George Burns, who was a keen bridge player, said, "It takes only one drink to get me drunk. The trouble is, I can't remember if it's the 13th or the 14th."
DEAR DR. GOTT: My mother is 82 years young and has no medical problems that need medication. She takes very good care of herself, better than a lot of her children do. She walks and is very careful that the types of food she prepares are healthful: lots of vegetables and fresh fruit.
DEAR ABBY: I am writing to you as a last resort. I have been married for 13 years to a man who does not communicate, to say the least. I have begged, pleaded, fought and waited for him to talk about something other than his children.
Although you might have been tentative in the past about making changes that you believe would be to your benefit, you may now find the courage to do so. In fact, your pioneering inclinations could even have you trailblazing.
Cornelius Tacitus wrote, "Keen at the start, but careless at the end." That describes the declarer of this deal to a T(acitus). Let's see if you would have done better. You reach four spades. West leads the heart queen. How would you plan the play?
DEAR ABBY: I am extremely shaken by a recent experience, and I want to share this with other parents who may one day find themselves in a similar situation. My daughter, "Mary," is almost 18 and in the 12th grade. We have always had a close relationship. She has always come to me to talk about what's going on in her life -- friends, crushes, school, just about everything.
Fortunate trends will be moving in your direction in the year ahead and could produce all sorts of benefits for you personally, materially and romantically. Socialize to make new contacts, friendships and opportunities.
DEAR DR. GOTT: A couple of years ago, I was diagnosed with tennis elbow in both arms. The doctor said there isn't a fix for it, so he gave me anti-inflammatories. The pain has now gotten so bad that it hurts to do simple things like brush my teeth and type this letter. What can I do? It seems to be getting worse every day.
Man angered by parked car lifts car in the air with forklift
If you play in many pair events at duplicate tournaments, you know how important overtricks can be. If everyone else with your cards is making four spades exactly, you get a top board if you can bring home an overtrick. But when you move away from pairs and play in either a team event or Chicago, can you adjust, playing carefully to guarantee your contract and not worrying about those overtricks?
DEAR DR. GOTT: I am 51 years old, healthy, eat correctly, exercise and am not overweight. I work retail and am on my feet for many hours of the day. I do not take any medication. But I do have one problem. I can't wear any socks without leaving a deep impression on my legs. My feet tend to swell and sometimes even feel like they are burning.
Align yourself with strong, intelligent people in the year ahead so that much progress will be made and important goals can be achieved. Screen out in advance all those who merely talk a good story.
You can be extremely effective in fulfilling both your social and material desires by relying on your experiences of the past few years. It is now the time to use this knowledge to your advantage.
Truman Capote said, "I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil."
DEAR READERS: Yesterday I printed some of the feedback regarding my answer to "Feeling Guilty, Memphis, Tenn." after I urged her to wait until her serviceman fiance returned from Iraq before breaking their engagement. Today I will share more of them. Read on: