I imagine that he applies that skill quite often.<quoted text>
One of my favorite Nateisms. "Don't pay attention to what he said. You need to read between the lines." Classic.
For instance, at the end of an evening at a cocktail party, when his affronted and offended hosts are handing him his coat and hat at the back door (others get to use the front) and they say: "It was so nice that you could make it Paco. We'll have to do this again."