November 30th, 2020

I hope you enjoyed a great – and safe Thanksgiving holiday. It would be hard to get better weather, that’s for sure. Boaters and golfers all appeared to have a great weekend. I hope you grabbed some of that weather while it was here, because temperatures are beginning to take a pretty good downward spiral this week.

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Be glad you spent your Thanksgiving holiday in Oklahoma. To help combat the spread of Coronavirus, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolfe banned alcohol sales for on-premises consumption after 5:00 p.m. the night before Thanksgiving. In the District of Columbia, it’s almost as bad. Restaurants can now stay open until midnight, but they can’t serve any alcohol after 10:00. In Colorado, bars are closed. In Colorado, last call is 8:00 p.m….but that’s if you’re outside (little chilly in Colorado in December). Dine-in service is prohibited. I guess not everyone believes alcohol kills germs. In Oklahoma, at least we can drink ‘til 11:00.

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Cari Williams Monkey Island

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With Thanksgiving 2020 in the books, it’s time to bring on the Christmas parades. This week alone there are three land parades, the big boat parade, and reindeer hanging out this weekend at the Santa’s Ozark Mountain Village display at Har-Ber Village. The latter is a new event this year, and you need to make a plan to take time to include that in your holiday plans. It’s nothing short of incredible!

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With Governor Stitt’s Executive order mandating an 11:00 p.m. closing of all bars and restaurants, New Year’s Eve will be interesting. I’m getting together a betting pool on which bar owners will just shrug their shoulders and lock up, which will just blatantly ignore the order and hope for the best, and who will get innovative and think outside the box. It should come as no surprise that Monkey Island’s legendary Joyce Duke falls in the latter category with her New Year’s Eve plans at Big Shots Rhythm & Booze. She’s planning a “Puerto Rican New Year’s Celebration” – complete with a schedule on a Puerto Rico clock. When the clock strikes midnight in Puerto Rico (and at Big Shots), it will only be 10:00 p.m. across the Central Time Zone. That gives everybody time to ring in the new year with a Puerto Rican celebration, and still have an hour to celebrate before the bar closes at 11:00 (which will be 1:00 a.m. in Puerto Rico). A lot more people may be able to stay up for the celebration this year!

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The Shebang on Monkey Island

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I’m looking forward to New Year’s more than usual this year…not so much to ring in the new year, but to make sure 2020 gets out!!

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I know everybody is looking for silver linings in all the Coronavirus cloud over the country. Charles Barkley had a good silver lining on College Game Day last Saturday. He had just finished playing in a big fundraising golf tournament and said he loves “Covid Golf.” With his notoriously bad golf game, he said the only thing he ever worries about when he plays golf is hitting somebody with a ball. But..no crowds allowed so…no danger. Even bad golfers can play without worrying about anything but having enough balls.

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DINING AND DRINKING UPDATE: The Café at Har-Ber Village is open year-round (8:00-4:00).  Quarterdeck Café at Tera Miranda is extending their weekend operating schedule through December 20 (Fri 4:00-8:00, Sat & Sun 11:00-8:00 – no breakfast service). The popular “Sunday Brunch” is offered to the public at Doc’s Bar & Grill (9:00-2:00) and Mulligans at Patricia Island (10:00-2:00). The Summit Restaurant at Shangri-La is now closed Sundays until March 2021.

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BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: The Vinita “Christmas Parade of Lights” is Thursday night at 6:00. Friday night is the “Gateway to Grand Lake Christmas Parade” in Ketchum (6:30). Saturday is the Cherokee Yacht Club Christmas Boat Parade and Dock Decorating Judging in Duck Creek as well as the Disney Parade. Saturday, the reindeer will be at Santa’s Ozark Mountain Village at Har-Ber Village and available for photo ops. Saturday night is the annual Ugly Sweater Contest at Monkey Island Pub. The Winter Wonderland Christmas Light Display is open nightly at Pine Lodge Resort, the Twin Bridges Park of Lights is now open at Twin Bridges near Wyandotte, and The Casitas at Grand Lake also has a great light display.  Grove Playmakers presents an exhibit highlighting the 34 shows done in the past 25 years at Playmakers in Grove Saturday & Sunday (1:00-8:00 p.m.).

