The gloves were off at 7th and Montana this morning as an Anonymous Matron known among insiders as "Polly Purell" made the scene, holding what appeared to be a large oven mitt over her mouth and nose as she drove down 7th Street in her Silver Ford Taurus. At first, I thought she was whipping up a batch of cookies on her dashboard, but then I realized she was probably taking unusual precautions against the Swine Flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today reported 109 confirmed cases of Swine Flu from 11 states, up from 91 cases in 10 states yesterday. Authorities in Europe have launched an advertising campaign urging folks to sneeze into a tissue and wash their hands. The campaign, called "Catch it, Bin it, Kill it" says nothing about Oven Mitts. The good news is that Oven Mitts are probably as effective as surgical masks in preventing the spread of the potentially deadly virus. The bad news is, they don't do much for your driving skills. "Polly" was last seen weaving perilously from lane-to-lane as she headed South on 7th Street ...!