Sometimes I don't want to answer the question.
Simple ones, like: "What's new?"
Or the deeper button-pushing ones I've had over the years:
"Are you still unemployed?"
"Are you seeing anyone?"
"How are your finances?"
And then it finally hit me. I don't have to answer every question I get asked.
Imagine responding to someone's uninviting question with a big warm smile and saying, "I don't feel like answering that right now. May I have another?"