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The Man and the Ballonist

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posted on Jan, 10 2006 @ 01:09 PM
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A man in a hot air balloon realized he was lost. He reduced altitude and spotted a woman below. He descended a bit more and shouted, "Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don't know where I am."

The man below replied, "You're in a hot air balloon hovering approximately 30 feet above the ground. You're between 40 and 41 degrees north latitude and between 59 and 60 degrees west longitude."

"You must be an engineer," said the balloonist.

"I am," replied the man, "How did you know?"

"Well," answered the balloonist, "everything you told me is, technically correct, but I've no idea what to make of your information, and the fact is I'm still lost. Frankly, you've not been much help at all. Furthermore, I will now be late for my meeting!"

The man below responded, "You must be the Manager of a major Oil Company."

"I am," replied the balloonist, "but how did you know?"

"Well," said the woman, "you don't know where you are or where you're going. You made a promise, which you've no idea how to keep, and you expect people beneath you to solve your problems. And as for being late, the fact is you are in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but now, somehow, it has become my fault."




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