When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced.

 “Live your life in a manner so that when you die the world cries and you rejoice.” – Native American Proverb

During our lifetimes we say goodbye to many people, family, friends and those we only know by name and fame.  This is natural and normal.  Death takes all of us at some time in our lives.

Those of us who have seen a lot of loops around the Sun start noticing the increase of “names” as we keep living our lives.  The slope of life makes sure of this.  The longer the slope the more names we recognize with the R.I.P. after them.  Of course, this does have some limits, if you have completed almost one hundred loops, there are very few close friends left around to celebrate another year of breathing.

Now is the time for Baby Boomers to start popping up daisies in the fields.  We were a large bulge in the expansion of population following WWII.  We also had a great number of names who had fame.  Some, like Soupy Sales, were of a previous generation.  Some, such as John Belushi, are of the Baby Boomer generation.  We mourned their passing a while ago.

Now we are starting to see the end of the last generation leaving us and an increasing number of our own generation too.  Just by having a large number of Boomers means we are going to see a lot of names in the obituaries and even the front page, and it will increase for years after us early ones have left the playing field.

I salute the very last of the Greatest Generation, my mother, the Silent Generation, and the first wave of the Baby Boomer Generation.  Long may you live.


Author: Blue Bronc

Born in Detroit when Truman was president, survived the rest of them. Early on I learned that FDR was the greatest president, which has withstood all attempts to change that image. Democratic Party, flaming liberal, Progressive, equality for all and a believer in we are all human and deserve respect and understanding. College educated, a couple of degrees, a lot of world experience and tons of fun. US Air Force (pre-MRE days). Oil and gas fields, computer rooms and stuff beyond anything I can talk about. It has been quite a life so far. The future is making my retirement boat my home. Dogs, cats and other critters fill my life with happiness. Work pays the bills.

78 thoughts on “When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced.”

  1. BB, great title and good message; however my first thought upon reading was how brits laughed & rejoiced at the birth of that infamous balloon which now will reside in the  london museum.  no doubt the real baby cried each time it floated into sight.

    trump baby balloon washington permit july fourth lead vpx_00000529

  2. cnn:

    A giant blimp depicting Donald Trump as a diaper-clad baby, which followed the outgoing US President on his visits to London and symbolized international opposition to his administration, has secured its place in history after being acquired by a British museum.
    The 20-foot-tall “Trump Baby” blimp was created ahead of the President’s first visit to the UK, when hundreds of thousands of Britons poured onto the country’s streets to protest his presence in the country.
    It will now be displayed in the Museum of London alongside other remnants of public protests in the British capital, the institution announced on the eve of Trump’s departure from the Oval Office.
    “We hope the baby’s place in the museum will stand as a reminder of when London stood against Trump — but will prompt those who see it to examine how they can continue the fight against the politics of hate,” the team behind the blimp said.
    The balloon became famous around the world when London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, whom Trump has frequently denigrated, gave permission for it to fly above the city during his initial visit. Since then, it has followed the President on his trips around the world, appearing in Washington DC and at several of Trump’s rallies and international tours.
    “By collecting the baby blimp we can mark the wave of feeling that washed over the city that day and capture a particular moment of resistance — a feeling still relevant today as we live through these exceptionally challenging times — that ultimately shows Londoners banding together in the face of extreme adversity,” she added.

  3. BB, your message on the passing of generations also reminded me of the poem “spring and fall” by gerard manley hopkins:

    Márgarét, áre you gríeving
    Over Goldengrove unleaving?
    Leáves like the things of man, you
    With your fresh thoughts care for, can you?
    Ah! ás the heart grows older
    It will come to such sights colder
    By and by, nor spare a sigh
    Though worlds of wanwood leafmeal lie;
    And yet you wíll weep and know why.
    Now no matter, child, the name:
    Sórrow’s spríngs áre the same.
    Nor mouth had, no nor mind, expressed
    What heart heard of, ghost guessed:
    It ís the blight man was born for,
    It is Margaret you mourn for.

