Discuss with partners weird auctions and ask for their take. Being "right" is less important than being on the same page. A case in point.
Last Thursday, a friend (who shall remain nameless) and I perpetrated this nightmare auction:
This, of course, made no sense. 3H cannot be to play, can it?
I asked my wife about the sequence, giving her my friend's hand. She passed 3H also. Weird.
So, I then had a more sane discussion with my regular tournament partner. Of course he agreed that 3H was clearly a fit bid of some variety, supporting spades. But, what meaning?
My take was "bid where you live." I wanted to show heart values naturally, implying a stiff club, honor-third in spades, Ace or King of hearts, with good diamonds headed by the Ace. That way, when partner has something somewhat like his actual hand (AJxxxx-K10xx-x-xx), he likes his hand, which is a good thing.
Eichenbaum's take was that 3H showed shortness, as many calls in similar sequences tend shortness.
I don't know or care so much whether "where you live" or "shortness" is the better in theory. The best is whatever we agree and whatever springs from consistent thinking. In retrospect, I would probably expect shortness with Eichenbaum but expected a "where I live" approach with the friend.
Maybe toss this sequence at your partner?