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As you probably know by now, there’s a new “Most Interesting Man in the World.” Based on his first two appearances in commercials, we’ve already seen him do a number of, um, interesting activities: traversing the sands of the Serengeti, catching the eye of a gorgeous redhead, chopping a melon with his bare hands, sprinting through a back alley with a pretty blonde and an adorable piglet, rescuing a soccer ball from a well.
But we wanted to get to know him a little better. Find out what makes him tick. So when his public relations friends at Dos Equis informed us that he would be available for a rare interview opportunity—via WhatsApp, naturally—we were intrigued. And we quickly set up a time to chat.
Below, here’s our hour-long conversation with the Most Interesting One. As you’ll see, he had plenty of amusing stories to tell, but also some good wisdom to impart. Anyway, just read the exchange and enjoy. (Note: The portions in bold are from us.) —Shawn Donnelly for RealClearLife
Hey Shawn. Looking forward to catching up. I need a few more minutes to finish deciphering some sacred Sanskrit documents, but I will make time for you. I’ll be ready when you are.
Totally understand! I know how that goes. Looking forward to chatting. Let me know when you’re ready to begin.
Just finished. Now I’m fixing my guests and I a late dinner—my signature pinctada oyster tacos.
Ha. Those sound excellent.
They taste as good as they look.
Nice. Who are your guests if you don’t mind me asking?
Did I stump you?
My friends, Bogdana and Georgetta, the jammer and the blocker from the premier Romanian roller derby team.
Sorry, my reception is a bit spotty out here in the middle of the Aegean Sea.
Good people. I understand. Say, without sounding like a perv, what are you wearing?
My casual Tuesday attire: a crisp white shirt, made from cotton grown on a 1,000-year-old farm in Southern Egypt. It was sewn by one of the two area tailors: the blind one is better.
How about you?
Ha. You’ll have to put me in touch with him. I’m in my usual attire: black polo, black blazer, khakis, suede loafers, camo socks. Switching gears, what’s the best way to approach a woman at a holiday party without coming off like a creep?
Also how many other people are you messaging right now? You’re not as fast at this as I anticipated. No offense.
Avoid the pedestrian, bring up the unexpected. Once at a Summer Solstice party just outside of Reykjavik, I brought up whale mating calls—you wouldn’t believe where the conversation went from there.
Good tip! Ever had an embarrassing holiday party moment?
Sorry, mi amigo. My guests were getting antsy for hors d’oeuvres and my attention.
No problemo. I figured it was the Aegean Sea reception again.
Blending in vs. standing out sounds pretty embarrassing, so I’ve heard.
Who would win in a fight, you or Conor McGregor?
I’m confident I would take him in a food fight. Or a rap battle.
If you could choose one person from history to go on an adventure with, who would it be?
My friend Abdul’s late grandmother, Tilda. An incredible seamstress and even better rock climber.
Ah yes. Tilda was a legend.
I’m glad to hear her legacy extends beyond the Upper Peninsula.
Got a favorite cocktail?
Got a dream woman?
Also Margarita. You’d love her. Oddly enough she makes a mean Michelada.
OK two more questions: Got any travel advice? What’s the best business advice you’ve ever received?
Travel advice: Never pass up a free ride—that also works for business.
Excellent! I think that about does it, unless you have anything else you’d like to add.
OK one more: You must have a bit of money to be able to travel so much. How did you make your dough?
From scratch. As for wealth: money doesn’t make the man. I’m rich in friends.
Very good. Well I will let you return to your dinner guests. Great chatting with you!
Enjoy the holiday season and keep spreading Tilda’s legend. Stay Thirsty, mi amigo!
I will be sure to do that. You too, sir. Hasta la vista!
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