1. It might set a bad precedent.
2. I am base and obvious in my desires and ambitions.
3. The world is a cruel place—all the more so when one is aware of that fact.
4. I cannot get the information I need without further upsetting the situation that I need the information in order to resolve.
5. Professional seers claim I am badly aspected and cannot escape my fate.
6. We do not learn lessons through wish fulfillment, and I am evidently being kept after class.
7. I leave little room for compromise, though compromise is the most obvious, efficient path.
8. Those involved do not know what they want to do, and they are seeking the guidance of one another as to how to proceed.
10. What I am attempting to do is, in fact, impossible given our present understanding of the physical world.
11. Money, supplies, and enthusiasm are low.
12. It’s a bad plan, poorly conceived but brilliantly packaged.
13. Communications are down.
14. Despite all our talk about infrastructure, no one’s done a damn thing about it.
15. My definition of success is way more ambitious than I will ever realize.
16. The gods are angry.
17. We’re not on the same page.
18. Somebody planned the whole stupid thing for a holiday weekend, and they should have realized that everyone would be away.
19. She never got my letter.
20. A series of small, seemingly meaningless occurrences will steer things another way, perhaps revealing indirectly the intentions of an inscrutable higher intelligence.
21. They’re working with the wrong figures.
22. We’re still working out what the meaning of “is” is.
23. There’s a blood curse on the whole group owing to a foul deception perpetrated by our ancestors.
25. Everyone will begin speaking different languages all of a sudden and will abandon the unfinished tower.
26. We forgot to account for the possibility of there being a centerless universe—random, arbitrary, and without mercy or pity.
27. Some people are born unlucky.