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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As the dog days of summer are replaced by a chill in the air, and the boys of summer have been winnowed down to the few, the proud, the postseason victors, we choose to reflect on the best parts of playoff baseball. Cold October nights awash with excitement and dread, the tension of a two-out at bat with runners in scoring position and your favorite team behind, and (still) watching the Batting Stance Guy with his ridiculous imitations of our favorite players. Gar Ryness, the inimitable YouTube sensation known as the Batting Stance Guy, has long called it “The Least Marketable Skill in America.” Ironically, it’s turned into a boondoggle of sorts, sending him on trips around the country to perform the batting stances in Major League Baseball parks across the country as part of the pregame festivities. It has also catapulted him onto such high profile shows as CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” and ESPN’s “SportsCenter.” The “Least Marketable Skill” also netted him a book deal with Scribner, called (what else?), “Batting Stance Guy: A Love Letter to Baseball.” We recently caught up with Gar, somewhere between his numerous posts on Twitter (@BattingStanceG): 1. Tech geek or Luddite?
1. Everyone has a black bag and those cute little ribbons we tie to our luggage fall off. Buy a bag in a color or pattern so that no one will accidentally take your bag. Plus, it will be easy to spot on the carousel. 2. Get used to it — the quart-size clear bag is here to stay. Invest in one that won’t fall apart after three uses (save the sandwich bag for your lunch). When you are not traveling, you can use it to store things in your purse or beach bag. 3. Always throw a small expandable bag in your luggage. You never know when you’ll need it — and it can hold some of those extra items you buy on your trip home … 3-foot Toblerones anyone? 4. Always “break in” new shoes before traveling with them. But just in case, carry a back-up in your purse (Come on, the 4” stilettos are not that comfortable no matter what we tell him). 5. Remember before you dress for your flight you’ll have to do the security “strip tease.” That means shoes and all outerwear (jackets, cardigans, zippered hoodies, etc.) will have to come off before you