|Man in a balloon|
|A man in a hot air balloon realised that 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 that I would meet him an hour ago, but I don't know where I am."|
The woman replied "You are in a hot air balloon hovering approximately 30 feet above the ground. You are between 40 and 41 degrees north latitude and between 59 and 60 degrees west longitude."
"You must be a scientist" shouted the balloonist.
"I am" said the woman. "How did you know?"
"Well" answered the balloonist, "everything that you told me is presumably technically correct, but I have no idea what to make of the information, and the fact is, I am still lost. Frankly, you have not been much help."
The woman responded "You must be in management."
"I am" replied the balloonist, "but how did you know?"
"Well" said the woman, "you don't know where you are or where you are going. You have risen to where you are by means of a large volume of hot air. You have made a promise that you have no idea how to keep, and you expect people below you to solve your problems you have created. You are in exactly the same position you were in before we met but now, somehow, it is my fault!"