From: Robert Wieland, INTERNET:wieland@ME.UDel.Edu
To: "J. Michael Munroe", mmunroe
Date: 1/20/2003 9:32 PM
I hope I don't make a pest of myself sending you jokes, but I saw a
version of this & typed it in from memory.
A man out on a solo balloon flight got lost above the clouds.
Descending cautiously, he broke through the clouds to
see a woman standing below him. "Hey down there! Can you tell me where
I am?" the man called.
The woman looked up surprised, then said, "You are about 30 feet above
a public footpath in the basket of a hot air balloon.
You are about 39.7 degrees north latitude, and 75.8 degrees west
longitude. I believe we are something like 200 feet above sea
The man frowned, and said "Are you an engineer?" "Yes, why?" the
woman replied. "Well, although I have no doubt that what you've told me
is technically correct, it does nothing to solve my problem. I have to
meet someone important in an hour, but after hearing your explanation
of where I am I still don't know which way I should go. Talking with
you has done nothing but waste part of my hour;
you've actually set me back."
"I see." said the woman. "You're a manager, aren't you?"
"Well, yes I am, but how did you know?"
"You've risen to great heights on hot air, but you don't have a
clue as to where you are. You've made a promise you don't know
how to keep, and you fully expect that problem to be solved for you by
someone below you. Two minutes ago we hadn't met, and I had no possible
responsibility for your situation; now, you're acting as if it's my
Robert Wieland email@example.com
You can easily peg people by listening to them recount a hand: winners
talk about how they played the cards they were dealt;
non-winners, about how they should have played the cards they were
dealt; and losers, about the cards they should have been dealt.