Dave： So how did you meet Linda？
Phil： I met her through a computer bulletin board （电脑告示板）。
Dave： Oh really？ What bulletin board？
Phil： It was one I used down at the local coffee house called the San Francisco Net. It's been around since about 1991.
Dave： I've heard about that.， but I've never tried it.
Phil： You ought to. One dollar buys you 15 minutes of computer time. A "Chat session" links you with cappuccino sippers （喝加牛奶的咖啡的人）in other cafes and at home computers on the network.
Dave： I have no desire to talk on a network with a bunch of strangers.
Phil： That's the whole point. All your inhibitions （顾虑；约束）disappear because you can't see the other person. This network allows you to talk to people whom you normally wouldn't talk to.
Dave： I just want a private conversation with one other person.
Phil： You can do that. A private session lets two talk alone. This techno-chat program lets you talk with about anything with everyone， without prejudice because you can't see them.
Dave： Well， maybe I'll tag along （跟着某人学样；紧跟在某人的后面）nd watch how you talk.
Phil： That's fine with me. but we'll have to get there early， because after 8 p. m. there's always a long waiting line.
Dave： It's that popular？
Phil： Welcome to the 90s！
Dave： Okay， okay. We're there tonight. So what does it cost？
Phil： One dollar buys 15 minutes of computer time. This talk ain't cheap.
Dave： I don't know. I'll feel funny talking through a computer.
Phil： Remember， that's how I met Linda. I guarantee you can talk to girls who would never talk to you if they saw your face.
Dave： What's that supposed to mean？
Phil： Look in the mirror， man. （老兄，照照镜子去吧）