January 24, 2022

This is the third time this month I’ve started my little ol’ column with the phrase, “It’s Show Time!” But…it is. The Tulsa Boat, Sport & Travel Show starts Monday, January 31 and continues through February 6 at the Sagenet Center in Tulsa’s Expo Square. If you missed the Oklahoma Boat Expo in Tulsa and the Oklahoma City Boat & RV Show earlier this month, you have one more chance. Arrowhead, Blackbeard, and Grove Marine will be exhibiting at next week’s show. Show season is wrapping up, so if you haven’t already picked out your next boat, it’s time. Only the Grand Lake Boat Show March 3-6 remains on the show schedule after this one.

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Speaking of great shows, the Oklahoma legislature convenes in regular session in a couple of weeks, and the official bill-filing deadline is now past for the upcoming session. Grab a tight hold and get a faraway look in your eyes. There were 2,256 new bills and 41 joint resolutions filed for consideration, plus another 2,500 or so held over from last year. And it’s election year. What could possibly go wrong? There are some real doozies proposed. Some of them might even be constitutional. This time of year, I’m always reminded of two pearls of wisdom. Mark Twain famously said, “It’s easier to fool the people than to convince them they have been fooled.” But my favorite originated with the lawyer/editor/politician Gideon John Tucker: “No man’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session.”

The Anchor at Shangri-La

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There is no shortage of pre-filed Oklahoma legislation that is blatantly unconstitutional, but one in particular caught my attention this week. The author seeks to prohibit what he calls “anchor babies” from becoming citizens of Oklahoma. He says “birthright citizenship” to those born in the United States to non-citizen parents was never the intention of the constitution. I wonder if he has stopped to think about the fact that, if that were true, there would be no citizens of the United States who are white guys like him.

Shebang on Monkey Island

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Dust to dust? Or how about “dust to compost.” It may be the perfect way for plant lovers to spend eternity. A company near Seattle is now replacing burial and cremation with “recomposition.” In fact, that’s the name of the company – Recompose. They actually mix your decomposing body with leaves and twigs and “VOILA!” You’re compost – and I guess you spend all of eternity working in the garden.

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As I sat at The Anchor watching football Saturday night, I couldn’t help but wonder who was really tougher – the 49ers and Packers playing football in 10-degree weather with sideline heaters and big coats draped over each time they left the field – or the kids who spent the entire evening on the basketball court at The Anchor playing far into the sub-freezing nighttime in shorts and shirt sleeves. I was so worried about them, I stayed right there at the bar until midnight, just to make sure they didn’t dash back into the cold and hurt themselves.

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Speaking of the 49ers, here’s something to consider as we await Sunday’s conference championship games. San Francisco and the Dallas Cowboys have met in playoff games seven times before this year. Six out of those seven times, the winner of the Cowboys-49ers game has gone on to the Super Bowl.

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Congratulations to Janet Link who was re-elected last week to the Presidency of the South Grand Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Bud Wyatt, Paula Brumble, Cathy Weatherford, Jim Gibbs, T.J. Barnow, Michael Blackman,  Boston Butters, JoAnn Schaub, Katelin Threet Jumper, Vanessa Lillie, Bruce Burnett, Holly Weatherford, Justin Tesreau, and Steve Hudiburg.

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BEST GRAND LAKE EVENTS OF THE WEEK: Thursday night at 7:00 is the Pool League Tournament Championship Match at The Anchor at Shangri-La. Friday night, The Anchor hosts Winter Golf League Indoor Simulator Tournament Round 3 play. Monday, January 31-Sunday, February 6 is the Tulsa Boat, Sport & Travel Show at the Sagenet Center at Expo Square, Tulsa State Fairgrounds. Tuesday, February 1 is “First Tuesday Trivia” competition at The Anchor at Shangri-La.

