As a conscientious follower of the health department's restaurant inspection list, I noticed a local eatery had an
improper use of gloves" violation in the most recent listings. Just what is improper use of gloves, and should I be
concerned? If so, about what? Signed - Eating at Home Tonight
One can only imagine what local restaurants' crews do with gloves back in the kitchen, far from the prying eyes of
hungry gastronomes and persnickety regulators.
For example, it's conceivable that on slow nights, bussers and dishwashers fill gloves with dairy product, poke tiny
holes in each fingertip and then demonstrate their cow-milking skills.
Another possibility: the sous-chef and hostess duplicate a trick made famous years ago by a then-young comedian named
First, stretch a latex glove over your head and over your eyes to just above your upper lip. Next, hold the glove
tightly to your cheek and blow through your nose to inflate the glove. The fingers of the glove will extend above your
head like a cockscomb.
Perhaps City Council members could duplicate this procedure should the chicken ordinance need amending.
But using gloves to mimic cows and poultry is not really a health-code violation as far as San Juan Basin Health
Unless, of course, the gloves are reused to handle food.
Anyway, a citation for improper use of gloves refers to a breach of sanitary rules, according to Marian Schaub with San
Juan Basin Health Department, the agency that performs restaurant inspections.
Improper use of gloves can mean servers didn't wash their hands before putting on gloves, or a server touched
something like an appliance handle, money or a counter and didn't change their gloves," Marian said.
The violation is a potential biggie, she said.
It's right up there because it can increase the risk of food-borne illness," she added.
When it comes to gloves and protecting health, let's give San Juan Basin a big hand.
I ride a 900-pound, two-wheeled vehicle alternately called a bike" or a scooter." May I ignore all stop signs and red
lights in Durango and ride the wrong way on one-way streets? Oh yeah, may I park on the sidewalks in the downtown area?
Sure would save the hassle of finding a parking spot. - Larry E. Whiteside
Now that summer is near, it's time to remind the extremely annoying minority of two-wheeled scofflaws about regulations
Listen up. Just because you don't need a license to operate your vehicle, it doesn't exempt you from
Oh, and wear a helmet.
There. That'll keep those outlaw cyclists in line. Single file. Not acting entitled or belligerent. Modest in attitude
yet garish in jersey.
And if you believe that, can Action Line interest you in buying a bridge? It's just south of town. Never been used,either.
Anyway, local parking rules do not recognize bike" as an overall term for Vespa or Harley, Huffy or Specialized.
What's important is the presence of a motor.
If you burn gasoline, you must park on the street with the hoi polloi of hydrocarbon-fueled units. Size or weight is of
If your vehicle burns calories, you can lock up on the sidewalk. There's your one perk for being environmentally
sensitive, health conscious or, in many cases, too broke to drive a car.
But you can't ride your bike on the sidewalk. Just like the sign says: No biking or skateboarding on the sidewalk.
And we all know how effective this sign can be in deterring either form of nonpedestrian locomotion along downtown
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