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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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Jingle All The Way To Happy Holiday Traveling: A Boingo Employee Survey

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It’s no secret that many of us at Boingo travel frequently. So frequently, in fact, that we’ve learned a thing or two about boarding planes efficiently, finding the best ground transportation, and how to get through security as painlessly as possible. Holiday travel is no exception! We asked our savvy travelers at Boingo to share their wisdom about traveling with comfort and joy during the holiday season. Continue reading

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Tech & Travel Gift Recommendations From Boingo Superfans


Looking for last-minute holiday gifts, either for yourself or a special someone? We polled expert techies and travelers — Boingo superfans — for some super-fabulous tech and travel gift ideas. Got gift suggestions of your own? Help out the Boingo community and post your recommendation in the comments section! “My favorite travel bag is the Deluxe Rolling Tote with Computer Sleeve for all your carry-on essentials. You can find it at www.travelproluggageoutlet.com and receive an extra 15% off by using my discount code: THEFLYINGPINTO15.” –Sara Pinto Keagle “I’m currently in love with the ZaggSparq portable power charger. When I travel or when I’m at work, I don’t have to SEARCH for a plug!! I also have the Zaggfolio iPad keyboard, which “fits” well and comes in cool colors.” –Shelby Meredith Rogers “One of my favorite gadgets that is in my travel case at all times is the handy power bar/surge protector by Belkin. It turns any hotel room outlet, even the one on the desk lamp, into three power outlets. It also gives you two USB outlets to charge all those electronic devices that travel with you. Playbook, iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry can all be charged and they are protected from power surges while they

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Rocking With My Roku


Recently, my voracious appetite for movies led me to discover Roku, a streaming player that allows me access to a world wide web library of movies, shows, music, videos, podcasts, games, and more. I’ve only had the Roku player for five days but I already know: it’s my #1 recommendation for a gadget gift this holiday season. (I am not affiliated in any way with the company other than as a customer.) Here’s the high-level: Cost: $59/$79/$99. Click here to compare the three different models (I went for it with the $99 model) Includes: Roku streaming player (4.9 x 4.9 x 1.2 inches; roughly the size and weight of a paperback book), HDMI cable, composite AV cable, remote control and batteries, power adapter Required: television, high-speed Internet, e.g., Wi-Fi Setting up the Roku player was easy: the HDMI/AV cable connects the Roku and the television, and the power adapter connects the Roku to the electrical socket in the wall. Just power on and select the Wi-Fi connection; no special software involved. Next, I did a tour of the default channels: Netflix, Amazon Video, Hulu Plus, and Pandora. To access the shows and music on those channels, I had to validate

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10 Travel-Themed Books

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What do books and travel have in common? Both experiences offer an escape from everyday life. So this summer, if you’re unable to take a holiday (or one that is long enough), why not journey through the pages of a book? Below is a list of travel-themed books guaranteed to transport you to another time and place. Know of other good reads? We need recommendations! The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly: after his mother dies and his father re-marries, a twelve year-old boy journeys through another world, where he encounters the heroes and monsters of well-known fairy tales — but these characters are twisted and flawed, exposing the boy to a new and grittier reality. This is a book about the loss of innocence that comes with the passage into adulthood. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway: in this brief memoir, Hemingway captures the magic of 1920s Paris, when the city teemed with literary luminaries such as Gertrude Stein, Scott Fitzgerald and James Joyce. The dynamics between Hemingway and his artist peers are colorful and electric, and Hemingway’s characterization of Paris is as relevant today as it was then. The Journeyer by Gary Jennings: reading this book about