I was in Colorado recently, and my family and I stayed in a mountain cabin that happened to be at an elevation of 11,200 feet. It was in a city about two hours from Denver. The views were breathtaking (literally), the air was crisp, and we had nothing but mother nature to keep us company (unless we wanted to travel 20 miles out or so).
We could not have asked for a better Rocky Mountain experience, unless we mentioned the cellular and internet service. I would call it spotty, at best. This made for interesting work times and made it difficult to communicate with the office back home.
It was then that I realized the parallel between my "spotty communication" on the mountain and the "spotty communication" that takes place in the corporate world with email communication.