October 18, 2021

Cloudy, rainy weekdays gave way to a beautiful weekend on Grand Lake last weekend, albeit a little cooler than is preferred by guys like me. Folks who relish bonfires, wiener roasts, and building s’mores over an open fire were happy, I’m sure. Personally, I don’t remember much good ever happening in my world when the temperature dips below 50; but…here we are. Welcome to autumn. At least it’s football, basketball, and the tail end of baseball season. My new home is in front of those giant video walls and multiple monitors in the sports bar at The Anchor at Shangri-La.

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We’ve wrapped up Fall Break at Grand Lake. I don’t remember having such a thing when I was in school, but it’s fun to see all the kids enjoying the lake in October. I just wish their parents wouldn’t use golf carts as babysitters for their little ones. Seeing these 10-year-old kids driving their 6-year-old siblings around is making me crazy. Hopefully, the kids all survived unhurt – and hopefully, their parents will come to their senses. SMH

Shebang on Monkey Island

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It’s fun to have all the kids around, but it’s no wonder they’re falling behind the rest of the world on the education front. Fall Break. Thanksgiving Break. Christmas Break. Teachers’ Meeting Break. Easter Break. Spring Break. With so many breaks, it’s no wonder we have to start school in August and don’t get out until after Memorial Day. If I was a kid, I’d rather save up all those chilly-weather “breaks” and have a longer fun-in-the-sun summer instead!

The Anchor at Shangri-La

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Fall Break for the kids seemed to spark the travel bug in almost all my friends. They’re scattered from Florida to Seattle, South Carolina to South Dakota, the Bahamas to Belize. I couldn’t resist the urge myself. I decided, if the low temperatures at Grand Lake are going to start dipping into the 30s, If I’m going to have to endure those temperatures, I figured I could at least find a different view for a few days. Hello, Santa Fe!

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The really cool thing is this – those of us who spend all of the year at Grand Lake may have gone somewhere else, but we were replaced by even more people who chose Grand Lake as their vacay destination. I have been here a long time, but I’ve never seen the lake so busy in October! And this is just the beginning. Shangri-La’s continuing investment in their new Par 3 Course and gigantic event center is not the only story on fast-developing Monkey Island. There are big things coming right at the entrance to the Island. I can’t say, yet. But watch this space!

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There’s no shortage of hypocrisy in public office, but this one really confused me. When the President asked OSHA for a rule requiring private businesses with more than 100 employees to mandate vaccines, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said the government shouldn’t tell private businesses how to run their own business. But now, Abbott has issued an executive order prohibiting private businesses from mandating vaccines. I’m not sure how that’s different. Things that make you go, “Hmmmm.”

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Just in case you think your life is under undue scrutiny, Queen Elizabeth attended a Thanksgiving event last week. The screaming headlines in British tabloids were all about “Queen is Using a Cane!” In other news….she’s 95 years old!!!

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BEST GRAND LAKE EVENTS OF THE WEEK: It’s a busy, busy week on the lake. Wednesday night is a big event raising money for the Monkey Island FUNdraisers’ Kids Christmas Fund – “Guest Chef” featuring Dan Arnold and Jack Kern. There’s a Grove Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours at Grand River Abstract Grove Thursday at 5:00. The Bass Pro Shops National Amateur Bass Fishing Championship runs Thursday-Sunday. Friday & Saturday are the Ghosts of Grove Haunted History Tours from the Grove Community Center. Saturday night is a Haunted Historical Hayride at Har-Ber Village (5:30). Sunday morning features a Couple Mixer at Shangri-La Golf Club (9:30 shotgun). Next Tuesday, there’s a Free Social Media Marketing Workshop at Grove Area Chamber of Commerce (1:00). Next Tuesday is also WORLD SERIES GAME 1.

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RANDY KREHBIEL’S RANDOM FACTOID OF THE WEEK: The last Falstaff brewery closed in 1990.

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FUN FACT OF THE WEEK: “Miss Kitty” had lots of kitties of her own. In fact, Amanda Blake, the actress who portrayed the legendary Kitty Russell in the long-running series “Gunsmoke,” was one of the first people on the planet to successfully breed cheetahs in captivity.

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BEST FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: The majority of people think the most washed body part in 2021 was the hands. It was, in fact, the brain.

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BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK: I’m sure they meant “tongs,” but the actual sign at the baker read like this: Please use tongue! Do not touch bread with hands.

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TWEET OF THE WEEK: I always carry a pebble with me to throw at people who sing Christmas carols in October. I call it my jingle bell rock.

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BEST PUN OF THE WEEK: My friend Jack claims he can communicate with vegetables. Hmm. Jack and the beans talk.

