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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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Meet a Few of Boingo’s Superfans on Facebook


Here at Boingo, we aim to design our Wi-Fi service and apps around the best customer experience possible. That’s why social media engagement is so central to our efforts — the customer feedback on social networks helps to guide us on improving and updating our offerings. Since our community shares common interests in travel and technology, we also strive to curate interesting conversations on those topics. Obviously, the success of these initiatives relies heavily on community participation, which is why it warms our hearts when members converse regularly with us via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Flickr, YouTube and the Hotspot blog. To express our gratitude, we honor two individuals each month — one via Twitter and one via Facebook — as superfans of the month. Join our social communities today and let us get to know YOU as a Boingo superfan! Meet Boingo’s superfans on Facebook. We are so thankful for the great conversation and support from our superfan community! Adi Wresniyandaka Senior Principal IT Consultant Charity of choice: Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation Best city to Boingo: Tie between San Francisco, California and Minneapolis, Minnesota Favorite tech quote: “There are two major products that come out of Berkeley: LSD and UNIX. We don’t

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Frommer’s Names 10 best U.S. Airport Restaurants


Do you think the quality of airport food has improved in the last decade? Airports are hoping your answer is “yes,” according to this USA Today article. To highlight some of the high-quality food offerings that have cropped up, travel guide company Frommer’s recently named their top ten restaurants at U.S. airports. Their criteria: “We’ve picked places that serve food you’d eat even if you weren’t trapped,” says Jason Clampet, senior online editor for Frommers.com. Do you agree with the list below? What are some good options at international airports? Atlanta: One Flew South (Terminal E) Baltimore: Obrycki’s (Gate B-11) Boston: Legal Sea Foods (Terminal A, after security, has Legal Test Kitchen; Terminal B, before security, has Legal C Bar; and Terminal C, before security, has the traditional restaurant) Chicago O’Hare: Tortas Frontera (Terminal 1) New York-JFK: Deep Blue Sushi (Terminal 5) New York-LaGuardia: Custom Burgers by Pat LaFrieda (Delta Terminal) Los Angeles: Encounter at LAX (center of airport before security) Minneapolis: Ike’s Food and Cocktails (Concourse E) Raleigh, N.C.: 42nd Street Oyster Bar (Terminal 2) Seattle: Ivar’s (central terminal) Perhaps not coincidentally, Boingo users can also enjoy tasty Wi-Fi access in 9 of these 10 airports.  

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Al/Capone Smooth Jazz in the Social Media Age: An Interview

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I try stuff. I synthesize what’s of value with some of the other things I have at my disposal. – Herbie Hancock I pursued a travel interview with the Al/Capone band because of their genius music — a medley of smooth jazz, fusion, R&B, funk and Latin sounds that makes you tap your toes, swing your hips, and wink at the person nearest you. Little did I realize that Al/Capone’s six members are not only musically gifted but they’re also technically savvy. The band leverages audio recording software in the early stages of the composition process, and they have established a wide-reaching social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and MySpace. Read our interview with the amazing Al/Capone jazz band, a quintessential study in the synthesis of traditional jazz and modern day technology. Also, be sure to enjoy music from the band’s latest album, Mr. Smooth, via the music player below and/or download a free song here. What is the best venue Al/Capone has performed at? One venue which stands out was the Water Front Festival in Rockford, IL, a big outdoor festival that is held annually around the end of August. Jeep grew up in Rockford and we had

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Things To Do in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport

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Today is one of the first airport posts – places and things to do when you’re waiting for your flight. At the Minneapolis / St. Paul Airport, there are a few places travelers can get away from the crowds and relax. The first is the “quiet seating area” that lines the somewhat hidden upper decks of the main passenger shopping area called The Mall.  If passengers take the steps or an elevator to the second level along The Mall, they’ll find – on either side, hidden from view – dozens of couches, chairs and tables for relaxation. At the far end of The Mall is MSP’s most glamorous full service restaurant – Ike’s – and above Ike’s is another hidden area travelers can relax and work on their laptops or take a snooze.  If travelers have more work to get done or want to hold a meeting, a conference call, etc., the airport has a a large conference center above Chili’s Too restaurant on The Mall.  It’s a full service conference center that can accommodate 1 to 100 people. As told by Kathleen Bangs, Manager of Marketing, Minneapolis / St. Paul Airport.