In my life thus far, I have learnt many lessons. Many of which run contrary to the cliches and axioms that we keep hearing.
One of these is the following:-
Plans do not survive contact with the enemy.
Some people might not see the point there. It's a military thing. A commander who makes plans for battle must be aware that more often than not, unexpected external factors come into play. A good plan must be flexible and have enough redundancy to survice last minute changes and unexpected developements else the commander may find himself caught out by them.
I've seen this happen time and time again in recent weeks. And unlike some people, I'm not the least bit surprised when weird things happen.