Won’t You Be My Number Neighbor?

Show Notes

What started as a simple experiment to find a number neighbor turned into a magical moment of connection.
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Audio Transcription

Jill:
I’m so excited about today’s podcast, Kelly.

Kelly:
You are? Why are you excited?

Jill:
I’m excited because it is a subject that fills a lot of bracelets buckets in my soul. You know, those things… I think the better way to say it was-

Kelly:
Soul buckets?

Jill:
It fills the soul bucket.

Kelly:
Okay. Let’s call it a soul bucket.

Jill:
Okay. Do you have so buckets?

Kelly:
Well, apparently I do.

Jill:
Okay. This fills a lot of my soul bracelets buckets. I think most people probably just have one, but I-

Kelly:
That’s the title of this podcast.

Jill:
Okay. So if I were going to give this podcast the title, and I love doing podcasts with you because I don’t give you any heads up on what we’re talking about, right?

Kelly:
No. I have no idea what we’re doing.

Jill:
No. As a matter of fact, you came in my office morning and-

Kelly:
To work and you said, “Hey podcast in about 20 minutes.” Great.

Jill:
And you said, “What are we talking about?” And you said, “Nevermind. I don’t want to know. It’s better if I don’t know.”

Kelly:
I did.

Jill:
Okay. If I were going to title this, it would be, Won’t You Be My Number Neighbor? N

Kelly:
No.

Jill:
Yes.

Kelly:
This, this fills your soul bucket?

Jill:
Yes, it does for many reasons.

Kelly:
Okay. Explain what…

Jill:
I love organic connections. Okay? I love numbers and I love surprising people. So we are going to call our number neighbors, both of us, and we’re going to see what they need today.

Kelly:
Okay. Theoretically, if I don’t want to be friends with my number neighbor, how do you feel about that?

Jill:
The way podcast world worked is we never used the word theoretically. Okay? We just go with the flow and today we’re calling our number of neighbors.

Kelly:
Okay.

Jill:
For those of you who don’t know what a number neighbor is, and I just recently found out, it’s when you dial the number that is one more or one less, actually text is probably your text door neighbor is what can I say, so you dial or text the number one higher or one lower than yours and that is your number neighbor.

Kelly:
Okay.

Jill:
Okay?

Kelly:
I am from New Jersey and I don’t talk to people I don’t know.

Jill:
Is your number a New Jersey number?

Kelly:
No, it’s not, but if I got a text from my number neighbor, I would block the number.

Jill:
Well, this is going to be super fun for both of us then to see how this… Do you want me to go first?

Kelly:
Yes.

Jill:
Okay. It’s highly unlikely that the first number neighbor is going to pick up the phone, as you know how this works.

Kelly:
Because they’re going to block you.

Jill:
Well, we’re going to keep calling until we get a number neighbor to pick up.

Kelly:
All right.

Jill:
Okay?

Kelly:
So it becomes your number neighborhood.

Jill:
Neighborhood.

Kelly:
We think it’s funny.

Jill:
Okay, here we go. Okay.

Kelly:
I can’t wait to hear how people feel about being in your bracelets neighborhood.

Jill:
Okay. What I’m going to find out, two things, we’re going to call until we get an answer, which is always super fun. Do you have somewhere to be today?

Kelly:
Well, in a couple hours I do. And I have to do my job. Does that count?

Jill:
No. We’re going to ask them what they need. Big, major bonus points if we can get them to come and be on the podcast today.

Kelly:
Okay. Let’s clarify, what does ask them what they need mean?

Jill:
Well, that’s the thing. We also don’t use the word clarify when it comes to podcast. We just say, “What do you need today?”

Kelly:
This will be one of those things where I feel like we should have thought through some of the details before we got all the way here, but-

Jill:
No, details are not my specialty.

Kelly:
Here we go.

Jill:
Okay, so we’ll find out what they need. I will tell you this, if I can get my number neighbor to be on this podcast, I will give you an entire week’s worth of vacation.

Kelly:
Me?

Jill:
You’ll never be able to use it, but I will give you an entire week’s worth of vacation.

Kelly:
Okay.

Jill:
Okay. Ready? Here goes. My last two numbers of my phone number are nine, six. So I’m going to nine, seven.

Kelly:
Okay.

Jill:
Okay, here goes. Feel my heart. Don’t touch. It is beating fast. Okay. I feel like my number neighbor up is a man. It just-

Kelly:
I feel like all of them are creepy men. Sorry.

Jill:
That’s the soul bucket half empty. Here we go.

Kelly:
I just don’t know if this is a good idea.

Jill:
That’s what you say every time. Now we’re going to 95, okay? You were at 97, we’re going to 95 because-

Kelly:
Because [inaudible 00:04:22].

Jill:
Okay, here we go. Nobody answers their phone anymore.

Kelly:
Nobody the phone answers the phone.

Jill:
Nobody answers the phone. People have other things to do. We’re going to go down now. We’re going to 94. So this is like your bracelets neighbor who lives two houses down from you.