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BEST WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: Jason Morgan hosts karaoke at Prime Rib & Karaoke Thursday at Doc’s Bar & Grill at Shangri-La. Scott Musick performs live at Doc’s Friday night. KJ Flip leads the karaoke fun at Blind Swine Thursday night from 8-11. Erin Fitzgibbon performs Friday night for Live Swine; and he’s back on stage at the Swine Tuesday. Terry Jordan performs at the Summit Restaurant at Shangri-La Friday and Saturday nights. Monkey Island Pub features Karaoke with DJ Tim Saturday night.

Indigo Sky Casino this week presents Brett & Terri Thursday in the Echo Bar, followed by Donnie Ray Friday and Sweet Trouble Saturday. Cherokee Casino Grove features two great bands this weekend – Mason Jar Revival Friday night and Reverse Reaction Saturday.

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RANDY KREHBIEL’S RANDOM FACTOID OF THE WEEK: As a part-time college job, writer Rod Serling tested parachutes for the U.S. Air Force. He was normally paid $50 a jump, but got $1,000 for testing an ejection seat that had already killed three people.

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FUN FACT OF THE WEEK: Every time you clean something, you just make something else dirty.

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BEST FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: Want to find a big buck? Just drop down from full coverage to liability coverage on your truck.

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BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK: Be nice to your bartenders. We know your wife. And your girlfriend.

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TWEET OF THE WEEK: If poison passes its expiration date, is it more poisonous – or no longer poisonous?

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BEST PUN OF THE WEEK: Why do sea gulls fly over the sea? Because, if they flew over the bay, they would be bagels.

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OBSERVATION OF THE WEEK: If you replace the “W” with a “T” in What, Where, and When, you get the answer to each of them.

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FEEL-OLD MOMENTS OF THE WEEK: The first “Nancy Drew Mystery” book was published 90 years ago. Next week, a new movie will be released – “Let Them All Talk” – starring award-winning actresses Meryl Streep, Dianne Wiest, and Candice Bergen. Those three icons are now 71, 72, and 74 years old, respectively.

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Steve Zenthoefer, Mike McCurdy, Alicia Hampton, Christa Kelley, Darrel Hicks, Mike Thornberry, Dale Lowe, Ryan Blakemore, Judie Clark, Hunter Burkholder, Sharon Mical, Marshall Brackin, Rita Hitzeman, Gary Brock, Heather Fink, Kelly Poorboy, John Cillessen, Barbara Pliler, Jeff Underwood, Wayne Crouse, Jim Gray, Randy Williams, James Andrews, Leslie Wright-Porter, and Gina Gibbs.

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Do twins ever realize that at least one of them was unplanned?

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: My Gift:A Christmas Special from Carrie Underwood airs Thursday night on HBO Max. MacGyver kicks off a new season Friday night at 7:00 on CBS followed by season premieres of  Magnum P.I. at 8:00 and Blue Bloods at 9:00, all on CBS. A Holly Dolly Christmas airs Sunday night at 7:00 on CBS. Nurses makes its series debut Monday night at 9:00 on NBC.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: All My Life and Nomadland are in movie theaters this weekend along with The Croods. Mank and Angela’s Christmas Wish are available Friday on NETFLIX. Godmothered is on Disney+ Friday.

