With the exception of my friend Jeff, and my dearly departed Jeep, my email address is the longest, voluntary relationship of my adult life (I've known Jeff since 1989 and I had my Jeep for 11 years).
My first email address was with bellatlantic.net, back in 1996 (which eventually became verizon.net). After a year or so of asking myself "why am I paying for this?", I created my YAHOO! email account nine years ago, in 1997.
Having moved 4 times since 1997, and had as many if not just a few more telephone numbers as well, my email address has remained one of the few constants in my life. A veritable pillar of stability. The really cool thing about having the same email account all these years is that every now and then I will get a random "voice from your past" email from someone I might have known several years ago, in the last century even.
Of course, the really not-so-cool thing about having the same email account all these years is that I am the recipient of more than my fair share of spam. A great feature that YAHOO! has is the Bulk Folder, that automatically filters spam (not sure how it does this) and then deletes it so I don't even have to be bothered with it. Especially those emails that try to pass themselves off as my friends, like:
Sender: Leonard Cross
Subject: unbelievable tranny gangbang (I know, its tempting. If they were also midgets, I'd probably look)
Sender: Allen Boudreaux
Subject: I met this chick online last night (like I care. And who is Allen?)
Sender: Mark Ruffin
Subject: he likes to watch me take it from other men. (the mind boggles at what "it" could be)
Subject: Bonny sch001girl$ in the net (perhaps this is code, but I d0n'+ 6et 1+)
Sender: Christian Mortgage
Subject: lift the burden and save on your monthly payments (um... I rent, ok?)
Sender: George Jaramillo
Subject: meet eligable women now (hello, have you met me?)
Sender: The Little Blue Pill
Subject: Is this your love life? (thankfully, no)
Subject: Spermamax will make her drown in your sperm (it's nice that he wants to help my sex life, but ew, ew, ew!)
Sender: Its a patch
Subject: Your 14-day sample is ready (of what, I wonder?)
Subject: Teen finger digging her pussy outdoors (I don't know flavio.59 or his other 58 incarnatons, nor do I care to see a teen finger digging anything, be it her kitten or her nose)
And the list goes on. This morning I awoke to 96 emails in my Bulk Folder. When I went to bed last night at 11, there was zero. Times have changed, as have I (I now actually pay YAHOO! for my email just cause I think it's the grown-up thing to do), but the spam just keeps on a-coming.