Hot Air Balloon Joke

A man is flying in a hot-air balloon and realizes he is lost. He reduces height and spots a man below. He lowers the balloon farther and shouts, “Excuse me! Can you tell me where I am?”

The man below says: “Yes, you’re in a hot-air balloon, hovering 30 feet above this field.”

“You must be an engineer,” says the balloonist.

“I am,” replies the man. “How did you know?”

“Well,” says the balloonist, “everything you have told me is technically correct, but it’s no use to anyone.”

The man below says, “You must be in management.”

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

“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.”




Out of the night that covers me,
      Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
      For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
      I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
      My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
      Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
      Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
      How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
      I am the captain of my soul.
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090511- Bravo Zulu

Dear Son,

It was good to see you today. I know I have said I am proud of you a few times before, but that was for the decision and commitment you made. I am proud of you today for what you have accomplished and the bearing it will have on the rest of your life.

The man whose hand I shook at PIR was not the boy that I dropped off at the recruiters office 2 months ago. You are more confident and sure of yourself. You looked me in the eye when I shook your hand and gave you the challenge coin. Your walk is different and you carry yourself with purpose. In 2 months, the Navy polished up what i worked on for 20 years.

When you went to the bathroom at lunch your buddy told Kyle that you mentioned numerous times that you said you missed throwing the football with him. As a parent that one sentence imploded me. Kyle admires you and misses you greatly and it was the single most important thing to him that he bring a football for you guys to throw while we were together. To see my sons connect like that melts my heart as a father.

I want to wish you luck in “A” school and to encourage you to keep your eye on the ball. Make good decisions, not only related to your career, but in your daily life as well. You sound like you have a financial plan, but don’t forget to have a plan for where you want to be when you get out of the Navy as well. I have mentioned before that the best laid plans are obsolete the moment they are interested, but that doesn’t diminish the need for a plan to chart your course by.

Please remember to call your mother weekly and let her know what is going on in your life. Send emails and pictures when you can and remember that wherever the Navy takes you, you are always a Texas boy.

Bravo Zulu, son.