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “A loan at a bank can take 30 years to pay off. If you rob a bank, you’re out in 10 years. Follow me for more financial advice.” – Demi Kay

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SAVE THE DATE: Friday, December 11 – Christmas Carols at the Coleman Theatre in Miami. Friday & Saturday, December 11-12 – Last Minute Lakers shopping special in Grove and on Monkey Island. Saturday, December 12 – Fairland Christmas Parade (noon). Saturday, December 12 – Jay Christmas Parade (2:00 p.m.).  Saturday, December 12 – Grove Christmas Parade. Saturday, December 12 – Offroad Christmas Parade in Disney (5:00 p.m.). Saturday, December 12 – Big Band Christmas at the Coleman Theatre. Monday, December 14 – Electoral College votes to elect U.S. President. Saturday, December 19 – Afton Christmas Parade (6:00). Saturday, December 19 – Christmas Costume Contest at Monkey Island Pub. December 31 – Puerto Rican New Year’s Celebration at Big Shot’s Rhythm & Booze (8:00-11:00 p.m.). Thursday, January 14 – Grove Chamber Connection Membership Luncheon at Grove Community Center (11:30).

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SPORTS WATCH: College football battles are getting critical now. OU hosts Baylor Saturday, OSU is at TCU, Tulsa is at Navy, Kansas State hosts Texas, and Kansas travels to Texas Tech.

The NFL season heads into week #13 with Dallas and Baltimore getting the weekend started Thursday night at 7:00 on Fox.  Sunday games include Washington at Pittsburgh (noon on Fox), Cleveland at Tennessee(noon on CBS), Philadelphia at Green Bay(3:30 on CBS), and Denver at Kansas City (7:00 on NBC). Monday Night Football features Buffalo at San Francisco (7:00 on ESPN).

PGA players are back on the Tour this week in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Coverage of the Mayakoba Classic on the Golf Channel at 1:00 Thursday, Friday & Saturday, with final round coverage on NBC at noon Sunday.

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Weather for the weekend ahead looks pretty nice for a December weekend. We’ll have sunshine and light winds, with daytime highs around 50. It may get a little cool for parade watchers, though, with nighttime temperatures dipping into the upper 20s. Plan your outdoor activities accordingly – and enjoy the parades and your favorite party spots, but remember – wherever you party, be sure to buy a drink for the guy next to you. It could be me!


November 23, 2020

Well, I’ll say this. Governor Stitt’s new Executive Order to close all bars and restaurants at 11:00 p.m. should certainly make for a different kind of New Year’s Eve celebration this year! I guess we’ll just have to watch the ball drop in New York at celebrate with the east coasters at midnight Eastern Time! Instead of Central Standard Time, we can call it Central Covid Time and celebrate at 11:00. I can hear the bar owners in the countdown already – “5,4,3,2,1…Happy New Year. Now, get out!”

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Maybe the new 11:00 p.m. closing time for bars should cause us to re-think our drinking habits. If bars have to close three hours early, shouldn’t they open three hours early, as well. Most of my favorite hangouts open at 4:00. Maybe they should start opening at 1:00 p.m. so we could still drink our quota. My mama used to tell me, “Nothing much good happens after midnight.” She would sure be surprised to see us now. Nothing AT ALL happens after midnight. Nothing even happens after 11:00 p.m.

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While we’re on the subject of day-drinking, HAPPY THANKSGIVING! My favorite holidays of the year are Thanksgiving and New Year’s. No big crowds. No old friends showing up unexpectedly asking for boat rides. No one showing up unexpectedly looking for a place to crash. These are the only two holidays dedicated exclusively to eating, drinking, and watching football. Enjoy your weekend. I’m so excited, I started celebrating a weekend early! Another Grand Lake ten-day holiday!

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The weather-delayed nighttime “Glow Golf” competition at Shangri-La last weekend was too much fun. I must be good at nighttime golf, because I didn’t seem to play any worse than I do in the daytime!

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The Federal Aviation Administration has once again cleared the 737 MAX to fly again commercially. That’s the plane that was grounded for 20 months after two crashes that killed 346 passengers. Oh, well. That’s seems like a small number compared to Coronavirus deaths, I suppose. And at least the airliner returns to the skies when fewer people are flying.

