11 May 2016

Story #8 Is the budget nightmare over?

A great idea and enough money for it to be realized never go together. How well do I know that!

I do not remember any more how many times we adapted the expo budget to reach the clients needs but still to be able to cover all of the costs. But I do remember very well that right after the budget had been approved I couldn't look at any excel tables for months.

Knowing that, you can imagine that I wasn't all that eager to cover the money topic here. But as usual… a Something wanted me to write about it and I decided to go for it. This time however in a bit of a different way. We made a deal - me and Mr Something. I write a post about money and he gives me some extra fun in exchange.

Papers signed! Hands shaken! Snap off! Snap on! Quick change of the fairy tale AND... for the first time in the Art in the Box studio welcome to Ms Marie la Money who is ready for an interview regarding the nature of money!

Saba: Hello Ms Money. Thank you for coming. I must say that to have you here feels almost like dating Yeti!
Marie la Money: I'm not heading in that direction yet, but who knows! Thank you for your invitation.

Looking at you it's actually obvious but I have to ask this question. Is money really female?
Most of the time I feel like a woman, I have to admit.

And the rest of the time?
You don't really want to know that, baby!

Hmm... right, then maybe we'll move on to the next chapter - the Art in the Box unfulfilled financial needs. Why has the Art in the Box so many problems finding money for the expo?
You see, everything about the Art in the Box is crazy – the boxes, the design, the team… so that the way of getting money for your project must simply be crazy as well. In that way you maintain your role. It would be a real shame if you received the money you need just like that, without any obstacles.

To be honest, we wouldn't mind some easy money at all.
You have to understand, the expo and everything around it must be tasty. It must have this
special unforgettable flavour, financial issues included. It's all a part of the game. Got it?

Almost. Any hint on how to get money for this year's expo?
Look out all around the area or even further and who knows what’s hidden right round the corner. And maybe change a bit of the financial strategy. Money sometimes flies almost from heaven.

Thank you very much for this little piece of clarification but honestly I was counting on something more concrete. While for now the only concrete thing is that we will have to work out the problem by ourselves.
Ironic smile on Ms Money's face. No reply.

I  can see we have exhausted the Art in the Box money subject. So, unrelatedly, do you like playing jokes?
I love it!

What would you do then if you had the chance to play a money joke on people?
He he he, just in the middle of the Christmas shopping period I would disappear from everyone's pockets, wallets, bank accounts, stinky socks, sewage pipes or any other hiding places.

And why would you like to do this?
Simply to see how people react. I would like to see what kind of crazy ideas they come up with to explain my mystery disappearance. And whom would they blame for it.

Is there something important that people do not understand about money?
Indeed, there is.

Could you tell us what it is?
Actually I could but don't blame me afterwards for turning your world upside down!

I will take that risk.
Money, although it might be difficult to understand, has her own life and sometimes wants to decide herself how she wants to be spent. People however don't understand this concept and this subsequently leads to a lot of confusion and sudden money losses. When Money gets upset with a person because of they way they spend her, she takes a quick decision to change the environment and move. People call this kind of situation: bad luck, theft or rip-off while all of these situations are nothing else but a simple financial emigration. Money chooses someone else's pocket to live in. That's all.

So, all the traffic fines I've received recently were because My Money was upset with me and my way of managing it and decided to leave my pocket?
Finally you got it, baby!

I think that's enough even for me! Anyway, thank you for the conversation.
Thank you to you too. And wait a second! A surprise is coming!

Looks like it's time for a strong beer or even two!
Don't forget to drink a toast to me, as well!

Written by Sabina Stachnik

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