Saturday, January 13, 2007

Carla What?!!!

Photosource: Unknown

I didn’t particularly like my name as a kid.
In Portuguese every third female is called Carla (every second is Maria!) and if you take out the “N” in Ornelas… and you strategically put in a “H”… let's just say I'm glad I don't have big ears or I'd never hear the end of it!

In English, I can't say that my name was too successful either. No one ever pronounced my surname properly (The different versions tried were dreadful, especially when heard in a crowded room). And my name sounds like one of the parts to a piece of clothing.

With time however… I learned to like my name and these days, I couldn't be prouder of it, I can't imagine being called by any other name but my own (No marriage for me thanks, unless the guy is willing to add my Surname to his, I ain´t adding no more names after the Ornelas!). Until very recently I thought my name was unique to the point that I'd never have to worry about finding another Carla Ornelas in the phonebook let alone on the company e-mail list…

Keeping this in mind, my first reaction to an e-mail from a Carla Ornelas was: “Which ape brain friend of mine thought this one up!... One banana for creativity, one whole whooping for monkeying around!”
Deciding to play along… I replied expecting to catch out the jellyfish…

Wouldn't you guess… it was no prank!

We're not the same age…
We don't share the same star sign…
We don't even live on the same continent…
But we have the same names… except for the middle (Sofia not Maria though some like to call me by that sometimes…)
As fate would have it, we're both fabricated from the same little island...
Alberto João once said that there are more Madeirans living outside of Madeira than in, so much so that it produced two Carla Ornelas!!!!

How did we find each other?... Google! (Isn't it just your favourite search engine of all time!)
Type in your name and see where it takes you, I was surprised that my blog’s profile was the very first link found.
I guess I owe you all a thank-you for that!

Blimey! Ain´t that just one of life's coincidences!

11 comments:

Storm said...

First and foremost:This time it wasnt me I swear!
Secondly, No matter what you say, you´ll be the first to want to change your name to Mrs Oh-I-Love-My-Hubby-So-Much-I-Couldn´t-Wait -To-Carry-His-Name
And Lastly, no matter who else has your name, there´s only one of you to your friends (Thank God for that!)

DRC said...

Unresigned, I told you there was two of them! :D

And finally, a topic that i "can" comment, sorry for the delay ;)

DRC said...

Oh, i was forgetting, it is without doubts a good/beautifull name.
The first time i've heard i didn't thought on the "horn", just in "what does this woman want now?", but that was abou the other Ornelas you've already mentioned. :)

Sunshine said...

Storm: LOL, I haven´t ruled out the possibility that you may have a hand in this... if so, i´m warning you that punishment will be severe and you know i´m good for it even at a distance!
As for the name changing... Not funny and not true! Hell, just the trouble it will take me to change e-mail addresses and the whole shibang at work...
As for being unique to my friends... let´s just say no one else can get away with being me! lolol

DRC: YAY!!!! Seja bem vindo!
Thank-you for the compliment :)
You "can" comment whenever you want or feel like it! :P I´ll always respond in the language you choose.

As for another Ornelas....
you´re kidding me right?
There´s another one?!!!
Are we related?...
I´m going to have to recheck my family tree!

DRC said...

No i'm not, i've talked about that the other day with unresigned. If i remember it right, the other i believe to be from Algarve (now i don't know if she is still at tmn, but with this topic she might be). So no prank here :)

As for the language, i'm pretty damn good at english (and i should be or there would be some people who would kill me), so i have no problem to write in english, either american or british ;)

kiss

Klatuu said...

Queixas-te do quê? Já viste se te chamasses «João Jardim»!! JAJAJAJAJAJAJAJAJA!!!

Dark kiss.

Klatuu o embuçado said...

Queixas-te do quê? Já viste se te chamasses «João Jardim»!! JAJAJAJAJAJAJAJAJA!!!

Dark kiss.

unresigned said...

drc, nunca conheci outra Ornelas naquele sítio e continuo a achar que estás a fazer confusão! :)

Carla Ornelas há só uma!! :D

(quer dizer, pelo menos neste lado do Oceano)

Liilavati said...

Querida...O que este mundo precisa é de mais gente como tu! Espero que encontres mais uma ou duas!:P
Jinhoa

Sunshine said...

DRC: If she exists, i´ll find her... will run a search on Monday. As for your english... you´re right, it´s way too good for you to comment in portuguese! :P

Klatuu: In the line of work i´m in, i´ve found a whole lot worse names than João Jardim!!!... Some parents are just plain cruel to their kids!

Unresigned & Liilavati: Eu que me aturo todos os dias até acho bem que Deus só tenha feito uma de mim neste lado do Oceano! LOL...

Klatuu o embuçado said...

There is nothing worst then João Jardim! Sorry! :)=