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Friday, September 22, 2006

Lost in the Fog / Perdu dans le Brouillard

UPDATE: There is a tribute to Lost in the Fog this week-end, on Sept. 30 at Golden Gate Fields. One free DVD to each person in attendance. Check out their website for further details and to see the tribute video of Lost in the Fog.

Photograph of Lost in the Fog from Wikipedia

Some of you may already know that Lost in the Fog (that's the name of the horse), a local celebrity a little bit like Seabiscuit, was euthanized last week. He was diagnosed with cancer a month ago and was put down before he got too ill.

Certains d'entre vous savez peut-être déjà que Perdu Dans Le Brouillard (c'est le nom du cheval), un vedette de chez nous un peu comme Seabiscuit, a été mis à mort Dimanche dernier. Ils avaient découvert le mois dernier qu'il avait le cancer, et ils n'ont pas voulu le voir devenir plus malade.

Lost in the Fog was owned by Mr. Harry Aleo of Noe Valley, San Francisco. Mr. Aleo, too, is sort of a local celebrity around here, and not just because of his horses. Below is a picture of the window of Mr. Aleo's real estate office on 24th St., in Noe Valley.

Perdu dans le Brouillard appartenait à Monsieur Harry Aleo de Noe Valley, San Francisco. Mr. Aleo aussi est une vedette chez nous, et pas seulement à cause de ses chevaux. La photo ci-dessous représente la devanture de sa boutique, une agence immobilière sur la 24ème rue, à Noe Valley.

Double-click to enlarge/Cliquer pour élargir la photo

It's not easy to see on this picture, unfortunately - I'll try uploading a better version in the morning, Blogger willing! - but the right side the shop's window is almost entirely dedicated to Ronald Reagan. Looking through that window and into the shop is almost like time traveling... If you have a little time, do follow the links below and read a little about Mr. Aleo and the good old days in his San Francisco neighborhood, before it got yuppified. Some of the locals say Mr. Aleo is a good man, easy to talk to, friendly, despite the fact that he must be incredibly wealthy, too. But anyway, that's all besides the point...

C'est pas facile à voir sur cette photo - j'essaierai d'en mettre une mieux demain matin, si Blogger me le permets! - mais le côté droit de la devanture est pratiquement completement dédiée à Ronald Regan. Regardez à travers la vitrine, et vous aurez l'impression d'avoir voyagé dans le temps! Si vous avez un peu de temps, suivez les liens et lisez un peu les articles sur Mr. Aleo et les bons vieux jours dans un voisinage de San Francisco avant qu'il ne devienne BCBG. Certains des gens du coins disent que Mr. Aleo est un homme bien, facile à aborder, sympa, bien qu'il soit probablement aussi très riche. Mais bon, tout ceci n'a rien à voir avec le sujet...

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Photograph from Gary Rothstein, AP - Isn't he gorgeous? N'est-il pas magnifique?

Anyway, Mr. Aleo, we're all really sorry about your horse.
Mr. Aleo, nous avons tous été vraiment désolés d'apprendre la nouvelle.

UPDATE: I posted a few more pictures of the window. Sorry about the quality of the pictures, I know it's not the best, but at least you can get a better idea of the display behind the window. You gotta admit, some of the comments are hilarious!

Mise à Jour: Je vous ai mis quelques photos supplémentaires de la vitrine en question. Désolée pour la qualité des photos, elles sont pas tres belles mais au moins on voit un peux mieux ce qu'il y a derrière la vitre. Faut dire que certains commentaires sont vraiment tres drôles.

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San Francisco Chronicle article: Lost in the Fog Euthanized (English)

Interesting article in the Noe Valley Voice about the life of Harry Aleo in Noe Valley (English)

Wikipedia complete article on Lost in the Fog (English)

PBS resources dedicated to Seabiscuit (English)

National Thoroughbred Racing Association: Biography of Harry Aleo (English)


Anonymous Angelina Costa said...

Good Bye Lost in the fog.
Tiens je connais un blog photo qui porte ce nom!

2:57 AM  
Blogger Olivier said...

Fin d'un grand cheval.

12:55 PM  
Blogger buzzgirl said...

Everytime I walk by that real estate office it creeps me out. The guy seems like a fanatical right-winger.

1:03 PM  
Blogger Tomate Farcie said...

Yeah, Buzz, I know what it looks like. But read the article from the Noe Voice, his position on small businesses, what he did for the community and tell me what you think, then.

