Last summer the band I am in OE-2-KB (“Old Enough-2-Know Better”) played an outdoor venue on the St. Johns River. We were worried about rain, but that was not the problem. We just happened to be there the one night a million blind mosquitoes hatched. It was no big deal—or in text-speak “NBD”—except we could not continue playing. The blind mosquitoes did not bite, but I had a page of my music stuck together with dead bug bodies. We had bugs in our music, in our mouths, and in our instruments. Similarly, in an agreement between friends, what seems like NBD, can become a bigger deal than expected.
It is no big deal…until it is.
You do not go into business with someone you think you are going to have to sue, but misunderstanding is a quick remedy to friendship, especially with a spoken contract. If you are doing business with someone, go ahead and write it down. Then you both have a record to refer back to, and specified remedies if there is a breach of contract.
Contracts take the mystery out of a situation. They specify an action for every event. In other words, they are made to be broken. And they are made to be kept.
A contract is going to end in one of three ways:
- Breached by one party.
- Breached by both parties.
Regardless of how the contract terminates, there are provisions for each of the scenarios.
Keep your friends close and your friends-you-have-contracts-with even closer!
OE-2-KB plays next on August 19 at 7:00 pm at Gypsy Cab’s Corner Bar, and then at the Orioles Nest #324 August 21 at 8:00 pm. Both of those are indoors so the blind mosquitoes are NBD.