” He finds the apartments alright but realizes to his horror that he has forgotten the apartment number and forgot to write it down! That could mean his death of course if word gets back to his Superiors, or at least a firing. He has only one, slight chance.
Hoping that the Guy actually used his real name and that he won’t get in any trouble for asking, he asks one of the other Residents, “Excuse me Comrad. Do you know where Ivan Yoyonavitch lives?” The fellow Resident calmly and quickly points and says. “In that apartment right up there; number 356.”
The Spy can hardly believe his good fortune! He sighs in relief and climbs the stairs and knocks on the door. A Man comes to the door and our Protagonist nervously says, “It was raining yesterday but the sky is clear today.”
The man looks at him puzzled, “What?” Even more nervous the Spy repeats, “It was raining yesterday but the sky is clear today.” The Man continues to stare at him puzzled. Then the light dawns, “Ah! You want Ivan Yoyonivitch the Spy! I am Ivan Yoyonivitch the Plumber.
Ivan Yoyonavitch the Spy lives right upstairs but two doors down to the right….”
This Plumber is in big demand in Moscow because he comes quickly. A Man calls him one day and reports his toilet is overflowing and could he come ASAP?” The Plumber tells him, “indeed I can. I can come just three months from now on June the fifth in the morning.” The Plumber says, “Well maybe, but why?”
His potential Customer is amazed at how soon he can come. But he has one request, “Sir could you possibly come in the afternoon instead of the morning?” The Plumber says, “Well maybe, but why?”
His future Customer explains, “Well my living room electric light started spitting fire two years ago so I made an emergency appointment with an Electrician. He is coming in the morning.”