  4. good and bad people come and go yet the circus clowns are always with us

    the hill:

    Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will announce Monday that she will run for governor of Arkansas in what will amount to one of the first tests of the battle for the future of the Republican Party.
    The Washington Post first reported Sanders’s plans. A top Republican who will attend her announcement on Monday confirmed her plans to The Hill.
    Sanders plans to formally announce her candidacy with a video published at 8 a.m. Monday, according to the source familiar with her plans.
    She will join a competitive Republican primary race to replace Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R), who faces term limits after eight years in office. She will challenge Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin (R) and Attorney General Leslie Rutledge (R), both of whom have already said they will run.

  5. It’s Arkansas. It’s already moved from Bill Clinton to Asa Hutchinson. A move from Hutchinson to Sanders strikes me as a baby step in comparison. 

  6. pogo, it started going bad in AK with the paterfamilias huckster.  there are small signs FL may go the other way.

    the wrap:

    Two planes circled the skies near Mar-a-Lago on Sunday, each pulling behind it a banner with rather uncongenial greetings.



    “West Palm Beach, where we are right now, is extremely Democratic,” Palm Beach Post senior political reporter Christine Stapleton told CBS News. In fact, his popularity in the area is on shaky ground. “Since the Capitol riots, there has been a real shift in whether or not Mar-a-Lago will continue to be a venue that GOP and conservative groups want to have their events there.”

  7. Excellent article BB

    Over the weekend many passed who had once  been part of our childhoods only to realize how close in age they seemed to our present.


  8. old spanish proverb: lo que un tonto hace al final los sabios hacer al principio*

    the guardian:

    Mexico’s president, Andrés Manuel López Obrado – who has long been accused of complacency in his approach to the pandemic – has tested positive for Covid-19 and is undergoing treatment with mild symptoms, according to his Twitter account.

    As the United States prepared to reinforce travel restrictions from a host of other countries on Sunday night, López Obrador tweeted: “I regret to inform you that I am infected with Covid-19. The symptoms are mild but I am already under medical treatment. As always, I am optimistic. We will all move forward.”


    Early in the pandemic, asked how he was protecting Mexico, López Obrador removed two religious amulets from his wallet and proudly displayed them. “The protective shield is the ‘Get thee behind me, Satan,”’ he said, reading off the inscription on the amulet, “Stop, enemy, for the Heart of Jesus is with me.”


    At the start of the pandemic López Obrador was criticised for still leaning into crowds and giving hugs. The eternal campaigner, López Obrador’s style of politics has always been very hands on and personal. As the pandemic grew he began limiting attendance to his events and maintaining his distance from supporters.

    As of Sunday night, Mexico had administered nearly 630,000 doses of vaccine.

    López Obrador’s announcement came shortly after news emerged that he would speak to Russian president Vladimir Putin on Monday about obtaining doses of the Sputnik V vaccine. The vaccine has not been approved for use in Mexico, but the government is desperate to fill supply gaps for the Pfizer vaccine.



    *what a fool does in the end the wise do in the beginning  [in re masks and social distancing, not the vlad vaccine part]

  9. passing thought on that maga party threat:   he has a lot of leftover hats, tees & mugs on the shelf  he needs to sell

  10. These generational designations will change with time.  i call Gen “Z” the “Tik Tok Generation”.
    What i said to Jack that wasn’t true about Senatorial seditionists i do believe is true about the previous White House occupant- ignore him and he will go away.
    Biden is demonstrating what leadership looks like, thank God. 

  11. Kevin McCarthy's rude awakening

    What they’re saying: “We’re eating sh*t for breakfast, lunch and dinner right now,” a McCarthy aide told Axios. The aide requested anonymity to speak frankly about his boss’s situation.

    Pressure is mounting on McCarthy financially, politically and publicly.

