LIFE CAN BE TOUGH for the unattached. You know, leaving the “Plus One” box empty on a wedding invitation, dining out with a copy of Eat, Pray, Love as your only companion. On the other hand, until commitment calls you to the other side, you can revel in the fact that you live in Portland, a place where the number of singles per capita bests the national average. Of course, just because there may be more unwed men and women out there, that doesn’t mean it’s any easier to catch them. Which is why we’re here to help. We’ve wrangled relationship experts to tell us what singles are doing right and wrong in each of the three phases of single life—looking, dating, and committing—and have wracked our brains for strategic pickup spots, dates that are sure to score points, and ways to seal the deal. Will 2008 be the year you surrender your singlehood altogether? Perhaps. But if it isn’t, go forth as a wiser single and gloat to your married friends about how much fun you’re having. For the first time, you might actually mean it.