Thursday, October 04, 2012
Cleaning Up My E-mail account
Yesterday, during my memoir writing class, I discovered that my instructor also had an AOL e-mail account. I asked her "How do you keep up with it?" She said "I clean it out everyday." I told her that like her, I've had my AOL e-mail account so long that over the years I've accumulated a lot of junk mail. I do have spam filters but I still get way more junk e-mail than "real" e-mails. When she told me that she kept current on her AOL e-mail account I felt guilty. Time to clean out my AOL account!
So since yesterday I've been seated at my computer for hours, reviewing every one of my 1,789 backlogged e-mails. About 20% of the e-mails are "legitimate". I apologize to one and all who have sent me one of those legitimate e-mails that I have failed to respond to. The other 80% e-mails are from companies that I've ordered products from like J. C. Penney and political donation requests. Tip: donate to one political campaign and you'll get on at least ten other mailing lists. If you want to stop those e-mails you have to scroll all the way to the bottom and look for the very small print to unsubscribe (they don't make it easy).
I do have a tendency to accumulate things. In my closet, in my drawers and in my e-mails. I still have a room full of unpacked boxes in my basement media room from my move of six years ago from our home in Pennsylvania. One of these days I'll attack that monster.
So it's time for me to get back to cleaning out the remaining 351 e-mails in my AOL account while listening to the MSNBC pundits commiserate over President Obama's dismal performance in the presidential debate last night. Anything to take my mind off of that disaster.