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK: What if UFOs are just billionaires from other planets?

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OBSERVATION OF THE WEEK: I enjoy a glass of bourbon each night for its health benefits. The other glasses are for my witty comebacks, unequaled wisdom, and flawless dance moves.

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FEEL-OLD MOMENTS OF THE WEEK: Dame Angela Lansbury, iconic star of everything from “Bedknobs and Broomsticks” to “Nanny McPhee;” “Mary Poppins Returns” to “Murder, She Wrote,” turned 96 years old last Friday. Legendary musician Paul Simon (Simon & Garfunkel, etc.) turned 80 years old last week.

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Vaccine mandates are causing teachers who don’t believe in science to quit, nurses who don’t believe in medicine to quit, and cops who don’t believe in public safety to quit. I’m failing to see the downside in this.” Jeff Tiedrich

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Karen Baxter, Karin Goss, Sandy Harrell, Mark Kidd, Aileen Oldaker, Robin Purdie, Mark Muse, Kelly Hudelson, Justin Ruzicka, Victoria Perry, Shawn Russell, Vince Freeman, Caryl Blanchat, Richard Bell, Kenny King, and Roger Pelcher.

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BEST WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: On Monkey Island, the Thursday Night Shrimp Boil and Karaoke with Jason Morgan kicks off the weekend on the patio at Doc’s Bar & Grill at Shangri-La. Friday night, Jon Moody entertains at Doc’s. Terry Jordan entertains Friday & Saturday nights at The Summit. The Balcony Bar at The Shebang provides great karaoke fun with Kerry Kimmons Friday and Saturday nights (now starting at 6:00 pm); and just across the street, 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 –  Karaoke with TimErin 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, Moon Nation Reserve provides the entertainment Saturday night at Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill in Disney.

In Grove, Brett and Terri will provide the music Thursday night at The Regatta, There will be karaoke fun Friday night, as well as music by JR Neal.

Indigo Sky Casino this week presents TJ Scarlett in the Echo Bar Thursday night, followed by Big Smitty Friday night and Whisky Outlaws Saturday. Black Stone Cherry will be in concert at The Indoor Peoria Showplace at Buffalo Run Casino Thursday night. Retro Rockerz will perform Friday night at Legends Sports Bar at Downstream Casino, with The Uncrowned Kings on stage Saturday night. Stonehorse performs Friday night at Cherokee Casino Grove followed by The Rusty Meyers Band Saturday.

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DINING AND DRINKING UPDATE: There’s a major “Guest Chef” charity fundraising event Wednesday night at The Shebang featuring Jack Kern and Dan Arnold. The Landings Market & Grill on Monkey Island is closed for remodeling. Road Hog Saloon is now closed on Tuesdays. Blind Swine on Duck Creek is now open only Friday-Sunday (11:00 a.m. Friday, 9:00 a.m. Saturday & Sunday) – and will close for the season at the end of October. Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill has new operating hours – open at noon daily, closed Tuesdays. Quarterdeck Café at Tera Miranda now has reduced hours of operation – 4:00-9:00 Thursday, 11:00-9:00 Friday & Saturday, 11:00-8:00 Sunday. Stuff’ns Café in Ketchum is now closing at 2:00 p.m.

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: The Blacklist returns Thursday night at 7:00 on NBC. CBS Sunday Morning returns at 8:00 a.m.after a one week hiatus, and 60 Minutes is underway with a new season at 6:00, both on CBS. Insecure debuts Sunday night at 9:00 on HBO followed at 9:40 by the return of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Season two of B Positive airs Thursday night at 8:30 on CBS. The Voice airs Monday and Tuesday nights at 7:00.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: Ron’s Gone Wrong, The French Dispatch, The Electrical Life of Louis Wain, and Dune all debut in theaters this week. Dune is also available on HBO Max.

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SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, October 28 – Shangri-La President & CEO Barry Willingham is the featured speaker at the South Grand Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Monthly Luncheon at 11:30 at the GRDA Ecosystems Center in Langley. Saturday, October 30 – Barrels, Broncs & Bulls Rodeo at Grover Round-Up Club (6:00). Saturday, October 30 – Halloween Party at Monkey Island Pub. Saturday, October 30 – Haunted Historical Hayride at Har-Ber Village (5:30). Saturday, October 30 – Halloween Party & Costume Contest at Road Hog Saloon. Saturday, October 30 – Mad Mixologists Black Light Party at Blind Swine Monkey Island. Wednesday-Thursday, November 3-4 – Oklahoma Marinas Association Annual Conference at Shangri-La. Saturday, November 6 – Last day of Daylight Saving Time. Thursday, November 11 – Grove Chamber of Commerce Member Luncheon at Grove Civic Center. Thursday, November 18 – South Grand Chamber Annual Banquet at Shangri-La Resort. Saturday, November 20 – Grand Lake Christmas Light Boat Parade (Cherokee Yacht Club). Saturday, December 11 – Lights on the Lake Grove Christmas Parade (6:00).

