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Hub #1,300: In Praise Of... Misha!

Updated on September 18, 2009

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')!

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      As I've stated, I haven't always agreed with him either! :)

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      rmcrayne 8 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      Agree or disagree with Misha, always interested in what he has to say.

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Thank you so much. You're being way too kind! :)

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      Shil1978 8 years ago

      Wonderful hub Hal - this is one of the most enjoyable hubs I've read. Congrats on reaching yet another milestone. You amaze me!!

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Thanks! Misha is always kind, especially to kittens and puppies and to the little old ladies he helps across those busy DC streets! :)

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      Info Help 8 years ago from Chicago

      Great job on the amount of hubs that you have published. That is definitely a lot of writing! I have seen Misha in the forums, but have not had a chance to interact with him yet, hopefully he is kind lol

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      quicksand: Mmm... especially the version with cremini mushrooms and double the usual amount of Dijon! Yum! :)

      nicomp: Sorry, but I never received it. I have that option turned off after my "Death Threats" adventure!

      https://hubpages.com/community/Writing-Hubs-For-Fu...

      From then on I keep everything public on the site! Please don't feel neglected, just ask me anything you want here and I'll answer... even if you want to find out the zit count on my butt! :)

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      nicomp really 8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      I sent you email through the "Contact" link on your hubpages profile. I feel so neglected!

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      quicksand 8 years ago

      Of course you would! How could you simply forget! :)

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      quicksand, I remember his brother Beef Stroganoff... He was delicious! :)

      Madame X, thanks! That's me... a marshmallow with porcupine spines! :)

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      Madame X 8 years ago

      Wow - 1300 hubs! What a great 1300th subject! What a softy you turned out to be Hal - (I knew it all along :)

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      quicksand 8 years ago

      Oh to be a Czar for one day! Remember Mikhail Strogoff? - courier of the Czar?

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      quicksand: I like to keep my Paypal account drained as I trust those evil ebayers with my money as far as I can throw them! :)

      nicomp: Which email?

      Catherine R: Thanks! In the famous words of Edison, 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. Misha is one smooth operator and one of his best features is that Cossackian side beard! :)

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      Catherine R 8 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Congratulations on reaching 1300. No idea how you do it. I haven't been on hubpages for long but have certainly encountered Misha. He has a fine sense of humor and is devilishly handsome in your picture!

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      nicomp really 8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Better to owe you than cheat you!

      And how come you don't answer my email?

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      quicksand 8 years ago

      When that box is full, lets move on to your PayPal account! :)------------------- :)another wide grin!

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      quicksand: Yes, the offer expires when the safe in my basement gets so full I can't stuff it with cash any more. :)

      ralwus: Yes, he definitely is a great guy and I'll definitely keep your crush on him between us. Just keep in mind that the body of the last guy who called him a commie couldn't be identified by dental records. :) As to Misha's royalty, he's from the Strawberries Romanov line! :)

      Misha: Ha(i)l Misha! I happen to have been sent that poem from that girl in your high school:

      He's wonderful, my Misha,

      The best from Russia to Cilicia,

      I'd fight past any militia,

      To rip his arms from that skank Tricia,

      That chick who never wears a bra,

      Kick her butt into the spa,

      I would hug him, then voila,

      Move away from Ma and Pa,

      I would treat him like a pasha,

      Live the life of the bourgeois,

      Because of him I am in awe,

      And I'd even break the law,

      I'm nuts for you; Signed, Leticia.

      :)

      jiberish: Yeah, that Cossack uniform was itchy and it was pinching him you know where, so we had to cut the photo session short. :)

      emievil: Thanks, it's an honor to be mentioned in the same sentence as that cross between Peter The Great, Alexander Nevsky, Mikhail Vasilyevich Lomonosov, and Anton Pavlovich Chekhov! (No, not that guy that drives the USS Enterprise...)

      Mighty Mom: Yes, underneath my bristly, spiny, gruff exterior I really am... bristly, spiny and gruff! :)

      ... and nicomp, my bill for my $175 an hour avatar graphic design services is in the mail! :)

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      Susan Reid 8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      My goodness. Hal has a soft side! Misha -- you bring out the oddest sentiments in people. That's a talent unto itself and you are the king. Congrats on being immortalized in this 1300th Hal hub! MM

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      emievil 8 years ago from Philippines

      wow. This is a great hub for a great hubber. I've seen Misha in the forums and I've read his hubs and I've been his fan ever since. More power to both of you, Hal and Misha. =)

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      jiberish 8 years ago from florida

      Have to say you did Misha a great service with that noble picture, but he's still not smiling....Very Nice Guy, and a great Hub.

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      Misha 8 years ago from DC Area

      Ah Hal, I don't know what to say. I was roaming around HP for a last hour or so, since I discovered your hub, in a hope I will find something smart and witty to say here, so i live up to expectations. I failed miserably :)

      The only event in my life I can compare this hub to was a poem written to me by one of the high school girl classmates.

      So, I just say - thank you, I am very touched. :)

      My gratitude also goes to everybody who already commented here, and to those who will comment later. Thank you :)

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      ralwus 8 years ago

      Well what a great tribute to a great guy. Don't tell him I said it, but I love that commie too. He is on here a lot too. Love the portrait of him. Didn't know he was Royal. One of the Romanov's huh? LOL Lucky for him his family escaped Lenin.

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      quicksand 8 years ago

      Does this offer expire at midnight on any particular day? :)---:)= wide grin!

