What is more exciting than watching an airplane land? Watching it with about 100 other AvGeeks, of course! Last Saturday, many of us made our way to our way to the IN-N-OUT next to LAX to enjoyÂ Dorkfest 2017, hosted by the great Brett Snyder (aka Cranky Flier).
Dorks, geeks, nerds, cool dudes (or dudettes) – whatever. What you call this group does not matter. It is all about coming together to share a passion for aviation!Â Plus… burgers, fries, and shakes.
What is Dorkfest? It is pretty easy. No schedule, no events, just good, like-minded people, enjoying watching planes. And oh man, did we ever get to see a nice diversity of planes!
For me (and many others on the west coast), the day started with an early flight. I caught the 6:00 a.m. Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle, with enough time to spare before the event starting at 11:00 a.m. Grabbed a car (drove over to Malibu after Dorkfest), got some lunch, and headed over to the IN-N-OUT.
It was great seeing all the people and planes coming in. I started to try to take photos, but then realized Francis (our Associate Editor) was already taking some. His are about a million times better than mine and we agreed I would make up these words and he would do the photos. Total win!
I do enjoy taking photos of airplanes, but it is nice just to enjoy the experience IRL (that means In Real Life, BTW).
Interaction with this group is pretty easy. Someone I was chatting with said something along the lines of, “if this were any other group of people, I would be off on my own not talking. But with this group, it is so easy and people actually want to talk about airplanes with me.” I love that — and it is so true.
The only thing breaking up the great conversation was another airplane landing. However, after a while, some aircraft got a little boring. “What, that another Southwest 737? Zzz.” That was until their special Colorado-liveried aircraft landed with a mis-matched door. Noticing (and caring) about those little details are what make AvGeeks, AvGeeks!
Plane after plane, burger after burger (I added a shake in there too), Dorkfest was soon over. The weekend continued with some sweet spotting with the folks with NYCAviation, but I unfortunately had to make my way back north to Seattle.
I know airlines get so much negative attention, but I just love the fact that I can make a cost-effective day trip from SEA to LAX. One cannot do that in a car, bus, train, or even horse.
With Dorkfest now over, I am super excited to see what Aviation Geek Fest brings this weekend. It is a different sort of event, with some super cool things planned. My favorite consistent — being around other AvGeeks, talking about airplanes!