November 29, 2021

I hope everyone had a Thanksgiving as great as the one I had! It just had one little flaw, in my opinion. I would have liked to have seen OU win the Bedlam game so we could be assured in advance of an Oklahoma team winning the Big 12 Championship this weekend. It’ll be all right, though. We’ll just count on the Cowboys to beat Baylor – AGAIN! With all the other weird events of Thanksgiving weekend, an OSU victory in the Big 12 Championship game could very well put them in the four-team CFP picture! Go Pokes. Things could change again after this week, of course, but current projections put OSU in the New Year’s Eve Orange Bowl to face Georgia, and OU in the Alamo Bowl against Utah December 29. We’ll see.

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Participation trophies are one thing – I can argue that round or square; but being disqualified because you’re “too good?” That’s going too far. It happened in Texas. The Flower Mound Rebels have only been in their recreational league for a year. Made up of 7 & 8-year-olds, they are undefeated, having outscored their opponents 199-6. Other coaches protested the talented team, so they have been removed from playoff competition because they “play too well for a recreational-league team.” So, play well, kids…but not too well!

Shangri-La Winter Ball

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Kevin Strickland is 62 years old. I’m sure the next years of his life will be far better than the previous. The Kansas City man was convicted of three murders back in 1979. The Governor denied him clemency. The Missouri Supreme Court refused to hear his challenge. The Attorney General fought him tooth and nail; but last week, a judge ruled that Strickland was wrongfully convicted and ordered him released from prison where he has been serving time for the last 40 years. More than $1.5 million has already been raised to help him start a better life, but I imagine several of us could live comfortably on the ultimate lawsuit settlements!

Shebang on Monkey Island

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One of the most tragic accidents I’ve ever heard of! A semi-truck overturned on an interstate highway in Tennessee last week, spilling its cargo of $400,000 worth of Jack Daniels Whiskey on the road. Alcohol abuse.

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Sign of the times, I guess. Dollar Tree stores are raising prices 25%. After 32 years of everything in the story being priced at $1.00, everything will now be $1.25. By the time they get all the “Everything costs $1.00” signs changed on the front of every store, they’ll probably have to raise the prices to $1.50. Kinda sad, though. “Buck-and-a-quarter-Tree” just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

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CHRISTMAS RULES TO LIVE BY: 1) Don’t go into debt trying to show people how much you love them; 2) Don’t go visit your family if it compromises your mental health; and 3) If someone comments on your weight…eat them.

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Ben Gibbs, Dave Faulkner, Katrena Winter, Marty Follis, McKayla Rutherford, Greg Knotts, Mike McCurdy, Darrel Hicks, Alicia Hampton, Christa Kelley, Ryan Blakemore, Dale Lowe, Judie Clark, Hunter Burkholder, Marshall Brackin, Dena Mantia, Rita Hitzeman, Gary Brock, Chris Sexton, John Cillessen, Wayne Crouse, and Barbara Pliler.

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BEST GRAND LAKE EVENTS OF THE WEEK: There’s a lot happening around the lake to kick off the last month of the year. Thursday is a South Grand Lake Chamber Business After Hours at Adventure Properties in Spavinaw (Flying J Ranch and Hunt Club), including skeet shooting (3:00-6:30). Thursday night is the Vinita Christmas Parade of Lights (6:00). Friday night is the Gateway to Grand Lake Christmas Parade in Ketchum (6:30). If you have last-minute requests, Santa will be at Ketchum High School after the parade. Saturday afternoon is a big Chili & Bloody Mary Competition at Southwinds Marina (1:00-5:00). Proceeds go to rebuilding marina structures destroyed by fire. Saturday night is the Ugly Sweater Christmas Party at Mooney’s, and the Route 66 Christmas Parade in Miami (6:00). Monday, December 6 is the 25th Annual Community Giveaway at the Grove Civic Center (4:00-7:00 p.m.). The drive-through Winter Wonderland Christmas light display is up for all to enjoy at Pine Lodge Resort.

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RANDY KREHBIEL’S RANDOM FACTOID OF THE WEEK: British pop singer Phil Collins is one of the world’s largest private collectors of The Alamo artifacts and memorabilia.

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FUN FACT OF THE WEEK: In the span of 11 years 115 people have died as a result of weightlifting accidents in gyms. In the same 11 years, only one person has died eating doughnuts. Make good choices.

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BEST FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: I saw an old dude with a fishing rod outside my favorite bar, fishing in a puddle. He looked so cold. I said, “Come inside and get warm. I’ll buy you a drink.” As we sipped our double whiskeys, I thought I would humor him. I asked him, “How many have you caught today.” He replied… “You’re the 8th.”