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If you’re nervous about flying commercially, stop by your neighborhood Costco Store. Costco is now offering memberships in the Wheels Up jet charter service. For a mere $17,499.99, you get a Wheels Up membership, a $3,500 Costco card, a $4,000 flight credit, membership in Insparato luxury vacation rentals, and access to exclusive events. That $17,500, by the way, only includes membership in the charter service and the vacation company – not the cost of the actual flights or vacations. If you don’t want the Costco card, flight credit, or vacation membership, you can by a Wheels Up membership for the low, low price of only a couple of grand. Again, that’s just for the privilege of buying flights, not any actual flights.  The cost of the actual flights ranges from $4,000-8,000 per hour. But, you have eight seats, so….Fly Costco?

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Actually, there’s a better way to go. When I grow up, I want to be like my pal David Bendel. I noticed a Bell Jet Ranger helicopter circling around the lake Friday. It kept getting lower and lower, so I followed it to see if there was going to be a crash. Nope. It was Bendel, arriving on the Grand Lawn at Shangri-La Resort with Erin Burgess to celebrate their wedding engagement. Nicely done, David. Go big or go home, right?

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DINING AND DRINKING UPDATE: The Shebang will be closed Thanksgiving Day (one of the 2 days they are closed each year); and Monkey Island Pub will be closed Thanksgiving Day. The Artichoke Restaurant will be closed Thanksgiving Day, as well as Friday and Saturday nights this week. The Summit at Shangri-La will be closed Thanksgiving Day, but Doc’s Bar & Grill will be open. Blind Swine will be open Thanksgiving evening from 6:00-11:00 p.m. – bar service only. Quarterdeck Café at Tera Miranda is extending their weekend operating schedule through December 20 (Fri 4:00-8:00, Sat & Sun 11:00-8:00 – no breakfast service). The popular “Sunday Brunch” is offered to the public at Doc’s Bar & Grill (9:00-2:00) and Mulligans at Patricia Island (10:00-2:00).

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BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: Thanksgiving Dinner at Doc’s Bar & Grill at Shangri-La all day Thursday. Friday is Shangri-La Members “Black Friday Seafood Extravaganza” at The Summit. Santa’s Ozark Mountain Village Christmas display officially opens to the public Friday at Har-Ber Village. Grove Playmakers presents an exhibit highlighting the 34 shows done in the past 25 years at Playmakers in Grove Saturday & Sunday (1:00-8:00 p.m.) through December 6. Friday night is “Sip, Shop, and Sashay night at The Shebang Restaurant featuring modeling of fashions from the Den of Uniquity. Saturday night at 9:00, Blind Swine will show the Tyson-Jones fight.

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BEST WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: Erin Fitzgibbon performs Friday night for Live Swine Friday at Blind Swine; and he’s back on stage at the Swine Tuesday. Saturday night, the Swine will present live coverage of the Tyson-Jones fight at 9:00. Terry Jordan performs at the Summit Restaurant at Shangri-La Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Big Shots will feature Karaoke fun on Friday night and dancing to your favorite tunesSaturday night. Monkey Island Pub features Karaoke with DJ Tim Saturday night.

Indigo Sky Casino this week presents Dewayne Bowman Thursday in the Echo Bar, followed by The Faulconers Friday and Thomas Martinez Saturday. At Downstream Casino’s Legends Sports Bar, The Brandon Butler Band will be on stage Friday night followed by Jesse Joice Saturday.

Monday night, November 30, five time Grammy Award winner Wynonna Judd will be live in concert at the Coleman Theatre in Miami.

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RANDY KREHBIEL’S RANDOM FACTOID OF THE WEEK: According to actress Julia Roberts, the hospital bill for her birth was paid by Coretta Scott King.

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FUN FACT OF THE WEEK: You can tell the age of a Christmas tree by counting the lines of duct tape on the box.

