In order to meet Jim Davis–the man who created the smartest, laziest cat in the world–you have to be willing to travel…
Unless you live in Muncie, Indiana, that is. Because that’s where Garfield’s creator lives and works.
Getting there seems simple enough.
If you’re from Paris, the first step is getting to New York, which entails getting up at 4:30 a.m. to get to the Paris Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport by 6 a.m. to make the 8:25 flight.
So far, so good.
Then, once in New York, you have to stand in the immigration line for 2 hours. The immigration officer is nicer than usual when he finds out we’ve come to meet Garfield’s creator. But he still has a job to do, so he sends us off to speak with another immigration officer.
And it’s not over yet because you still have to go through baggage claim, pick up your bags, go through customs, catch a cab and drive to La Guardia airport to catch another plane to Indianapolis. Phew, we made it right in the nick of time! It’s 2 p.m. local time (8 p.m. Paris time). And we’re off again!
From New York to Indianapolis
We fly over Delaware and Indiana. It looks pretty flat from up here.
It looks pretty flat from the ground too. We have an hour and a half drive ahead of us. It’s almost 11 p.m. Paris time.
It’s a long, long road to Muncie…
…but here we are, at last. Our final destination.
Muncie is named after an Indian chief who’s name was Munsee, of the Delaware Indian tribe who settled in the area.
It’s a typical midwest town, home of Ball State University and its famous tower.
It’s time to get to our hotel, an amazing Bed and Breakfast.
The owner is a bit intimidated by her first guests ever (the B&B had just opened).
But my bed will have to wait. Jim Davis is eager to meet us and so are we: we travelled 8000 kilometers just to see him!
We meet up in VERA MAES, a place that looks like it hasn’t changed since the 1930′s prohibition era.
It was a long trip, we’re exhausted, but it was well worth it!
A few links:
The website for the city of Muncie : http://www.cityofmuncie.com/
The amazing B&B: http://www.mcdowellbedandbreakfast.com/
The VERA MAES restaurant: http://www.veramaes.com/
Stay tuned, more Garfieldesque adventures coming soon…