My personal e-mail has stuff deleted right away. My work e-mail has things going back to 2005. I never delete anything there.
"You can cut me off from the civilized world. You can incarcerate me with two moronic cellmates. You can torture me with your thrice daily swill, but you cannot break the spirit of a Winchester. My voice shall be heard from this wilderness and I shall be delivered from this fetid and festering sewer."
One of my oldest work emails is from a client who died from a brain tumor. The emails were sent in different stages of his illness from healthy to sick, to slight remission to very sick.
His emails always made me smile as he was always so possitive up until his last day.
Geesh... I think I must be a freak. I don't save old email. In my "old mail" file on my AOL screen names (yes, I still use AOL. I like it.), I found something from 2009 from QVC about a tea brewer I bought for a work gift exchange that I didn't end up using because it shipped too late. On my work account (through meditech), I keep one about the awesomeness of our ER that's dated 9/14/11. I had my first migraine on 9/12/11 (I was vomiting blood! Scared the blood out of me!), and I went to the ER. All my friends had taken care of me and really went above and beyond. So I told my boss.