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Drummergrrrl: What Happened to Protest Smoker?

Whatever happened to the chain-smoking city watchdogs who make sure that Hagadone et al aren't violating long-time agreements with the city? Do you remember Peggy? Penny? What was her name? She'd park her old car in the little circular lot by the clock tower on the Resort grounds to press the point that it's a public lot. And smoke. I was down near Independence Point Thursday afternoon - only planned to stay an hour and hoped to take advantage of the hour-long free parking in the little circular lot. But it was blocked by Resort-issued white ropes - with no sign. It was empty. Being saved from some VIP or special event? When I parked in the neighboring Independence Point lot, and paid my dollar, I asked the friendly CdA Blue cops on bikes about the lot and why it was blocked off. The officer told me he thought it was the Resort's private lot. I tried to correct him. He looked doubtful and told me he'd look into it, when I pressed my point. Somehow I didn't feel a lot of confidence that he'd watch out for the public parking good. There was a void - something lost. And I realized I was missing that old station wagon with the chain-smoking driver. ... Can you recall her name???

Drummergrrrl





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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.