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A Goal in Mind


So when I set out to get into better shape about two months ago, I never thought I would already have in my mind to participate in a 5K! Let me say I am “entertaining the thought” of participating.  Read more…


Okay, So I’m Starting Again…


As anyone that wants to lose weight can tell you… There are a lot of ups and downs. Many obstacles to avoid and hills of motivation to gain.

I say this as I turn 50 and I have that ever present, “It’s now or never!” voice in my head. I know that it is not going to be easy, as it is never easy the older you get, but the motivation is there. Read more…

Someone Told Me It’s All Happening At The Zoo…


One of the best apps on my phone is Yelp. It is a great way to find new restaurants, a new mechanic or to let others know what you thought of an establishment. I have been on Yelp for a couple of years now, but this year I was inducted into the Yelp Elite. This is when you are a consistent reviewer and interact well with others on the site (giving compliments etc.).

On a regular basis, the folks at Yelp have gatherings where the Elite meet and greet and take part in some fun activities. My first gathering was this past weekend at Lowry Park Zoo here in Tampa, for their Brunch At The Zoo! 

A great crowd showed up!

A great crowd showed up!

I have to say, it was such a fun time! The Zoo catered the event with delicious food, from Roasted Tomato and Mozzarella Empanadas to Macaroni and Cheese Balls

Delicious food prepared by the zoo caterers!

Delicious food prepared by the zoo caterers!

(I think I may have enjoyed the chocolate covered red velvet cake pops a little too much!)

Red Velvet Cake Pops and Bread Pudding

Red Velvet Cake Pops and Bread Pudding

But not only were were there for the food and the camaraderie, but the Zoo right now is potting on their DinoQuest 2.



It is an animatronic world of dinosaurs that let’s you get up close and personal with the prehistoric era.

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They move and spit water at you! It is a lot of fun… Once you come back to present time, there are lots of things for the little ones to do as well. From digging for fossils in a sandbox to looking at dinosaur bones up close, to sliding down the mouth of a huge inflatable DinoSlide!



Once we finished playing with the dinosaurs, my wife and I went on to investigate the rest of the zoo! I have to admit that it has been many years since I have been to the Lowry Park Zoo and they have done a remarkable job with this jewel in Tampa. There are so many animals to see, from the new baby elephant and baby hippo ( they were too fay away and my iPhone couldn’t take cute awwwwwinspiring pictures) to the Manatee Hospital that brings in injured and sick Manatees to rehabilitate them

Brunchtime for the Manatees as well! Are they Yelp Elite too?

Brunchtime for the Manatees as well! Are they Yelp Elite too?

There are giraffes…


And penguins…

Hey guys, Is this Yelp Elite brunch formal?

Hey guys, Is this Yelp Elite brunch formal?

To Meerkats…

Anybody have any of those cake pops?

Anybody have any of those cake pops?

And so many more! Do yourself a favor and go over to the zoo today… The animals will love it if you do!

Thanks to Brett and everyone at Yelp and Lowry Park for making this a great day at the Zoo!

And remember.. as Simon and Garfunkel once sang…

Beginning My Positive Journey

Testing … 1…2…3 Is this thing on?

Greetings from the inside of my mind. My name is Josh Knauer, I live in Tampa, Florida and today is January 1st, 2011. A day that has always been associated with new beginnings, new starts, resolutions.

I am doing just that…. a new start to being more positive.

There are so many negative influences in our lives on a daily basis that I just wanted to step back from all that and take a look to see more of the positive aspects in not only my life but in others as well.

As you can probably tell, I am not an experienced writer, but it is just the fact of getting something down. Somewhere to start. I will get better as someone who picks up a guitar for the first time or a brain surgeon picking up a scalpel for his first surgery. Although I do hope there is not as much riding on the line with a blog post.

There are so many good things in our lives that they need to be showcased, celebrated and bought to light. Whether it is as small as waking up and realizing that you have fifteen more minutes of sleep until the alarm goes off or as major as finding out that your cancer is in remission, I write this blog not only for myself, but for you as well!

Thank you for staying positive.




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