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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UPDATE: WINNERS Thank you to everyone for entering this contest! Our judge, Dawn, had a very difficult time narrowing down the winners, so it was quite a tight race! The winners are: First place: Oscar! You win two free tickets to today’s show! Second place: Mina! You win two free tickets to today’s show! Third place: Scotty! You win a $50 gift certificate to the Katy Perry online store! ———————————————– Does Katy Perry melt your popsicle? Does she light you up like a firework? Will you be close to the golden coast this Friday evening, August 5th? If you answered “yes” to all of the above, then Boingo just might be your hook-up — we have two sets of VIP tickets (four tickets total) to the Katy Perry concert at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles! Want to score tickets for you and a guest? Read on! (Hey, if you won’t be in Los Angeles this Friday, don’t let it weigh you down. You can still enter our contest for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the Katy Perry online store.) Here’s the Katy Perry contest dealio: Choose your favorite Katy Perry song and re-write four to ten lines of the lyrics.
In the fall of 2000, an idea began to bloom in Sky Dayton’s mind. A new technology was beginning to emerge – back then referred to as “802.11b” – that enabled people to access the Internet without wires. As the founder of EarthLink, Sky quickly understood how this technology could transform the whole way in which we connected to the Internet. If you weren’t attached to the web by a wire – you could get online virtually anywhere. He imagined a world where people could connect on every type of device imaginable – laptops, cameras, cars and phones – in as many locations as possible. “It’s like trying to imagine all the things we’d use with electricity before electricity had been invented,” he said in a Wired magazine cover story about Boingo in October 2002. During a snowboarding trip in Mammoth, CA, Sky sketched out the basic idea of how Boingo would work: develop software that makes it dead simple to get a user online, and partner with burgeoning Wi-Fi network operators to create an aggregated network of Wi-Fi hotspots worldwide. The company was incorporated in the spring of 2001 with the stealth name “Project Mammoth” and was eventually named “Boingo”
This Saturday, March 5, a group of Boingo employees will gamely attempt their first triathlon in La Quinta, CA. These are folks who spend hours working as a group towards corporate goals. But this weekend, they’re laying it all out there – as a team – and shooting for personal fitness goals. When I joined the Boingo family, I brought along my belief that everyone can benefit from some sort of fitness program. However, I’m well aware that many folks find it a bit intimidating to start a fitness program. You’ll be happy to know that there’s a very good solution to that problem, and the Boingo folks are an excellent example. Being a part of a group and having a goal upon which the group is committed are two of the best possible motivators for getting into a fitness routine and sticking with it. – When you’re having an “off” day, someone who’s feeling strong will pull you along. You’ll do the same when it’s your “on” day. – You always know that others are counting on you: if you commit to meeting at the gym, you’re expected to show up. Whether you feel like getting out of bed
Three mornings a week, I have a special ritual: I eat breakfast and catch up on emails at the McDonald’s location pictured above. It’s very convenient since this McDonald’s is en route to Boingo headquarters in Los Angeles, CA and it’s a Boingo Wi-Fi hotspot. While I realize this ritual sounds mundane, it’s one that I look forward to as a relaxing way to start the work day. This morning, as I was devouring my Sausage McMuffin, I started wondering about the rituals of other Boingo users. Do you have a favorite hotspot where you hang out often or even occasionally? Is there a Boingo-supported hotel or airport that you prefer? Or are you a connect-by-the-seat-of-your-pants user, with no particular ritual or preference? Share your Boingo story and/or provide a photo of your favorite Boingo hotspot, and enter to win a one-year Wi-Fi subscription as a gift for that special traveler in your life. Submit entries to our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/boingo. Contest ends at close of business this Friday, December 11th. Don’t just go. Boingo.