Automated Male:
The subscriber you have dialed is not in service.

Kelly:
Who’s house is condemned because they don’t live there anymore.

Jill:
But really, do you ever really like the neighbor two houses down from you? The one you become best friends with is the one that is three houses down from you.

Kelly:
Right. That’s what I was going to say.

Jill:
Okay.

Kelly:
Ring that bell until we get a person.

Jill:
This is my neighbor six houses down, whose children are-

Speaker 4:
Hello?

Jill:
Hi, this is Jill. You’re my number neighbor.

Speaker 4:
Uh-huh (affirmative).

Jill:
Do you know what a number neighbor is?

Speaker 4:
No.

Jill:
It’s when you call the person who has a phone number one digit less than yours or one digit more, and you just introduce yourself.

Speaker 4:
No, that’s kind of weird.

Jill:
I just wanted to say hi and see if you needed anything today, as my neighbor.

Speaker 4:
No, thank you.

Jill:
No?

Speaker 4:
No, thank you. Bye.

Jill:
Okay. Bye, bye.

Kelly:
I feel so vindicated. Did I not say that they would think it was weird? Okay. She said, that’s weird to you.

Jill:
I just want to give somebody dinner. That’s all. How hard is it to give a neighbor dinner?

Kelly:
Well, they don’t-

Jill:
I have a pot roast.

Kelly:
Would you ever eat a pot roast from someone that came to your door-

Jill:
It’s a figurative pot roast.

Kelly:
No, but it isn’t a figurative pot roast.

Jill:
I have a gift card. Okay?

Kelly:
Okay.

Jill:
… to a restaurant in Tulsa, the whole company gave me two years ago, that I haven’t used. Okay? I want to give it to a bracelets neighbor. This is it. This is the last one for me, from my neighborhood until we move to you. I’m going to be like in [inaudible 00:06:19] before you know it.

Kelly:
Yes.

Jill:
When I was growing up-

Automated Male:
The service you are attempting to use has been restricted, or is unavailable.

Kelly:
They have moved out in the middle of the night when you thought you guys were getting together the next day.

Jill:
I’ve always wanted to call my number twin.

Automated Female:
Hi, this is Jill, thanks for calling. Leave your name and number and I’ll call you back.

Jill:
That’s my number two.

Kelly:
Oh my gosh.

Jill:
It is not going the way that I thought it would go.

Kelly:
I know. I know it’s not. And are you disappointed?

Jill:
Well I just want one other person to sit here and call… Can we not call your number twin? Why do you care?

Kelly:
Well, because then are they going to call me back?

Jill:
They’re going to stalk you? No. Look, I just called 15 people.

Kelly:
Fine. All right. One time.

Jill:
Okay. Do you want me to act like it’s me?

Kelly:
Yes.

Jill:
Okay. All right. I don’t know what your number is. Okay.

Kelly:
[inaudible 00:07:07]

Jill:
Okay.

Kelly:
Because we don’t want to-

Jill:
Go one up and one down.

Kelly:
Now, should I also say, before I give you this number, that the one number up, one number down, I give fake numbers at stores all the time.

Jill:
You do?

Kelly:
Yes.

Jill:
Why?

Kelly:
Because I don’t want people knowing my phone number.

Jill:
Who’s asking for your phone number at a store.

Kelly:
Every time you go somewhere they’re like, “What’s your phone number at, so I can look up your account?” And I don’t want them to know my number because I don’t want telemarketing. So I give fake numbers, which is one number up or one number down.

Jill:
Well then we really need to give them a gift card. Okay?

Kelly:
Okay.

Jill:
This is why we’re doing it.

Kelly:
Don’t say that to them.

Jill:
I wouldn’t say something like that to them.

Kelly:
I don’t think [crosstalk 00:07:46] That’s because I’ve given them a lot of business.

Automated Female:
You have reached the voicemail box-

Jill:
Okay, go down one. [inaudible 00:07:52]

Kelly:
Don’t worry. We’re going to find something.

Jill:
Okay. [Shirae 00:07:59] you’re next, we’re going to call your neighbors next.

Kelly:
Yeah, Shirae.

Automated Female:
Your call has been-

Jill:
Okay. Can we call your neighbor, Shirae? So Shirae works in production.

Kelly:
Shirae is a legend.

Jill:
Shirae is a legend, for sure. And whoever is her neighbor is a very, very… Is this your bracelets neighbor up? This is going to be a lucky, lucky neighbor. Okay. Have you ever done the Shirae? Okay.

Kelly:
Do you give fake numbers at the store, Shirae? Try it.

Jill:
Here we go.

Speaker 6:
Hello.

Jill:
Hi. I’m your number neighbor, which means I’m a phone number, one digit down from you.

Speaker 6:
Okay.

Jill:
I wanted to call my number neighbor today and find out if there’s anything that you need or anything that I can do for you today.

Speaker 6:
God bless you, child. God bless you. Keep God’s spirit in you. Just keep on trying to do good to your fellow neighbor. He said, “Love thy neighbor as I said.” God bless you. I just want to encourage you to just keep on keeping on.

