I needed to dig through a pile of credit card ads to find my new ATM card. Okay, so there was a bit of other mail mixed in with the credit card ads as well, but I'm sure it was mostly ads in my physical mail. Thanks to automatic online bill pay systems I can spend months ignoring my mail.
Eventually I decided to deal with my email...
My personal email folder was at about 170 un-dealt with messages, it's now down to 43. And although I was well on my way to obsessively trying to deal with the remaining messages, going to bed earlier than usual might be good for me.
Also that explains why people are getting comments to months old LJ posts. I'd meant to get around to making a comment, but well, got distracted, busy, and it all piled up... and once you've got a backlog procrastination always seems easier than working on cleaning it up.