Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Dedicated to Dr. R. (You KNOW who you are!)

So, a guy is flying in a hot air balloon. He's lost. He lowers himself down over a field and yells to a guy there:

Balloon guy (BG): Can you tell me where I am and which way I'm headed?

Ground guy (GG): Sure. You're at 43 degrees, 2 minutes, 12 seconds north; 135 degrees, 17 minutes, 3 seconds east. You're at 324 meters above sea level. Right now, you're hovering, but on your way here you were at a vector of 244 degrees and 3.2 meters per second .

BG: Amazing. Thanks. By the way, do you have Asperger's Syndrome?

GG: Geeze! I do! But how did you know that?

BG: Well, everything you told me is incredibly accurate, you've given me more detail than I need, but you've told me in a way that makes it completely useless to me!

GG: Huh. Are you a clinical psychologist?

BG: I am! But how the heck did you know that????

GG: You don't know where you are, and you don't know where you're going. You got where you are by blowing hot air. You put labels on people after asking them a few questions. And, you're in exactly the same spot you were 5 minutes ago, but now, somehow, it's my fault!