Welcome back my faithful followers. I hope you all enjoyed the President's Day break and are ready for the grand tale of my admittance into the "League of the Most Interesting". I apologize for the wait, and I know it's been a long time coming. So without further ado, I will now share with you my "Most Interesting" adventure.
As many of you know, a few entries back I disclosed my passion toward successful advertising campaigns and how important they can be to get consumers to buy your product. I had also discussed which campaign was my favorite, and that was Dos Equis' Most Interesting Man in the World. In that entry, I had also wrote about how I had won one of their competitions to be selected as one of the "Most Interesting Apprentices" for the Most Interesting Academy in the World. The contest was a lot of fun, and will truly be an experience I will never forget. So you can imagine how excited I was when I found out last summer, that Dos Equis was running another competition entitled the "League of the Most Interesting".
The story behind the league is simple: The Most Interesting Man has a group of the finest champions the world can offer, and they compete in all forms of competitions. Unfortunately, due to the high level of competition, and certain unforeseen circumstances, seven positions opened up in the league. So the Most interesting Man is giving the opportunity to anyone willing to accept the challenge, to sign up and create competitions, challenge other contenders , and earn medals for your wins and participation. The contest lasted the entire summer (of 2011). You won your medals based on several criteria, such as your amount of wins, the amount you participate in creating challenges for the gallery, how many challenges you win in a certain amount of time, etc... Once the league contest period was over, those who made it to the top 75 had to write a brief statement of interest explaining what characteristic they feel best qualifies them for the competition. What's the grand prize, you say? It is a few days in Oaxaca, Mexico to participate in competitions set up by Dos Equis. Since I was notified that I placed in the top 75, I replied back with my statement, and then played the waiting game.
Several weeks go by, keeping me at suspense the entire time. Every hour, of every day, I check my email, just waiting to get an email congratulating me on my win. Then finally, on October 14, 2011, I get an email at 4:08 p.m. with the subject line "Congratulations from Dos Equis". I DID IT!!! I won ANOTHER Dos Equis competition. I was going to go to Mexico with 6 other lucky winners for an adventure we will never forget. That following week, I get a care package from the Most Interesting Man. In it was a letter congratulating me on my success, and a promotional backpack with the Dos Equis logo embroidered on it. In the letter I was told I would need this for all my prized possessions for the trip. Also enclosed was detailed information about my trip. In 6 weeks, 2 planes, and a 1 hour time difference, I arrive in Oaxaca, on November 30.
Day 1, the adventure begins. After I land in Oaxaca, I am escorted, with two other winners that happened to be on the flight with me, to a shuttle headed for our hotel. The hotel used to be a convent from the early 1600's. When we arrive, we are greeted in the lobby of the hotel by some of the brains behind Dos Equis and the Most Interesting Man campaign. After getting acquainted, and checking into the hotel, we are escorted to our beautiful rooms. When I open the door, there is a letter on the bed along with some sort of promotional apparel. The letter was from the Most Interesting Man, congratulating me for making it this far, and discussing how tonight I will be joining the other winners for a night out exploring the local town and that there will be a welcome party for us in the courtyard of the hotel, where there will be some food and plenty of Dos Equis, so don't be late. The apparel that was on the bed was a jersey with the league name on the front, and my name on the back. The letter further explains that the jersey will be for tomorrow morning, but it doesn't say what exactly I will be doing. It just says to bring the jersey.
So we go out into the town for a bit, and explore the surroundings. We grab a bite to eat and then head back to the hotel for opening reception. When we get back, we noticed a few more winners arrived at the hotel. We change our clothes to something a little more formal and head down to our opening reception. The courtyard was decorated with Dos Equis banners similar to the trade show packages vendors use to promote their space at a trade show. Circling us were waiters constantly bringing out food, plenty of Dos Equis beer, and we get the pleasure of live music from an instrument that looks like a giant wooden xylophone. During the ceremony, we share stories with each other and mingle with all the people from Dos Equis and other companies that helped put this event together. However, before the ceremony is over, we are warned to get plenty of rest, for we have a big day of adventure and competition ahead of us. In a true "most interesting" fashion, we ignore the warning, and instead decide to hit a local watering hole, where we drank, danced, and partied with the locals until the wee hours of the morning.
3 o'clock in the morning can creep up on you real fast when you're having that much fun. At this point, we decide to stumble back to the hotel and back into bed. I may have gotten 2 hours of sleep before I hear a loud knocking on the door. It turns out, I am being summoned for my first "Most Interesting" challenge. So I change as quickly as I can, grab my jersey, and head down to the lobby.
Now you're probably thinking to yourself, "What's in store for Dan next"? Well there's only one way to find out. Stay tuned next week, when I discuss Day 2 of the "League of the Most Interesting".