1:09 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

Really interesting post Tomate. I hadn't heard anything over here about this horse or his "last days". Thanks for bringing this to us.

9:53 PM  
Blogger brigetoun said...

c'est idiot de ma part, j'ai toujours tendance à penser que le cancer ne touche que les humains

3:28 AM  
Anonymous Manu said...

Tomate: the guy has windows dedicated to his worship of Reagan! I think that nails it down - regardless of what that Noe Voice might say about him (or his contributions to them).

I bet the horse is in a happier place now.

10:41 AM  
Blogger Tomate Farcie said...

Angelina: Oui, moi aussi! ;)

Oliver: Les gens du coins, surtout, l'aimaient bien. Vous avez un nouveau blog, je vois, bienvenue sur la toile! :)

Michael: I didn't think he was an international star, but you never know :)

Brigetoun: J'ai eu la meme reaction, en fait, quand j'ai appris la nouvelle.

Manu: Well, they couldn't have made everything up, no matter how much he may contribute? Some things are a matter of public record or public knowledge anyway.

I should probably add that if you sense some sympathy from me to him, through my post, you're right. The guy is a WW2 vet, which in my book automatically earns him a great deal of respect (Blame my parents for that, I suppose but I think a lot of people who grew up in France at about the same time I did probably feel the same way about WW2 vets).

I also respect people who have the courage of their opinions, especially when they're differ from anybody else's around them. And so, yeah, I do have sympathy for the guy.

I didn't say I share the same political beliefs, but if I can say "Fuck Bush" why can't he say "I miss Reagan?" What's the difference?

12:34 PM  
Anonymous sandrine said...

Ah ben au moins il n'aura pas fini à la boucherie comme j'en parlais dernièrement! C'aurait été une triste fin pour un si beau cheval....

12:41 PM  
Anonymous Manu said...

Tomate: I was just reacting to your response to Buzz when you implied that it's not what it looks like. I was just saying IT IS what it looks like: a hard-core republican (and there's plenty of public record about that too).

7:41 PM  
Blogger Tomate Farcie said...

Manu (and Buzz): I know the guy is a Republican, I have eyes, too! :-) Yet, I tend to believe that the picture the Voice journalist painted of him is accurate because it ressembles closely what the locals who met him at the track and in the neighborhood told me. But hey, what do I know.

Anyway, maybe I read into Buzz's comment too much. My bad.

8:21 PM  
Anonymous Manu said...

(quite the chat room here)

I know I'm repeating myself, but: he's a HARD-CORE republican. And there's plenty of record of what he's done as such. Now, it doesn't mean folks don't or can't like him. His store window got broken I don't know how many times, so I have a feeling, not everyone likes him for some reason. Maybe you should ask folks in Berkeley what they think of him and his Reagan worship, hihi!

I say we blame all of this on Buzz (she's probably never gonna see this, is she?)

8:38 PM  
Blogger Tomate Farcie said...

I don't hang out much in Berkeley anymore, Manu, ever since I got TWO parking tickets rolled into one in less than five minutes ... still haven't digested that one, but sure, tell me about it some day, I'm always interested in learning something new.

By the way, Aleo is not the only one having window issues. The little so-called "French" crêpe shop I pass by every day has had its window broken a number of times, too, and yet they make no statement whatsoever other than the price of crepes.

9:14 PM  
Anonymous Manu said...

So, Berkeley and Reagan, plenty of stuff on the internet, the first result from google should get you started.

Some folks don't like French crepes (and I believe you introduced me to one), some folks don't like right-wing extremists. What can you do.

10:31 PM  
Blogger Tomate Farcie said...

ROFL!!! Right, I forgot about that one but I get the feeling you're gonna get a lot of mileage about that evening, aren't ya? ;)

The crepe shop I'm talking about is not quite that upscale, believe me.

Oh, you meant UC Berkeley?!!! Oh, that's right, I completely forgot about that!!! Well, a lot of people who live in Berkley now are pretty well off and can afford to make certain choices, political and otherwise.

10:47 PM  
Blogger DoctorDentons said...

Manu & Buzz Girl:

I just read your posts and I have a question.

How can you hate a person that you don't know, and admittedly have never met, just because he belongs to a political party that you happen to disagree with.

How can you chuckle about his getting his windows broken when he, in doing his bit for his country in WWII, gave you the freedom to say you get a kick out of it?

