what are the odds…

whenever someone asks me about ms scribe…or the perpetual cliche…hows married life treating you…i always find myself saying…i got lucky…somehow, i don’t get the feeling they understand how true that really is…i can prove it…

four or five years ago…because im such a romantic…and because no matter how big denver gets…it can feel like a small town when youre on a date with someone who knows one of your exes…i was begining to wonder if i had run through the entire dating pool in this city…so…i crunched the numbers…

at that time the estimated population in the front range area was somewhere around…1 million…[correction: that number was for the six county that make up the greater metropolitan area; Adams. Arapaho, Boulder, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson counties]…and all points in between…even though i know there are slightly more women than men in the area…to keep the math simple i just dividedthat number in half…because…im such a mathlete…

500,000…because the age range i was interested in…25-35…was so narrow…i reduced that number to a third…that age range is either a reflection of my arrogance…or my naivete…i’ll leave that for you to decide…

166,666…from that number i removed those who would have no interest in me…and those who i would have no interest in…racists…the insane…either congenital or chemically induced…lesbians…what have you…another third…

55,555…i reduced this number by eliminating anyone living outside of denver…why…i didn’t own a car…what a winner…

18,518…another third…i figured about half of these women would be married…so…

9,529…and i rounded it up…for sake of generosity…

10,000…

if my potential dating pool was ten thousand women in the city of denver…i still had a lot of work to do…that’s just a little less than a thousand dates a year…for ten years…if i shot for an average of ten dates a month…well you can see where i was headed…

even when i met the future ms scribe…she was supposed to be just one of those ten thousand…and it’s music to a single mans ears when the woman he’s dating says nearly simultaneous as him…i’m not looking for anything serious, let’s just keep things fun…

and then one morning i was laying in bed…looking at her…and something inside me said…of course…i’m supposed to be with this woman…it would be a tremendous mistake if i were not with this woman…and so…here we are…

1 in 10,000…i am a lucky man…

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