Sunday, December 25, 2011

A Christmas tradition

In honor of the annual A Christmas Story movie marathon...
Mr. Hunter poses with Mike's Christmas Story leg lamp.
Merry Christmas!

October 2008

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Flat Mr. Hunter in Rio!

How about this?  
Flat Mr. Hunter recently traveled to Rio de Janeiro for the first time!

His enthusiastic traveling companions were Barbara and Yoko, who decided to bring Flat Mr. Hunter on the cable car to enjoy the view from Sugarloaf Mountain (official name: Pão de Açúcar).  The real Mr. Hunter was most pleased to see the resulting snapshots, and he's more inspired than ever to get his own wooden self down to Rio.

Flat Mr. Hunter, Yoko, and Rio.

Flat Mr. Hunter, Barbara, Rio,
and a peek at the Christ the Redeemer statue on Corcovado.

Getting ready to ride the cable car at Pão de Açúcar.

These views are beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

Bonus sighting: a Sagui Monkey (aka Common Marmoset).

The clouds seem to be echoing the shape of Corcovado.  Uncanny!

Sugarloaf Mountain (Pão de Açúcar)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
November 2011

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Faites la connaissance d'Hélène

Meet Hélène!
Mr. Hunter's first pose with the elegant Hélène 
included this random, bearded sculpture from Adam's cube.

These two hit it off right away, and since that first meeting, Hélène has taken Flat Mr. Hunter (ahem, Monsieur Hunter) along on several journeys in the United States and beyond.  Fun! 

April 2007

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Vacances à Ixtapa

Flat Mr. Hunter (aka Monsieur Hunter) vacationed in Mexico this spring.  A Mr. Hunter first!  
The lovely Helene gave him a taste of resort life in Ixtapa.

Ixtapa, Mexico
May 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

Où est Monsieur Hunter? - La réponse

Where was Flat Mr. Hunter when he sat in the palm of this blissed-out statue?
Taking it easy in Ixtapa, Mexico and vacationing with Helene.

Ixtapa, Mexico
May 2011

Où est Monsieur Hunter?

Flat Mr. Hunter was vacationing with Helene--one of his favorite traveling companions--when he encountered this happy-looking sculpture.  
Where do you suppose this meeting took place?

(Hint: it was someplace warm.  
And not someplace where they speak French!)

Here's the post with the answer.

May 2011

Monday, November 14, 2011

Hall of Fame: A Deer Makes a Snack Out of Ghetto Mr. Hunter

One of my all-time favorite Mr. Hunter-themed photo sets!  
It's Ghetto Mr. Hunter meeting some sika deer at Nara Park in Kyoto.
He was there with Teresa and Karen.

Nara Park sign.
What are the deer saying?

Love this shot of a lady who's selling snacks for the deer.

Karen and the deer.

Teresa and a new friend.

Here's some video of the scene at Nara Park that day.

Teresa and Karen, thank you so much for bringing Ghetto Mr. Hunter to Nara Park.  The real Mr. Hunter wants to go meet these critters himself.  Who wouldn't?

Nara Park
Nara, Japan
September 2008

Sunday, November 13, 2011

La Belle et la Bête

It's been twenty years since Disney's Beauty and the Beast was released.

Mr. Hunter and the Beast's enchanted rose.

The torn portrait.

I still remember going to see Beauty and the Beast with my best friend.  I remember the wondrous feeling of adventure and sadness during the prologue, the feeling that this could be something special.

  And I remember cracking up during the "Gaston" song.  Howard Ashman lyrics can be so astonishing; I grieve that we lost him so soon.

Animation Station
Disney's California Adventure
Anaheim, California
December 2005

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Japan Details: Ema in Kyoto

At Kiyomizu-dera Temple, 
Ghetto Mr. Hunter checked out some more prayer tablets.

He especially liked this mouse ema.

Teresa, Ghetto Mr. Hunter, and the ema.

Kyoto, Japan
September 2008

Ghetto Mr. Hunter in Kyoto

Teresa brought Ghetto Mr. Hunter to Kiyomizu-dera
a Buddhist temple in Kyoto.

Another Komainu!

Teresa and Kiyomizu-dera 

Chillin' at Kiyomizu-dera.

Kyoto, Japan
September 2008

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Travels with Teresa: Sensō-ji Temple

While visiting Sensō-ji Temple in Tokyo, Ghetto Mr. Hunter admired the koi, enjoyed a snack, and posed with another Komainu.

That's the Senso-ji pagoda on the left.

Another Komainu!

Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo, Japan
August 2008

Monday, November 7, 2011

Ghetto Mr. Hunter Visits Tōshō-gū Shrine

The second half of Ghetto Mr. Hunter's inaugural journey with Teresa took them to Japan.  While visiting the Tōshō-gū Shrine in Tokyo's Ueno Park, 
Ghetto Mr. H. encountered this friendly fellow.

Nice to meet you, sir!

Ema prayer and wish plaques hanging in the foreground.

Ghetto Mr. Hunter and the shrine.

Ghetto Mr. Hunter and a Komainu.
Komainu (aka "lion dogs") act as guardians at shrines.

Among the features at Tōshō-gū Shrine
 is the Flame of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, a peace symbol 
which commemorates the atomic bomb attacks in Japan.

Those are colorful paper cranes
hanging alongside the Flame of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

About the Flame of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Thanks again to Teresa for letting a flat Mr. Hunter accompany her to Japan!

Tōshō-gū Shrine, Ueno Park
Tokyo, Japan
August 2008

Friday, November 4, 2011

Travels with Steve: Singapore's Merlion

2008 was a good year for flat friends of Mr. Hunter and Merlions in Singapore.  First, Ghetto Mr. Hunter posed with Merlions big and small when he visited Singapore with Teresa.  A few months later, Steve brought his Flat Mr. Hunter to see the original Merlion.

Merlion Park
November 2008

Travels with Steve: Figures on the Wall

One of these figures is a relatively new--and temporary--addition 
to this lovely wall near the edge of Fort Canning in Singapore.

Fort Canning
November 2008

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Travels with Steve: Jurong Bird Park

Feeding time!

Flat Mr. Hunter got up close and personal with a colorful Lory
when he and Steve toured Jurong Bird Park in Singapore.
Mr. Hunter looks like he's enjoying the encounter!

Jurong Bird Park
November 2008

Travels with Steve: Sri Mariamman Temple

Flat Mr. Hunter had a chance to see the Sri Mariamman Temple 
when he explored Singapore with Steve.

Sri Mariamman Temple
November 2008

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Three Faces in Singapore

I'm a big fan of this photo that Steve took when he brought 
his Flat Mr. Hunter to the National Orchid Garden in Singapore.

The Mist House
National Orchid Garden
November 2008

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Million Moustache March

Krumbs and Erik grew moustaches in honor of... Pat O'Brien?

No moustache for David, but Mr. Hunter doesn't discriminate on the basis of facial hair.