I feel sorry for you guy...it must be a real bitch to wake up in the morning and know that the only thing you have to look forward to is hate.

I spent two years as a POW in China and outside of a few guys that talked to me with rifle butts I don't hate the Chinese people...in fact I can't find it in myself to hate period.

I get up looking forward to seeing or talking to my kids and grandkids, to walking in the sunshine through Central Park and
doing what I can to maybe help my fellow man.

I sincerely feel sorry for you because you hate a fellow American because he belongs to a different political party...That is dumbass.


5:50 PM  
Blogger Tomate Farcie said...

Dr. Denton: I've met Manu and Buzz, they're not hateful people. I think their statements mean that they highly distrust the guy, more than hate him, you know.

Personally, I think the statements in Aleo's windows are more humourous than offensive, but hey, what do I know.

7:52 PM  
Anonymous Manu said...

Haha! Drama!!! Good post Tomate!

(although, I still think it should paint a more errm... "balanced" picture of the character)

9:59 PM  
Anonymous Manu said...

Oh, and by the way, Tomate, thanks for taking my defense! You're right, I'm a loving person! (I particularly love accuracy. But, gosh, do I hate inaccuracy).

Buzz: it seems I got you a new friend. No, no, don't thank me.

10:09 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

LOL! Hate to butt in, but "what a lovely horse" you've posted here. Did anybody notice the horse?

10:26 PM  
Anonymous Manu said...

what horse?

10:35 PM  
Anonymous Manu said...

Oh yeah, the horse, poor thing. I just re-looked at the post, I guess I got side-tracked when I saw the second photo.

10:57 PM  
Blogger Tomate Farcie said...

"I particularly love accuracy. But, gosh, do I hate inaccuracy ..."

Manu: do I detect some sarcasm in your latest? No need.

You know, I've lived in the Bay Area a long time... too long maybe, I don't know.

Anyway, I've met a lot of people who were real "activists" with real "progressive" or "liberal" ideas ... Oh, boy! They're so smart! Yet, in their personal lives, most of them were complete assholes, as judgemental as can be, perhaps the least generous kind of people I've ever met, who probably wouldn't give you a glass of water if you stood before them in 110 degrees heat and they had it to give.

On the other hand, don't dismiss too quickly people from "Middle America", you know the ones I mean, they're the ones most Bay Area people feel so superior to for some reason.

Yes, their ideas are clearly different than yours and mine. So what?!! Can't you find any common ground at all?

And besides, they're not that different from where we come from, are they, or have you totally forgotten that?!!

11:22 PM  
Blogger buzzgirl said...

Ha ha! I so often forget to come back and read additional comments after I leave them. I totally missed all of this.

First of all, Dr. Denton, wtf? All I ever said was that the guy seems like a fanatical right winger. I live here, pass his place often, and have basis for my opinion. You?

Secondly, since you obviously failed to gather that small fact from reading, I would say that makes you a dumbass.

I happened to have gone to a very conservative school. Pepperdine. Ever hear of it? Reagan was a Trustee. He spoke on campus when I was there. Ken Starr is Dean of the law school. I recognize fanaticism when I see it.

I feel sorry for you - if your head is stuck so far up your ass that you can't recognize that everyone is entitled to state their opinions without being belittled or personally attacked, well, I hope that ignorance isn't imparted to your grandkids. How's that for personal?

Et Tomate - ce n'etait pas toi qui a foutu la merde. C'etait lui, je crois!

Salut Manu! Nice try, blaming me!

8:01 AM  
Blogger Tomate Farcie said...

Yo, people, take it easy in the chatroom!!!

" ...everyone is entitled to state their opinions without being belittled or personally attacked "

I think that was EXACTLY the point Dr. Denton was trying to make earlier, Buzz. The fact that Aleo's gets his window broken on a regular basis is not particularly funny. That, too, is documented and I left it out on purpose, because it's completely besides the point.

And now, everybody is having knee jerk reactions, including me last night, when I responded to Manu, sorry about that.

All I'm trying to say is : guys (all of you!), try keep an open mind and don't be so quick to label somebody, and I mean... anybody! . Pffffff....

9:54 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

By the way, did I mention the horse? LOL

10:23 PM  
Anonymous Buzzboy said...

"You're right, I'm a loving person!"

I think there is a typo here

9:58 AM  

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