January 11, 2020

There certainly has been plenty happening since we talked last week. With the cold weather, I’m sure everybody has been hovered over their computers, busily playing musical chairs with social media sites. I hope you have your “friends” list cleaned up with the appropriate former friends blocked and others “unfollowed.” You gotta do what you gotta do to keep your blood pressure down, right? I can’t remember a time in recent history when the old adage from Maurice Switzer (sometimes erroneously attributed to Abraham Lincoln) was more appropriate: “It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to talk and remove all doubt of it.”

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Here we are in January. You know what that means. It’s time for boat shopping! There’s a boat show in Oklahoma City this weekend. On January 28, the new “Tulsa Virtual Boat Show” goes live – on line. That’ll be fun. Shopping nine northeastern Oklahoma boat dealers representing more than forty brands of boats – all on line… get the details HERE. Then, on February 1, the in-person version – the Tulsa Boat, Sport & Travel Show. Spring will be here before you know it. And a new boat is always a great way to kick off the season.

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Speaking of Spring, the new activity park at Shangri-La – The Anchor – is on target for an April opening. That’s another exciting Grand Lake development that should truly transform our mecca into a year-round destination. I’m most excited about the fact that they’re going to have a simulator utilized to train NASCAR and Formula One drivers. It’ll be located just steps from the bar. It should be a great opportunity to see if you’ve had too much to drink to drive safely. You’ll be able to drink, drive, crash…and not get hurt!

The Shebang Monkey Island

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While we’re on the subject of drinking, I don’t know when to start because the time is still a little uncertain as to when I have to quit. I can’t imagine anything more confusing and nerve-wracking than owning a bar right now. An Oklahoma County District Court Judge last Friday extended the restraining order blocking enforcement of Governor Stitt’s 11:00 p.m. curfew for the sale of booze. As of this writing, she still hasn’t issued a permanent order – so we don’t know when things may change – or if they will. As I write this, bars can still be open until 2:00 a.m., but we’d better plan ahead in case things change. As my pal Kenny always says, “You can’t drink all day if you don’t start early.”

Cari Williams Monkey Island

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I know a lot of people are frustrated about accessing the COVID-19 vaccine. A buddy of mine came up with the absolute best solution to the problem: “When we go into another lockdown, just rain all the Amazon delivery drivers to give the vaccine. The entire population will be immunized by Saturday. Wednesday if you’ve got Prime.”

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DINING AND DRINKING UPDATE: The Blind Swine is now open only Thursday, Friday & Saturday. The Grill at Indian Hills has re-opened. Lester’s 3rd Street Diner has opened in Grove. Grand Lake Public House is now open for lunch at 11:00 in addition to dinner service. 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 Café at Har-Ber Village is open year-round (8:00-4:00). Every Friday night is Steak Night at Mooney’s. Shangri-La Resort offers daily lunch specials weekdays, plus Italian Night Wednesdays, Prime Rib Thursdays, and All-You-Can-Eat Ribs Friday nights. The Shebang offers nightly specials 7 days a week.  

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BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK:  In-person Grove Area Chamber of Commerce luncheons return this week – Thursday at noon at the Grove Civic Center. If you’re going to be in Oklahoma City this weekend, the downsized OKC Boat, RV, Hunt & Fish Show is Friday-Sunday at the OKC Fairgrounds.

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BEST WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: Thursday Night Karaoke with Jason Morgan kicks off the weekend at Doc’s Bar & Grill at Shangri-La this week. Friday night, Franklin Birt performs at Doc’s.

Indigo Sky Casino this week presents Jon Dooly in the Echo Bar Thursday night, followed by Encore Friday and Brent Giddens Saturday. At Downstream Casino’s Legends Sports Bar  Shotgun Billys will entertain both night and Eastern Heights performs Saturday.

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RANDY KREHBIEL’S RANDOM FACTOID OF THE WEEK: Actress Angela Lansbury came to the United States at age 15, in 1940, to escape the London Blitz.

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FUN FACT OF THE WEEK: Horsepower is how hard you hit the dock. Torque is how far you drag the dock with you.

