Wednesday, September 29, 2004

The Lost Balloonist

A woman in a hot air balloon realized she was lost. She lowered her altitude and spotted a man in a boat below.

She shouted to him, "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 man consulted his portable GPS and replied, "You're in a hot air balloon, approximately 30 feet above a ground elevation of 346 feet above sea level. You are at 31 degrees, 14.97 minutes north latitude and 100 degrees, 49.09 minutes west longitude.

She rolled her eyes and said, "You must be a Republican." "I am," replied the man. "How did you know?" "Well," answered the balloonist, "everything you told me is technically correct, but I have no idea what to do with your information, and I'm still lost. Frankly, you've not been much help to me."

The man smiled and responded, "You must be a Democrat." "I am," replied the balloonist. "How didyou know?"

"Well," said the man, "you don't know where you are or where you're going. You've risen to where you are, due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise that you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve your problem. You're in exactly the same position you were in before we met but, somehow, now it's my fault."


  1. That is hilarious! Hi Pat. Yes, thank you for the e-mail. I did receive it. I just realized that because I was writing so much, others did not want to write. They felt like I was taking over, or something like that. Maybe they wanted more Iraqis to write, with which I agree. I was just sad because they had talked to me, but they never mentioned it. I didn't mean to hurt anyone, but I did. That is why I felt bad. I am okay. Everything is okay now. They want me to write only once a week, even though there are only four of us. We'll see how it goes. Either way, no one can stop me from posting as many a day as I want to! :-) Did you read my prayer? God bless you.

  2. That story is a beauty, I'll have to adapt it for the UK politicians.

  3. What a great story. Thanks for sharing with everyone.