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    A man in a hot air balloon, realizing he was lost, reduced altitude and spotted a woman below. He descended further and shouted to the lady "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 in IT," said the balloonist.

    "Actually I am," replied the woman, "How did you know?"

    "Well," answered the balloonist, "everything you have 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 trip."

    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 fault..."
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    [quote name='Jezza' post='781935' date='26-Jun-2009 16:36'][/quote]
    I have lost count of the number of times I have seen reworks of this tale!
    I think the original was about a plane flying close to an IBM building, and the pilot asking where he was... (Yes, here it is, from 1987...)
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    The most recent iteration I've heard was a EU functionaire, on the ground and an EC official in the balloon. I thought it was a true story

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    [quote name='BATcher' post='781953' date='26-Jun-2009 18:10']... (Yes, here it is, from 1987...)[/quote]

    Gosh 1987, no wonder, I wasn't born 1987
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    [quote name='Jezza' post='781962' date='26-Jun-2009 14:03']Gosh 1987, no wonder, I wasn't born 1987[/quote]

    Yes, we all know you were born way before that...
    Carpy Diem, it's .

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