DEAR ABBY: I am a 27-year-old woman who lives alone in a house I own. Sometimes strangers come to the house for various reasons -- plumbers, electricians, etc.
One question I am frequently asked is, "Do you live alone?" I just don't know how to answer that question without feeling like someone might take advantage of me. Can you help me and other single women by providing an appropriate response? -- CAUTIOUS BACHELORETTE, HUNTSVILLE, ALA.
DEAR BACHELORETTE: Gladly. Your gut instincts are on target. I ran your question by my local police department. While I do not usually advise readers to lie, this is the exception that proves the rule. If you are asked if you live alone, reply: "No, I do not live alone. My boyfriend (brother, nephew, etc.) lives here too. Why do you ask?"