I was up late last night, browsing through a thick stack of old computer fanfold paper I found lying on a dusty shelf. A thick stack, hard copies of emails I sent and received, dating back into the 1990s, none of them more recent than 2001.
Of course many of the emails were trivial. But even with those that were not, what surprised me was how utterly unfamiliar these old emails were. I don't remember them. I don't remember ever writing and sending such emails. Emails filled with topics I don't remember ever thinking of, much less discussing with anyone.
Makes me wonder how many of my emails today will prove similarly evanescent in ten years' time.