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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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Couple Gets Married 85 Times Around the World — And They Boingo’d All The Way

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Denise and Mark Thomas are on pace to go down in Guinness World Record history. Their feat? They have exchanged wedding vows eighty-five times at eight-five different locations around the world — and all within the span of six months. Now that’s commitment! Denise, a native Australian, met Englishman Mark while she was working in London. The couple fell in love and decided to tie the knot…in a very unconventional way. Denise and Mark were chosen out of 30,000 couple-applicants by travel company Runaway Bride and Groom to “test” wedding and honeymoon locations around the world. As The Official Honeymooners, Denise and Mark weren’t just drinking champagne and feeding each other cake for six months straight. The couple’s official job was to document their experiences at each of the wedding and honeymoon venues. This meant daily blog updates, hundreds of photos, hours of video and countless tweets — not to mention the various challenges they faced navigating their way through unfamiliar languages and cultures. Since the special couple depended on constant Internet connectivity to do their  job, the Boingo team reached out to them early in their nuptial adventures and donated Boingo accounts. We’re thrilled to have been a part

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A Traveler’s Guide to Tipping


Even though I’ve been a frequent traveler for many years now, I’m not always clear on tipping etiquette in various scenarios. Because I worry about offending people (and getting the evil eye), I tend to tip too often and too much. In contrast, I have friends who rarely tip outside of “traditional” situations, e.g., at restaurants — not because they’re cheap but because they don’t know better. This MSNBC article, with input from etiquette experts at the Emily Post Institute, offers great general advice on tipping: The most common tipping mistake is not tipping. 15% is the general rule-of-thumb. At restaurants, tip on the total bill minus tax. If you order wine from the sommelier, tip that person in cash at the end of the meal. If you order cocktails before the meal at your table, tip the bartender. If you’re unhappy with the service, leave the customary 15% and speak to a manager. Always tip waiters and waitresses but not: doctors, dry cleaners, dentists or therapists. There is no such thing as overtipping. However, don’t bribe “the maitre d’ to give you a better table” — that’s insulting. Leave tips on the side of the bed for housekeeping at hotels and bed & breakfasts. For