This morning, I got the following email:
I was checking out some articles and could not believe it. My name is Justin Lovell, I'm a VB, SQL 2000 and .asp developer myself living in Johannesburg.
Wow!! It is not like our surnames are not the everyday-type... our surnames are so rare, that:
- People normally pronounce the surname incorrectly with a blush on the face because they have a gut feeling that they got the pronouncation wrong.
- The question is thrown to you: “How do you pronounce your surname?”
Here is how you pronounce my surname, if you are wondering: “Love - ll”. However, what was the most funny part was that as soon as I told my parents, off to the phone they went and called me to talk to my granny about the email... and now they think there is a possibility that he is related to me. All I can say that it is possible because my grand father had a HUGE family and he was the youngest of his generation. My grand father passed away in early January so... you cannot really ask him about his family.
My grand parents once lived in the Guateng area and only moved down to Durban when my dad was small. That is some 900 km (562 miles) distance. I know that my grand father's brother still lives up there (I spoke to him at my grand fathers funeral), and he said that he had a son named “Justin”. I wonder if it is him... I will update this blog post when I have learned more.
Update (I have been meaning to do this for a while now): The other Justin Lovell is not officially related to me. There is a gap in the family due to adoption of his great grandfather. So if you are wondering, in a job interview, I am the one who can code C# (the other is a VB only guy) and I am the one from Durban... don't want anyone getting merits from the common name :-) hehehe.