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BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK: Hungry? We will feed you. Thirsty? We will get you drunk. Lonely? We will get you drunk.

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TWEET OF THE WEEK: When a post includes, “I’ll bet none of my friends will share this,” rest assured, I will not.

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BEST PUN OF THE WEEK: Did you see where a guy driving a stolen car in Oregon crashed into a woman who was also driving a stolen car? Bonnie and Collide?

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK: How can there be self-help “groups?”

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OBSERVATION OF THE WEEK: I had the perfect meal for all the Thanksgiving weekend Bedlam football game. Not just turkey, but Wild Turkey. On the rocks.

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FEEL-OLD MOMENTS OF THE WEEK: We lost the most talented, most honored, and most revered of all Broadway composers last week. Stephen Sondheim (West Side Story, Gypsy, Follies, Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd, etc.) was 91 years old. The Charley Pride hit “Kiss an Angel Good Morning” was the #1 country hit on this date – 50 years ago! On the Pop charts, the Beatles’ “Hey Jude” was the top hit – 53 years ago!

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “It won’t be easy to understand people, ever; but our lives require us to keep trying.” – Tennessee Williams

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BEST WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: On Monkey Island, Thursday night Karaoke with Jason Morgan returns to Doc’s Bar & Grill this week. Clint Ingram performs live at Doc’s Bar & Grill Friday night. Terry Jordan entertains Friday & Saturday nights at The Summit. At Big Shots Rhythm & Booze, DJ K-Bandito leads the cavalcade of great DJs and dance music at Big Shots Rhythm & Booze. Saturday night is also great dancing and singing at Monkey Island Pub. Erin Fitzgibbon performs at the Blind Swine on Monkey Island night; and Tuesday is Karaoke Night at the Swine.

On South Grand Lake, Jake Flint provides the entertainment Saturday night for the annual Ugly Sweater Contest at Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill in Disney.

In Grove, DJ Gragg entertains Saturday night at The Regatta.

Indigo Sky Casino this week presents Brett and Terri in the Echo Bar Thursday night, followed by Stonehorse Friday and The Thomas Martinez Band Saturday. Saturday night is WFC 130 Boxing at The Indoor Peoria Showplace at Buffalo Run Casino. There is live entertainment by Encore Friday night at Grand Lake Casino’s Venue 655, with karaoke Saturday night. At Cherokee Casino Grove, D’ Elegantz entertains Friday night and The Uncrowned Kings take the stage Saturday night.

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DINING AND DRINKING UPDATE: Quarterdeck Café at Tera Miranda is now open only Friday & Saturday (11:00-7:00). They will close for the season December 18, re-opening in March. The Blind Swine on Monkey Island now offers weekend breakfast service Saturday & Sunday 9:00-noon. Doc’s Bar & Grill at Shangri-La has expanded hours of operation and now offers breakfast 7:00-10:00 a.m. seven days a week (in addition to lunch and dinner) and Sunday Brunch specials 7:00-2:00. “Taco & Tequila Tuesdays” have returned to Doc’s, along with Craft Burgers & Booze Wednesdays and Friday night weekly “Chef’s Special.”

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: Annie Live Airs Thursday at 7:00 on NBC. The National Christmas Tree Lighting airs Sunday at 7:30 on CBS, followed by A Home for the Holidays at 8:30. Michael Buble’s Christmas in the City air Monday night at 9:00 on NBC. Next week, The People’s Choice Awards will be televised Tuesday at 8:00 on NBC; and there’s a sneak preview of the new series Abbott Elementary airing next Tuesday night at 8:30 on ABC.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: Diary of a Wimpy Kids debuts Friday on Disney+. Single All the Way is streaming on NETFLIX; and Burning is available on Prime Video.

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SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, December 9 – Pool League Tournament Round 1 at The Anchor at Shangri-La (6:00). Friday, December 10 – The Ultimate Christmas Party at The Anchor at Shangri-La (7:00). Friday-Saturday, December 10-11 – Last Minute Lakers Merchants’ Open House in Grove and Monkey Island. Saturday, December 11 – Grand Lake Christmas Light Boat Parade (Cherokee Yacht Club). Saturday, December 11 – Lights on the Lake Grove Christmas Parade (6:00). Monday, December 13 – Grand Lake Association Annual Banquet at Shangri-La Resort. Thursday, December 16 – Pool League Tournament Round 2 at The Anchor at Shangri-La (7:00). Friday, December 17 – Sip & Shop at The Dam Hotel in Disney (5:00 p.m.). Saturday, December 18 – Ping Pong Tournament at The Anchor at Shangri-La (6:00). Saturday, December 18 –Winter Gala at Shangri-La Resort. Saturday, December 18 – Christmas Party and Ugly Sweater Contest at Monkey Island Pub. Sunday, December 19 – Sunday Brunch with Santa at the Summit Restaurant at Shangri-La. Friday, December 31. Members annual New Year’s Eve Wine Dinner at the Summit Restaurant. Friday-Sunday, January 7-9 – Oklahoma Boat Expo at Tulsa’s Cox Convention Center.