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BEST FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: When I see lovers’ names carved in trees, I think it’s strange how many people bring a knife on a date.

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BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK: Welcome to our new ool. Notice there is no “P” in it. Let’s keep it that way.

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TWEET OF THE WEEK: Hello, I’m brand new to Twitter, what are you guys up to?

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BEST PUN OF THE WEEK: I had a happy childhood. My Dad used to put me in tired and roll me down hills. Those were Goodyears. (Thanks to Jarrod Graham for sharing this one)

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OBSERVATION OF THE WEEK: “In my experience, it is nearly impossible to convince anyone of anything by telling them how stupid they are.” – Randy Krehbiel

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FEEL-OLD MOMENTS OF THE WEEK: The final “Jeopardy” episode hosted by the legendary Alex Trebek aired last Friday. He died in November at the age of 80. He hosted “Jeopardy” for thirty-seven years. Last week was also Elvis Presley’s birthday. It would have been his 86th. The same day as Elvis’ birthday is the birthday of a true Grand Lake legend, the late Estle Mooney, founder of Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill in Disney. He would have been 85. And baseball lost perhaps it’s most vociferous voice last week with the death of the iconic Tommy Lasorda. His 71-year career with the Los Angeles Dodgers was highlighted by his 20 years as the team’s outspoken manager. Tommy Lasorda was 93.

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Paul Bulten, Mickey Landers, Kristi Mullinax, Sandy Scott, Dale Forrest, Leslie Hudson, Benee Masri, Linda Young, Ron Ryan, Tag Webb, Rick Cravens, and Nancy Dalquest.

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK: What exactly is Victoria’s secret?

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: The new Ted Danson comedy series Mr. Mayor airs Thursday at 7:00 on NBC followed by the season debut of SuperstoreReal Time with Bill Maher returns for a new season Friday night at 9:00 on HBO; and WandaVision will be available Friday on Disney+.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: The Marksman and Wrath of Man are theater releases this week. One Night in Miami and Redemption Day are available this week on Prime Video  Locked Down is available on HBO Max.

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.” – Dwight Eisenhower

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SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, January 28-Sunday, February 14 – Official opening online of the 2021 Tulsa Virtual Boat Show. Thursday, January 28 – South Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce Membership Luncheon at First Christian Church of Langley (11:30). Monday-Sunday, February 1-7 – Tulsa Boat, Sport & Travel Show at River Spirit Expo Square in Tulsa. Tuesday, February 9 – Home of Hope Drive-Thru Chocolate Affair. Friday-Sunday, February 12-14 – Grove Home & Garden Show at the Grove Civic Center. Friday-Sunday, February 12-14 – Valentine’s Special Sweetheart Dinner service at Doc’s Bar & Grill. Saturday, February 13 – SLWGA Ladies’ “Snow Bunny Golf” at Shangri-La (1:30 tee times). Thursday-Friday, March 4-7 – Grand Lake Boat & Sport Show at the Grove Civic Center.

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SPORTS WATCH: The NFL moves deeper into the playoff this week. It’s Divisional Championship weekend with double-headers both Saturday and Sunday this week.  

The NBA regular season is in full operating mode. The OKC Thunder are at home for a while. They face the Spurs and Lakers in back-to-back games Tuesday & Wednesday, then Chicago Friday (7:00) before hosting Philadelphia Sunday (6:00) and Denver next Tuesday (7:00). All games are on Fox Sports Oklahoma.

PGA players are in Hawaii for the second consecutive week. Live coverage of the Sony Open in Hawaii will air exclusively on the Golf Channel beginning at 6:00 Thursday-Saturday and at 5:00 Sunday.

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Weather for the weekend ahead doesn’t look too bad, considering it’s January. We’ll get about a 10-degree bump from last weekend with high temperatures in the mid-40s and lows around 30. It may be a little breezy Friday, but they’ll diminish Saturday & Sunday. Chilly, though. It looks like a good weekend to drink inside! But remember, wherever you party, be sure to buy a drink for the guy next to you.. It could be me!

