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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 – 2/22/2011

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Southeast Asia, anyone? Singapore Airlines, one of our favorites because of its superb customer service, is having a sale on roundtrip airfare from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, and New York to twenty-six major southeast destinations including: Singapore, Manila, Bangkok, Phuket, Bali, Kuala Lumpur, Saigon and more. The price? Around $949 if booked by March 2 for departures from March 1 through May 18. (Via Frommer’s) According to Travel + Leisure, “a ski trip to the spectacular Italian Dolomites is…as affordable as a trip to the Rockies” with the World on Skis package. Starting at $1095 per person, this special includes roundtrip airfare between New York, Boston, or Chicago and Venice, roundtrip airport transfers between Venice and Cortina d’Ampezzo (a mountain town located two hours by car from Venice), seven nights’ hotel accommodations and daily breakfast. Book by April 9, 2011 for travel between March 19 and April 9. (Via Travel + Leisure) Want to visit all four major Hawaiian islands? The bad news is that inter-island airfare will run you at least $100 per person per island. The good news is the Cruise Experts are offering a  cut-rate price from $762 to $794 per person for a seven-night cruise

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Travel Tuesday Deals – 1/25/2011


Valentine’s Day is less than twenty days away, but it’s not too late to plan a romantic getaway. Below are a few of our favorite travel deals for all you lovebirds out there. The StarGazers Inn & Observatory in Big Bear Lake, California is offering a “Valentine’s Romance” package for $325 a couple. The price includes one night at the astrology-themed inn, roses, champagne, chocolates and bath products for the jacuzzi. The offer is valid for stays February 9-15. (Via BudgetTravel) The Lodge at Koehle, a Four Seasons Resort on the island of Lanai (a short boat-ride from Maui), is currently offering rooms starting at $295 per night with the third night free. Folks, this is a great deal, considering 1) the cost of rooms here are typically not this low 2) Koehle is a lovely, luxurious and unforgettable experience (we’ve been there and highly recommend it) — perfect for a romantic indulgence. The deal is valid for stays February 11-15. (Via Expedia) Looking to go big for Valentine’s Day, maybe even propose marriage? Check out the Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa in West Sussex, England for a super-deluxe, ultra-private, tete-a-tete experience. The “romantic package” starts at £999 if booked by January 31 and includes: “exclusive hire of the spa,

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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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Around the World With DJ Boingo


We don’t know about you, but we ‘re not embarking on a trip around the world in the near future (although rest assured, it’s on our bucket list). In lieu of actual travel, we’ve created several playlists, each featuring a major city with plenty of Boingo hotspots. It’s not the same thing as hiking behind San Francisco’s Golden Gate bridge or sampling that buttery croissant from a Parisian patisserie, but perhaps it will ease your wanderlust a bit. Enjoy! São Paulo (Click here for Boingo hotspots) Tokyo (Click here for Boingo hotspots) Shanghai (Click here for Boingo hotspots) Moscow (Click here for Boingo hotspots) London (Click here for Boingo hotspots) Paris (Click here for Boingo hotspots) San Francisco (Click here for Boingo hotspots) New York (Click here for Boingo hotspots)

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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

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11 Unforgettable Hotel Bars Around the World


The NileGuide features eleven of the world’s most unique hotel bars (stunning photos included). Seriously, these are not your everyday pubs. Hotel La Purificadora’s roof top bar in Puebla, Mexico: “One of the hotel’s most impressive features is its roof top bar which runs parallel to a long glass-walled swimming pool.” The Salt Hotel’s bar in the Uyani Salt Flats, Bolivia: “Even the bar area is built with the practicality of salt in mind. The stools, tables, chairs, benches, etc. are all fashioned out of the surprisingly useful building material…one important rule, ‘Please Don’t Lick The Walls!’” The Fairmont’s Tonga Room in San Francisco, California: “Unexpected sprinkler-produced “rainstorms” shower into the pool with booming thunder and lightening every few minutes, and the dance floor is made from the planks of the SS Forester, one of the last schooners that sailed between San Francisco and the South Seas.” Cellar Bar at the Bryant Park Hotel in New York City: “If the word “cellar” conjures up images of cold, dark, underground rooms, you’re not alone. But, Cellar Bar, with its vaulted, gray brick-facade ceiling, wrought-iron candelabra chandeliers, and blood-red bar backdrop, puts a sexy spin on the underground.” ICEHOTEL’s Absolut ICEBAR in