    Corporate donors are freezing him out for challenging the Electoral College vote on Jan. 6.

    The media

     is lampooning him for initially saying “the president bears responsibility” for the Capitol attack but amending that last week to say, “I don’t believe he provoked it, if you listen to what he said at the rally.”

    McCarthy also got hit for saying during an interview this weekend that “everyone” bears responsibility for the political temperature in the country.

    Meanwhile, the pro-Trump wing of his conference is angry with him for not condemning Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) more forcefully after she voted to impeach Trump.

  12. Trump Has Left Congress No Choice The Capitol riot was a tragic farce, but the type of political violence it represents poses an existential threat to democracy.

    Republicans now face a choice between their long-term interests and short-term self-preservation. It takes two-thirds of the Senate to convict a president, a threshold so high that it has never been reached. Convicting Trump and barring him from federal office would earn senators the wrath of the Trump faithful, upon whom the current composition of the Republican Party is dependent to win elections. Failing to convict him would leave open the possibility of a Trump restoration, which might offer some political advantages but would also exacerbate the ideological extremism that turned Arizona and Georgia into states with two Democratic senators.


    The reason to convict Trump and bar him from office forever is rather simple: No sitting president has ever incited a violent attack on Congress. Allowing Trump to do so without sanction would invite a future president with autocratic ambitions and greater competence to execute a successful overthrow of the federal government, rather than the soft echo of post-Reconstruction violence the nation endured in early January. The political incentives for the Republican Party in convicting Trump may be unclear, but the stakes for democracy are not. The Senate must make clear that attempted coups, no matter how clumsy or ineffective, are the type of crime that is answered with swift and permanent exile from American political life.

  13. BlueB…  thanks for that column.
    I’ve lost 2 people recently…  both males and about 15 yrs older than me.  Neither was unexpected…  but it hurts nonetheless.  The list of widows I know is growing.
    It does make me focus more on what’s truly important in my life.

  14. So I took the time yesterday to read George Conway’s lengthy OpEd at Wapo about the post election legal realities for Dumbass.  An excellent read for those with the time and inclination.  It’s got so many quotable blurbs I’ll just give the following:

    In any event, Trump’s post-election conduct makes it impossible for the Justice Department to look away. If prosecutors don’t investigate and, if warranted, charge,this former president, then we might as well say thatallpresidents are completely immune from criminal consequences for their conduct — whether during their term or after; whether the conduct occurred before their presidency or while in office; whether it involves personal matters or public acts.

    We might as well say, flat-out, that presidents are above the law.

    And for the rule of law to stand, that’s too high a cost — with little if anything to counterbalance it. Ford pardoned Nixon partly because he feared the “degrading spectacle” of having a former commander in chief in the dock. But we already have the degrading spectacle. We endured it for four years, ever escalating, and it culminated in the tragic and appalling events of Jan. 6. Restoring dignity to our political system requires some attempt to do justice, beyond preventing Trump from holding federal offices he never deserved to occupy. The stark lesson of the past four years is that the failure to hold a president to account only leads to more conduct for which the president should be held to account.

    So, too, with the potential for perpetuating division and potential violence. It already exists. Giving Trump a pass won’t make it disappear. Trump’s supporters, despite the evidence, will continue to insist that the election was stolen from him; they will continue nursing, and acting upon, their grievances. The fear that they may engage in further disorder shouldn’t, and won’t, prevent prosecutors from bringing hundreds of cases against the insurrectionists. To the contrary, it’s precisely the reason those prosecutions should proceed. For much the same reason, the operation of the criminal law shouldn’t be suspended against the man who gave those people the permission structure to commit their violent acts.

    Biden’s instinct to the contrary is understandable. Just as Ford did, the new president has much to contend with other than his predecessor’s misdeeds. And, just as Ford feared with a Nixon prosecution, addressing those misdeeds threatens to distract and drain political capital from the new administration’s efforts to deal with the nation’s other problems. But Biden clearly realizes that he can’t just let things go, and that the proper course for him is to stay above the fray and let the Justice Department exercise its professional judgment.

