A man in a hot air balloon over the Belgian countryside realized he was
lost. He reduced altitude and spotted a woman below.

Descending a bit more he shouted, "Excuse me, can you help? I promised
a friend I would meet him an hour ago but I don't know where I am". The
woman replied, "You're in a hot air balloon, approximately 30 feet above
the ground, between 40/41 degrees latitude, north, and 59/60 degrees
west, longitude".
"You must be a middle-grade EU Official", said the balloonist. "I am",
replied the woman, "I'm a Grade A*5. How did you know?"

"Well", answered the balloonist, "everything you told me is
technically correct but I have no idea what to make of your information
and the fact is, I am still lost. Frankly, you've not been much help at
all. If anything, you have delayed my trip."
The woman below responded, "You must be a Senior EU Official".
"I am," replied the balloonist, "But how did you know?"

"Well," replied the woman, "you don't know where you are or where you
are going. You have risen to where you are due to a large quantity of
hot air. You made a promise which you have no idea how to keep, and you
expect people beneath you to solve your problem. The fact is you are in
exactly the same position you were in before we met, but now, somehow,
it's my fault".

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