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BEST FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: Get your relatives speaking to one another again by sending a heartfelt Christmas card with a picture of your family with an extra child nobody knows.

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BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK: Save and compare: Trojan condoms $3.25 – Huggies Diapers $22.00.

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TWEET OF THE WEEK: Prayer is the best way to meet God. Trespassing is the fastest.

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BEST PUN OF THE WEEK: I got thrown out of my local park after arranging the squirrels by height. They didn’t like my critter sizing. (thanks to Jon Wilson for this one)

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OBSERVATION OF THE WEEK: When I die, I want my headstone to read, “Well, that was stupid. You can put my beer down now.”

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FEEL-OLD MOMENTS OF THE WEEK: Remember sexy, beautiful Bo Derek in the movie “10?” She’s still sexy and beautiful, but she turned 64 last week. Rocket “Rocky” J. Squirrel and Bullwinkle J. Moose were introduced to cartoon fans 61 years ago.

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Dawn Cook, Steve Bruno, Linda Lippitt, J.B. Robison Jr., Reid Smith, Judy Keeton, Amanda Payne, Debi Holcomb White, Ron Miller, Amber Hopeman, Marvin Jin, Mike Ferguson, Terry Davis, Sandra Moore, Mike Vaughn, Gary Burke, Jade Piper, Diane Moll, Benjamin Gibbs, Dave Faulkner, Katrena Winter, Marty Follis, Greg Knotts, and McKayla Rutherford.

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Do they allow loud laughing in Hawaii, or just a low ha? (thanks to Sarah Williams for this one)

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: The Wonderful World of Disney Magical Holiday Celebration airs Thanksgiving night at 8:00 on ABC. The Disney Holiday Singalong airs Monday night at 7:00 followed by The CMA Country Christmas at 8:00, both on ABC. Seal Team launches next Wednesday night at 8:00 with a two-hour special on CBS.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: The Croods is in movie theaters this weekend. The Christmas Chronicles 2 and Mosul are available Friday on NETFLIX. Black Beauty is on Disney+ and Superintelligence is on HBO Max.

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Our willingness to believe the impossible and doubt the obvious is remarkable.” – Randy Krehbiel

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SAVE THE DATE: Friday, December 4 – “Gateway to Grand Lake Christmas Parade” in Ketchum (6:30). Saturday, December 5 – Cherokee Yacht Club Christmas Boat Parade. Saturday, December 5 – Ugly Sweater Contest at Monkey Island Pub. Friday, December 11 – Christmas Carols at the Coleman Theatre in Miami. Saturday, December 12 – Grove Christmas Parade. Saturday, December 12 – Offroad Christmas Parade in Disney (5:00 p.m.). Saturday, December 12 – Big Band Christmas at the Coleman Theatre. Monday, December 14 – Electoral College votes to elect U.S. President. Saturday, December 19 – Christmas Costume Contest at Monkey Island Pub. Thursday, December 31 – Late-Night New Year’s Eve Buffet at Doc’s Bar & Grill (until 4:00 a.m.).

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SPORTS WATCH: The NFL season heads into week #12 – and Thanksgiving week is always a big one. Thursday’s traditional Thanksgiving Day games include Houston at Detroit (11:30 on CBS), Washington at Dallas (3:30 on Fox) and Baltimore at Pittsburgh (7:00 on NBC). Sunday games include Arizona at New England (noon on Fox), Cleveland at Jacksonville (noon on CBS), Kansas City at Tampa Bay (3:30 on CBS), and Chicago at Green Bay (7:00 on NBC). Monday Night Football features the Seattle Seahawks at the Philadelphia Eagles (7:00 on ESPN).

College football battles are getting really important now. OU is at West Virginia this week, OSU hosts Texas Tech, Tulsa is at Houston, Arkansas is at Missouri, Baylor hosts Kansas State and TCU travels to Kansas.

