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Balloon A man in a hot air balloon realizes that he is lost. He reduces height and spots a man below. He goes closer and yells out, "Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend that I would meet him a half and hour ago, but I don't know where I am!"

The man below says, "Yes, you are in a hot air balloon, hovering about thirty feet above the ground. You are at latitude 42 degrees north and longitude 58 degrees west."

"You must be a sponsor", said the man in the balloon.

"I am", replies the man on the ground, "How did you know?"

"Well," he says to the sponsor, "everything you have told me is technically correct. But I have no idea what to make of your information, and the fact is that I am still lost."

"You must be a sponsee", the man on the ground stated.

"That's right, but how did you know?" asked the balloonist.

"Well," replies the sponsor, "you do not know where you are or where you are going. You have made a promise that you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve your problem. The fact is, you have the same problem you had when we met except now it is somehow my fault."


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