We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Assuming that you will have a potential of N choices, and you can rank your choices, and you have to leave each one behind in turn, then to maximize the rank of your final choice, you should skip the first sqr(N)-1, taking the best ever following. For example, in the dating scene, let's say you are good with the opposite sex and will have 100 potential mates to choose from, you should skip the first nine, then take the best so far after that.
If after k number of dates, you have met ranking #1, then you can estimate N by by applying Amanda's Rule, as k*e. So if you meet your perfect mate after 11 dates, then your N = 30.