Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Altitude Analysis

FADE IN:
Scene 1: Interior

Typical military office of an officer. Mahogany desk, flag, awards and certificates adorn the walls. The Colonel sits at his desk shaking his head. He is looking at papers and is clearly distressed. After a moment he presses the intercom on his desk

COLONEL
Send in Jenkins!

JENKINS enters and salutes. The COLONEL returns the salute.

COLONEL
At ease Jenkins. I'm glad you could come in today. I want to discuss the issue at hand but I don't want to get bogged down in the details.

JENKINS
Of course sir. So, you just want a high level overview?
COLONEL
Right. 
JENKINS
Okay! I can give you the 30,000 foot view of the issue, if you like.
COLONEL
Well, see, that's just the thing. 30,000 feet up is pretty high up. Is it too high?
JENKINS
Yes, it is, for a commercial airline it a fairly normal altitude. Some go up to 36,000 feet. But some of our military planes fly 100,000 feet up. Maybe you'd like that view of the issue.
COLONEL
Yes, of course, that sounds good, but that is pretty high up. I'll need metaphorical oxygen for this won't I?
JENKINS
Yes, you will. In fact, you'll need a metaphorical pressure suit. 
COLONEL
Well, that doesn't worry me. 
JENKINS
Now you could go higher, say up to the 300,000 foot level. Now you are in essentially in space. There is really no atmosphere and your metaphorical plane's wings are useless. You'll need a metaphorical rocket.
COLONEL
That's too high up. I don't need the 300,000 foot view of this issue. I don't think its that big. Take me back down to 30,000 feet.
JENKINS
Yes sir. Now, as I was saying, taking the 30,000 foot view of the issue...
COLONEL
One second! From up here, I can see the metaphorical landscape, even roads and towns, but I can't make out any people. I'm not sure but I think this is too high.
JENKINS
Well, let's look at this from the 10,000 foot level. What do you think of that?
COLONEL
Hmmm. Yes, yes, this is better. I get a better sense of what is going on. I can even see metaphorical kids playing metaphorical soccer on that metaphorical field.
JENKINS
Exactly! I think you are on to something. Shall we continue?
COLONEL
No, Jenkins. You've been very helpful. I now have a good sense of what metaphorical altitude I should use from here on.
JENKINS
Thank you sir.


FADE OUT

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