I remember when I had a friend that asked me to become involved in a research project with state government.
I went and priest up the project and it's got quite a bit noisy. I could smell vested interests coming from any direction I care to choose.
It was at this coffee shop at my friend asked me to come out and have a chat. And she told me that I must avoid taking the job because it would be a disaster for me.
I had sort of worked that one out, and was looking to find a way to extract myself from the job without causing her pain. So it all worked out pretty darn well.