January 4th, 2020

It’s like Groundhog Day. We’re starting 2021 the same way we ended 2020 – electing a President and fighting the Coronavirus. We do have a new way of dealing with the virus, though. Those pesky White House Coronavirus Task Force Reports kept listing Oklahoma as the state with the worst infection rate and recommending a mandatory statewide mask rule. So, Governor Stitt handled it. He dropped our participation in the reports and recommendations. It reminds me of a buddy of mine. He read somewhere that drinking was bad for him – so he gave up reading. No news is good news, right?

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With the issue of Governor Stitt’s ordered 11:00 p.m. curfew for bars and restaurants tied up in court, everybody got to stay open until 2:00 a.m. for New Year’s Eve celebrations. As far as I could tell from parking lots and courtesy docks, a lot of people took the opportunity to leave both caution and social distancing at the door. We probably won’t be over the Christmas Covid-19 surge before the New Year celebration surge hits. There’s good news on the horizon, though. Vaccinations are now available to 65 & over folks in the Grand Lake area and everybody else will follow shortly thereafter. By the way, that bar & restaurant curfew question is before an Oklahoma County District Court Judge Friday morning. We’ll see how that goes.

Cari Williams Monkey Island

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Congratulations to the Big 12 football teams for going 5-0 in this year’s Bowl Games. Oklahoma teams almost pulled off the hat trick, but Tulsa couldn’t quite hold on. It’s particularly irritating for Tulsa to lose to a team whose quarterback is named Will Rogers. They all had great seasons, though – and OU and OSU both came home with big wins. OSU Coach Mike Gundy got the best of the coaches’ treatment. In the Cheez-It Bowl, his players dumped a container of Cheez-Its on him to celebrate the victory. Down in the Cotton Bowl, OU Coach Lincoln Riley got showered with the more traditional cold, sticky Gatorade. I guess it’s better for coaches to take whatever medicine their happy players dish out to them, though. Texas A&M Coach Jimbo Fisher tried to avoid the Gatorade dousing by trying to run faster than his young players. Now he’s nursing a pulled hamstring muscle.

The Shebang Monkey Island

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Oklahoma Congressman Kevin Hern, whose District includes Tulsa, tried to send a message wishing TU good luck in their bowl game, but he called them the “Golden Hurricanes.” It’s “Hurricane,” Congressman. Singular. Oklahomans will forgive a lot of things, but not getting the names of our athletic teams wrong.

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If you were on the water New Year’s morning, did you see a boat named Windy City II?  If so, you were either out early or you saw them heading home. Congratulations to Steve & Alison Spiegel – first boat arrival of the new year at Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill. The trophy is theirs. A consolation prize goes to Jim and Lynda Forrester who were a close second, reminding my pal Jim that second place pays the same as last.

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DINING AND DRINKING UPDATE: The Grill at Indian Hills didn’t make their scheduled re-opening last weekend, but they’ll be ready this weekend. They reopen Thursday. Grand Lake Public House is now open for lunch at 11:00 in addition to dinner service. 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 Café at Har-Ber Village is open year-round (8:00-4:00) – and Mooney’s has reopened to kick off the new year. Shangri-La Resort begins work on yet another new venue this week. Monkey Grind is the name of the newest facility. It will be built in the Pensacola Lounge at the Resort Hotel and will be a purveyor of Starbucks Coffee. It should be open sometime in the next 60 days.

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BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK:  Following all the holidays, the weekly special events are back at Doc’s Bar & Grill at Shangri-La. Italian/Wine Wednesday, Prime Rib & Karaoke Thursday, and All-You-Can-Eat ribs with live entertainment Fridays.

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BEST WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: Thursday Night Karaoke with Jason Morgan returns to the weekly schedule at Doc’s Bar & Grill at Shangri-La this week. Friday night, Jacob Dement performs at Doc’s. There’s Karaoke with Tim Saturday night at Monkey Island Pub.

Indigo Sky Casino this week presents Brett & Terri in the Echo Bar Thursday night, followed by Constant Chaos Friday and The Rumor Saturday. At Downstream Casino’s Legends Sports Bar. Taria Lee will entertain both Friday and Saturday nights. At Cherokee Casino Grove, Jesse Joice will provide Friday night’s musical entertainment. Saturday night, it’s the George Brothers!