PGA golfers have the holiday week off. Next up on the Tour? The Mayakoba Golf Classic next week in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

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Weather for the holiday weekend ahead starts out nice on Thanksgiving Day, then will probably slide downhill a little. Thursday’s high will be in the mid-60s with sunshine. Rain chances return Friday-Sunday with a little cooler weather. Sunday, the bottom begins to drop out with a high around 50, dipping into the upper 20s Sunday night. Plan your outdoor activities accordingly – and enjoy the holiday fun, but remember – wherever you party, be sure to buy a drink for the guy next to you. It could be me!

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November 16, 2020

I’ve said it before, but area businesses continue to prove there is no such thing as an off-season at Grand Lake. Doc’s, Mulligans, Quarterdeck, Blind Swine, Big Shots, Monkey Island Pub, Pourhouse, Mooney’s, Juan Montez and Pickles at the Lake continue to entice residents and tourists with live entertainment. Cherokee Casino, Indigo Sky Casino, and Downstream Casino also feature regular weekend live music. Shangri-La has weekly special nights and game-day watch parties, Shebang and Blind Swine have nightly specials, and both Doc’s and Mulligans have Sunday Brunch offerings that are open to the public. Don’t tell me there’s nothing to do with all of these great Grand Lake Bars and Restaurants giving you nightly options.

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Nobody thinks up wild & crazy things to do like Monkey Islanders, of course. Saturday night started with the annual Monkey Island Potluck Thanksgiving Dinner at Monkey Island Pub, topped off by the 3rd Annual Jello Wrestling Tournament at Blind Swine. That is NOT what I would call an “off-season” evening! This week, the Grove Chamber hosts a Business After Hours at the Pourhouse while Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell keynotes the South Grand Lake Chamber Banquet at Shangri-La Thursday night. Friday night, Shangri-La  club members will wander around in the dark playing “Glow Golf!” It doesn’t matter what the date is on the calendar, there’s ALWAYS something fun happening at Grand Lake. As the pandemic grows, you might as well come quarantine with us. Everybody else is!

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The Shebang on Monkey Island

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I saw a very “Grand Lake” new product last week, made by a few good ol’ boys in Tulsa. “Chill-N-Reel” is the name of it. It’s a fishing reel attached permanently to a drink insulator to hold your beverage. Finally. Someone figured out that fishing should not mean you no longer have a spare hand to hold a beverage. Google it. The videos are awesome.

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It looks like everybody can now settle down and peek into our nation’s future a little. The election appears to be finally over. I was beginning to wonder what would last longer – the campaign, the vote counting, the protests, or the pandemic. We’ve wrapped up three of the four. Now, let’s put on a mask, practice social distancing, roll out a vaccine and a treatment, and knock the Coronavirus in the head!

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If you haven’t had enough fun reading all the warnings of possible side effects of drugs, try reading the fine print on labels of other products. My latest favorite is on a product clearly labeled “Wood Chopping Board.” So what does the fine print say? “Do not use as a chopping board.” Things that make you go, “hmmm.”

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DINING AND DRINKING UPDATE: Quarterdeck Café at Tera Miranda is extending their weekend operating schedule through December 20 (Fri 4:00-8:00, Sat & Sun 11:00-8:00 – no breakfast service). Doc’s Bar & Grill at Shangri-La now offers “Lightning Lunch” specials weekdays – served in 15 minutes or less or they’re free. The popular “Sunday Brunch” has returned to Doc’s – 9:00-2:00 Sundays. Mulligan’s at Patricia Island is also open to the public for Sunday Brunch 10:00-2:00.

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ROAD CLOSURES: The road across the Pensacola Dam is closed for repairs until at least March 2021. ODOT is beginning construction on a new bridge over Horse Creek at Bernice (Butt Bridge). Once work is underway, that bridge will be reduced to one lane for the better part of a year.

