With apologies to husband for using his blog as a springboard for free associative thought...
it occurs to me that once you've been burned on making a reservation, the next reservation you make will be made with reservation.
You might further assume that the act of "making a reservation" is not referring to the act of actually placing the desired item on reserve, of picking up the phone and reserving that item for your exclusive use, so much as it is about creating in your own mind a reservation, a concern that the item you desire might not be available at the specific time you are requesting.
In fact, one might say that in phoning to request a reservation at all, you are tipping off those karmic forces that work to thwart you, and you might have been better off keeping quiet about the whole thing, showing up at the place at an unspecified time, and crossing your fingers for availability.
Absolute secrecy is required. All parties involved should be kept informed on a strict need-to-know basis.