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Meet Your Neighbor

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How long have you been in the area?Its going to be seven years in November.What first brought you up here?I originally came up here for the season to snowboard back in November 2000, for one season. That was the plan, and then came the summer. And everyone said last winter was a bad winter, and well see what next winter is like. And it went from there. Its a common story, Im sure at least it was when I first started working.When did you buy the Pastime? October 2003.Did you have bartending experience?I worked down at the Tourist Club for two and a half years, starting in the summer of 2001.Why did you want a bar?It was just kind of an opportunity that arose, and it was something that Ive been doing for a while. I had a couple of partners to go in with, and it just seemed like an opportunity that one couldnt pass up.Whats the difference between owning a bar and just bartending?Well, when youre just a bartender, you leave the bar and you dont have to worry about the bar. Now, leaving the bar doesnt necessarily guarantee that. Its sort of always in the back of your mind, or in the forefront. I guess more responsibility would be the short answer. The Pastime has so much history. What have you guys done with it?I dont know too much about the history. Theres a few tidbits. I believe its been around since the 1880s, 1890s. I believe at one point it was the stop point for Al Capone and a few other famous people. Since weve been there, weve tried to open it up and open some space up in the back. Change up the music and make it as eclectic as possible, and accessible to as many different kinds of people who just want to go to a good place and have a good time. Hopefully were just a fun bar to hang out for everybody, and a window into some history thats something that Id definitely like to find out more about. So, what do you do when youre not in the bar?Stay as far away from the bar as possible. I try to spend as much time in the outdoors running, hiking, hanging out with my new dog. Just taking advantage of all the fun recreational activities in the area. Now that weve got a house with potential, Im working on the house. Im actually on my way to do some yoga in the immediate future.Youre into yoga?Try to do it three or four times a week. Bikram yoga.And you just got a new dog?Shes part German shorthair, part springer spaniel. Her name is Sadie.Feel like youve established yourself in the community?Definitely. I definitely feel like I belong here. I dont know how long you have to be here to call yourself a local, but Ive definitely been here for an extended period of time. Its nice to walk down the street, or go to the grocery store, or see people you know on the mountain. Its definitely nice to be in a smaller community. I just feel like the positive parts outweigh the negative parts. Has life in the area stretched beyond that of the transient snowboarder?Im taking on more responsibility. I still try to get out and ski and snowboard as much as possible, but Im definitely not the transient so much. The Sierra Suns Julie Brown interviewed Peacock for this weeks Meet Your Neighbor. Please send suggestions for Meet Your Neighbor to jbrown@sierrasun.com.


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