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      After the success of this Hub, I've got a special on now. $40 or two for $75! :)

      I'm just kidding. There is no money that can buy my praise if it is undeserved... oh well... maybe if we're talking seven figures or more, we can talk! :)

      Thanks!

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      quicksand 8 years ago

      Wow! All that for just $50.00? (Kidding!)

      You are great at PhotoShop too!

      Cheers! :)

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Thanks! That's why Misha rules! And as one Hubber who has done more than his share of Rant Hubs, I encourage everyone on this platform to shell out praise as much as they can whenever they come across anyone or anything deserving of it! :)

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      maggs224 8 years ago from Sunny Spain

      What a very nice hub to come across, I love it when positive things are said about people there is far too little of it about these days as unfortunately criticism and bitchiness seem to be more common. Misha is very good at encouraging others so it is good to see him acknowledged in this way.

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Look below!!!!

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      nicomp really 8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Where's my T-bunny?

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Don't worry, Shalini. I will keep the story about the embezzlement of that 5 Kharawb Rupees from the Mumbai National Bank between us... :)

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      Shalini Kagal 8 years ago from India

      Hal - I might not agree with what you have to say about me - but experience has taught me never, ever to argue with you - I know how futile it can be - so I retire - gracefully :D

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Yes: I'm sure he'll swing by.

      No: You DO deserve it... and more! :)

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      Shalini Kagal 8 years ago from India

      Haha - hope he swings by - he really does light up the place, doesn't he?

      Great - full stop!! :)

      ....naahhhh - don't deserve it!!

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      I've been checking with my sources in DC and he was spotted heading out to Dulles International Airport with a very red face and a one way ticket to Moscow. :)

      Yes, I am the great Hal Licino, but only if we measure greatness with a tape measure around the waistline.

      However, I can certainly tip you off as to who is going to be the subject of Hub #1400... she's brilliant, she's a phenomenal writer, and she has a penchant for Indian dairy issues! :)

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      Shalini Kagal 8 years ago from India

      Hal - what a wonderful hub for a wonderful hubber! That's a great picture of Misha! Where is he, by the way?

      Now who gets to do one on the great Hal Licino?? :))

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      nicomp, there you go!

      Vladimir, yeah, but you Slavs always stick together anyway! (Just kiddin'... don't shoot!) :)

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      Vladimir Uhri 8 years ago from HubPages, FB

      I love Misha, he is great funny guy.

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      nicomp really 8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Oh Baby! YES.

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      OK, do you want a shadow of glaciers melting behind you? :)

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      nicomp really 8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Yes. Make me endearing and deadly. Like Al Gore.

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      A 20 foot raptor with long floppy ears and soft cuddly fur? OK! You're on! :)

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      nicomp really 8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      I wanna be a T-Rex Bunny!

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      nicomp, no problem. I'm good at photoshopping shadows. Do you want to be a bunny or a T-Rex? :)

      funride, yeah Misha rules ditto! Nah, I'm not sure that he will drop in as he's probably trying to stay incognito! :)

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      Ricardo Nunes 8 years ago from Portugal

      Misha rules!!!

      Way to go Hal, nice tribute to one of the most famous Hubber. I´m sure he´ll drop by anytime soon :)

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      nicomp really 8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Will you photoshop me too?

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      nicomp really 8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      I am in awe. Not for the 1300 hubs, but for the ability to find a helmet that fits your cat face.

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      I think maybe Misha hasn't dropped in as he may be too modest to participate in a love-in in his honor. Oh well, I'll keep the love-in going... now did Yoko slip under the covers... I can't find her... :)

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      ReuVera 8 years ago from USA

      I don't drink either, so we are on the same page. You chose the place, we'll follow.

      Misha, wake up, honey!

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      I love it! I'll even pay for lunch! But I'm not picking up the bar tab as I hear that a few Hubbers around here like to tip the bottle more than just a bit and I don't drink so it's not fair! :)

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      ReuVera 8 years ago from USA

      I suppose we are all kids here, because we love Misha and you, we love you too!

      Why don't we all go for a lunch? How 'bout this idea?

      btw, Misha loves sushi!

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Do you know how many people are sick of me? Likely many more than are sick of Misha. That's what happens when you interact in any sizeable community. Some people appreciate your quirks and others despise them. I'd take Misha for lunch anytime but I like him enough not to feed him sushi... how about a nice medium rare Porterhouse? :)

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      ReuVera 8 years ago from USA

      Misha is a buffoon. He has tremendous sense of humor and good knowledge in many fields, without boasting about it. And still, he is a school buffoon. Kids adore him, teachers are sick of him.

      I personally love Misha. Not enough though to take him for sushi lunch. LOL

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      ethel: Get to know him. Take him out for lunch sometime. :)

      eovery: Megadittos. He was around on the forums yesterday. Maybe he'll drop in here and say hello! :)

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      eovery 8 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      Misha is a great guy, I enjoyed this hub dedicated to him. He was one of my first friends on hubpages, but I have not seen him around for awhile.

      Keep on hubbing!

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      Eileen Kersey 8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      First encounter with Misha, thanks

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Then is he Brezhnev's kid? :)

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      Aya Katz 8 years ago from The Ozarks

      Nope. He's not sufficiently religious for that, I think.

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Thanks Aya, fellow MishAyaHal Party member! I have a private theory that he is actually Alexander Solzhenitsyn's secret son. :)

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      Aya Katz 8 years ago from The Ozarks

      Hal, I love that portrait of Misha! I have had my own theories about his true identity, as any curious person would. But, though, we may never know, it's always fun to speculate!