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SPORTS WATCH: College football is in week #8 and Tulsa has the week off. OU and OSU are both on the road, the Sooners at Kansas and the Cowboys at Iowa State. Arkansas hosts Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

In the NFL, Denver is at Cleveland Thursday night to get the action started. Kansas City is at Tennessee, Washington is at Green Bay, and Cincinnati is at Baltimore – all at noon Sunday. Arizona hosts Houston and Chicago travels to Tampa Bay, both at 3:30. Sunday night, Indianapolis is at San Francisco. Monday Night Football features New Orleans at Seattle.

We’ll wrap up the ACLS and NLCS this weekend in Major League Baseball – and Game 1 of the World Series is scheduled for next Tuesday, October 26.

NBA action kicks off this week, believe it or not. The OKC Thunder start on the road – at Utah Wednesday at 8:00 and at Houston Friday night at 7:00 – before returning home to host Philadelphia Sunday at 6:00, Golden State Tuesday at 7:00, and the Lakers next Wednesday at 7:00. All games are on Bally Sports 1.

PGA players return to Japan this week for the Zozo Championship. Because of the dramatic time difference, live coverage will be on the Golf Channel beginning at 10:00 Wednesday and Thursday nights, and 9:30 Friday & Saturday nights.

NASCAR drivers are in Kansas City Sunday for the Hollywood Casino 400. Coverage begins at 2:00 on NBCSN.

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It should be another spectacular fall weather weekend on Grand Lake! We may have a few showers Saturday morning, but other than that, we’ll have sunny skies with highs around 70 and lows in the mid 50s! There’s plenty happening around the lake this weekend, so get out an enjoy all you can – indoors or outdoors! I’ll be out and about, so 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


October 11, 2021

I feel sorry for the poor folks living in the past, thinking “the season” on Grand Lake ends on Labor Day. Obviously, they haven’t been around to see all the incredible events in October – and beyond! With all the OU-Texas watch parties, golf tournaments, and the annual Pelican Festival all happening at the same time, there were plenty of wise Grand Lake devotees to fill all the venues. What a great weekend! Now, we move ahead to the Bass Pro Shops National Amateur Bass Fishing Championship, the opening of another great Playmakers production, a big Chuck Wagon Dinner & Dance at Har-Ber Village, a Kids Christmas fundraising Guest Chef event at The Shebang, and both basketball and pickleball tournaments at Shangri-La. Looking on to November, there are more great events – the Christmas Light Boat Parade, Thanksgiving feasts, The annual Summit Black Friday Seafood Buffet, Bedlam watch parties, new under-the-dome indoor tennis & pickleball battles at The Anchor – and more fabulous live entertainment than used to be available during the summer months. Grand Lake is now truly a year-round destination. At least for those “in the know.”

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Strong winds over the past weekend made the Pelican Festival especially interesting. No flapping required. Those magnificent birds only had to spread their gigantic 8-foot wing spans, and the Grand Lake updraft combined with Oklahoma wind to lift them right out of the water. No effort needed on their part. Congratulations to everyone involved in putting together a great festival! Again.

The Anchor at Shangri-La

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I hope everyone lived through last week’s Facebook/Instagram/Whatsapp debacle. It was the ultimate irony. One day after a former Facebook employee blew the whistle on the company’s greedy and insensitive operations – and while a Facebook representative was on CNBC defending the company, their entire operations vanished. Facebook, Instagram, and Whatsapp were all down for several hours. Retaliation? Or Karma?

Big Shots Monkey Island

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Facebook was estimated to lose over half a million dollars an hour in ad revenue during the outage. That, combined with the dramatic drop in Facebook stock prices following the 60 Minutes scandalous revelations, resulted in owner Mark Zuckerberg losing $5.9 billion Monday. Don’t worry. I’m sure he has some money left. He may want to spend a little of it spending some time in space just to get away from Congress!

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Speaking of the rich guys’ space race, Captain Kirk is returning to space. Actor William Shatner, who portrayed the famous Captain Kirk in the Star Trek series, will be aJeff Bezos’ guest aboard his Blue Origin flight into space Tuesday. Unlike the 5-year adventure of The Enterprise, this flight will take only a few minutes. At age 90, Shatner sets the record as the oldest human to travel to the Final Fontier. Again.

