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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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A Canadian in San Francisco


Chris Vollick, a Canadian blogger,  is a self-described “simple guy” who enjoys food, beer and wine. Last summer, Chris discovered that Boingo Wi-Fi is just his style, allowing him to simply click on a button to connect all over Canada and in the U.S. Chris was kind enough to write the Boingo team about his experience connecting in his favorite hotspot: AT&T Park in San Francisco. Ladies and gentlemen, in his own words, Chris Vollick. I want to start by telling you what a great service Boingo offers and how easy it is to use! I was lucky to have Boingo sponsor my Wi-Fi for a series of blogging events throughout my native Canada, as well as in the United States. The service worked great! Everywhere I traveled, the Boingo apps on my laptop and phone were constantly letting me know that I was in a hotspot and could login with just one click. And from what I have seen, Boingo’s hotspot locations continue to grow every day. My most memorable use of Boingo was last summer when I was offered a trip to San Francisco, CA by Virgin America and Klout, as part of a promotion.  I went to 

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Beam Us Up, Scotty: An Interview With Gadling’s Editor

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Scott Carmichael may have one of the world’s most coveted jobs. As the executive editor for Gadling, a travel blog, he tours the globe writing about his experiences. (By the way, if you dig travel, Gadling should be part of your daily newsfeed. The site covers all things travel — helpful tips, gadget deals, recent news and entertaining anecdotes — and it makes for fun, spirited and quirky reading. ) To date, Scott has lived in five countries, logged three million miles, and spent over 1000 nights in hotel rooms. And there is no end in sight to his wanderings. We had a chance to chat with Scott about some travel-related details he’s never before shared. Read what this travel guru reveals and feel free to ask him any questions of your own. You have what many people would consider to be a dream job. How did you get into travel and blogging? I rolled into this job completely by accident. I’ve always been involved in technology through my own business, which had me traveling almost all the time. Once I settled down, I started blogging about the combination of travel and technology. In my first year of blogging, I

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Meet the Vogels, a Family Journeying From Alaska to Argentina — on Bikes

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Cycling fanatics Nancy and John Vogel met and fell in love while on a bike tour. Once their twin boys, Daryl and Davy, came along, the couple figured their dream of an extended bike tour would never be realized. But in 2008, as Nancy describes it, “the planets aligned” and the family of four set forth. The itinerary: Alaska to Argentina. Two years later, they’ve traveled 18,000 kilometers and are currently in the twelfth country, Peru. Once they reach Argentina, they may very well decide to bike on. Read our interview with Nancy and learn more about how the Vogels are re-defining the concept of “family time.” What’s the background behind the Alaska to Argentina route? For one year, from 2006 to 2007, we took the kids on our first major tour biking around the U.S. and Mexico. We met a few other cyclists that were doing the Alaska to Argentina route. “Why not us?” we thought. “Let’s just continue on south!” At the time, however, we had to accept the fact that we simply weren’t prepared for a 3-year journey into the Andes so we stuck with our North American plan for the time being and set our sights

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Deck the Halls with Boughs of Wi-Fi


This holiday season, Boingo and Google have cooked up a little something to take the edge off your travel excursions: the gift of airport Wi-Fi. That’s right: from November 10th to January 15th, you can access complimentary Boingo Wi-Fi at select airports in the U.S. (see list below). This limited time offer is brought to you by Google, a premier sponsor of Boingo’s Sponsored Wi-Fi Access program. Our sponsorship program benefits everyone involved by allowing: Travelers to enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi Sponsors such as Google to have the opportunity to interact with potential customers Airports to preserve non-airline revenue needed to offset decreasing airline-related revenue Love is all around! Here is a list of participating airports: Austin (AUS) Baltimore (BWI) Billings (BIL) Buffalo (BUF) Bozeman (BZN) Des Moines (DSM) El Paso (ELP) Greensboro (GSO) Houston Airports – Hobby (HOU) Houston Airports – Bush (IAH) Kalamazoo (AZO) Louisville (SDF) Memphis (MEM) Milwaukee (MKE) Monterey (MRY) Nashville (BNA) Newport News (PHF) Norfolk (ORF) Oklahoma City (OKC) Portland, Maine (PWM) South Bend (SBN) Toledo (TOL) Traverse City (TVC) State College (UNV) Spokane (GEG) St. Louis (STL) Washington D.C. – Dulles (IAD) Washington D.C. – Reagan National (DCA) Have a safe and happy holiday season.

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The Culture of Internet Surfing on the Toilet and Everywhere Else

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Have you ever used your phone and/or laptop while, ahem, using the restroom? If you’re worried that chatting, texting, emailing, and surfing while on the can is socially unacceptable, then worry no more! According to a recent Intel study on technology etiquette, 75% of U.S. survey responders feel “it is perfectly appropriate to use Internet-enabled devices, including laptops, netbooks and cell phones, in the bathroom.” (Never mind the germs!) But you’re not quite off the hook when it comes to mobile usage in public situations: 69% of respondents feel that “checking e-mails, sending text messages and making phone calls while in the company of others, are unacceptable.” To be frank, I employ a mixed approach to mobile etiquette. I text and surf the Internet on my smartphone while in the company of friends, family, and colleagues. But I rarely answer phone calls while in the company of anyone (unless it’s an emergency), and I turn off my phone entirely when in a business meeting. However, I find it irritating to be in the company of people, including my friends, who constantly text, surf, and talk on their phones. Clearly, we are in need of some hard, fast rules, and Anna

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Roll the McDice and Aim for $1 Million!

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As I write this, I’m gorging on an Angus Third Pounder, large french fries, and large Coke from McDonald’s. The food is good, but it would be even more delicious if I had a shot at winning $1 million from the MONOPOLY® Game at McDonald’s, which kicks off today and goes through November 2nd. Unfortunately, I’m out of the running since Boingo Wireless is a game sponsor, precluding employees from participating. Alas. But YOU still have a chance to win any number of prizes including the already mentioned $1 million and other cash prizes, an Xbox, a Shell gas card, My Coke Rewards® points, and free Boingo® Wi-Fi service at more than 11,000 Wi-Fi enabled McDonald’s® restaurants in the U.S. Mac Daddy! In order to play, all you have to do is collect game pieces on medium and large drinks, large McCafe hot cups, hash browns, Angus Third Pounders, large french fries, and 10-piece and 20-piece chicken McNuggets. What distinguishes the 2009 MONOPOLY® Game at McDonald’s from other years is the ability to play through your mobile phone as well as social media channels. Enter game codes through text messages and Facebook, and receive updates on the “$1 Million Dice