The Balloonist and the Hiker

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One day a man, who was travelling in a hot air balloon, realised he was lost. He reduced altitude and spotted a woman hiking down 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 hiker, shouting back, replied, “You are in a hot air balloon approximately 30 feet above the ground. Your position is about 30 degrees north latitude and 90 degrees west longitude.”
“Hey, what are you, a technician?” yelled the balloonist.
“Yes, I am,” the hiker shouted back. “How did you guess?”
“Well,” shouted the balloonist, “everything you’ve told me is technically correct, but I have no idea what to do with your information! The fact is, I’m still lost, and you haven’t said or done a single thing to help!”
“Ah, you must be in management.” the hiker yelled back.
“I am,” shouted the balloonist, “but how did you guess?”
“Easy.” the hiker yelled. “You don’t know where you are. You don’t know where you’re going. You’ve risen to where you are thanks to a large quantity of hot air. You’ve made a promise that you have no idea how to keep, and now you expect me to resolve your problem. The fact is you are in exactly the same position that you were in before we met, but now, somehow, it’s all my fault!”

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11 risposte a “The Balloonist and the Hiker

  1. simone

    7 giugno 2016 at 12:07

    ahaha, very very nice!

    • Tony

      7 giugno 2016 at 15:06

      Glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

  2. Mirella

    7 giugno 2016 at 10:25

    Funny but very true, like our last governments, full of managers and technicians!
    Thanks to share 😉

  3. CalMaFdd

    6 giugno 2016 at 20:51

    It’s a very nice story, light and informative. Thanks for sharing.

    • Tony

      6 giugno 2016 at 21:18

      Glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

    • marilia etzi

      7 giugno 2016 at 02:53

      Divertente… Grazie

  4. Cal Lightman (@CalLightman12)

    6 giugno 2016 at 17:16


    • Tony

      6 giugno 2016 at 17:19

      Did you enjoy the story?

      • Mario

        6 giugno 2016 at 18:42

        Yes,I do. I understood and was delighted about all your funny story. I had to translate just a word “somehow”. Thank you so much for everything you are doing for us. And excuse for my bad English, but I’m still learning.

        • Tony

          6 giugno 2016 at 18:47

          Hi Mario. I’m so glad you enjoyed the story. Your English isn’t bad at all. Let me show you the few small mistakes you made:

          • Yes, I did • (risposta breve con lo stesso tempo della domanda)
          • delighted with your funny story •
          • excuse my bad English •

          Not bad at all! 🙂


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