Old but classic air balloon

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  1. An officer in a hot air balloon realised he was lost. He reduced altitude and spotted an Senior Rate 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 SR 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 an senior rate ," said the officer.

    "I am," replied the SR, "How did you know?"

    "Well," answered the officer, "everything you told me is technically correct, but I've no idea what to make of your information and the fact is that I'm still lost. Frankly, you've not been much help at all. If anything, you've delayed my trip."

    The SR below responded, "You must be an officer."

    "I am," replied SJ, "but how did you know?"

    "Well," said the SR, "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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