I spent the afternoon in Queens with my brother, who was in town for the weekend for a straightdope.com event. I joined his group of fellow Dopers(?) for lunch at a Greek restaurant in Astoria and then a visit to the Museum of Modern Art, currently located out in Queens while the Manhattan museum undergoes renovations. For lunch I had pastitsio, a sort of Greek lasagna with macaroni and ground beef. At the MoMA, there are selections from the museum's permanent collection on exhibit and two special exhibits. The permanent collection art disappointed me, compared to what I've seen in the Manhattan museum, but the special exhibits were interesting.
I'm glad I had the chance to spend some time with my brother and meet some of his friends from the Internet. And yet I'm disappointed that I spent my entire afternoon with people I (or rather, he) met through the Internet and not once did I quote Rob Truhn's oft-attributed line: "Sometimes you meet these chicks on the Internet, and they have no legs." All of the people I met today, men and women, had fully functioning appendages, as far as I could tell. And they were all fun to hang around; my fears of geeky inside jokes were unfounded. I'm tempted to join the Dope boards myself, though I really don't have the time to hang out on another web site just for the heck of it.