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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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Tuesday Travel Deals: 5/03/2011

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  If you’re going to Florence, Italy in the next couple of months and you’re a fan of Picasso, Miro and/or Dali, then be sure to stop by the Palazzo Strozzi for the Birth of Modernity exhibit featuring over sixty early works of these artists. Tickets are a bargain at only €10 (kids under the age of six get free admission; senior citizens and university students get discounted admission of €8.50). The exhibit is open from now until July 17, 2011. Book online. Feeling a pull to relax on a beach in Latin America? Continental Airlines is offering roundtrip tickets to Latin America for as low as $278. Fly from select U.S. cities including: Austin, Boston,  Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Orlando, Portland, San Diego and more. Destinations in Latin America include: Cancun, Cabo, Belize, Costa Rica and more. Fares are non-refundable and subject to specific travel dates. (Via Travel+Leisure) Explore Germany with Rail Europe’s Rail ‘n Drive 25% off discount on rail and rental car travel. Travel is unlimited, meaning you get to ride by rail and/or drive a car as many times and as far as you want within your  choice of 2, 3, or 4 days within 1 month, consecutively or not. Price starts at $255,

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In Your Ear With Alex Asseily


When he was five, Alexander Asseily fled Beirut with his family to escape the bombs. Since then, the thirty-four year-old co-founder and chairman of Aliph returns frequently to his homeland. When he talks about Beirut, there’s no mistaking the vivacity in his voice. Something else about Alexander’s voice? He’s got a British accent, acquired while growing up in London, where he briefly flirted with break dancing and, later during his teenage years, discovered the art of sculpting. At eighteen, Alexander made his next move: to college in California. There, our future headset hero could have chosen a very different path after starring in a short film project with Fred Savage (their costumes: disco gear). We know what Alexander did instead: along with college pal Hosain Rahman, he co-founded Aliph, maker of Jawbone headsets. Read my interview with the gracious Lebanese British gentleman, Alexander Asseily. What is the meaning of your company’s name, “Aliph?” The name Aliph is the first letter of the Arabic and Hebrew alphabets. What’s the most you’ve traveled within the period of a year? In 2006, when we were developing the first Jawbone Bluetooth headset, I circled the globe – between San Francisco, Hong Kong and London