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BEST GRAND LAKE EVENTS OF THE WEEK: Saturday is the Bass Pro Shops U.S. Open National Bass Fishing Amateur Team Championship. Saturday morning at 8:30 is the Heavenly Angles House Walkathon; and Saturday night is the Chuck Wagon Dinner & Dance Under the Stars, both at Har-Ber Village (6:00). The musical “Gretel” also opens at Playmakers in Grove Saturday night. Saturday is the final competition of a two-week 3 vs. 3 Basketball competition at The Anchor at Shangri-La (noon); and The Anchor’s Members Pickleball Tournament is also this weekend, Saturday & Sunday. Next Wednesday, October 20 is the first “Guest Chef” event of the year at The Shebang – Dan Arnold and Jack Kern will be cooking – all proceeds to the Kids Christmas Fund ($30).

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RANDY KREHBIEL’S RANDOM FACTOID OF THE WEEK: New York’s Staten Island was a major base of British operations during the American Revolution and was occupied by the King’s forces longer than any other single location in the colonies.

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FUN FACT OF THE WEEK: Golf is the hardest game in the world to play, but the easiest to cheat at. “The most valuable wood in my bag is my pencil.”

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FEEL-GOOD FACT OF THE WEEK: When Volvo invented the three-point seat belt in 1959, they made the patent free for all competitors to use in order to save lives because “it had more value as a free life-saving tool than something to profit from.” The three-point seat belt has since saved hundreds of thousands of lives and prevented or reduced the severity of injuries for millions.

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BEST FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: I assume that a “Columbus Day Sale” means I can just walk into a store and take anything I want.  

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BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK A pumpkin spice latte has 380 calories. A glass of red wine has 120 calories. Choose wisely, my friends.

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TWEET OF THE WEEK: Our thoughts are with anyone who celebrated their birthday October 5…which no one remembered because Facebook was down.

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BEST PUN OF THE WEEK: My favorite allergy song is “Blowin’ in the Wind” by Peter, Pollen Mary

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Do you think it was an intentional plan that when you put the words “the” and “IRS” together, it spells “theirs?”

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OBSERVATION OF THE WEEK: You can no longer “hang half a hundred on ‘em” and count on winning in college football. The OU-Texas game last weekend set a new record for total points scored in a Red River Rivalry game – 103 points!

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FEEL-OLD MOMENTS OF THE WEEK: Alan Kalter, the quirky red-headed trouble-making announcer for The David Letterman Show for two decades, died last week. He was 78. The classic anthem “American Pie” was released 50 years ago. Singer-songwriter Don McLean, who released the iconic hit, turned 76 last week. Legendary OU/Dallas Cowboys coach Barry Switzer turned 84 last week.

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple.” – Barry Switzer

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Darci Winter, Kyle Wooderson, Ben Hampton, Teri Smith, Lorraine Butters, John Turner, Joe Regalado, Susan Beine, Linda Elmburg, Trey Howard, Rick Miller, Lea Smith, Michele Martin, David Stansfield, Roger Jared, Scott Graham, G.W. Goss, Brian Winter, Kim Bruno, and Michael Thrift!

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BEST WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: On Monkey Island, the Thursday Night Shrimp Boil and Karaoke with Jason Morgan kicks off the weekend on the patio at Doc’s Bar & Grill at Shangri-La. Friday night, Cory Lee entertains at Doc’s. Terry Jordan entertains Friday & Saturday nights at The Summit. The Balcony Bar at The Shebang provides great karaoke fun with Kerry Kimmons Friday and Saturday nights (now starting at 6:00 pm); and just across the street, DJ K-Bandito leads the cavalcade of great DJs and dance music at Big Shots Rhythm & Booze. Faulc ‘n Fitz debut Saturday night at Blind Swine on Monkey Island. Saturday night is also great dancing and singing at Monkey Island Pub –  Karaoke with TimErin Fitzgibbon performs at the Blind Swine on Monkey Island both Wednesday and Friday nights.

On South Grand Lake, Jake Flint provides the entertainment Friday night at Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill in Disney.

In Grove, David Bridges & the Message will provide the dance music at the Har-Ber Village Dinner & Dance Saturday night. At The Regatta, KJ Flip will lead the karaoke fun Friday night, followed by Zeke Daniel performing Saturday night.

Indigo Sky Casino this week presents Jon Dooly in the Echo Bar Thursday night, followed by Chris Hyde Friday night and Diversity Saturday. The Price is Right LIVE with host Todd Newton is at The Indoor Peoria Showplace at Buffalo Run Casino both Friday & Saturday nights. The George Brothers will perform Friday night at Legends Sports Bar at Downstream Casino, with The Downbeat on stage Saturday night. Morgan Squared perform Friday night at Cherokee Casino Grove followed by Rod Robertson Saturday.

