ya this is a bit after the fact, i voted tbird, but thanks to the guys who posted about sylpheed, i gave it a try, and it really ROX!
thanks for broadening my horizons! it is fast and does what it does well (as opposed to the "everything and the kitchen sink" programming model).
firefox and sylpheed.... that rox!
i'll most likely vote sylpheed next year (unless i find something better, it is superior to evolution and tb, the two i've mainly used).