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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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Travel Tuesday Deals – 1/11/2011


Despite the rise in travel costs, it’s still possible to score discount deals — if you search long and hard enough. We’d like to make that process a little easier on you by introducing a weekly post of the best Travel Tuesday deals that we find across an aggregate of sites. For Tuesday, 1/11/11, here are a few that you might find compelling: JetBlue is offering $39 one-way fares in select U.S. cities, including: San Francisco, Chicago, Las Vegas and New York. Book by 1/13/2011. (Via Priceline.com) Continental wants you to get your Mardi Gras on in New Orleans with round-trip discounted tickets from various U.S. cities, including: Boston ($245), Houston ($184), Los Angeles ($331), New York ($297) and Washington D.C. ($281). (Via AOL Travel) Tour the Grand Canyon in luxury with the $1447 Grand Canyon by Trail package for two. Offer includes three nights at the Enchantment Resort (breakfast included) and one day of sightseeing by mini-coach. (Via AOL Travel) If you’re a Monet fan, jet over to Paris with the Concorde Hotels & Resorts package, which starts at $265 for overnight accommodations at one of six hotels and 2 priority tickets to the Monet exhibition at the Grand

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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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On the Campaign Trail with Damon Dunn: Politician, Entrepreneur, All-Around Nice Guy


Damon Dunn is the poster child for overcoming adversity: he was raised by a 16 year-old single mother and grew up in poverty, but today he is a contender for California Secretary of State in 2010. How on earth did he get where he is today? According to Damon, it all comes down to hard work. His academic and athletic acumen landed him a scholarship at Stanford University, which ultimately led to a stint in the NFL. After retiring from the NFL, Damon attended Harvard Business School for the NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program. Upon graduation, he co-founded a successful real estate firm. But Damon isn’t just about academics, athletics, business, and politics. True to his humble beginnings, he has also committed himself to civic services such as mentoring underprivileged and terminally ill children — even while on the campaign trail. Check out his travel tips below. Is there a gadget you can’t live without? I couldn’t live without my Blackberry. It’s astounding how mobile phones have become multifunctional tools for productivity, entertainment, retail and social networking. When you travel, what is the one item you always take with you? I take running shoes so that I can get

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6 Travel Tips from Maria Libertati


How often do you travel? How many days are you on the road? I travel every 4-6 weeks and am on the road at least 150 days out of the year. Wouldn’t leave home without … My mini bottle of olive oil – for emergencies – to add flavor to food. Also a must have is a good pair of walking shoes or sneakers; walking is the best way to discover new sights and flavors. Favorite hotspot or haunt (club, restaurant, hidden gems)? My favorite winebar in Orvieto is La Champagneria. You will find this in Piazza Marconi, which is the principal piazza in Orvieto. When you go, ask for Gian Luca and Velia. Gian Luca is very knowledgeable about wines and liqueurs from all over the world, and the antipasti that Velia whips up to go with the drinks is heavenly. Grab a table outside under the stars (if it is not too cold outside) and you will have a splendid view of the whole piazza. If you are not knowledgeable about wines, tell Gian Luca the taste you are looking for and he will make a perfect choice and tell you all about your selection. Gian Luca is