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October is one of my favorite months with the Exceeding Expectations kids.  As you all know, our top priority for the kids is, and always will be, education. That said, every October we participate in two athletic events that I feel are significant in laying the groundwork necessary for them to be successful in the academic world and in their adult lives.  The first of these events is the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) triathlon, aptly called “The Best Day in Triathlon.” Here’s a brief overview from their website:  “In 1994, three friends started a triathlon fundraiser to help one man regain his independence after a tragic accident left him a quadriplegic. From one came many, and Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) took root in the belief that sports and an active lifestyle are a pathway to more in life. Since that fundraiser 25 years ago, CAF has been committed to breaking the financial barrier that individuals with physical challenges face to participate in sports and live a healthy and active lifestyle.”  Participating alongside challenged athletes in a very tough race gives our kids an additional perspective on their own lives. The racers on the course with them face obstacles that they

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The Crew Lounge Interviews Boingo Wireless

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Flight attendant and Boingo superfan Sara Keagle invited us to join her and fellow flight attendant, Mimi, on their travel podcast series, The Crew Lounge. We had a hoot of a time chatting with the two travel veterans about everything from Boingo social media customer care, plane passengers behaving badly, to forging friendships on Twitter. Listen to the podcast for travel insights, airplane shenanigans and witty flight attendant banter. If you enjoy the experience as much as we did, be sure to download their free shows. Thanks to Sara, Mimi and the UPGRD team for having us a guest!

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Oh Yes, It’s a Limerick Contest


The merry folk at Boingo Wireless Hereby declare a limerick contest. If you think you’re clever And you win something never Give us a shot that’s your best The prize: a Targus universal power supply ($149.99 value) for charging your laptop and smartphone at home, in the car, or on an airplane. It’s yours if you’re among the top three limerick poets. The contest dates: March 15th, 16th, and 17th. Three winners will be announced at the end of the day on the 17th, St. Patrick’s Day! Here are the contest rules: Limerick must be of your own original work. Keep in mind that a limerick must fit a certain meter and rhyme, i.e., AABBA. For a detailed definition of limerick, please visit dictionary.com. Multiple entries encouraged! Maximum of one win per contestant. Must be a fan of both Boingo and Targus on Facebook in order to win. The Boingo Limerick Contest is subject to Boingo’s Terms and Conditions.

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Meet the World’s Worst Flight Attendant: A Travel Interview With Comedian Pam Ann


Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome aboard the airplane. Your flight attendant today is the zany, the glitzy, and the outlandish Pam Ann. She may fail to give you the right safety instructions or bring you that Bloody Mary, but if you’re up for some laughs, sit back and enjoy the ride! Pam Ann, née Caroline Reid, is a well-loved comedian who poses as a fictitious flight attendant regaling her audience with the vulgarities and quirks of airline travel. Her subjects of parody include airline crews, travelers, and the laughably absurd shenanigans that arise within the confines of a plane’s cabin. Pam’s stand-up routines are in high demand anywhere airplanes fly, which means she pretty much travels around the globe. Below, she shares some of her travel tips. Is there a gadget you can’t live without? I can’t live without my Blackberry; it is very addictive. When you travel, what is the one item you always take with you? Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream. Great for long haul flights. What are you listening to your on your iPod these days? Jay Z and Alicia Keys’ “Empire State of Mind” What is your favorite city in the world and why?