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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

PM Humor - A woman in a hot air balloon . . .

A woman in a hot air balloon was lost.  She reduced altitude and spotted a man below.  She descended a bit more and shouted:

“Excuse me, can you help?  I promised a friend I would meet her an hour ago, but I don’t know where I am.”

The man replied: “You are in a hot air balloon hovering approximately 30 feet above alkali desert scrub habitat, 2.7 miles west of the Colorado River near one of the remnant populations and spawning grounds of the razorback sucker.”

“You must be a biologist” said the balloonist.

“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 make of your information, and that fact is I am still lost.  Frankly, you’ve not been that much help so far.”

The man responded:  “You must be a project manager.”

“I am,” replied the balloonist, “but how did you know?”

“Well” said the man, “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 to someone that you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve your problem.  The fact is, you are in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but somehow it’s now my fault!”


  1. This went over quite well on Tuesday when I was asked to provide a laugh at the Power Toastmasters club meeting.

  2. This joke won me 10 PDUs worth of PM training from Velociteach via the SavvyPM Blog. Woot!