Who’s full of hot air? Not moi!

(Photo credit to Asheville Balloon Rides)

I think we will take this hot air ballon trip over Asheville and the French Broad River sometime as the colors change this fall. There’s a whisper of the changing season here in the mountains: the corn has been harvested, cooler weather crops are going in and the view from the house is slightly different as the sun sets a bit more to the southwest. I’m loving it, although today was the first day it hasn’t rained in three and I spent it organizing (FINALLY) my studio/workshop space. That’s because more rain was predicted and I just couldn’t shift gears once I was headed down that path. Watch. Tomorrow, when gardening is on the schedule, it will rain. I have some lovely photos of garden gifts that have come to me from neighbors here and I’ll get those up. Anyway, hope you’ve been having a lovely weekend in your neck of the woods. Oh! Balloon rides reminds me of this:

A woman in a hot air balloon realized that she was lost.  She lowered her altitude and spotted a man in a boat below.  She shouted to him, “Excuse me, can you help me?  I promised a friend that I would meet him an hour ago, but I don’t know where I am.”
The man consulted his portable GPS and replied, “You’re in a hot air balloon, approximately 30 feet above ground elevation of 2,346 feet above sea level.  You are at 31 degrees, 14.97 minutes north latitude and 100 degrees, 49.09  minutes west longitude.
She rolled her eyes and said, “You must be an Obama Democrat.”
“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 do with your information, and I’m still  lost. Frankly, you’ve not been much help to me.”
The man smiled and responded, “You must be a Republican.”
“I am,” replied the balloonist. “How did you know?”
“Well,” said the man, “you don’t know where you are or where you are going.  You’ve risen to where you are due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a  promise you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve your  problem. You’re in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but somehow, now it’s my fault.


11 responses to “Who’s full of hot air? Not moi!

  1. That’s odd – I heard that joke the other way around! HA!

  2. Love the joke and the photo? – priceless!!! I have always wanted to ride in a balloon, but the one time mr. kenju decided we could do it, he made the reservation and the very next day, the balloon pilot hit high power lines and died. He refused to make reservations with another pilot. Bah.

  3. As much as I fear heights, I think I could do the balloon. I’m with Karen. I think I heard that joke the other way around too.

  4. How many people will fit in that balloon?

  5. Ack! Never mind. $200 per person just to be scared out of my mind? I’ll pass.

  6. I agree with Karen about the joke. I liked Judy’s… about the man in a forest without any women around… is he still wrong?

    The jury is out on the hot air balloon ride… would love to see and photograph from a balloon, but don’t really like the feeling of my stomach remaining up there when I am coming down. Same reason I don’t care for roller coasters.

    We had 2.8 inches of rain this morning. What a mess.

  7. It will be a cold day in hell before you see me in a hot air balloon. Fears of heights and open flames just do not work well together.

  8. All these sweet conservative friends of mine…go figure. 😉

  9. My first date with my husband was a hot air balloon ride over the Napa Valley in late November. It was fun and very peaceful since balloons are slow and smooth upon take off and very quiet except for the furnace blasts. No comment about the joke.

  10. A garden variety helium balloon, the type you can get at your local fair, is good enough for me. I would become mighty religious and prayerful if you took me up on one of those. But take lots of pretty pictures. I’d like to see some.

    Speaking of politics, here’s my son’s latest report from his internship in DC: gas is cheap but coffee is expensive. I’ll keep you posted.

  11. lets see >>>
    in case anybody is interested:
    31:15′ N — 100:49 W is:
    Mertzon , town (1990 pop. 778), Irion co., W Texas, 25 mi/40 km SW of San Angelo, and on a tributary of Concho R.; 31°15’N 100°49’W. Elev. 2,250 ft/686 m. Retail, shipping point for sheep-ranching region; wool warehouses; mfg. (natural gas processing, meat prods.).

    elevation is correct … more or less. however: there isn’t enough water there to float a boat!
    and … what are the odds that there is even one Obama democrat there ?!

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