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John Loftus
09-06-2002, 01:17 PM
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 woman 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 woman, "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. If anything, you've delayed my

The woman below 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're
going. You have risen to where you are due to a
large quantity of hot air. You made a promise,
which you've no idea how to keep, and you expect
people beneath you to solve your problems. The
fact is you are in exactly the same position you
were in before we met, but now, somehow, it's my

Scott Brunkhurst
09-06-2002, 02:02 PM

Well done.

Product Designer

09-07-2002, 07:02 PM

.....but it leaves me slightly confused....

im thinking about doing a course at university called 'manufacturing enginering and management'

what does that make me..a non sensical gibering engineer full of hot air with people underneath me doing the job i cant ........

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