Guest: “I try not to.”
This means “Yes” in answer to questions like: “Do you cheat on your diet, stick Q-tips in your ears, consume too much food, alcohol, tranquilizers, salt, or laxatives?.”
Guest: “I try.”
This means “No” when I ask if someone has obeyed instructions that are almost impossible to obey (take a pill every four hours, stick to an exercise program, ignore a crying baby)...
Guest: “Everyone tells me what a great doctor you are….”
My heart sinks when I hear this because it precedes a request that I’m not likely to fulfill.