    No doubt that was a major consideration in appointing a federal judge of utmost integrity — in the eyes of Democrats and Republicans — to serve as attorney general. To help ensure fairness and the perception of fairness, Merrick Garland should invoke the Justice Department regulations designed to deal with politically charged investigations: the rules providing for appointment of a special counsel. Those require the appointment of outsiders to investigate, and, just as important, require the preparation of reports that explain what an investigation found and did not find. That’s critical here because the main point of proceeding with an investigation is to vindicate publicly the rule of law.

    But here’s the rub: With Trump, there’s so much to investigate criminally that one special counsel can’t do it all. Could you imagine one prosecutor in charge of addressing Trump’s finances and taxes, his hush-money payments, obstruction of the Mueller investigation, the Ukraine scandal, and post-election misconduct, for starters? It would be an impossible task for one team. One special counsel’s office couldn’t do it all, not in any reasonable amount of time, and it’s important for prosecutors to finish their work as quickly as possible. Three or four special counsels are needed. Under the regulations, each would be accountable to the attorney general.

    If that feels like overkill, hark back to the reason it’s required. The laundry list of potential crimes is the product of the brazenness of Trump’s behavior over decades. Trump’s modus operandi has been to do whatever he considers necessary in the moment and thinks he can get away with. It worked for far too long. Trump has managed to avoid serious legal repercussions — not just during his four years as president, but throughout his life.

    Trump’s presidency has ended. So, too, must his ability to dodge the consequences.

    George, from your pen to god’s eyes.

  15. BB
    Your mom and I must be the same age 
    this is a wonderful tribute to her.
    Rob Portman remains a jerk and a coward

  16. BB – That was beautiful.   Sometimes I  wonder if it’s easier or harder with big families like the Kennedys.  So many to lose, but so many more to support each other.   
    Republicans are just looking at all of those folks who are no longer in the Social Security system. I only had one parent and one grandparent out of four who lived long enough to get Social Security.  
    More covid at the office.  

  17. I was born on May 5th 80-years past. The wars in Europe and Asia were creating an export market that was lifting our country from its depression. We were oblivious. My memories of the war include going with my mom to get ration books at a service point adjacent to a library; the death of Mr Roosevelt, “the President has died…” ‘Parachuting from the plum tree in our back yard. Celebrating the return of my Uncle Bill, our only relative to serve. He also went to Korea in 1950. He lived a full life dying at 102-yo a couple of years ago.

  18. Flatus!   So good to see you again!
    Your Cleveland Browns did pretty good this year.

  19. Waiting.  Just waiting.  Waiting for the pandemic to end, given that we’ve lost a YEAR due to that incompetent, game show host.  Waiting for the game show host to NEVER be able to run for any office again, including dog catcher.

  20. Flatus, glad to see the rumors were untrue (just kidding – none were circulating).  Regardless, welcome back. Yep, the Browns did well this year.  Love to know what your take on Baker Mayfield is. And Tom Brady, well, he’s still Tom Brady – but I digress.
    I’m enjoying reading the articles in the Post and Times about the dispute over the filibuster and Mitch trying to exact a pound of flesh on that issue in order to agree to the organizing rules of the Senate.  I may have missed it, but I don’t recall any significant discussion about Senate Rules when Mitch took the majority leader position in 2015. But maybe I was just busy.

  21. Doing a little light reading recently and ran across this in the Lancet – “Thus, reinfection cases tell us that we cannot rely on immunity acquired by natural infection to confer herd immunity; not only is this strategy lethal for many but also it is not effective. Herd immunity requires safe and effective vaccines and robust vaccination implementation.”  Just kidding about the light reading crack, but Scott Atlas can take this and shove it up his ass. Shows why radiologists (nonpracticing at that) shouldn’t pretend to lead pandemic response.

