I’m not too proud to deny today’s headline is right from one of Lisa Hirsch’s recent posts at Iron Tongue of Midnight. Having said that, it inspired me to write a little something based on very real events, however, names and places have been changed.
1) “Good morning Herr Schmidt, I wanted to let you know we finished up the electrical for the musician housing ahead of ahead of schedule but I’m sorry to say the building won’t be ready for occupancy until six weeks after the scheduled delivery date*. We can find some time to talk about this after I’m back from holiday in 10 days.”
*this was already a cutting-it-too-close-for-comfort seven days before musicians were set to begin arriving.
Needless to say, coffee was prepared to go as key members of the executive team were split between finding pressure points to get the contractor to finish work on time and scouting Plan B housing solutions. I was happy to lead Team #1 and was even happier when those efforts produced the desired result.
2) “Morning boss, the ticketing provider just called. Good news, bad news: they apparently weren’t informed we sent out our season announcement and 24-hour offer this morning. Good news is it turns out response was six times higher than what we anticipated. Bad news is they didn’t it crashed their server and it won’t be back up for several more hours. Oh, I’m calling from my cell because we lost the box office land line too.”
I’m glad to say this is one I watched from the sideline as an observer.
3) “It turns out the storm was strong enough to engulf the underground parking garage next to the offices and the overflow went into our basement and lower instrument storage facilities. Most of the music library is destroyed. We don’t know yet how many percussion instruments are lost.”
As comforting as fully paid insurance premiums are, some assets are irreplaceable.
What about you? Have there been any early morning calls that he mere thought of still send shivers down your spine?