95% of all women (at least, in NYC) are "undatable."
As I think about this date I'm going on tonight, I reflect on many things: second chances, "settling," and finding a durable, mutually supportive and enduring relationship, and I've come to the following conclusion: 95% of the population is "undatable," meaning they are not relationship material.
If we start at 100% of who is "eligible," we can immediately knock out about 75% to whom I feel no physical attraction. Let's face it, many people who are still single in their 40's and 50's are not all that attractive. It's not that my standards are impossibly high, but I like being with a partner whom I find attractive; we all do.
Which leaves 25% of the population; of those, you have to knock out those who live far away (I'm not going to NJ!), have jobs that they work 60 hours per week, have pets or family that command their attention most of the time, so there's no time for a relationship. That's easily another 20%.
Which leaves us "5 percenters," which is a very, very small pool of "dateable" men and women. The odds of success are very slim, but on the other hand, what choices do we have?
Date we must.