Dave and Ryan and I did one of my 10 favorite things to do in the world Wednesday night: Bowling!!! (I don’t know what my other 9 favorite things to do are yet.)
I had my worst games yet, bowling a fantastically poor 60-something the last game. I did get 3 strikes across three games, but I followed them all up with either gutterballs or hitting one pin. So that wasn’t so great.
But–BUT!! There was something even more important than bowling at the bowling alley: Collectibles! (Of a sort.) Ryan’s keen eyes caught sight of the most exciting thing in the bowling alley–HALO Reach-flavored paper cups being given out with large sodas! But that’s not all! Not only does your soda purchase get you a promotional paper cup, but each cup has a code on it that you can take online and check to see if you’ve won “Elite Prizes”! Nowhere on any of the fine print on the cup does it give any indication of what said “Elite Prizes” might be, but hey, they’re “Elite”, so they must be damned cool, right?
So we hauled home the empty soda cup, with visions of Elite Prizes dancing in my head. Given no restrictions, my mind was able to run wild as to what said Elite Prizes might be: HALO Clothes? Special HALO XBox Accessories? Free HALO items in the XBOX Avatar store? Or (be still my heart) HALO figures to add to my Spartan army?!
So we made it home, where I near-immediately went for my computer to enter the code and claim my Elite Prize. Except when I got to the site, it wouldn’t let me enter the code. Odd.
So I read through the text on the site, and found out I’d need to register with the site in order to test my code. Okay. Thus, I began filling out the extensive information they wanted in order to send me my Elite Prizes. Including my name, address, phone number, E-Mail address, and so forth. And such, HonorTheCode.com claimed all of my personal information for their no-doubt nefarious databse of evil.
But no matter! I was able to enter my code now and see what I’d won! I carefully entered the code, double-checking each character before submitting it.
And was met with a message saying my code wasn’t valid and to enter a valid one. Strange.
So I re-entered the code, being twice as careful this time. Invalid code.
So I had Jen double-check the code. Invalid code.
So I had Jen enter the code herself. Invalid code.
And at that point, I realized that I had been had. Mountain Dew had all of my personal information, and I had no valid code and no Elite Prizes were forthcoming.
Disappointed as I am, I’m also grudgingly impressed by their nefarious scheme. Oh, I’ll be as rude and obscene as I’m able with the first Mountain Dew person who calls or E-Mails me with my ill-gotten personal information, but I am impressed nonetheless. Bravo, Mountain Dew. Bravo.