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The Man Date mandate

When two guys escape the wife and kids for a night to hang out, certain rules apply.

IT IS A TRUTH UNIVERSALLY acknowledged that a middle-aged guy in possession of a wife and one or more spirited children must be in want of a Man Date. By “Man Date,” I am referring to a specific ritual, governed by specific rules, and intended to prevent the guy in question from descending into an abiding psychosis.

Rule One: Requests for a Man Date are to be honored within 48 hours.

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