This Is Woodward…2013

It’s Hot Rod Super Bowl Week…I mean, Woodward Dream Cruise Week!

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It’s Woodward Dream Cruise week!

If you do not know what or how big the Woodward Dream Cruise in metro Detroit, follow my series: This Is Woodward.

I hope you enjoy the shots over the next few days!



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What Did Boney Say?

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Exercising with the kids is what’s up, you just never know what nuggets of wisdom are going to come out.

Today, Boney (7) and Big Homie (8) joined me on a walk/run.

I’ll give those two serious credit, their little legs have to work pretty hard to keep up with me, no matter how slow I’m going.

I heard classic phrases such as:

Boney: “Exercise hurts.”

CSD: “Yea, but it hurts less than a heart attack, brittle bones, …”

Boney: “and it’s better than being old and not being able to pull yourself up!”

But just when I think she’s got it and after another jog interval…

Boney says to Homie: “He’s trying to kill us.”

Big Homie: “No, this will help us live longer.”

CSD: “Like Lee Haney said, if it doesn’t kill you, it will make you stronger!” Gotta add this to my life-goal list, to train with Lee Haney!
Gotta add this to my life-goal list, to train with Lee Haney!

While they’ve watched some Lee on YouTube, I’m sure neither one of them had a clue as to who I was talking about.

CSD 2013 Summer Mission UPDATE – 430 at 43…One Down!



First let me say, Bill Kazmaier is not running from me saying, “That brotha gets much respect from me…”. In other words, there are plenty of regular cats out there far stronger than I am that’s for sure.

But I love setting a goal and hitting it, especially physical goals at my age. 

So just because I’ve been quiet about my 430 at 43 goal (check it out here), doesn’t mean that I haven’t been putting in work and getting it done.

But as a friend of mine would loudly exclaim, “Don’t talk about it, BE about it!”, so I figured I’d give a report when I was closer to that point.


Yesterday I trained at home for the first time in a long time. I’ve been following a version of Charles Staley’s EDT routine with a low-rep, heavy weight exercise added at the beginning. The results? Well, after 4 weeks, I loaded up with the previous 1 rep max of 360 (I’m guessing my actual 1RM would have been about 380, but stopped short of going all out for the program).

365 lbs. felt really good, so I thought, “Why not try 405?”

405 lbs., BAM, no problem.

Whoa, “What’s going on today. I didn’t sleep that good” I thought.

415 lbs., BAM, whatcha got?

Then I figured I might as well go for it, and I added more weight to the bar.

Now just before pulling, I started counting plates and thought, “I think I added too much weight…” But instead of counting, I just went to pulling and I knew I had added too much.

But I still had more in me and wanted to try again.

So I walked back up, dipped and ripped, BAM. Got it!

440 lbs is my new Deadlift record!

A day later, I feel great and now I’m setting my sight on 500 lbs.!

Oh, and that bike mileage?

342 miles so far, with at least 2 months of riding left, so I should get this one done as well.

If you are only as old as you feel, I’m feeling about 25 right now.


CornerstoneDad Podcast #13 – Is Purity A Realistic or Idealistic Goal For Kids Today? Panel Discussion With The Family


This Is It!

This podcast is guaranteed to make my “Best of” show one day! I’m finally pleased to post part one of this terrific hot-mic discussion that I had with my wife, mother, sister, son, and his friend. Folks, this is our family and this is how we often talk when we get together, so consider it a “reality-show podcast”.

This is part one of our discussion, so in this episode we discuss:

Is purity even a realistic goal for young people to have in today’s society?

Is the current generation less pure than the baby-boomer generation?

Do women really give thought to the kind of father that they want for their children before laying down with a man?

Warning: Parental discretion is advised. I understand that some may not have talked to their children about sex or many of the subjects that we are going to discuss. Therefore, listen first, and determine if it’s age appropriate for your family. 

Your feedback is appreciated, so hit me up in the comment section or at the usual spots:

  • Facebook: CornerstoneDad
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Click HERE to listen to Episode #13.

CSD Snapshots Of The Day: Michigan Central Station

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Michigan Central Station, or MCS as it is often called, consists of a three-story train depot and an eighteen-story office tower. It is made up of more than eight million bricks, one hundred and twenty-five thousand cubic feet of stone and seven thousand tons of structural steel — plus another four thousand tons in the sheds. The foundation has twenty thousand cubic yards of concrete. When the building opened, it was the tallest railroad station in the world, and the fourth tallest building in Detroit. The railroad invested a total of $16 million (nearly $332 million today) on the new station, office building, yards and the underwater rail tunnel, which was inaugurated on Oct. 16, 1910. The price tag for the station alone was about $2.5 million ($55 million today).

The depot was to be formally dedicated on Jan. 4, 1914, but a fire that started at 2:10 p.m. on…

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Maryann Showing Her Good Side

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Why Maryann?

Because while Ginger got all of the attention on Gilligan’s Island, at the end of the day, Maryann was the girl most thought was wife material.

So like Maryann, the SN95 generation is the least favorite, having the unfortunate opportunity of arriving after the wildly popular Fox generation. But when I was in the market for another Stang, having airbags, ABS, 5-lugs, and an overall much tighter feel, made the SN95 the one to settle down with in the end.



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