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RANDY KREHBIEL’S RANDOM FACTOID OF THE WEEK: In Oklahoma, a person declaring bankruptcy under existing law is allowed to keep a fairly wide array of assets, including five milk cows and their calves, 20 head of sheep, 10 hogs, two horses with saddles and bridles, 100 chickens, and a motor vehicle valued at not more than $7,000.

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FUN FACT OF THE WEEK: Of the final four teams in the NFC playoffs, Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady was older than all the opposing head coaches.

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BEST FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: If men could get pregnant, the morning-after pill would be available in ranch, barbecue, and xtreme nacho.   

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BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK: I only want to hear the words “salt and ice” if we’re talking about margaritas.

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TWEET OF THE WEEK: To the lady who flipped me off when I honked at you, your phone probably isn’t on top of your car, anymore.

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BEST PUN OF THE WEEK: Say what you will about Australia, but when it comes to tennis, they know how to return a Serb.

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Why do eggs come in flimsy Styrofoam cartons and batteries come in a package only a chainsaw can open?

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OBSERVATION OF THE WEEK: People aren’t getting dumber. Dumb people are just getting louder.

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FEEL-OLD MOMENTS OF THE WEEK: PGA GOAT contender Jack Nicklaus turned 82 years old last Friday. Actress Yvette Mimieux, the first to show her navel in a movie (Where the Boys Are), died last week. She was 80 years old. Ralph Emery, the Dean of Country Music Broadcasters, also died last week at the age of 88.

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.” – Bertrand Russel

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BEST WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: On Monkey Island, Thursday night Karaoke with Jason Morgan kicks off the weekend fun at Doc’s Bar & Grill. Zack Baker performs at Doc’s Bar & Grill Friday night. Thursday night is karaoke night at the Blind Swine on Monkey Island, and Erin Fitzgibbon entertains Friday night at the Swine. Saturday is karaoke night at Monkey Island Pub.

On South Grand Lake, Jump Suit Love will provide the music Saturday night at Drunken Rooster Bar & Grill.

In Grove, Magen Faulconer provides the music Thursday night at the Grove VFW. Cory Lee entertains Saturday night at The Regatta. There is Friday night live entertainment by Morgan Squared at Venue 655 at Grand Lake Casino followed by karaoke Saturday night. At Cherokee Casino Grove, Rusty Meyers entertains Friday night, and Lyle Parman and the Slidebar Band take the stage Saturday night.

In Miami, country music star Lorrie Morgan will be on stage live at The Coleman Theater Thursday night at 7:30.

Indigo Sky Casino this week presents Johnny Dale Roberts in the Echo Bar Thursday night. Friday night features Travis Kidd, and Encore wraps up the weekend Saturday night. At Downstream Casino’s Legends Sports Bar, Asphalt Cowboys are featured both Friday and Saturday nights.

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DINING AND DRINKING UPDATE: In-house Chef Tyler will be the featured “Guest Chef” at The Shebang Wednesday, January 26 preparing Wonton Soup, Orange Chicken and Crab Rangoon. The Cafeteria at The Layk Schoolhouse on Monkey Island is now open for breakfast and lunch 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Checkered Past in Grove and The Artichoke in Langley have now both re-opened following a mid-winter break. The Grill at Indian Hills has also re-opened following closure for renovations. Blind Swine on Monkey Island is now operating under winter hours of operation – open only Thursday-Saturday evenings, Sunday brunch only.

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: The first half of the final season of Ozark is available on NETFLIX along with the premiere of All of us are DeadCelebrating Betty White: America’s Golden Girls airs Monday night at 9:00 on NBC.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: American Underdog is in movie theaters. SXSW Award Winner The Fallout is available Thursday on HBO Max. Home Team is available Friday on NETFLIX and The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild is available on Disney+.

