“I miss the adrenaline of special events,” my friend Emily’s email message read. We had worked together at a nonprofit organization a couple of years back and had worked side-by-side through many events. I had sent her a message and mentioned that I had an event the next day.
About 5 minutes after I read Emily’s email, I got another email message from the Operations Manager of the next-day’s venue. With less than 24 hours until our guests arrived, the manager’s message read [paraphrasing],
“Dear Event Organizer: We know your event is tomorrow, but we’re writing to tell you that we’ve changed all of our rules. Here are our new rules, including the rules you must follow before your event. If you don’t follow every single one of the rules, your event will be cancelled. By the way, surprise: here is your new invoice. We’ve changed that, too.”
Note to self: “must tell Emily not to write foreshadowing email messages.”