Saturday, August 9, 2014

Mr. Hunter is on Instagram!

Mr. Hunter has joined Instagram, and while he's still posting to this blog, he'd love to connect with you there, too.

Follow him on Instagram at TheMrHunterWall.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Honeymooning in Croatia

Mr. Hunter got a taste of paradise on the Adriatic Sea 
when he tagged along on Becky and Brian's honeymoon.

Here he is apres swim, wrapped up cozily in a towel at the hotel pool in Split.

Here he is in Split again, waiting for the ferry to Hvar.

Thanks for taking Mr. Hunter on his first trip to the Balkans, Becky!

Split, Croatia
May 2013

Monday, February 17, 2014

On a Shark Diving Cruise

So, Flat Mr. Hunter and his friend Gail flew to Ensenada, Mexico last fall, boarded a small boat, and headed far out into the Pacific Ocean.  Their purpose?  To go on a great white shark dive!  

Gail's the one who actually did the diving.  Flat Mr. Hunter is certainly intrepid and waterproof enough to go diving with great white sharks, but he didn't want his laminated self to end up causing any trouble for divers or sharks, so he stayed on the boat.  He did pose for a few pictures with the shark cage and the home port of Ensenada, just so the rest of us could get a taste of their adventures.

Swimming with sharks is not advised!

One of the great white sharks Gail saw while diving.

Flat Mr. Hunter tried to sneak onto the shark diving cage.

Great white shark swim-by.

Heading out to sea from the port of Ensenada.

Thanks to Gail for letting Flat Mr. Hunter tag along on an adventure unlike any other!

M/V Islander
Pacific Ocean
near Guadalupe Island, Baja California
Mexico
September 2013

Official site for Islander Charters's Great White Shark Diving Excursions -
http://www.islander-charters.com/shark-diving/shark-diving-home.shtml

Monday, January 20, 2014

A Stone of Hope at the MLK Memorial

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day...



Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
Washington, D.C.
November 2013

Official site - http://www.nps.gov/mlkm/index.htm

Monday, December 30, 2013

Senor Hunter and La Sagrada Familia

Flat Mr. Hunter admires the gothic side of La Sagrada Familia, which has a nativity scene

Mr. Hunter's keeper has longed to visit Gaudi's famed Barcelona cathedral ever since she saw Irving Penn's marvelous photo of a funeral procession passing in front of La Sagrada Familia.

Funeral Cortège in front of La Sagrada Familía
Irving Penn
Thanks to the Pebbles From Paradise blog.

Flat Mr. Hunter and the austere Passion facade

Beautiful!  Mr. Hunter can't wait to see this cathedral with his own wooden eyes.  A big "Gracias!" to Liz for taking Flat Mr. Hunter to Barcelona in the meantime.

La Sagrada Familia
Barcelona, Spain
June 2011

Friday, November 22, 2013

The Kennedy Gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery

Mr. Hunter and I had the opportunity to visit Washington, D.C., for the first time recently.  And we were glad to have the chance to go out to Arlington National Cemetery while we were there.  It felt right to visit the Kennedy family gravesite on Veterans Day weekend and as the country prepared to mark the fiftieth anniversary of John F. Kennedy's death.

Mr. Hunter and I paid our respects at the Kennedy family grave.

Mr. Hunter and one of JFK's most famous quotes.


The view from the Kennedy gravesite back towards Washington, D.C.

View up the hill, where Robert E. Lee's
Arlington House is located.

John F. Kennedy's grave.

The grave of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis.

To the right of Jackie Kennedy's grave, there is a headstone
that reads simply, "Daughter."

The grave of infant Patrick Bouvier Kennedy.
John F. Kennedy, Jr.'s ashes were apparently scattered
in the Atlantic Ocean.

The eternal flame.

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Virginia
November 2013

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Self-Driving Cars and Trucks and Things That Go

Flat Mr. Hunter and I spotted one of Google's self-driving cars the other day.  Every other time I've seen one, I haven't had a chance to see if there was someone in the driver's seat.  (I think I was hoping there wouldn't be!)  

But this time I saw the self-driving car close-up, and there was indeed a driver at the helm.  He was getting ready to parallel park, and I felt a little disappointed somehow when I saw this driver turning the steering wheel.  Oh well!  Flat Mr. Hunter and I were still glad to have a closer look at the, um, newfangled contraption.  

And Mr. Hunter was especially intrigued to hear about this sighting, considering that it's the kind of car that he could theoretically drive around in on his own.  




Each time I've seen these self-driving cars, I've noticed a spinning, bucket-shaped thing on top.  With the car parked, I got to study what this gray object (part of the car's laser radar system) looks like when it's still.  

A closer look at the laser range finder system. 

A peek inside the car.  What does the red button do?

The friendly yellow car in the logo reminds me the Richard Scarry character, Goldbug.
Which is appropriate, since Goldbug plays a pivotal role in Scarry's classic book
Cars and Trucks and Things That Go.

Certainly the driverless car is the sort of vehicle that Mr. Hunter could actually, you know, drive.  He says, "Sign me up!" 

Mountain View, California
July 2013
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Wikipedia page on the Google driverless car -
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_driverless_car