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SPORTS WATCH: It’s a huge week for college football – Conference Championship Week. The Big 12 Championship game is set for Saturday morning at 11:00 at Arlington, Texas with OSU facing Baylor. Oregon and Utah start the Championship weekend Friday night at 7:00. Other Saturday games include Georgia vs. Alabama, Houston at Cincinnati, Michigan vs. Iowa, Pittsburgh vs. Wake Forest, and USC at California.

In the NFL, Dallas is at New Orleans to kick off the week’s action Thursday night. Sunday, Arizona is at Chicago and Tampa Bay is at Atlanta, both at noon, Baltimore is at Pittsburgh and San Francisco is at Seattle at 3:30, and Denver is at Kansas City at 7:00 Sunday night. Monday Night Football features New England at Buffalo.

In the NBA, the OKC Thunder are on the road at Memphis Thursday night before traveling to Detroit Monday, and Toronto next Wednesday.

PGA players are in the Bahamas this week for the Hero World Challenge. Coverage is on the Golf Channel beginning at 12:30 Thursday & Friday, and 11:00 Saturday & Sunday mornings. NBC picks up the final two rounds at 1:00 Saturday & Sunday.

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We’ll start off the first weekend of December with unseasonably warm temps – around 70 for a high Friday before dipping 10 degrees or so for Saturday & Sunday high temps. Lows should be around 40. It’s going to be beautiful for the start of the Christmas Parade season. Enjoy the great weather and great entertainment options – and enjoy your family and friends; but 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



November 22, 2021

Put on your party shoes. The holiday season is officially underway. For me, the partying got underway last Saturday with the annual Festivus Party at Shangri-La Resort. Nothing draws a Grand Lake crowd like free drinks, free food, and discounts on Christmas gifts. But having OSU football on the video walls was nice icing on the cake.

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So now, it’s Thanksgiving time! The kids are already out of school for the holiday and it’s Bedlam football week, as well. Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day are my two favorite holidays. No gifts. No big demands. They are holidays dedicated exclusively to over-eating, over-drinking, and over-indulging in great football games. What could be a better way to overcome the doldrums of being stuck indoors?

Shebang on Monkey Island

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I know we’re seeing an inflation bubble, but I’m pretty sure the tag I saw on a frozen turkey was a clerical error. $9,999.99…per POUND. Total price for the rock-hard bird was $123,999. No wonder it was still in the store!! Prices are up, of course. In fact, this looks like the most expensive Thanksgiving dinner in history. That should at least provide an opportunity for the entire extended family to be mad about the same thing for a change.

Docs at Shangri-La

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Bedlam football results this weekend could have a serious impact on bowl projections. Ahead of the Bedlam match-up Saturday, Jerry Palm’s Bowl Projections for CBS Sports have OU facing Ole Miss in the Sugar Bowl, and OSU taking on Michigan State in the Fiesta Bowl. Everything could change next week, of course, but that oughta get some pre-bedlam hot talk started!

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I guess 52 is the new “young and sexy.” Actor Paul Ruud, at age 52, has been named “The Sexiest Man Alive” by People Magazine. That, by the way, is the same age as actor Wilford Brimley when his classic movie “The Cocoon” was released in 1985, portraying him as the organizer of an aging group of dreamers. Brimley died last year at age 85. Times change.

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If all the hunters weren’t already concerned about catching Covid-19 from their unvaccinated pals, now there’s something else to worry about. Doctors now say there are Covid-19 infected deer…and humans can catch the variant from deer. Just when you thought you were safe outdoors in the woods, huh?

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Wrestler-turned-actor Duane Johnson – The Rock – says he would like to be the newest James Bond. It would be a handy promotional opportunity: “James Bond ROCKS!”