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RANDY KREHBIEL’S RANDOM FACTOID OF THE WEEK: Metropolitan London Police officers, known as bobbies for Sir Robert Peel, originally carried only truncheons and, for summoning assistance, rattles.

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FUN FACT OF THE WEEK: If a cow doesn’t produce milk, she could just be a milk dud. On the other hand, she could just be an udder failure.

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BEST FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: You come from dust. You will return to dust. That’s why I don’t dust. It might be someone I know. (thanks to Bob Graper for sharing this one)

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BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK: Don we now our plague apparel.

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TWEET OF THE WEEK: How does a farmer find new cows to buy? He looks through the cattlelog.

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BEST PUN OF THE WEEK: Don’t blame anybody else for the road you’re on. That’s your own asphalt!

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OBSERVATION OF THE WEEK: Relationships are just two people constantly asking each other what they want to eat, until one of them dies.

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FEEL-OLD MOMENTS OF THE WEEK: Actress Dawn Wells, best remembered as Mary Ann in the TV hit series “Gilligan’s Island,” died last week at the age of 82. I was saddened to hear that legendary talk show host Larry King is also fighting the virus; but I was equally surprised to find out he is also 87 years old.  

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Susan Graham, Danny Banning, Carol Cable, Kendra McGeady, Tracie Gelinas, Morgan Grubb, Bill Sanford, Doug Schoppa, Carrie Connor, Blair Bunch, Mark Cavins, and Briana Baker.

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Does it bother anybody else that the current year is pronounced “2020 won?”

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: The new Ted Danson comedy series Mr. Mayor premiers Thursday at 7:00 on NBC followed by the season debut of Law & Order: SVUTiger, the mini-series documenting the life of Tiger Woods premieres Sunday night at 8:00 on HBO. Next Tuesday is the debut of a new series The Resident at 7:00 on Fox followed by another new series Prodigal Son.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: Herself is available on Prime Video and Redemption Day is available in limited theaters prior to its release on Prime Video next Tuesday. The Reason I Jump and Stars Fell on Alabama are available streaming. Pieces of a Woman is available Thursday on NETFLIX.

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Here’s to cheating, stealing, fighting, and drinking. If you cheat, may you cheat death. If you steal, may you steal a woman’s heart. If you fight, may you fight for a brother; and if you drink, may you drink with me.” – Old Irish Toast

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SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, January 14 – Grove Chamber Connection Membership Luncheon at Grove Community Center (11:30). Thursday, January 28-Sunday, February 14 – Official opening online of the 2021 Tulsa Virtual Boat Show. Monday-Sunday, February 1-7 – Tulsa Boat, Sport & Travel Show at River Spirit Expo Square in Tulsa. Friday-Sunday, February 12-14 – Grove Home & Garden Show at the Grove Civic Center. Friday-Sunday, February 12-14 – Valentine’s Special Sweetheart Dinner service at Doc’s Bar & Grill.

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SPORTS WATCH: The college football Bowl Season is almost over. All that remains is the National Championship Game  – Alabama vs. Ohio State Monday night, January 11 at 7:00 on ESPN.

The NFL moves into playoff mode. It’s Wild Card weekend with games both Saturday and Sunday this week.  

The NBA regular season is in full operating mode, and the OKC Thunder have a grueling schedule. They’re on the road Monday at Miami, Wednesday at New Orleans, Friday at the NY Knicks, Sunday at Brooklyn before returning home to face the Spurs and Lakers in back-to-back games next Tuesday & Wednesday.

PGA players are back on the course this week in Hawaii for the Sentry Tournament of Champions. Live coverage begins on the Golf Channel at 5:00 Thursday & Friday. NBC will air the beginning of play Saturday at 3:00, with the Golf Channel taking over at 5:00. Sunday’s final round coverage is all on the Golf Channel beginning at 5:00.

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Weather for the weekend ahead doesn’t look too bad, considering it’s January. We’ll probably see a little sunshine and winds will be light, but highs will only make it to the low 40s with lows around 30. It’s a good weekend to drink inside! 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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