Yesterday, I gave an auction in which responder tried to convey a maximum for his bidding up to that point. There are other sequences in which this theme can arise. For example, opener bids two no-trump, and responder transfers into a major, perhaps bidding three diamonds to show five or more hearts. Immediately opener should show how much interest he has in hearts.
In the year ahead, you might be forced to clear out the deadwood and the weeds that have been hampering your forward movement. Once completed, however, it will be a smooth path that awaits you.
DEAR DR. GOTT: I was recently in the hospital because of lightheadedness. I am a 73-year-old woman with a history with a brain aneurysm. In 1966, I was diagnosed with an aneurysm in the right side of the circle of Willis. (I guess you know what that means.) Because of this, the hospital doctors ordered a CT scan of my head. No one told me anything, but I got copies of my test reports and have determined I have encephalomalacia in the area of the right temporal lobe.
Recently a fellow columnist recommended a bid that I considered second-best. However, I was unable to construct a deal using his hand to make my point, so today's North hand will have to suffice. Partner opens one spade, you raise to two spades, and he rebids three clubs. What does that mean, and what would you do now?
DEAR DR. GOTT: I read your column regularly and have seen articles about Irritable Bowel Syndrome. I would like to share my experience with this annoying condition.
Because you will find a way to make them pay off, those creative endeavors you enjoy so much will occupy the majority of your time in the year ahead. Although tough to get started, your success might be rather startling.
DEAR DR. GOTT: I was born in the late 1960s and became very ill when I was 3. Doctors prescribed me tetracycline. I think it was the antibiotic of choice back then.
Robert Louis Stevenson wrote, "You cannot run away from weakness; you must sometimes fight it out or perish."
Think positively and use the negative double, which is made by responder after partner's opening one-bid has been overcalled in a suit by the next player. Its primary aim is to find a fit in an unbid major.
Your curiosity and zest for learning will lead to more travel in the year ahead. You're not likely to simply wander about; you'll have a specific learning experience in mind.
DEAR DR. GOTT: It seems to me that every time I get a cold, someone tells me to sweat it out with exercise. Is this a good idea, or is rest and plenty of fluids the way to go?
Singer Willie Nelson said, "Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results."
In the year ahead, you might become closely involved with a unique person who is extremely selective as to whom he or she shares time with. Although this individual won't be your only friend, the relationship will produce unusual benefits.
DEAR DR. GOTT: Your practical approach to treatment has been very attractive and helpful. Keep up the good work.
In "The Darcy Connection," Elizabeth Aston wrote, "One's life is not as fixed as one believes. Surprises may lie in store for you; the unexpected often tends to happen, sometimes bringing in its train the most delightful change in one's life or circumstances."