lol, mattmac. you'll fly a helicopter (a marvel of physics and mechanics that it gets off the ground), but you won't fly in a hot air baloon?
hot air v.s. cyclic/collective/thrust/ counter rotation, etc. etc...
j/k. i'd love to try to fly one.
i've spent way too manmy hours flying simulators, so that when i used to hang out in a pub that was frequented by a lot of pilots, they thought i was one by our casual conversations.
but i really was given the opportunity to fly a cessna 152. i loved every second of it. simulators are great, but there's no way to judge ground speed and the "seat of your pants" effect until you're actually in the air.