Syedyshev Oleg
Syedyshev Oleg

Humorous Essays Based on students' memories

"All have died
except for those who are alive, and those whom we remember"Confucius

Essay 3. Arkasha

I am not sure and even have strong doubts that what I want to tell now is funny. Though at those old times...

Arkasha Bliakher, a red-haired guy from Kishinev.

Arkadiy Bliakher

We met at the Russian exam (composition), we sat at the same desk. So this guy helped me at the exam, he taught me how to check a composition. When reading my composition from its end (like Arkadiy advised me), I found about ten mistakes. That helped me to receive a satisfactory mark, I overlooked two mistakes yet. After students' groups were formed Arkadiy and I turned to be in the same group # 218.

Starting from the very first roll call - for some reason teachers felt shy to pronounce Arkasha's family name and used to say Blyukher, or Blekher - each time I would shout: "Not Blyukher, but Bliakher and with a hyphen!". Then it seemed very funny to me, and even more the group would back me with a loud laughter. Arkadiy was annoyed, he told the teachers the correct pronunciation of his family name, yet from his lips it sounded not very convincing.

From a student album

They say in Odessa that a joke repeated twice - is not a joke any more. In our case it lasted for six years in our group. Of course, with time Arkadiy stopped noticing my attempts, but even in the sixth year the group was greeting my constancy with laughter.

PS: Now Bliakher Arkadiy Aleksandrovitch lives in New York and works as an orthopaedist.

july 4, 2011

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