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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Boingo and SCOTTEVEST are teaming up to search high and low for the “Most Connected Traveler!” Do you have more gadgets than you have pockets? Are you totally lost without a Wi-Fi connection? We want to hear from you! Big prizes from Boingo and Scottevest are up for grabs, so don’t wait – enter now! Continue reading
I love airplanes and still find it amazing that such pieces of machinery are capable of transporting me through the air to a business meeting an hour away or to a vacation halfway around the world. However, I often lose sight of this appreciation because of all the inconvenient, annoying, ridiculous, and dumb things that happen during the process of traveling. Below are the top 10 things that turn me into a thankless, cantankerous traveler. How do they compare to your travel pet peeves? The Security Line Cutter: I confess that I have been the very person I am about to scorn — the traveler who arrives at the airport minutes before her flight and gets to skip to the front of the security line. All you have to do show your boarding pass stamped with the imminent take-off time, and security will escort you past all the organized and punctual people waiting diligently and responsibly in line. I deserved all the dirty looks I got when I pulled off this stunt. Get to the airport in plenty of time. The Stinker: I understand some people/cultures don’t wear deodorant (my beloved uncle is one of them), but pungent body odor
Three mornings a week, I have a special ritual: I eat breakfast and catch up on emails at the McDonald’s location pictured above. It’s very convenient since this McDonald’s is en route to Boingo headquarters in Los Angeles, CA and it’s a Boingo Wi-Fi hotspot. While I realize this ritual sounds mundane, it’s one that I look forward to as a relaxing way to start the work day. This morning, as I was devouring my Sausage McMuffin, I started wondering about the rituals of other Boingo users. Do you have a favorite hotspot where you hang out often or even occasionally? Is there a Boingo-supported hotel or airport that you prefer? Or are you a connect-by-the-seat-of-your-pants user, with no particular ritual or preference? Share your Boingo story and/or provide a photo of your favorite Boingo hotspot, and enter to win a one-year Wi-Fi subscription as a gift for that special traveler in your life. Submit entries to our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/boingo. Contest ends at close of business this Friday, December 11th. Don’t just go. Boingo.