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SAVE THE DATE: Friday, February 4 – Dave Rader Open European at Flying J Ranch & Hunt Club. Friday, February 4 – Playmakers’ Legacy Awards at First United Methodist Church in Grove (6:30). Friday, February 4 – First Friday Wine Share at New Life Spa in Grove’s South Pointe Shopping Center (6:00). Sunday, February 13 – Super Bowl LVI Watch Party at The Anchor at Shangri-La. Monday, February 17 – Liverpool Legends live at the Indoor Pavilion at Downstream Casino. Friday-Sunday, February 25-27 – 918 Grand Prix at Mid-America Outdoors. Thursday-Sunday, March 3-6 – Grand Lake Boat Show at the Grove Civic Center. Friday-Sunday, March 4-6 – Welcome Back Weekend! Saturday, March 12 – Glow Golf (nighttime golf) at Shangri-La Golf Club (6:00).

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SPORTS WATCH: We’re down to just four teams in the NFL Playoffs. Both Conference Championship games are Sunday (2:00 and 5:30 p.m.).  Two teams will go home – and two will move on to Super Bowl LVI February 13.

There’s great college basketball this week, too. It’s Big XII/SEC Challenge Saturday with OU at Auburn and West Virginia at Arkansas, both at 1:00, and OSU at Florida at 3:00. Next Monday night, TCU is at OU at 8:00. The OSU Cowgirls host Kansas at 1:00 Saturday and the Lady Sooners host Texas at 2:00. The OU women travel to Waco next Wednesday for a rematch with Baylor.

In the NBA, the OKC Thunder host Indiana Friday night at 7:00 and Portland Monday night at 7:00 before traveling to Dallas to face the Mavericks next Wednesday at 7:30.

The PGA players are in San Diego this week for The Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. Due to the Sunday NFL Conference Championship games, this week’s tournament will be on a Wednesday-Saturday schedule. Live coverage will begin on the Golf Channel at 11:00 Wednesday, 2:00 Thursday & Friday, and 1:30 Saturday. CBS picks up the final two rounds at 4:00 Friday and 3:30 Saturday.

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Weather for the weekend ahead looks pretty good considering it’s the last weekend of January. Friday will only have a high temperature in the mid-40s with a low that night in the mid-20s – but Saturday and Sunday add about 10 degrees to each of those extremes. Should be pretty nice! There are plenty of entertainment options, and it’s a good time to find a nice spot to watch those NFL Conference Championship games Sunday. 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!

GRAND LAKE BUM


January 16, 2022

I had another fabulous boat show weekend, this time in Oklahoma City. Saturday was so damn cold it was perfect for spending the day indoors looking at the new stuff. I hadn’t partied in Oklahoma City for a while…and wow! Bricktown! I’ll tell you something else I noticed from the sales and available inventory at the Oklahoma City show. If you plan on getting a new boat for this summer, you’d better get ‘er done! Everybody’s inventory is shrinking daily. If you didn’t make it to the show in OKC or last week in Tulsa, you have a couple more chances – another show at the Tulsa Fairgrounds January 31-February 6 and at the Grove Civic Center March 3-6. If you want to spend a little quality February time in Florida, the Miami International Boat Show wraps up the show season February 16-20.

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If taking that horse de-worming medicine didn’t work for you, infamous anti-vaxxer Christopher Key (self-described as the “Vaccine Police”), has another antidote for you to try – drinking your own urine. I guess at least people who fall for this will “know what’s in it.” Things that make you go, “Hmmmm.”

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There is finally a proven method of getting all the naysayers and anti-vaxxers to get the Covid-19 vaccination, though. The Canadian province of Quebec has banned the sale of alcohol and marijuana to any unvaccinated person beginning this week. The result? First time vaccinations have skyrocketed by 300 percent!

The Anchor at Shangri-La

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Actually, we may see a dramatic decline in Covid-19 in Oklahoma when this news gets out following some recent study. Researchers say there are compounds in cannabis that have the ability to block the virus from entering human cells. Now…”YOU get a medical card. And YOU get a medical card. And YOU get a medical card.”

