As a middle aged, unmarried man it shouldn’t be very surprising that most of my friends and acquaintances are also middle aged and unmarried. That means I have a lot of friends doing the dating thing: online dating, singles bars, singles mixers, etc. One thing I notice quite often is how many of them abide by the “one strike and you’re out” rule. No second chances. I’m not convinced this is in their best interest when it comes to finding a good companion.