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BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: Oklahoma Lieutenant Governor Matt Pinnell will be the keynote speaker Thursday night at the South Grand Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet at Shangri-La (call 918-782-3214 for tickets). The Grove Area Chamber of Commerce hosts a “Business After Hours” event at The Pourhouse at The Regatta in Grove Thursday evening 5:00-7:00. Grove Playmakers will open an exhibit highlighting the 34 shows done in the past 25 years Thursday from 1:00-8:00 p.m. After Thursday, the exhibition will be open at Playmakers Saturday & Sunday (1:00-8:00 p.m.) through December 6. Thursday Night Prime Rib & Karaoke is at Doc’s Bar & Grill at Shangri-La Resort (6:00-9:00). Friday night (every Friday night this month) is “Sip, Shop, and Sashay night at The Shebang Restaurant featuring modeling of fashions from the Den of Uniquity.

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BEST WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: Jason Morgan starts the weekend with karaoke fun at the Thursday Night Prime Rib & Karaoke at Doc’s Bar & Grill at Shangri-La Resort (6:00-9:00). Friday night (7:00-10:00) Doc’s Bar & Grill will feature the music of Jacob DementErin Fitzgibbon performs Friday night for Live Swine Friday at Blind Swine; and he’s back on stage at the Swine Tuesday. Terry Jordan performs at the Summit Restaurant at Shangri-La Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Big Shots will feature Karaoke fun on Friday night and dancing to your favorite tunesSaturday night. Monkey Island Pub features Karaoke with DJ Tim Saturday night.

Indigo Sky Casino this week presents Borrowed Money Thursday in the Echo Bar, followed by Whiskey Outlawstt Friday and Jesse Joice Saturday. At Downstream Casino’s Legends Sports Bar, Travis Marvin will be on stage Friday night followed by The George Brothers Saturday. Cherokee Casino Grove also has live music Friday night featuring Borrowed Money.

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RANDY KREHBIEL’S RANDOM FACTOID OF THE WEEK: The eponymous automobile of the legendary tv series “My Mother the Car,” referred to as a 1928 Porter, was actually put together from Ford, Chevrolet, Hudson and Maxwell parts. It recently sold for $50,000.

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FUN FACT OF THE WEEK: Attorney Douglas Craig Emhoff is the husband of Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris. He is set to become the first “Second Gentleman” in the history of the U.S. and the first Jewish spouse of a President or Vice President.

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BEST FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: I’m giving up drinking until Christmas. Sorry, bad punctuation. I’m giving up. Drinking until Christmas. (thanks to Linda Wall for sharing this one)

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BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK (seen at St. Peters Anglican Church): Thou shalt wear a mask. Hygenesis 20:20

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BEST T-SHIRT SEEN THIS WEEK: I’m sorry for whatever I said while I was docking the boat.

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TWEET OF THE WEEK: Never in my life would I have imagined that my hands would consume more alcohol than my mouth.

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BEST PUN OF THE WEEK: If you notice cows sleeping in a field, does that mean it’s pasture bedtime?

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OBSERVATION OF THE WEEK: You know you’re getting old when “Friends with Benefits” means having someone who can drive at night. .

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FEEL-OLD MOMENTS OF THE WEEK: Movie star Will Smith got his start on the TV series “Fresh Prince of Belair.” That was 30 years ago. Football’s “Golden Boy” died last week. Green Bay Packers legendary superstar Paul Hornung was 84. Neil Young isn’t so young, anymore. The iconic singer/songwriter turned 75 last week. If that’s not enough, blues singer and activitst Bonnie Raitt turned 71, and legendary folk singer Joni Mitchell turned 77. By the way, here’s a good example of why you should follow your own dreams. Her (former) agent once told an aspiring young actress, “You’re not good enough for movies.” Happy 74th birthday to two-time Academy Award winner Sally Field.