Shebang on Monkey Island

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Have you seen the commercials advertising health insurance for pets? My ol’ pal The Educated Redneck has been thinking again. Since the whole country is now into “self-identifying” as whatever we want to be, he says his significant other is not officially self-identified as a pet. Her health insurance premium dropped to $30 a month. See? Change can be good!

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Kudos to Representative Ken Luttrell of Ponca City. He has introduced legislation to legalize sports betting in Oklahoma’s tribal casino operations. It sure would be nice if everybody didn’t have to keep searching for bookies. The Oxford Economic Group estimates such a move would mean $240 million a year in revenue for Oklahoma and another 3,000 jobs. Thirty states now have legal sports betting. Fifteen more are considering it this year. As the old campaign for liquor-by-the-drink legalization in 1984 touted… “and all we have to do is admit we’re doing what we’ve been doing.”

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Nancy Dalquest, Marilyn VanGilder, Glenn Coffee, Kanaan Jones, Barbara Rader, Ellen O’Dell, Ron Sparkman, Jodi Locke, Zach Wehlage, Tami Bailey, Doug Goss, Eileen Ellison, Bootsey Torchia, Melissa Russell, Chip Taylor, Jeff Thacher, Richard Cannon, Donna Palu, Ryan Rahhal, Randy Threet, Kristy Mayfield, Brad Williams, Sherry Sherrell, Danny Brumble, Sarah Jackson Thompson, and Brett Wisdom.

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BEST GRAND LAKE EVENTS OF THE WEEK: Thursday night at 7:00 is Round 5 of the Pool League Tournament at The Anchor at Shangri-La. Friday night at 6:00 is Round 2 of the Winter Golf League Indoor Simulator Tournament at The Anchor.  

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RANDY KREHBIEL’S RANDOM FACTOID OF THE WEEK: Recordings of “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” chartered for four different performers in 1929 and hit No. 1 for Nick Lucas. It was also heard in the very first Looney Tunes short — 1930’s “Sinkin’ in the Bathtub” — a “Lost in Space” episode, and, of course, the first installment of “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In,” where it was famously performed by Tiny Tim.

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FUN FACT OF THE WEEK: The girlfriend of the guy who founded match.com left him for a man she met on match.com.  

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BEST FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: “Your call is important to us. Please stay on the line until your call is no longer important to you.”  

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BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK: People must not cough near you. They must cough far away. If you hear someone coughing, tell them to…far cough.

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TWEET OF THE WEEK: We made text messaging history last Saturday. The first text message was sent in 1992. The last time the Cincinnati Bengals won a playoff game before Saturday was 1991. No one in human history has ever sent a text message about the Bengals winning a playoff game…until now.

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BEST PUN OF THE WEEK: I accidentally rubbed ketchup in my eyes. Now I have Heinzsight.  

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Why is it that night falls, but day breaks?

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OBSERVATION OF THE WEEK: Some of my friends exercise every day. Meanwhile, I’m watching a TV show I don’t like because the remote fell on the floor.

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FEEL-OLD MOMENTS OF THE WEEK: Where do you remember him from? The Graduate? Rain Man? Tootsie? Death of a Salesman? Little Big Man? Midnight Cowboy? Kramer vs. Kramer? The incredibly talented Dustin Hoffman is 84 years old. ALSO, think about this: 2050 is closer than 1990.

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “I’m sick to death of people saying we’ve made 11 albums that sound exactly the same. In fact, we’ve made 12 albums that sound exactly the same.” – Angus Young (AC/DC)

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BEST WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: On Monkey Island, Thursday night Karaoke with Jason Morgan kicks off the weekend fun at Doc’s Bar & Grill. Jon Moody performs at Doc’s Bar & Grill Friday night. Thursday night is karaoke night at the Blind Swine on Monkey Island, and Erin Fitzgibbon entertains Friday night at the Swine. Saturday is karaoke night at Monkey Island Pub.

