last week. Proof that comedy legends live longer: Dick Van Dyke is 93, Carl Reiner is 97, Mel Brooks is 93, and Norman Lear is 97.


GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Wes Krei, Stevie Fernandez, Steve Pace, Dave Deardorff, Jill Hingey-Nammari, Donnie Crain, Jim Larimore, CeCe Mitchell, Shana Wheeler, Jennifer Jeffers, Butch Bruenger, Diane Bruenger, Neil Purdie, Trent Richey, Rich Lillard, Phillip Lancaster, Marcie Wallace Hill, and Angie Drake. Congratulations, too, to Monkey Islander Jim Wyche. The 75 year-old Monkey Islander shot a 69 on the golf course at Shangri-La last Friday. That’s three under par – and six strokes under his age!


UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK: If vegetables are so good, why do vegans always try to make them taste like meat?


BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: Cave Karaoke & Shrimp Boil at Doc’s Patio at Shangri-La Resort Hotel Thursday night 6:00-9:00. For high school football fans, it doesn’t get any better than the annual rivalry of the Delaware County Bowl. Grove at Jay Friday night at 7:00.


GRAND LAKE WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: There’s great entertainment around the lake again this weekend. On Monkey Island, Jason Morgan will kick off the Labor Day weekend at Doc’s Patio at Shangri-La Thursday at 6:00 with DJ and karaoke fun combined with the weekly Thursday night Shrimp Boil. Eddy’s Lakeside Bar at Shangri-La features the music of After Party Saturday night. The Balcony Bar at The Shebang is open Friday & Saturday nights for karaoke fun; and there’s great dance music featuring DJ $way right across the street at Big Shots Rhythm & Booze Friday & Saturday nights, as well. At Monkey Island Pub, there’s Karaoke with Tim Friday night and great dance music Saturday night. At the Blind Swine, Erin Fitzgibbon will be on stage Friday night followed by DJ Deeko. Sunday nights are Open Jam Sessions for musicians at the Swine. Tuesday is DJ fun with Deeko and Wednesday nights, Erin Fitzgibbon is back for karaoke fun. At Littlefield Corner, Saturday night is a big night at the Road Hog Saloon. Lickitty Split begins playing at 7:00 in celebration of Saloon owners’ J.R. & Judy Harris’ 50th Wedding Anniversary.

On South Grand Lake, The Barrett Lewis Band will be on stage Friday night at Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill in Disney.

Area casinos have big entertainment plans, too. Cherokee Casino Grove features the music of 90 LB Wrench Friday night, followed by FM Live Saturday.  At Bordertown Casino’s Lost Creek Saloon, you are the star at Thursday night karaoke, and Libby Starks & Bandit will be on stage at Bordertown Friday night, followed by Splinter Middleton Saturday.  Grand Lake Casino’s Venue 655 features music by Bill & Monica’s Excellent Adventure Friday night and karaoke fun Saturday night. At River Bend Casino’s Club 60 West Event Center, Mark Chamberlain and Whiskey Poet Society perform. Saturday night DJ 5Star Entertainment will provide the entertainment in the Club 60 West Bar. At Buffalo Run Casino’s Trailer Park Bar & Grill there is live DJ action every Friday & Saturday night at 10:00. Johnny Dale Roberts will provide the music Thursday night at Indigo Sky Casino’s Echo Bar.

The best spots to catch all your favorite sports action including College Football, Major League Baseball, NFL football and PGA Tour golf are Doc’s Bar & Grill at Shangri-La Resort, the Standing Room Only Bar at The Shebang, Blind Swine, Road Hog Saloon, 1909 in Grove, Pickles at the Lake in Langley, and Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill in Disney.


BUM MUST-SEE TV: Living Grand on Grand Lake airs Thursday night at 7:30 on RSU-TV. Thursday night is also another Democratic Presidential Candidate Debate on ABC at 7:00. The series premiere of Unbelievable is available Friday on NETFLIX. Discover Oklahoma airs Saturday’s at 6:30 on KTUL-Channel 8, Tulsa. Sunday night, don’t miss the first episode of Ken Burns’ incredible 16-hour documentary series Country Music premiering on PBS at 7:00. Half the people in it are Oklahoma natives.  Dancing with the Stars returns Monday night at 7:00 on ABC.


BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: White Boy Rick, The Predator and Unbroken: Path to Redemption


QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “My grandkids always beat me at Rock Band; and I say, “You may beat me at Rock Band, but I made the original records, so shut up!” – Paul McCartney


SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, September 19 – Northeast Oklahoma Board of Realtors Charity Golf Tournament at The Coves. Thursday, September 19 – Block Party at South Pointe Shopping Center in Grove (4:00-8:00). Thursday-Friday, September 19-20 – Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell’s Luau on the Green & Golf Tournament at Shangri-La. Thursday, September 19 – South Grand Chamber Business After Hours at Shangri-La Resort Hotel (5:00-7:00). Saturday, September 21 – REC Day at Grove Civic Center. Saturday, September 21 – WAAMI Chili Feed Fundraiser 11:00-2:00 at the Monkey Island Fire Department. Saturday, September 21 – Sunset Dam 5K Run from Summerside Park in Disney (registration starts at 2:00). Saturday, September 21 – Martha Betterfield’s Sparkling Desserts Cruise adventure aboard the Grand Lake Queen. Saturday, September 21 – Shangri-La Member Appreciation Party. Saturday, September 21 – Ultimate Sports Fan Party at Monkey Island Pub. Friday-Saturday, September 27-28 – GCO Off-Road Expo at Pensacola Dam off-road area. Saturday, September 28 – Hook N Cookoff at South Grand Lake Regional Airport. Saturday, September 28 – A Taste of Grand at the INTEGRIS hospital campus in Grove. Saturday, October 5 – Chuckwagon Dinner & Dance at Har-Ber Village. Sunday, October 6 – Folds of Honor Classic Golf Tournament at Shangri-La. Monday, October 7 – Progress Shopping Dinner in Grove. Thursday-Sunday, October 10-13 – Pelican Festival in Grove. Friday-Saturday, October 25-26 – Ghosts of Grove Haunted History Tours. Saturday, October 26 – Shangri-La Annual Fall Festival & Halloween Party on Monkey Island.


It’s week #3 of the college football season and competition is improving. OSU is at Tulsa Saturday afternoon at 2:30 on ABC. OU travels to the west coast to face UCLA Saturday night at 7:00 on Fox. Friday night, Washington State is at Houston at 8:15 (ESPN). Other great Saturday match-ups include Ohio State at Indiana (Fox), Pittsburgh at Penn State (ABC) and North Carolina State at West Virginia (FS1) – all at 11:00. Alabama is at South Carolina at 2:30 (CBS) and Iowa is att Iowa State at 3:00 (FS1). Syracuse hosts Clemson at 6:30 on ABC.

NFL action moves into week #2 with Tampa Bay at Carolina Thursday night at 7:00 on the NFL Network. Sunday games include Dallas at Washington (noon on Fox), New England at Miami (noon on CBS), Chicago at Denver (3:30 on Fox) and Philadelphia at Atlanta Sunday night at 7:00 (NBC). Monday Night Football features Baker Mayfield & the Browns in New York to face the Jets (7:00 on ESPN).

Major League Baseball action this weekend is highlighted by a Sunday night game as the Dodgers travel to New York to face the Mets (6:00 on ESPN).

NASCAR drivers are in the desert this week, running Sunday night in Las Vegas with the South Point 400. Coverage starts at 6:00 on NBCSN.

The PGA Tour is back already after a two-week break between seasons. The 2019-2020 season kicks off this week with A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier. Coverage is on the Golf Channel beginning at 1:00 Thursday & Friday and 2:00 Saturday & Sunday.


The weather for the weekend ahead looks like September. Look for and light winds with high temperatures in the 80s and lows in the upper 60s. We may have a little shower Friday but, other than that, sunshine!  Get out and have a fabulous time both on the lake and at your favorite club or restaurant.  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.

1909 in Downtown Grove

Ailey’s Café in Langley

American Grill in Grove

Aquabar & Grill at The Landings Marina on Monkey Island (smoking on the deck)

Artichoke Restaurant & Bar in Langley

Balcony Bar at The Shebang (Smoking – open Friday & Saturday nights)

Big Shots on Monkey Island (Open Friday & Saturday nights)

Blind Swine on Monkey Island

Blue Bluff Café at Blue Bluff Harbor

Buffalo Run Casino in Miami (smoking)

Café Italia on Monkey Island

Café Yum in Grove

Carlos Montez in Langley (smoking in bar)

Ceasar’s Place in Vinita and at Littlefield Corner

Checkered Past in Grove

Chickanella’s in Grove

Chicken Coop West of Langley

Clanton’s Café in Vinita

Coppers Tea & Coffee House in Grove

Cosby’s Catfish on Highway 28 in Eucha (East of Disney)

Doc’s Bar & Grill at Shangri-La Resort Hotel

Docks Bar at Harbors View Marina

Downstream Casino in Quapaw (smoking)

Drake’s on the Lake at Blue Bluff Harbor

Drake’s Restaurant in Grove

Eddy’s Lakeside Bar at Shangri-La Marina (smoking)

Gabby’s Place in downtown Grove

Goodfella’s Pizza (Cleora and Grove)

Grand Lake Casino, north of Grove on Highway 10 (smoking)

Grand Lake Public House in Grove

Hatfield’s Saloon in Grove

Henrie’s Grill in Grove

High Winds Casino east of Miami (smoking)

Indigo Sky Casino west of Seneca, Mo. (smoking)

Juan Montez Restaurant & Cantina at Red Arrow Marina

La Casita de Martin in downtown Grove

Lighthouse Supper Club in Ketchum

Los Garcias in Langley

Lupe's Mexican Restaurant in Grove

Monkey Island Pub (Smoking)

Monkey’s Uncle at Littlefield Corner (Breakfast & lunch)

Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill in Disney (smoking, etc.)

Morrow’s Bar & Grill at Morrow’s Landing

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

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)

Scooters in Langley (smoking)

Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina (smoking)

Sticky Fingers Barbecue in Ketchum

Stuffn’s Restaurant in Ketchum (Smoking on patio)

The Grill at Indian Hills Resort & Marina in Bernice

The Landings Marina (smoking on the deck)

The Landings Market and Grill on Monkey Island (smoking on the patio)

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

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

Waterway Café, Harbors View Marina (smoking on breakwater dining deck)

Wolf Creek Diner in Grove


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