  22. wapo:

    One of the most eagerly anticipated Super Bowl ads every year will be on the sidelines this year, with Anheuser-Busch choosing not to feature the iconic Clydesdales and cute story lines that have been a hallmark of its Budweiser spots.
    Instead, for the first time since 1983, the company will not advertise the brand during Super Bowl LV on Feb. 7 because of the coronavirus pandemic, it announced Monday, saying it will be “reallocating the media investment” to partner with the Ad Council and Covid Cooperative’s Covid-19 Vaccine Education Initiative in raising awareness.

  23. pogo, mitch’s coin toss game called “heads i win, tails you lose” with chuck to settle the 50-50 problem for senate rules.

  24. BB
    your mother is not a boomer
    However. She and Mr Cracker are the same age.  Is she 1928.  Born the same year Micky Mouse.   In is younger years Mr C was a commercial artist at Western publishing and they did all the Disney books

  25. The seven living generations of Americans: The Greatest Generation (born 1901-27), The Silent Generation (born 1928-45), Baby Boomers (born 1946-64), Generation X (born 1965-80), Millennials (born 1981-97), Generation Z (born 1998-2010), and the burgeoning Generation Alpha (born 2011-25).

  26. KGC – right Mom is not a Boomer she is of the Silent Generation.  She is who I was thinking of about living so long that you no longer have many friends left alive.  Only a couple cousins her age are still alive.  We have several younger first cousins still kicking around.  She jumped on the internet early and is very good at Adobe Photoshop, if you get a picture from her you might be surprised at who she added or changed in it.

  27. Nice job  BB-
    I really like that “loops around the sun”  image, it would explain my dizziness  when I stand up too fast.

  28. I remember  listening to this in Taos at age 17 , and being 70 was  so far away, I was certain I could never see that loop. 
    “Men plan, the Gods laugh”

  29. An estimated $287 Million dollars  to  rehabilitate  the line for freight trains.  My plan for the line creates 100’s  of new jobs up and down the valley at a fraction of  this cost. 

  30. One does not buy a  $2.5 million home in Colorado  , and be happy with RR tank cars  passing by. 

  31. Colorado Midland & Pacific is on a charm offensive with the small town councils.  They started at the top of the pass.  Near Vail, these people are not country bumkins . 
    I am working up the valley  from Canon City .  With an email  pitch.  
     Shara Cassidy  of  the Colorado Midland & Pacific  is my huckleberry.  

  32. OM – Email Mayor Pete or Mayor Walsh.  
    Guess I can wear my Chiefs jersey, again.  

  33. I found the top dog , and his PR woman out front , ……. Now to write the best pitch of my life.  And  make the same pitch I’ve been making to city governments , only updated.  And my case get’s stronger everyday. 
    My idea is not that far fetched,  These people run tiny railroads for a living. 



  34. The Third Way –
    This is how we do it.  Two bull elks  locked in combat , a cow stands by waiting for an answer.  A 3rd much younger bull sneaks  out of the trees. 

  35. OM,  excursion trains are a thing in WV. Google Cass Railroad. Trust me on this- there is NOTHING else in Cass, WV. 

  36. What’s the per unit cost of the pedal cars? How much to rent for a day?  Who will own them?  Where will they be stored in winter and how much will that cost?  How much liability insurance will be required? How much start-up capital do you need?