On South Grand Lake, Brent Giddens will provide the music Friday night at Drunken Rooster Bar & Grill, followed by Reverse Reaction on stage Saturday night.

In Grove, J.R. Neal the Pianoman entertains Saturday night at The Regatta. There is Friday night live entertainment by Jeff Tatum & the Palomino Band at Venue 655 at Grand Lake Casino followed by karaoke Saturday night. At Cherokee Casino Grove, Bobby Degonia entertains Friday night, and Brent Giddens takes the stage Saturday night.

Indigo Sky Casino this week presents Eastbound in the Echo Bar Thursday night. Friday night features The Rumor, and Oreo Blue wraps up the weekend Saturday night. At Downstream Casino’s Legends Sports Bar, Morgan Squared is featured Friday night, followed by Constant Chaos Saturday.

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DINING AND DRINKING UPDATE: Wednesday night is “Guest Chef Night” at The Shebang. Drs. Duane and Tammie Koehler are featured guest chefs. Next Tuesday, January 25, is a Whiskey Tasting Event at Drunken Rooster (6:00 p.m.). Checkered Past in Grove and The Artichoke in Langley have now both re-opened following a mid-winter break. The Grill at Indian Hills has also re-opened following closure for renovations. Blind Swine on Monkey Island is now operating under winter hours of operation – open only Thursday-Saturday evenings, Sunday brunch only.

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: Ozark is back! The first half of the final season will be available Friday on NETFLIX. American Dad premieres Monday on TBSIf you’ve been missing Downton Abbey, check out The Gilded Age premiering Monday at 9:00 on HBO. Promised Land also makes its debut Monday night at 9:00 on ABC.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: One Night in Miami, Scream, and American Underdog are in movie theaters. The White Tiger is available Friday on NETFLIX.

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SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, January 27 – Pool League Tournament Championship Match at The Anchor (7:00). Friday, January 28 – Winter Golf League Indoor Simulator Tournament Round 3 at The Anchor (7:00). Monday-Sunday, January 31-February 6 – Tulsa Boat, Sport & Travel Show at Expo Square, Tulsa State Fairgrounds. Friday, February 4 – Dave Rader Open European at Flying J Ranch & Hunt Club. Sunday, February 13 – Super Bowl LVI Watch Party at The Anchor at Shangri-La. Monday, February 17 – Liverpool Legends live at the Indoor Pavilion at Downstream Casino. Thursday-Sunday, March 3-6 – Grand Lake Boat Show at the Grove Civic Center.

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SPORTS WATCH: We’re down to eight remaining teams in the NFL Playoffs. Divisional Round games are this weekend. There are two games Saturday (3:30 and 7:00 p.m.) and two Sunday (2:00 and 5:30 p.m.).

There’s great college basketball, as well. OU hosts Baylor Saturday at 2:00 before traveling to West Virginia for a Wednesday night game (7:00). OSU is at Texas at 1:00 Saturday, and they host Iowa State next Wednesday night at 7:00. Arkansas hosts Texas A&M Saturday night at 7:30, and they are on the road at Ole Miss next Wednesday (6:00). The OSU women host West Virgina Saturday at 1:00 and the OU women are at Kansas State Sunday at 1:00. Next Wednesday, it’s Bedlam for the ladies – OSU at OU at 6:00.

In the NBA, the OKC Thunder have back-to-back games on the road at Charlotte Friday night (6:00) and Cleveland Saturday night (7:00) before returning home to host Chicago Monday night (7:00).

The PGA players are in California this week for The American Express at La Quinta. Live coverage is on the Golf Channel beginning at 2:00 Thursday-Sunday.

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For the weekend ahead, temperatures may never make it above freezing Friday with lows in the teens. Saturday & Sunday should be a little better with highs around 40 and lows around 20. There are plenty of indoor options for entertainment, though, and it’s a good time to find a nice spot to watch those divisional round NFL games. 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!

GRAND LAKE BUM



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