The Balloonist and the Programmer
Thursday, September 13, 2001
A man is flying in a hot air balloon and realizes he is completely lost. He reduces height and spots a man down below. He lowers the balloon further and shouts: "Excuse me, I was wondering if can you tell me where I am? I seem to be lost."Source: 2KAD
The man below is surprised for a moment, and then replies "Yes, that's easy, you're in a hot air balloon, hovering about 25 feet above this field."
"You must work in Information Technology, most probably a programmer." says the balloonist.
"I do, and I am," replies the man, looking mildly surprised, "How did you deduce that?."
"Well" says the balloonist, "everything you have told me is technically correct, but it's of no actual use to anyone."
The man below replies, "Ah, you must work in business."
"Yes, I do" replies the balloonist, "but how did you know that?"
"Well", says the man, "You don't know where you are, or where you're going, but you expect me to be able to help. You're in the same position you were before we met, but now it's my fault."