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Congratulations to the recipients of the South Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce’s biggest awards of the year! Barry Willingham was named “Grand Laker of the Year,” and J.B. Robison, Sr. was honored with the “Barbara Conner Lifetime Achievement Award.” Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Michael Bujold, Mark Winter, Peggy Rains, Cathey Mackey, Mark Oliver, Dawn Cook, Steve Bruno, Linda Lippitt, J.B. Robison, Jr., Reid Smith, Judy Keeton, Debi Holcomb White, Amanda Thrift, Priscilla Wallace, Sherry Dinsmore, Amber Hopeman, Bob Livesay, Marvin Jin, Mike Ferguson, Sandra Moore, Mike Vaughn, Jade Piper, Terry Davis, Larry Callison, Chip Richardville, and Diane Moll!

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BEST GRAND LAKE EVENTS OF THE WEEK: A traditional Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet is served Thursday at Doc’s Bar & Grill at Shangri-La (10:00-7:00); and Cherokee Yacht Club is also serving Thanksgiving Dinner Thursday (10:00-3:00). Friday & Saturday marks official opening weekend for Santa’s Ozark Mountain Village at Har-Ber Village. The Southern Tour Finale of the International Professional Rodeo is Friday & Saturday at the indoor arena at NEO in Miami (7:30). Friday night is the Annual Black Friday Seafood Buffet at The Summit at Shangri-La. “The Dome” is now open at The Anchor at Shangri-La – indoor, heated courts for pickleball and tennis. Saturday, of course, is Small Business Saturday. Shop LOCAL! Saturday evening is the big Bedlam Football Hooray Grill Cook-out and Watch Party at The Anchor at Shangri-La. The party starts at 5:00. Kick-off at 6:30.

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RANDY KREHBIEL’S RANDOM FACTOID OF THE WEEK: Rodeo is the national sport of Chile.

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FUN FACT OF THE WEEK: Did you know opening a bottle of wine uses up to 14 muscles? Fitness is my passion.

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BEST FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: I don’t know if Facebook has ever caused the lame to walk, but it has certainly caused the dumb to speak.

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BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK: Everett Vacuum Company. Everything we sell sucks.

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TWEET OF THE WEEK: Every night about midnight, I’m shocked to discover it’s only 7 o’clock.  

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BEST PUN OF THE WEEK: Spaces between ladder rungs have increased because Americans are getting taller. Manufacturers claim it’s due to climb it change.

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Before the invention of the crowbar, did crows only drink at home?

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OBSERVATION OF THE WEEK: The Constitution, 1st Amendment, 1984, and The Bible gotta be the four most cited materials by people who haven’t read them.

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FEEL-OLD MOMENTS OF THE WEEK: The original “10,” actress Bo Derek, turned 65 this week; and Mickey Mouse turned 93. He made his debut November 18, 1928 in the animated Disney short “Steamboat Willie.” The number one song in the nation on this date was “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” by the Supremes…55 years ago!

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “I don’t like country music, but I don’t mean to denigrate those who do. And for those who like country music, ‘denigrate’ means ‘put down.’” – Bob Newhart

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BEST WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: On Monkey Island, Scott Musick performs live at Doc’s Bar & Grill Friday night. Terry Jordan entertains Friday & Saturday nights at The Summit. At Big Shots Rhythm & Booze, DJ K-Bandito leads the cavalcade of great DJs and dance music at Big Shots Rhythm & Booze. Saturday night is also great dancing and singing at Monkey Island Pub. Erin Fitzgibbon performs at the Blind Swine on Monkey Island both Wednesday and Friday nights; and Tuesday is Karaoke Night at the Swine.

On South Grand Lake, Jamey Hooper provides the entertainment Saturday night at Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill in Disney.

In Grove, there will be karaoke fun Friday night at The Regatta and great entertainment by DJ Gragg Saturday night.

Indigo Sky Casino this week presents Sweet Trouble Acoustic in the Echo Bar Thursday night, followed by Donnie Ray Stephens Friday and Sweet Trouble Saturday. Friday night Paralandra performs at The Indoor Peoria Showplace at Buffalo Run Casino. There is live entertainment by Whiskey Outlaws Friday night at Grand Lake Casino’s Venue 655, with karaoke Saturday night. Croy Coexist entertains Friday night at Legends Sports Bar at Downstream Casino followed by Brandon Butler Saturday night; and The Southern Drawl Band performs Friday night at Cherokee Casino Grove followed by The Banned Saturday.

