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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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Now Boarding LA: Architecture of Flight Exhibit Delights at Santa Monica Museum of Flying

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The first phase of the highly anticipated $1.5 billion Tom Bradley International Terminal expansion at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) will soon be open for business, creating a beautiful, modern portal to the rest of the world befitting the City of Angels. To celebrate, the Santa Monica Museum of Flying showcases the architecture and planning behind the expansion and highlights the future look of the finished terminal in its new exhibit, Now Boarding: Fentress Airports + the Architecture of Flight.  We got a sneak peek at a recent special event that also included a vintage flight attendant uniform fashion show, a surprise opera solo, and a personalized tour of the exhibit. Our favorite installation is a detailed 24-foot scale model of the new terminal, which took 8,000+ hours to build. It is enormously impressive, to say the least. Here it is: The soon-to-be-opened new international terminal at LAX is designed to optimize efficiency, decrease wait times, and help passengers get through security as quickly as possible — and on to their final destinations in optimal shape. The design also features a high-end retail and shopping area emphasizing local Los Angeles vendors and restaurants, for those tourists who didn’t get enough

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Melanie Waldman’s Eclectic Guide to LA 2012: Roller Derby, Dumplings and Pop Art

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Melanie Waldman, writer/editor extraordinaire of Travels With Two, deftly inspires workaholic couples to use their limited vacation time to travel. While she’s often traveling for work, she always looks forward to returning to her home in Los Angeles, a sprawling, vibrant city full of opportunities for exploration. Below, she’s shared her top spots and tips for having a fun, rewarding trip to the City of Angels. (Good for travelers and locals alike!) Continue reading

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Boingo Mystery Hotspot of the Day: Can You Name This Location?


We recently enjoyed this art exhibit at a Boingo-enabled hotspot. Can you identify which hotspot this is? First person to correctly name the location receives one month of free Boingo Wi-Fi.

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One Step at a Time


Here is the scene of one of my typical days twenty years ago: It’s 3:00 in the afternoon and I’m sitting in my office in downtown Los Angeles.  I look out the window at the beautiful spring day and realize that this is the first time all day I’ve stopped to look outside.  I’ve barely been out of the office for the last several days, and I likely won’t for several more, as I’m about to scramble to LAX to catch a plane for Boston. Once again I have that same pounding headache that seems to have become an afternoon fixture. Something about this scene had to change, and change it did! I didn’t just put down my briefcase immediately to do my first Ironman. It was a journey that started with baby steps. And with the first day of this morphing into a new me, I lost the headache, so I knew I was onto something good. One step at a time can lead you to wonderful places – sometimes to a place you had no idea you could reach. As a first step, I encourage you to turn on your television to NBC this Saturday afternoon, December 18th,

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Boingo Among Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top 10 Travel Tweeters


Entrepreneur Magazine’s May 2010 issue features a list of top ten travel tweeters, and Boingo made the list! We’re pretty darn excited. If we were at a red-carpet awards event (clad in Versace), this would be our acceptance speech: Thank you, Entrepreneur Magazine, for choosing Boingo as one of ten best travel tweeters among the likes of @Jaunted and @SouthwestAir. We are honored to accept this Twitter award. We’d like to thank our parents and the warm Southern California weather. But most of all, our deepest gratitude goes to the Boingo community on Twitter for reaching out to us when they need help connecting and for actually getting a kick out of our travel and technology tweets. Until Twitter, we didn’t think it was possible to grow attached to people in 140-character increments. Now we know differently. (Pardon us, we need to dab our eyes.) Boingo community: thanks for humanizing what would otherwise be just a Wi-Fi service. Cheers! Ladies and gentlemen, we give you Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Top 10 Twitter Feeds” “for the latest in travel deals, news, advice and entertainment” (pg. 59, May 2010 issue): @Boingo: Tweet your complaint about a weak airport Wi-Fi signal and you’ll get a

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Delayed and Sleepless in Narita?


I recently had a 10-hour layover at Narita Airport in Tokyo en route back to the U.S. During the first hour of the layover, I was optimistic about my prospects of making it through the day without too much difficulty. After all, I had my laptop, plenty of email, a Boingo Wi-Fi connection, my iPod, a handful of airport shops, and some tasty-looking restaurants. But by the end of that first hour, things started unraveling quickly. My laptop’s power cable was in a checked bag. I only had about 2 hours of battery life. Then, as I was racing through my inbox, I saw an email invite to deliver a presentation within hours of landing at LAX after the 8-hour flight. I burned through the remainder of my laptop’s power finishing the slides and then found comfort in a bowl of soba noodles. That comfort was short-lived when I realized the yens for the meal converted into more dollars than I expected. By the time I finished eating, I had 7 hours remaining until my flight. I was exhausted. I needed to sleep ASAP. But where???? I do not exaggerate: I turned around and there in front of me was