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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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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

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The Culture of Internet Surfing on the Toilet and Everywhere Else

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Have you ever used your phone and/or laptop while, ahem, using the restroom? If you’re worried that chatting, texting, emailing, and surfing while on the can is socially unacceptable, then worry no more! According to a recent Intel study on technology etiquette, 75% of U.S. survey responders feel “it is perfectly appropriate to use Internet-enabled devices, including laptops, netbooks and cell phones, in the bathroom.” (Never mind the germs!) But you’re not quite off the hook when it comes to mobile usage in public situations: 69% of respondents feel that “checking e-mails, sending text messages and making phone calls while in the company of others, are unacceptable.” To be frank, I employ a mixed approach to mobile etiquette. I text and surf the Internet on my smartphone while in the company of friends, family, and colleagues. But I rarely answer phone calls while in the company of anyone (unless it’s an emergency), and I turn off my phone entirely when in a business meeting. However, I find it irritating to be in the company of people, including my friends, who constantly text, surf, and talk on their phones. Clearly, we are in need of some hard, fast rules, and Anna