plumsauce - 1:13 am on Apr 27, 2007 (gmt 0) ROFLMAO! Why bother? Now you're doing everything twice.
Reading all those posts, I wonder, if it's that bad for the Uber Goobers out there, imagine how bad it is for all those poor Outlook Express and Internet Explorer users out there.
If Gmail should fail catastrophically, you merely disable the mail forwarding to Gmail and enable the OE accounts to read it directly in OE (neither step requires Gmail to be working). You have all your past mail on your machine and are able to receive and send new mail, while Gmail is repaired.
Why bother? Now you're doing everything twice.