Jill:
Is there anything that you need that I could do for you today?

Speaker 6:
With the spirit that you have pray that God’s will be done in my life. And ask him to have my will to be his will. [inaudible 00:09:24]. We are all one flesh, but once we held the spirit… after we’ve been born again… I’m not going to pull a punches with you because I believe you are of the spirit of God. After we’ve been born again of the spirit of God, we must love our neighbor. As I said, and you exhibiting that. You putting legs on your prayer. I’m just in awe that I even answered the phone. Usually those numbers that come up that I don’t know where they’re coming from, I just let them ring.

Jill:
You’re going to make me cry.

Speaker 6:
God bless you. You know, I don’t push tears of joy. See, God gave us tears on this side. As his disciples, we are trying to reach the promised land. That promised bracelets land is, is where he said, “Let not your heart be troubled. So you believe in God? Believe also in Jesus Christ.” He said, “Any house, in God’s house, of many mansions…” And he said, “If it wasn’t so, he wouldn’t tell you that.” But he came and he died for us. And now he’s gone to prepare us a place. That were he is, we can be also. As children of the King, we’ll meet on the other side. You just keep on doing good.

Jill:
When I called my number neighbor, what I was doing was I had a gift card that I was looking to give this gift card away to somebody, and I would love to be able to give you this gift card to go to dinner, if that’s something you would like.

Speaker 6:
It’s so kind of you to do that, but the thing that matter is that… I just needed to know somebody loves their neighbor just like they loved themselves. And you’ve demonstrated that. God bless you.

Jill:
It’s so nice to befriend you and to be your neighbor.

Speaker 6:
We all neighbors. And people don’t understand that word neighbor sometime. A neighbor is the one that need your assistance and we need one another just like we need God in our life. We need one another.

Jill:
Well, I wanted to find out what needs you may have.

Speaker 6:
You’ve blessed me like you don’t know because it’s always good to know that you have a neighbor, somebody that loves you and cares for you. You know, I’m not talking about that erotic level. I’m talking about that [inaudible 00:12:13]-

Jill:
I knew where you were coming from.

Speaker 6:
God is love, and if we are of God we have to love one another.

Jill:
I imagine that you love not just your neighbor but you love all others very well.

Speaker 6:
Yes, I do. Keep me lifted up in the name of the Lord.

Jill:
I will do that. Thank you so much for answering. You brought me to tears twice.

Speaker 6:
God gave us tears for a reason. Sometimes we bring them to the forefront in sorrow. Sometimes we bring to forefront in joy.i just hope that I put a little joy in your life?

Jill:
Yeah, you did. I can tell you, you absolutely, 100% did, and I won’t forget this phone call. I hope that someday I get to meet you in person and thank you for blessing us today with this phone call.

Speaker 6:
Yeah. Thanks a lot. Thank you, Jesus [crosstalk 00:13:17]

Jill:
So nice to meet you, Luther. God bless you.

Speaker 6:
God bless you as well. Bye, bye.

Jill:
Thank you. Bye, bye.

Kelly:
Okay, you were right.

Jill:
I’m sorry I didn’t hear you.

Kelly:
I’m sorry. You were right. That was awesome. That was a divine phone call. That was great. Except he’s not your neighbor. He Shirae’s neighbor. She’s a legend, I told you. And normally she’s upstairs. So that was amazing.

Jill:
I felt like I was talking to an angel.

Kelly:
It was amazing. I cannot believe he responded like that. That was awesome.

Jill:
Okay. I have to collect myself, but that was so beautiful. What he said was so rich and deep.

Kelly:
Yes.

Jill:
It was worth the 20 tries to call my neighbor and your neighbor.

Kelly:
Yes, for sure.

Jill:
Yeah, so-

Kelly:
He’s absolutely right. He just was speaking truth. That’s what I liked about it.

Jill:
So even though finding your number neighbor has become somewhat of a game for a lot of people, I think that proves right there that that calling or texting your number neighbor, you’d never know the effect that reaching out to one person can have on what he just said. It made him feel amazing to just know he was loved by his neighbor.

Kelly:
Well, and I don’t think that’s an accident. I think he needed it today or you needed it today, or whatever. That was divinely appointed. It was awesome.

Jill:
I would like, at this point, to request that I switched phone numbers with Shirae. It’s only fair. Shirae, you weren’t even supposed to be down here.

Kelly:
She got all the credit for that.

Jill:
That was beautiful, when he said not love your neighbor, love your neighbor well. Yeah. Thank you, Kelly.

Kelly:
That was awesome.

Jill:
Yeah, thank you. Thank you all for listening today. And you are our neighbors when you listen, and just remember when you reach out to somebody that you never know the impact you’ll have on somebody. You may never know till you get to the other side, but people are just waiting to hear that they are cared for and loved, and you can be the hands and feet to do that.

Kelly:
That’s right.

Jill:
Yeah. Thanks Kelly.

Kelly:
Thank you.

Jill:
Thank you.

Kelly:
Bye.