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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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10 iPhone Apps to Ease the Holiday Stress And Maintain Good Cheer


With over 100,000 apps in the iTunes App Store, it’s no wonder there are so many “Best of” lists out there. Not all are interesting or helpful. But Megan Berry, a contributor for Mashable, recently shared a fantastic iPhone app list that you may find helpful for easing holiday stress and maintaining good cheer. I’m personally a big fan of GasBag, Movies, and Pandora. Flightcaster ($7.99): Gives you current flight status and predicts the likelihood that your flight will be delayed. GasBag (free): Helps you find the cheapest gas station. ShopSavvy (free): Allows you to scan the barcode of store items and compare prices online from nearby retailers. Yowza Mobile Coupons (free): Lists coupon deals for stores within a specified mile radius from your location. Grocery IQ ($0.99): Allows you to create a grocery list organized by aisle or store. Epicurious (free): Provides 25,000 holiday recipes with step-by-step mode. Movies (free): Lists movies currently playing near you. Includes reviews and show times. Goofy Mad Libs (free/$3.99): Keep the kids entertained with this classic game. Mixology (free): Provides 8,000 drink recipes categorized by liquor type or name. Includes bartending tips and techniques. Pandora (free): Select a song or genre and leave

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An App That Predicts Flight Delays

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My favorite email magazine, Urban Daddy, recently recommended an interesting travel app called FlightCaster, which“uses a radical patent-pending algorithm to tell you (with high probability) whether your flight will be delayed, or if you’ll be sitting on the tarmac for a while.” The delay prediction is derived from a number of sources, including weather patterns over the last decade, in-bound aircraft tracking data, and FAA monitoring. Simply put, it’s all about the math, science, and history, baby! You can use FlightCaster on your laptop by visiting their site. For the iPhone and Blackberry, the application is $4.95 and can be purchased via iTunes and ShopCrackberry.com, respectively. I’ll give the app a go when I’m next on the road. In the meantime, if you have a flight to catch, try it out and let us know how well it works for you! Here’s an example prediction: