Me: "We need to put this in there because we would always know that."
Z: "No we wouldn't, you can't put that in there."
As a result, Today:
Lt: "A is b, or is B b? Or is B A? Or A B?"
Z: "We have no idea."
Me: "Lt, what do you have for A?"
Lt: "I have [any data you want to pretend] for A."
Me: "Well, in that case, with the data we have [being the data I told Z to put in on day 1] that means that A is a, and B is b. Got it?"
Lt: "Got it."
Ensue mass debrief where everyone gets blamed and no on realizes that the crux of the issue is that when we were given bad data for day 6 we should have been able to easily fix it if we had put the right data in on day 1. The unfortunate fact is that we have to play by exercise rules. So I had to get a splitting headache trying to keep straight exercise from real life and walk people through the steps they needed to get to the answer. In the end all I was able to do was help one guy on one plane understand what was going on, and we failed MISERABLY. The bad thing is that I was sitting on the position with Terry today, so Terry and I take the brunt of the blame, and no matter how hard I tried I couldn't make them see that it was another actual factor. Luckily, the last thing I accomplished was getting the point across to the Major that we need to work a certain way [the way that will stop the problems like we had today]. So in the future this won't happen again, but no one will realize it's because of what I told them to do. :/ Yeah, we messed up like 10 different things, but if we had done just this one thing I told them we could have recovered from the other 9 mistakes with minimal effort.
And to all those of you going, "What the hell did he just say?" I know it's confusing, blame peopel who say I can't talk about what I do. :p