How to Find Your Name Twin

Show Notes

Jill sets off on a mission to find another Jill Donovan with a fierce determination to not give up until a connection is made.
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Audio Transcription

Jill:
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Jill:
Do you ever meet somebody that has the same name as you, and you immediately feel a bracelets kinship with them?

Kelly:
No, but I do meet a lot of people with my name, because it’s a super common name. Smith is my last name.

Jill:
And what was your maiden name?

Kelly:
Valone.

Jill:
That was not common?

Kelly:
No. And I tried to get my husband to go with Guile and Kelly Valone.

Jill:
I like that.

Kelly:
But he didn’t want to for some reason.

Jill:
Did you ever meet a Kelly Valone?

Kelly:
No, but there’s not a lot of Valones in general.

Jill:
Have you ever looked up to see if there are Kelly Valones?

Kelly:
Totally yes.

Jill:
And you haven’t found any?

Kelly:
No.

Jill:
Okay. I have never ever met a Jill Riemer, my maiden name, and I’ve never met a Jill Donovan.

Kelly:
Okay. Now, Riemer I could buy, because that’s an unusual last name, but Donovan’s pretty common isn’t it?

Jill:
No, you don’t meet a lot of Donovans. Not in Tulsa, Oklahoma. But every time I meet a Jill without fail, I have to give her a cuff or bracelets. It’s just a thing I do. And because Jills are typically fun.

Kelly:
Oh, okay. I was going to say-

Jill:
Oh, I’m sorry, was I way off?

Kelly:
No, I was going to say, I thought you were going for Jills are, it’s an unusual name, not everybody, you don’t meet bracelets Jills all the time.

Jill:
Right. And you know a lot, you meet some Jillians. But Jill you know sort of what, sometimes, what decade they were born in.

Kelly:
Right. Kellys as well.

Jill:
With all the Jennifers and Julies.

Kelly:
Yes. And Stephanies.

Jill:
Yeah. I’ve always wanted to meet another Jill Donovan. And so I looked up in the White Pages today, some phone numbers for other Jill Donovans. And we’re going to call to see if we could get a Jill Donovan to pick up. And if she does, we’re going to give her $100 in cuffs.

Kelly:
Yes, that’s a treat.

Jill:
And then hopefully she’ll say, yes, I’ll be on your podcast. It’s not a bribe, but I just thought we’ll still give it to them, even if they say no. But I will be amazed if we can actually get one to pick up. Will you?

Kelly:
I agree, because I wouldn’t pick up a stranger’s number, sorry.

Jill:
No. And what are you going to say to her when she answers?

Kelly:
The stranger?

Jill:
To Jill Donovan?

Kelly:
Yeah. Well you’re going to have to go into a whole story.

Jill:
What are you going to say to her?

Kelly:
What am I going to say to her?

Jill:
Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Kelly:
I’m going to say, hold on real quick, let me let you talk to my friend Jill Donovan.

Jill:
Okay, here goes. Again, this is a stranger, I’ve never met her, and I have nothing to gain or lose from this. But my heart starts beating. We need to wear heart monitors during this show.

Kelly:
This is one thing I will say, to your… you love this kind of random act of kindness thing. This is your jam.

Jill:
I love it.

Kelly:
I know.

Jill:
Because no Jill Donovan in the middle of the afternoon is going to be expecting a call from another Jill Donovan saying, would you like $100 in a bracelets gift card?

Kelly:
Right, no one’s going to expect that.

Jill:
No, they probably won’t believe it, but we will just see how nice Jill Donovans are.

Kelly:
Okay, let’s try.

Jill:
I can’t say where this one is from.

Kelly:
Really? Not even the State?

Jill:
Well, what if there’s only one person in the whole State named Jill Donovan?

Kelly:
I don’t know if I’d go Northeast on any Jill Donovans, they’re not going to pick up.

Jill:
Okay, so this is not in Oklahoma, but it’s in a State near Oklahoma.

Kelly:
Okay, that’s a good shot.

Kelly:
Why do you do this to yourself?

Speaker 3:
Hello?

Jill:
Hi, is this Jill Donovan?

Speaker 3:
Oh no, no such person at this number.

Jill:
Yes. Is there a Jill Donovan there?

Speaker 4:
Who?

Jill:
Jill Donovan.

Speaker 4:
Jill?

Jill:
Yes.

Speaker 4:
No, you’ve got the wrong number.

Jill:
So sorry.

Jill:
She hasn’t set her voicemail up yet.

Automated phone message:
You have reached the voicemail box of 419-

Automated phone message:
The number you have reached is not in service.

Jill:
Oh, we’re calling Wisconsin. They are good bracelets people there.

