Yesterday was my last day in Detroit and for the most part, it was a great day. I got to relax in the early part of the day with Sarah and Mark as we shared an AMAZING Middle Eastern meal from Cedar Garden in Dearborn, MI. I got to spend a bit of time with parents in the afternoon before I had to be at the airport for my 5:30 flight back to LA. Unfortch, that’s where my good day ended … and my frustrating evening/night got started. It turns out I had a 4 hour delay to endure before I could begin my 5+ hour flight home but … thanks to good ol’ Walt Disney, I was able to survive my much-delayed return home.
Yesterday was the first day of any significant snow fall in Detroit, well since I arrived back in Michigan last Tuesday, so that was deffo my cue to return home. As I mentioned above, the flight delay home was a bit difficult to endure (2 hours at the airport, 2 hours on the plane BEFORE takeoff) but I decided — randomly — to download a biography on Walt Disney to my Amazon Kindle. I had never read a Disney biography before but since I had heard a lot of things about the man (both good and bad), I decided to read about his life myself. The book I purchased is the biography The Animated Man: A Life of Walt Disney:
This well-written book really kept my mind off the hours I had to get thru just to get home and really kept me entertained and, well, sane on that airplane. I was very surprised to learn of all of Disney’s early failures and was charmed to learn of his modest and hard-working upbringing. I read the book up to the part where Disney created Mickey Mouse after he lost his contract with Universal Studios to produce the Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoons:
Because he lost that contract, he decided to create his own character. In the 1920s, I understand, there were already a lot of cat cartoon characters and Walt couldn’t make another rabbit … so he made a mouse … named Mortimer. Disney’s wife didn’t like the name Mortimer so he changed it to Mickey … and an American Icon was born. The first Mickey Mouse cartoon was made in 1928, Steamboat Willie:
I still have a LOT of reading to go to finish the book but I’m loving it thus far. I know many of us are Disney fans but what do we really know about the man? I’m really interested in reading a good book about the creation of Disneyland (if any of you have suggestions, please let me know) but … first, I have to spend my time with Walt Disney the man. Ugh. Yesterday’s delayed flight could’ve been a total nightmare but thankfully, this good book kept me sane. Now I’m home again and looking forward to enjoying some downtime in the coming days.
Happy New Week, Happy Monday!!