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DINING AND DRINKING UPDATE: The Landings Market & Grill on Monkey Island is closed for remodeling. Road Hog Saloon is now closed on Tuesdays. Blind Swine on Duck Creek is now open only Friday-Sunday (11:00 a.m. Friday, 9:00 a.m. Saturday & Sunday). Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill has new operating hours – open at noon daily, closed Tuesdays. Quarterdeck Café at Tera Miranda now has reduced hours of operation – 4:00-9:00 Thursday, 11:00-9:00 Friday & Saturday, 11:00-8:00 Sunday. Stuff’ns Café in Ketchum is now closing at 2:00 p.m.

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: The second season of Another Life premieres on NETFLIX this week, and the all-new Kids Tonight Show debuts on Peacock. Season two of B Positive airs Thursday night at 8:30 on CBS. Succession returns Sunday night at 8:00 on HBO; and Queens makes its debut next Tuesday at 9:00 on ABC.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: No Time to Die is in theaters this week, along with The Last Duel and Halloween Kills. The latter is also available this week on Peacock. A World Without and The Four of Us are both available this week on NETFLIX; and Women Is Losers is on HBO Max.

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SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, October 21 – Grove Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours at Grand River Abstract Grove office (5:00). Thursday-Saturday, October 21-23 – basspro.com Bassmaster Open Fishing Tournament. Friday-Saturday, October 22-23 – Ghosts of Grove Haunted History Tours from the Grove Community Center. Sunday, October 24 – Couple Mixer at Shangri-La Golf Club (9:30 shotgun). Tuesday, October 26 – Free Social Media Marketing Workshop at Grove Area Chamber of Commerce (1:00). Tuesday, October 26 – Game 1 of the World Series. Saturday, October 30 – Barrels, Broncs & Bulls Rodeo at Grover Round-Up Club (6:00). Thursday, October 28 – South Grand Chamber Membership Luncheon at Ecosystems Building in Langley. Wednesday-Thursday, November 3-4 – Oklahoma Marinas Association Annual Conference at Shangri-La. Saturday, November 6 – Last day of Daylight Saving Time. Thursday, November 11 – Grove Chamber of Commerce Member Luncheon at Grove Civic Center. Thursday, November 18 – South Grand Chamber Annual Banquet at Shangri-La Resort. Saturday, November 20 – Grand Lake Christmas Light Boat Parade (Cherokee Yacht Club).

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SPORTS WATCH: College football is in week #7 – and is now OSU’s turn to face Texas Saturday (11:00)! OU hosts TCU (6:30), Tulsa travels to South Florida (11:00 – no TV), and Arkansas hosts Auburn (11:00). Kentucky is at Georgia (2:30) and Alabama is at Mississippi State (6:00). You don’t have to wait until Saturday for great college games this week, though. Navy is at Memphis Thursday night at 6:30 (ESPN). Friday night, Syracuse hosts Clemson (6:00) and California is at Oregon (9:30), both on ESPN.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in Philadelphia to kick off the week of NFL action Thursday night at 7:00. Sunday, you’ll need multiple screens at noon as Kansas City is at Washington and Green Bay is at Chicago, both at noon. At 3:00, it’s the battle of OU quarterbacks as Kyler Murray & the Cardinals face Baker Mayfield and the Browns. Las Vegas is at Denver and Dallas is at New England at 3:30; and Seattle is at Pittsburgh at 7:00. Monday Night Football sends Buffalo to Tennessee.

PGA players are in Las Vegas for the second consecutive week, but they’re changing venues, moving from TPC Summerlin to The Summit Club. Coverage from CJ Cup at Summit is exclusively on the Golf Channel Thursday-Sunday.

It’s finally time for so-so fans to start watching Major League Baseball. The playoffs are officially underway.

NASCAR playoffs move into the Round of 8 this week. Coverage of the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 from Texas Motor Speedway begins at 1:00 Sunday on NBC.

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Fall weather arrives for real at Grand Lake this weekend with high temperatures more like what we’re accustomed to as lows! We may have a little rain activity left Friday, but that gives way to sunny skies Saturday & Sunday. Highs will only be in the mid 60s, with lows (wait for it) in the mid 40s! There’s plenty happening around the lake this weekend, so get out an enjoy all you can – indoors or outdoors! I’ll be out and about, so no matter where you decide to party, be sure to buy a drink for the guy next to you. It could be me!


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