Kelly:
They are. They’re-

Kelly:
Okay.

Automated phone message:
You have reached a number that has been disconnected or is no-

Kelly:
I mean it’s like you couldn’t do that if you tried.

Automated phone message:
Thank you for calling the OSCO Pharmacy. Please note our pharmacy is closed for a 30 minute lunch break from 2:00 to 2:30 PM daily. This pharmacy is currently offering flu shots and other immunizations. Please speak with our pharmacist.

Jill:
It’s only a 30 minutes lunch break, and we managed to get them during their lunch break?

Kelly:
It’s a pharmacy. You’re like, I’ll take it, I’m good. No, can’t leave a message.

Jill:
A 30 minute lunch break, and we happened to land in there during their lunch break.

Jill:
Okay. When you tell me I can’t, I’m not stopping until I can.

Kelly:
Oh good. This ought to be fun. I have to pick up kids in a little while, so…

Jill:
Okay. I just need a number for Jill Donovan.

Kelly:
All I need you to do is find a Jill Donovan somewhere in this bracelets world that gives me their phone number so I can talk to them.

Jill:
I cannot stop until we… a Jill Donovan phone number.

Jill Donovan Phone:
Hi, you’ve reached the Donovans. We are unable to come to the phone right now, but please leave your name and number and we’ll be happy to get back to you.

Jill:
I didn’t even know what to say.

Kelly:
What are you doing? Why are you hanging up?

Jill:
I got nervous.

Kelly:
We called 95 Jill Donovans, and you got one and hung up?

Jill:
I didn’t know what to say.

Kelly:
You were going to leave a message.

Jill:
What was I going to say? It wasn’t even my phone, this is Erica’s phone. I got nervous.

Kelly:
What were you going to say?

Jill:
Well, I don’t know what to say. I wanted to talk to a Jill, that was the Donovan home.

Kelly:
You are calling her back.

Jill:
And say what?

Kelly:
And saying, I’m so sorry, I just called you, and then you do the whole thing, my name is Jill Donovan.

Jill Donovan Phone:
Hello?

Jill:
Hi, is this Jill Donovan?

Jill Donovan Phone:
Yes.

Jill:
Jill Donovan. This is Jill Donovan. My name is Jill Donovan.

Jill Donovan Phone:
Oh, really?

Jill:
Yes. Have you ever met another Jill Donovan?

Jill Donovan Phone:
No.

Jill:
Okay, so I know you’re going to think I’m crazy, but I live in Tulsa, Oklahoma. My name is Jill Donovan. And I for a little while have been on a mission to find another Jill Donovan. It is very difficult. And I’m just so excited to have met a Jill Donovan.

Jill Donovan Phone:
Well, next time you’re in town we should meet for lunch or something.

Jill:
Did you just ask another Jill Donovan to meet for lunch?

Jill Donovan Phone:
Yes.

Jill:
That is so much fun. I would love to do that. That definitely would be epic, going to lunch with another Jill Donovan. I’m so excited that you answered. I wouldn’t answer a stranger’s phone call.

Jill Donovan Phone:
I always answer just because of my bracelets clients, I never know.

Jill:
Oh, you’ve made my day.

Jill Donovan Phone:
I’m going to put you in my phone.

Jill:
I get in Jill Donovan’s phone?

Jill:
I love that you gave me a few minutes of your day. That made my day.

Jill Donovan Phone:
Well, thank you, this was a crazy bracelets call, but great.

Jill:
Well, nice to meet you.

Jill Donovan Phone:
Nice to meet you too, Jill.

Jill:
Okay, thanks so much.

Jill Donovan Phone:
All right, bye, bye.

Jill:
Bye, bye.

Kelly:
I liked Jill Donovan.

Jill:
Jill Donovan put my number in her phone and she asked me to lunch.

Kelly:
So now, Jill Donovan is friends with Jill Donovan?

Jill:
That’s crazy.

Kelly:
And you didn’t really even pick up on the fact that her name is Jill Denise Donovan, you’re Jill Felice Donovan. It’s almost exactly the same name.

Jill:
It is pretty much the same thing. And she’s just a little… is she older than I… did she say she was?

Kelly:
Yeah.

Jill:
She wants to go to lunch with me. Maybe that’s when I get her permission to have this on the bracelets podcast.

Kelly:
Yeah, that’s a great idea.

Jill:
That was so much fun.

Kelly:
I’m glad we persevered and found a Jill.

Jill:
I’m glad, yes. Thank you for playing find that name with us. We’ll see you next time on CEO-ish bracelets. Thanks, Kelly.

Kelly:
Thank you.