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Lori Skelley-Follis, Tom Fielder, Eric Long, Stacey Hudson, Kenny Cole, Mike Long, Leann Laue-Goff, Dar Phillips, Ben Falkner, Josh Lee, Preston Kelley, Roy Morgan, Val Saamer, David Crutchfield, Barbara Patrick, Elizabeth West, Debby Harwood, Betsy Hendershot, Susan Kimball, Mark Winter, and Michael Bujold.

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Why is “orange juice” yellow?

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: Jersey Shore Family Vacation returns for another seasonThursday night at 7:00 on MTV. A Million Little Things also airs Thursday night at 9:00 on ABC. Paramount will air all three seasons of Yellowstone this weekend in a two-day marathon beginning at 9:00 a.m. Saturday & Sunday.  The 2020 American Music Awards air live Sunday night at 7:00 on ABC. The Voice airs Monday and Tuesday nights at 7:00 on NBC.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: Vanguard is in movie theaters this weekend and The Croods comes to theaters next week. Friendsgiving is available streaming. The Nest and The Personal History of David Copperfield are available for rent; and Run is available Friday on HULU. Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square is available Sunday night on NETFLIX.

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “If the government wants to take something from me and give it to someone else, that’s socialism; but if the government wants to take something from someone else and give it to me, that’s economic development.” – Randy Krehbiel

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SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, November 26 – Thanksgiving Dinner at Doc’s Bar & Grill at Shangri-La. Friday, November 27 – Members “Black Friday Seafood Extravaganza” at The Summit Restaurant at Shangri-La. Monday, November 30 – Grammy Award winner Wynonna Judd in concert at the Coleman Theatre in Miami. Friday, December 4 – “Gateway to Grand Lake Christmas Parade” in Ketchum (6:30). Saturday, December 5 – Cherokee Yacht Club Christmas Boat Parade. Saturday, December 5 – Ugly Sweater Contest at Monkey Island Pub. Friday, December 11 – Christmas Carols at the Coleman Theatre in Miami. Saturday, December 12 – Grove Christmas Parade. Saturday, December 12 – Offroad Christmas Parade in Disney (5:00 p.m.). Saturday, December 12 – Big Band Christmas at the Coleman Theatre. Monday, December 14 – Electoral College votes to elect U.S. President. Saturday, December 19 – Christmas Costume Contest at Monkey Island Pub. Thursday, December 31 – Late-Night New Year’s Eve Buffet at Doc’s Bar & Grill (until 4:00 a.m.).

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SPORTS WATCH: In the college football world, it’s Bedlam Week! OU will host OSU in Norman Saturday night at 6:30 on ABC. Tulsa actually kicks off the football weekend Thursday night, hosting Tulane at Chapman Stadium at 6:30 on ESPN. Before all the Bedlam excitement, Arkansas hosts LSU at 11:00 on SEC Network, Kansas hosts Texas at 2:30 on ESPN2, and Kansas State is at Iowa State at 3:00 on Fox.

The NFL season heads into week #11 Thursday night with a great one – Arizona at Seattle (Fox). Sunday games include Philadelphia at Cleveland (noon on Fox), Pittsburgh at Jacksonville (noon on CBS), Dallas at Minnesota (3:30 on Fox), and Kansas City at Las Vegas (7:00 on NBC). Monday Night Football features the Tampa Bay Bucs hosting the Los Angeles Rams (7:00 on ESPN).

Following the incredible excitement of Masters weekend, PGA golfers won’t have to travel far this week. They’ll be in Sea Island, Georgia for the RSM Classic.  Coverage begins at noon Thursday-Sunday on the Golf Channel.

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Weather for the weekend ahead starts out fabulous on Friday, then will probably slide downhill a little. Friday’s forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with highs in the low 70s. Saturday’s highs slide to the low 60s…then the low 50s on Sunday with lows dipping into the 30s Sunday night. Plan your outdoor activities accordingly – and enjoy the many great happenings at indoor venues. Get out and join the fun, but remember – wherever you party, be sure to buy a drink for the guy next to you. It could be me!

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