DEAR DR. GOTT: I am 70 years old. I have been a light sleeper for my entire adult life. However, sleep has been more elusive in recent months.
In the year ahead, those with whom you associate will have a major influence over various departments of your life, so it behooves you to be selective about your companions. Pick winners who are going places.
Yesterday we looked at takeout doubles over an opposing pre-empt at the three-level. But what about your double over a four-level opening in a suit? What does that mean?
DEAR DR. GOTT: I am an 82-year-old lady who wants to praise the vitamin B-6 that I take daily. A year ago, the fingers of my right hand were numb, and I had a terrible time picking up small objects. My son said a friend had a wrist problem, and, after taking B-6, it went away. I tried it, and my fingers are just fine. I've been clear for over a year now.
You may get a few good opportunities to form a partnership in the year ahead, but not all will be to your advantage. Watch out for a potential partner who can't offer resources or knowledge - an alliance must have parity if it is to succeed.
West opens with a weak three-bid. What does it mean if you, North, make a takeout double?
DEAR DR. GOTT: Someone told me that prenatal vitamins are beneficial for women with hair loss. I found it odd, but maybe there's something in the ingredients that would promote hair growth. Have you, or perhaps your readers, heard of this?
Your entrepreneurial skills could be heightened in the year ahead, and you might find yourself involved in numerous ambitious undertakings. Follow your instincts to develop them, and chances are you'll do fine.
DEAR DR. GOTT: After having my left kidney removed, I have been prone to severe leg cramps. They are especially troublesome after sitting for hours at our euchre club. One night, they were particularly severe, and several of my friends told me to drink dill pickle juice. I love dill pickle juice, and, since we were having the club at my house, it was easy for me to grab some juice. Instantly, the pain stopped, and I was able to go back to playing. It was unbelievable and you can add my vote to the "dill pickle juice for cramps ...
Because you'll be a bit bolder than usual in the year ahead, you'll have an edge over your competitors; you'll also be luckier than usual in all your undertakings. You won't be a foolish risk taker, but a bold entrepreneur instead.
Yesterday we looked at how a passed hand replies to a takeout double. But when the dealer opens one of a suit and two passes follow, the fourth hand is said to be in the balancing position because if he passes, the auction ends. And if he has a weak hand, he knows that his partner must have points. So the fourth hand may act with less than normal, doubling with only seven or eight points. To compensate, the advancer (doubler's partner) adds two points to the ranges of his bids. A simple suit bid shows 0-10 points, a ...
Last week we covered the basic replies to a one-level takeout double. A simple advance in a suit shows 0-8 points, a single jump in a suit promises 9-11, and a cue-bid announces 12-plus. But what happens if the advancer (doubler's partner) is a passed hand, so cannot have 12 points?
DEAR DR. GOTT: I woke up deaf in both ears after having a hysterectomy. I went to my doctor threes days in a row and begged, pleaded and cried to have a penicillin shot. He kept saying no but eventually caved in. The morning after the shot, my hearing was back to normal. I immediately called and thanked him. A few days later, I received a letter in the mail stating that he could no longer be my doctor because I wouldn't take his advice and that I should see an ear-nose-and-throat specialist for any future ear problems.
A busier-than-usual year ahead could be in the offing, helping to heal an unfulfilled need you've been harboring deep inside. Not only will turn some dreams into realities; you'll also make a few new good friends in the process.
Your patience will make achieving your objectives attainable in the year ahead. Even if the progress is rather slow, sticking with your game plan will eventually pay off in bigger ways than you thought.