It’s hard to believe it, but Cranky Dorkfest 2023 is just over a month away. I hope you’re all getting excited. As a reminder, Cranky Dorkfest will be from 11am to 1pm on Saturday, September 9 at the park across the street from the In-N-Out at LAX. This year, the main event will be back to basics. It’ll just be us, burgers, airplanes, and some giveaways. But wait, there’s more… I’m please to share two pieces of news today:
1) The Airfield Tour is Back(ish) and You Need to Sign Up!
Those of you who came in 2019 remember that we were able to meet up early at the Flight Path Museum on the south side of the airport, watch airplanes, and then take an airfield tour before the main event. I’m happy to report that LAX is bringing back the first two parts of that event. No, there’s no airfield tour, but they will be opening up the Flight Path Museum from 9am to 11am, and we’ll be able to go all the way out to the edge of the ramp so we can get some spectacular views of departures and arrivals on 25L and R.
Can’t recall what that was like? Allow me to refresh your memory…
It’s going to be a great way to start the day, BUT space is limited to 50 people. We also need to collect the usual SecureFlight information for those who will be attending. So, what I’ve decided to do in the interest of fairness is to create a form where everyone can sign up with no more than 1 guest.
We will take form submissions from now through the end of the day on August 13, so it’s a nice long window. After that, we will use a random number generator to pick the lucky attendees. (If someone is chosen, the guest will be automatically chosen as well.)
Ready to get your name on the list for this free event? Make sure to fill out this form completely. Inaccurate or unfinished forms will be ignored.
We will let you know on August 14 if you’ve made the cut. At the same time, LAX will be trying to increase the number it can have attend if there’s overflow, so we’ll do our best to get as many of you there as possible.
2) There is Cranky Dorkfest Gear!
Several of you have asked when I was going to bring back Cranky Gear shirts and sweatshirts, and I’m pleased to say it’s happening. I’ll be getting the best-selling t-shirts and hoodies back up within a month, and yes, many of the airports have been updated with the terminal work that’s been done in the last couple years. But first, I created a special t-shirt and hoodie design for Cranky Dorkfest itself.
On the front it says Cranky Dorkfest 2023. And on the back? It’s a stylized map showing every nonstop destination from LAX in 2023. I won’t be taking orders and handing these out at Cranky Dorkfest itself. Instead, you can order them online anytime you’d like.
I look forward to seeing everyone next month!