15 Minutes: From horse riding to bowling, challenge is best thing in life
November 4, 2005
Jeremy Agnew is the manager at Tahoe Bowl, the only bowling alley on the South Shore. He’s worked there 14 years, since he was 15 years old, and was recently promoted manager. Originally from Wyoming, he was once a endurance horse rider.
Q: I imagine working at a bowling alley is similar to being a bartender. Do you know a lot about people’s lives?
A: Yes, we see a lot, we hear a lot, we know a lot about the people that come here.
Q: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen here?
A: We had a woman that was drinking out of a one-gallon gasoline can. We asked her, “What’s in the can?” and she said it was just water, but when we smelled it, we could tell it was some type of alcohol.
Q: Do you serve alcohol?
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A: Yes, we’ve got a full bar, but no outside alcohol is allowed.
Q: Are you a bowler?
A: Yes, I used to average over 200. I broke my hand in a building accident a few years ago. The framing fell over when the wind picked up and fell on my hand.
Q: Have you started back again?
A: I started bowling again a few months ago. My average is around 180 now.
Q: Do people from down the hill in Nevada bowl here?
A: A lot of people come from the Nevada side so they can get their California average, to compete in California tournaments.
Q: Why did you move to South Shore?
A: We kind of had to leave our small town in Wyoming, where my father was the town sheriff. He couldn’t go to a coffee shop without seeing someone he’d arrested.
Q: What did you do in Wyoming?
A: From the time I was about 5 until I was 13 I used to ride horses, endurance riding. It depends on the race, it’s about 50 to 100 miles per race. You have make sure you really exercise your horse and keep them in shape.
In one race I was in, the horse’s intestines bound up, the horse curled over and fell off. But both rider and horse lived through it.
Q: I hear you are moving back to South Shore after a few years off the hill?
A: We’re looking into it. We’re going to try to, it’ll be closer for both of us to work.
Q: Do you serve food?
A: We have food three nights a week, usually Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. We serve breakfast Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Q: How many leagues do you have?
A: We have six adult leagues. Saturdays we have junior leagues. Usually once a month there’s different tournaments going on at Tahoe Bowl.
Q: Do you have a philosophy in life?
A: The only great thing in life is a challenge.
Whatever you are faced with, don’t run from it, go after it full force.
– Tahoe Bowl is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday and Monday 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.