Inspector Clouseau

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Gender MALE
Industry Consulting
Occupation Motivational Speaker
Location Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
Introduction Although there are other Fellows (namely the Logistician, the Laughingman, and the Optimizer) affiliated with the Institute for Applied Common Sense, I write the majority of the articles posted here. I am someone who was fortunate enough to obtain a decent education and to travel extensively. I had all of the good breaks and luck in the world, and still managed to muck up and disappoint others who invested their faith in me. Although I am obviously not a role model for others, I wish to share my insight (and that of the other Fellows) and experience so that others might not travel down the wandering, non-goal orientated, complicated path which I traveled. I am an individual who discovered, far too late in life, my purpose in the universe, and something about which I could feel passionate. I do not want to see our youth, particularly college students, have to wait so long. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, I am someone who accepts 110% responsibility for all that has occurred to me, and does not think of himself as a victim.
Interests Everything in the Universe
Favorite Movies Chinatown, Citizen Kane, The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), Sunset Boulevard, Lawrence of Arabia, Weekend at Bernie's, Good Will Hunting, Sabrina (1954), Deuce Bigolo Male Gigolo, The Best Years of Our Lives, My Favorite Year, El Topo, Fitzcarraldo, Death in Venice, The Legend of 1900, Double Indemnity, Romeo and Juliet (1968), Body Heat, On the Waterfront, American Pie Wedding, The Manchurian Candidate (both versions), On Golden Pond, Band Wagon, That's Entertainment, The Treasure at Sierra Madre, Requiem for a Heavyweight, National Lampoon's Vacation, Mystic River, Dumb and Dumber, The Fountainhead, Million Dollar Baby, All About Eve, A Woman Under the Influence, The Usual Suspects, Witness for the Prosecution, The Queen, Mutiny on the Bounty, To Kill a Mockingbird, Inherit the Wind, Blazing Saddles, Long Day's Journey into Night, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Patch of Blue, Cluny Brown (1946), Escape from Witch Mountain, Victim, Now Voyager, Radio, The Big Country, Phaedra (1962), Broken Lullaby, The Good Earth, Holiday, A Face in the Crowd, Pale Rider, A Star is Born (1937), The Public Enemy (1931), The Captive City (1942), Alvarez Kelly, The Caine Mutiny, The Servant, Our Mother's House, Bring It On: All or Nothing, The Devil and Mrs. Jones, Pocketful of Miracles, You Can't Take It With You (1938), Patterns, The Millionairess, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Lonelyhearts, Bad Day at Black Rock, Love in the Afternoon (1957), The Journey (1959), Dodsworth, The Male Animal, Picnic (Kim Novak & Wm. Holden), The Yearling, The Misfits, Lord of the Flies (1963), Tammy and the Bachelor, The Band's Visit, Johnny Belinda (1938), Jezebel, A Big Hand for the Little Lady, Light in the Piazza, Fiesta (1947), Captains Courageous, Charly, The Sandpiper, A Child is Waiting, Elmer Gantry, Casablanca, The Children's Hour, The Purchase Price (1932)
Favorite Music Everything But the Girl, Swing Out Sister, Nora Jones, Tchaikovsky, Kim, Windham Hill Music particularly George Winston, Gershwin particularly Rhapsody in Blue, Etta James, Nina Simone, Simply Red, Barry White especially the Icon of Love, Beethoven, Phantom of the Opera (any artist and symphony), Dave Brubeck's Take Five, Mary J. Blige, Blues Traveller, Angela Bofill, The Dramatics, Marvin Gaye's What's Going On, James Taylor, Van Morrison, Joe Cocker, Avril Lavigne, The Isley Brothers
Favorite Books Don Quixote, Invisible Man, Freakonomics, Nudge, The Rise and Fall of Great Powers 1500 - 2000, Death of a Salesman, What Happened in History, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Old Man and the Sea, Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead, East of Eden, Cannery Row, The Odyssey, Shakespeare, The Prince, The Straight Dope by Cecil Adams, Catcher in the Rye, Death of a Salesman, The Grapes of Wrath, Native Son, Wuthering Heights, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Technology in Western Civilization, What Happened in History, The Disuniting of America

You've got to make contact with the alien leader. How will you tell when the conversation is finished?

When we both bow and nod.