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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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The Valentine’s Proposal Contest for Boingo Lovers

Okay, Boingo fans… in celebration of Valentine’s Day, we invite  you to participate in a challenge befitting our most ardent admirers: If you really love us, why don’t you get serious and propose?  Yes, we’re talking about a marriage proposal. Because every suitor is unique, we’re open to receiving different forms of proposals. If you like to express yourself in person, ask for our hand in a video. Are you a paramour of few words? A picture  is worth a thousand kisses. Or, if you have a way with words, sweep us off our feet with a love letter or poem. Now, before you book the reception and sweat over the invite list, we have to warn you: we can’t commit to marrying you. However, as a token of our appreciation,  we will reward the best three proposals with the following prizes (not to mention our undying affection): First place: the best proposer will receive an Apple iPad (16GB, Wi-Fi only) and a free one-year subscription to Boingo Mobile Wi-Fi. Second place: the second best proposer will receive a Roku XDS player for Internet TV entertainment and a six-month subscription to Boingo Mobile Wi-Fi. Third place: the third best proposer will

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Rocking With My Roku

Recently, my voracious appetite for movies led me to discover Roku, a streaming player that allows me access to a world wide web library of movies, shows, music, videos, podcasts, games, and more. I’ve only had the Roku player for five days but I already know: it’s my #1 recommendation for a gadget gift this holiday season. (I am not affiliated in any way with the company other than as a customer.) Here’s the high-level: Cost: $59/$79/$99. Click here to compare the three different models (I went for it with the $99 model) Includes: Roku streaming player (4.9 x 4.9 x 1.2 inches; roughly the size and weight of a paperback book), HDMI cable, composite AV cable, remote control and batteries, power adapter Required: television, high-speed Internet, e.g., Wi-Fi Setting up the Roku player was easy: the HDMI/AV cable connects the Roku and the television, and the power adapter connects the Roku to the electrical socket in the wall. Just power on and select the Wi-Fi connection; no special software involved. Next, I did a tour of the default channels: Netflix, Amazon Video, Hulu Plus, and Pandora. To access the shows and music on those channels, I had to validate