Thursday, December 7, 2006

The Curse of the Popular Name

As of this morning, I was on the phone with the 5th investigator wanting to take us to court. Yes, that is right, Harris county is after us. Before your eyes bug out and re-read the first sentence, they are looking for a different Jonathan Sanders who has a truck and is not paying for it. Isn't that fun? They have our address and phone number. So these "so called investigators" call us and tell us that they are issuing court documents in our name and each time I tell them that we are the wrong people. I have offered many times to prove that we are not the enemy by faxing his drivers license, social security card, whatever they need, and each time they say, "I will fix it!" Well, so far, no one has succeeded. They started calling us in September.

I know of three Michelle Sanders in the United States. The first one lives in New York and we found her by accident. I e-mailed Jonathan a date night e-vite, trying to be cute, and he replied to her. I put the wrong e-mail when I set up the account. Stupid me! Her boyfriend saw it, got furious, and she asked if we could write and e-mail explaining the situation. A year later, I forgot that this happened, and I set up another e-vite for a girls ministry event. Let's just say she received responses from lots of girls! She was annoyed. (I don't blame her!)

The second Michelle Sanders lives in Indiana. Her e-mail is super close to my g-mail account and has received many e-mails from my friends inviting her to parties, lunch, and she has even received a rsvp for a shower I was hosting. She at least has a little sense of humor about it.

The third Michelle Sanders lives in Oklahoma. Our church was doing a background check on my new married name since they only did one on "Michelle Winn" when I started working there. They came across this woman who happens to have my same birthday and she has a background check of 9 pages. HR panicked a little and called Jill, our assistant in the office, to make sure that it was not me. Geese...doesn't character speak for anything? She has a different middle name than me. Otherwise, I could have been in a little bit of a quandary.

To say the least, my friend Janelle has a blog with a "how many of me" database attached to her site I realized just how unlucky we are. There are 778 Michelle Sanders and 469 Jonathan Sanders. I guess it makes for good stories, but when the county is coming for you it ain't so fun.

Look below and figure out just how many of you live in the US.
LogoThere are:
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?


Jackson said...

Michelle, that is so crazy! I can't believe your romantic date evite got mixed up with another Michelle Sanders and you almost ended her relationship. How funny! I am totally guilty of pestering one of them myself. It's good to know you don't have a 9 page rap sheet.
Love ya,

Sarah Williams said...

5,326 Sarah Williams'...49 thousand John Smith's! This is a fun link Michelle!