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    On navigating and hot air
    From: Peter Fogg
    Date: 2007 Aug 17, 17:41 +1000

    A man in a hot air balloon realized that 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 approximately 30
    feet above the ground. You're between 50 and 51 degrees north latitude
    and between 114 and 115 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 how I can make use of your
    information. The fact is I'm still lost. Frankly, you've not been much
    help at all! If anything, you've only delayed my trip further."
    
     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, but now, somehow,
    you've managed to make it my fault!!"
    
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