Numbers Aren't Creative
Age is just a number.
So is batting average. Sale price. Your max benchpress. Miles per hour.
Say the number and you pre-empt the story. Eliminate the story and you get rid of a shot at creativity and most likely, connection.
So you can ask how old I am. Or you can tell me how many push ups you do each day. But then let's get deeper than a number.
Let's ask why.
Tell me the story about that number. That's what I'd like to hear.