  37. The Battle of Blue Licks Kentucky
    The last fight of the American Revolution. 
    (No one told them the war was over)
    My mother  became a genealogist  in the late 1960’s.
    One of her  most favorite  ancestors  was this man , our kin that had this connection to this battle.
     For a genealogists  linking one’s family to a big thing is very cool .
    I knew  this headline  for years , but never learned the story .
    Fast forward, I am driving the lower 48  in an 18 wheeler with  email on the QUAL COM. 
    At night ,  I see this marler  ……………. “The Battle of Blue Licks”   >>>>>>
    I snake  my 53 foot trailer  into a place it should not  go .
    I email mom , ……………… “Guess where I am ? ” 
    Turns out this man she loved so much  , did not fight in this battle ,  he married a window from this battle , and she came with 8 children. 
    I learned  so much from that ,
    I took my mother over a  very little known road out of Crested Butte,  at the top was a “Ghost Town” . The only thing that remained was a cemetery,
    She  pointed  out all the young mothers , and babies  dying  in this far away place. 

  38. …probably only need about 12 miles of track, that’d be a 4 hour excursion, which is probably the limit of most tourists’ patience.  Could probably pull in $8k of revenue a day with full bookings, i’d guess you’d need somewhere between $300k-$500k in start-up capital.  Storing those things in winter would really hamper profitability, but it looks like they’re getting away with it in RI🤷‍♂️
    Good luck

  39. You have no idea  how how cool this will be. 
    The cars  have roofs  with solar panels , At night , they all roll back up the hill , an electric motor is the down hill break. 

  40. These people are the leaders . 
    If they add a solar roof, and  battery pack with a motor. 
    Drop the ped power . 
    We’re off to the races. 

  41. There would be so many robberies on a 160 mile stretch, vandalism and sabotage would be a huge problem, kids would flip those things off cliffs, people would be shitting along the tracks, etc., which is why a contained system makes the idea viable, assuming these existing companies are profitable🤷‍♂️
    Ok, not trying to be a dick, these are questions for which you need answers when you submit proposals.  i’m down for a fun afternoon in the Rockies, though

  42. A word about my model –
    I saw it as being very light.  Bike parts, not train parts.  That way 2 men could  lift it off the tracks , camp and fish , while traffic rolls by.
    This fishing aspect , coupled with an electric  rolling  camp. 
    Is the  cherry on the money. 
    The entire ride
    The 4 hour Trip 
    The drop off and pick -up. 
    The Moonlight Ride 
    It’s an entire new type of  rail road  rolling over some very old bones. 

  43. Hey, I wuz just throwing an idea out there. People stand in line to get on these trains, and while the Cass train is a steam locomotive, hardly a toy, not all are and not all run from the beginning to the end of the rail line they operate on. For instance, here are 10, in various configurations, lengths and types of trains.  I don’t care whether you think it’s a bad idea – but it’s a proven idea with a ready tranche of customers. There might be the same or even greater opportunity for your pedal/solar vehicles, and if your pitch is successful I hope so. Definitely a novelty. 

  44. My dad died , and I took-off, ……………  the last time to Colorado.  To Salida.  To kiss my ghosts .  That was 7 years ago .
    Mainly I wanted to see Peter Simonson again .  The best man I ever met. 
    We had dinner , and I crashed at his place. 
    This is where I got this burr under my saddle. 
    Funny how long a seed lays dormant. 
    This one is very ripe. 

  45. Mag-lev front and rear struts with a single central direct-drive tire

    Eh, make it a recumbent sled and you don’t even need struts

    ok have fun✌️

  46. I lived in a sheep shack  in “Smeltertown” , a suburb.  of Salida.  On the bank of the Arkansas River.  
    In the last bones of the past . I paid $5 Bucks a month, when my landlord  saw I was going to stick . 
    He raised it to $10.

  47. I was rather fucking good , and I made a lot of  things people I’ll never know still love my work today.  

  48. Trump has crashed , alone, and a loser. 
    His pup tent is about to be blown off he volcano .

  49. I think he’s in a dark room , watching porn, and sucking  his thumb.
    Not plotting his “comeback !!”  He never lost , that was part of the grift.
    Comeback Kid  will be a very hard sell.  
    The  first chum is in the water. 

  50. The GOP in the senate is well aware of the canned worm problem.  That’s leverage .
    A dead porn star in a ‘speef lab” burnt down in Jersey .

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