Hub #1,300: In Praise Of... Misha!
It was the famous and some may say infamous Misha who first suggested that I mark a centenary anniversary of my Hub numbers in some way, and his suggestion had gotten me to thinking that it might not be a bad idea. Therefore, since I have gained a well deserved reputation as a crusty curmudgeon on this platform, I will from now on mark each 100 Hubs by writing one that is in praise of something or someone. It will be a refreshing break from "Hal is just like Mikey in the Life cereal commercial... he hates everything!"
Therefore, on this lucky (?) 13th centenary observation, my praise will be heaped on that rascally Russian himself: Misha!
First of all, I want to explain that I have no clue who Misha is. I've never met him or spoken to him or had any contact with him other than all of that which is publicly visible on this website. For all I know he might not be a Russian emigre living in Washington DC and be a fat Sikh taxidriver in Montreal; an aging pub waitress in Glasgow; a black nuclear physicist in Sydney; an anorexic teenage skank in Dublin; or a homeless bum in Chicago who stole a laptop, has it plugged into an outlet in an alley behind West Wacker, and thus spends every waking hour tapping away on the keys... between bouts of dumpster diving.
You see, one of the most surprising aspects of this very surprising person is that he does seem to be omnipresent on this site, and at pretty well all hours. I may write my fool head off (and thus arrive at 1300+ Hubs) but there are entire weeks where I don't have the time to even check my Hubscores. Actually there was one period of about 8 months where I didn't venture onto HubPages at all, leaving my fans wondering if I finally succumbed to my penchant for eating entire trays of lasagna. Don't get me wrong... I love HubPages but I have other career demands, and they have to be attended to as well.
However, it seems that Misha doesn't. Or at least he must have one of those types of telecommuting jobs where he has to reply to three short memos a day and collect his paycheck. Misha is almost always on here! I'm most certainly not putting him down for that, but it does leave one to scratch one's balding head and wonder if he is the "kept man" of some lovely female diplomatic corps member who picked up her own "Misha Doll" on her last assignment to Moscow.
Again, more power to Misha! Way to go dude! Whatever you're doing, or have done, to live the life of leisure, I'm proud of you! I envy you too!
There is an Ukrainian saying: The devil you can ban with a cross, but a Russian you can never get rid of. The Ukrainians aren't really overly friendly with the Russians... there's this little matter of centuries of subjugation and seven decades of absorption into that CCCP thing that they're having a bit of a problem getting over... but hey, Misha is one Russian I don't want to get rid of!
Absolutely without fail in my over two years on HubPages Misha has been a friend, supporter, evangelist and fan of all things Hal-ian. We have not always agreed on everything. Misha has a dismaying penchant for turning every public highway he drives on into the Monte Carlo Formula One circuit; has a disconcerting tendency towards the advocation of pure anarchy; and suffers from truly putrid underarm odor (oh... ok... just kiddin' on the last one).
However, if friends agreed on everything under the sun, it would be a very boring friendship. And I am proud to call Misha my friend. As my partner and peer in the official MishAyaHal Party To Rectify All The Evils In The World, Misha has proven himself over and over and over again to be an intellectual, insightful, sympathetic, and truly wonderful Hubber... although I have to use the term Hubber loosely as in the time I've written 1,300 Hubs, he's written 17! However his inescapable presence on the Forums has earned him a staggering 103.41 fans per Hub as compared to my own 0.57 fans per Hub, so who am I to throw stones? Whatever the heck it is that Misha is doing, he's doing it right, so I support him!
And support him I do. I feel so strongly that Misha is one of those rare jewels on this platform that I am hereby formally declaring the Hal-roe Doctrine: An attack on Misha is an attack on Hal. Feel free to disagree with Misha all you want (heck, I do...) but get personally and unjustifiably vindictive with my best Rusky buddy and I'll step in and perform a verbal addarectumtome surgery on you.
Why? Because Misha is a great guy and it's been my privilege and honor to interact with him. Misha rules!
Now, Misha... send me that $50 to my Paypal you said you would! (... jus' kiddin')!