Biff and Julie

The ACME Chatters

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Hi again! It’s Biff and Julie – The Acme Chatters

Well last week’s blog about some of the strange terms used on telephone datelines was popular, so we thought we’d discuss a few more terms that might not be obvious to everyone.

“Bi-Curious” – This refers to a male, who considers himself to be straight, but who has some sexual feelings towards other men.  He’s not sure what it means, but he is “curious”.  The term is equally applicable to women.

“Meet and Greet” – Originally this term comes from church socials where groups of people who probably don’t already know each other very well get together in a casual situation to get to know each other in non-threatening circumstances.  When used by someone on a telephone dateline, they probably mean that they want to meet someone in casual circumstances without a lot of pressure.  Maybe just a cup of coffee at the coffee shop.  They are looking for less than a full-fledged date (although it might evolve into one).  They are also not looking for a quick hook-up.

“No Strings-Attached Hookup” – They are looking for quick sex and don’t want to feel obligated to even call you again.  If that’s not your cup of tea, then you can just skip right by him or her.  At least they are being honest.

“Top” “Bottom” and “Versatile” – These are terms used by gay men.  A top prefers to participate in anal sex in the active position.  A bottom prefers to participate in anal sex in the passive position.  If he’s versatile, he likes it both ways.  If this doesn’t clear it up for you, do an internet search.  That should remove all doubt.

QUESTION: MOST EVERY OTHER DATELINE SEPARATES OUT THE STRAIGHT PEOPLE FROM THE GAY PEOPLE.  WHY DOES ACME MIX THE TWO GROUPS TOGETHER?

ANSWER: That’s a good question.  From the beginning, Acme has had both gay and straight people working for it.  As such, we do not feel as big a need to segregate people by sexual orientation.  In the past, we have had separate gay versus straight systems, but the mixed systems proved to be more popular.  Also, it is our impression that the number of people who are bi-curious (see definition above) and bisexual is far greater than most people realize.  Some people like to cross back and forth across that nebulous line.

QUESTION: WHAT ARE ACME CREDITS?

ANSWER: Some chatlines and datelines require paid time to use any and all features on their system. At Acme, only a few features require Acme Credits – everything else is always free! If you have Acme Credits in your account and start to use a “paid” feature, the system will let you know when charges begin and when charges end. The system will also tell you how many Acme Credits you were charged. 200 Acme Credits equals 1 minute of time using a paid feature and it charges in 30 second intervals – we will never charge more than 200 Acme Credits per minute, but sometimes we may have specials where we will charge use less than 200 Acme Credits per minute – kinda like Happy Hour specials.

Biff:  I heard rumor that there may be some Happy Hour specials coming soon.

QUESTION: I HAVE HEARD ABOUT SOME CHATLINES THAT ARE COMPLETELY FREE.  HOW DOES THAT WORK?

ANSWER: One way that a telephone dateline can get revenue to pay its bills  is to have the phone company pay them for generating calls.  Before the prevalence of virtually unlimited cell phone minutes, when local and long-distance calls were metered, some phone companies would be willing to pay a very small fraction of a cent per minute just for having people use the telephone lines.  With those arrangements they could make the entire chatlines totally free and pay for their costs with these phone companies fees.

Julie: I called one of those totally free chatlines recently and it was a horrible experience.  It was busy all right, but filled with creeps.  I created a vague chatline greeting because I really just wanted to listen to what was going on with the chatline.  I was bombarded with constant chat requests from guys who couldn’t possibly know any more about me other than I was female.  After ten minutes, I was so frustrated, I hung up.  I didn’t want to talk to any of these guys and they wouldn’t leave me alone.  You definitely get what you pay for with an all-free system.

Biff: One cool feature that we recently added to The Acme Dating Company, is window-shopping.  When you first call into the system, instead of creating a mailbox and posting a public ad, you can just go onto the system anonymously and listen to public ads.  You can’t send messages or participate because you really are invisible to everyone else and don’t have a mailbox.  At any time you can create a mailbox and start participating. 

Julie:  It lets you listen in to who is on the system before you commit yourself to anything.  And also, when you do create a new mailbox, if you are a first-time user, you get 1000 free Acme Credits (that five minutes of pay features).

Anyway, that’s all for this week.

Signing off.  Biff and Julie – The Acme Chatters

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