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DINING AND DRINKING UPDATE: The Shebang Restaurant is closed two days a year. One of them is Thanksgiving Day. The Summit Restaurant at Shangri-La is closed Thanksgiving Day, but there is a Thanksgiving Buffet at Doc’s Bar & Grill from 10:00-7:00 on Thanksgiving Day. Cherokee Yacht Club is also offering Thanksgiving Day holiday fare. Blind Swine on Monkey Island will open at 6:00 p.m. Thanksgiving Day (bar only). The Swine also now offers weekend breakfast service Saturday & Sunday 9:00-noon. Friday night, the Summit hosts its annual “Black Friday Seafood Extravaganza.” Doc’s Bar & Grill at Shangri-La has expanded hours of operation and now offers breakfast 7:00-10:00 a.m. seven days a week (in addition to lunch and dinner) and Sunday Brunch specials 7:00-2:00. “Taco & Tequila Tuesdays” have returned to Doc’s, along with Craft Burgers & Booze Wednesdays and Friday night weekly “Chef’s Special.”

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: The Beatles: Get Back mini-seriesdebuts Thursday on Disney+. F is for Family premieres Thursday on NETFLIX. One Last Time: An Evening with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga air Sunday at 7:00 on CBS. A sneak preview of the new Jimmy Fallon game show That’s My Jam airs Sunday night at 9:00 on NBC; and CMA Country Christmas will be televised Monday night at 7:00 on ABC.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: House of Evil and Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City debut in movie theaters this weekend. ‘Twas the Fight Before Christmas is streaming on Apple TV+. Burning is available on Prime Video.

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SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, December 4 – Chili & Bloody Mary Competition at Southwinds Marina (1:00-5:00). Proceeds go to rebuilding marina structures destroyed by fire. Saturday, December 4 – Ugly Sweater Christmas Party at Mooney’s with entertainment by Jake Flint. Saturday, December 4 – Route 66 Christmas Parade in Miami (6:00). Monday, December 6 – 25th Annual Community Giveaway at the Grove Civic Center (4:00-7:00 p.m.). Thursday, December 9 – Pool League Tournament Round 1 at The Anchor at Shangri-La (6:00). Friday, December 10 – The Ultimate Christmas Party at The Anchor at Shangri-La (7:00). Saturday, December 11 – Grand Lake Christmas Light Boat Parade (Cherokee Yacht Club). Saturday, December 11 – Lights on the Lake Grove Christmas Parade (6:00). Monday, December 13 – Grand Lake Association Annual Banquet at Shangri-La Resort. Thursday, December 16 – Pool League Tournament Round 2 at The Anchor at Shangri-La (7:00). Saturday, December 18 – Ping Pong Tournament at The Anchor at Shangri-La (6:00). Saturday, December 18 –Winter Gala at Shangri-La Resort. Saturday, December 18 – Christmas Party and Ugly Sweater Contest at Monkey Island Pub. Sunday, December 19 – Sunday Brunch with Santa at the Summit Restaurant at Shangri-La.

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SPORTS WATCH: It’s a huge week for college football – but it’s a gigantic week for college fans in Oklahoma. It’s Bedlam Week! OSU hosts OU Saturday night at 6:30. Tulsa takes on SMU at 3:00. Arkansas plays Friday this week, hosting Missouri at 2:30. Kansas State travels to Texas, Cincinnati is at East Carolina, and North Carolina is at N.C. State – all on Friday, as well.

In the NFL, Kansas City and Arizona are both off this Thanksgiving week. There’s a big line-up Thanksgiving Day, though – Chicago at Detroit (11:30), Las Vegas at Dallas (3:30), and Buffalo at New Orleans (7:00). Sunday games include Pittsburgh at Cincinnati Tampa Bay at Indianapolis, Tennessee at New England, and Philadelphia at the New York Giants, all at noon. Denver hosts the L.A. Chargers at 3:00. The Packers host the Rams; and Cleveland is at Baltimore Sunday night at 7:00. Monday Night Football features Seattle at Washington.

NBA action includes some tough competition for the OKC Thunder. They host Washington Friday night at 7:00 before traveling to Houston Monday night at 7:00. Next Wednesday, Houston comes to OKC for a replay at 7:00 at Paycom Center.

PGA players are off this week, enjoying Thanksgiving with their families.

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The holiday weekend weather looks nice – but chilly – especially at night. Thanksgiving night will be below freezing and with daytime highs in the low-to-mid 50s, nighttime lows will be around freezing every night. It’ll improve as the weekend moves on, with a high temperature around 60 by Sunday. Enjoy the great weather and great entertainment options – and enjoy your family and friends; but no matter where you decide to celebrate the holiday, be sure to buy a drink for the guy next to you. It could be me!

GRAND LAKE BUM


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