John Scalzi's Monday Photoshoot asks we find something we ONCE used but hardly do at all now. Something obsolete. This was easy for me, I'm through with smoking dogs!!
Okay, it's cigarettes I once used them, haven't in years. It was odd how this happened as it wasn't a bit planned, even considered. One day in 2002-3, while still having a small bit of trouble ambulating, I ran out of smokes and just couldn't muscle up the nerve (bad pun) to hop on that walker. (Neuropathy sux) So I let it go. Next day I wanted my "coffee and..." but still couldn't get my legs to cooperate. Since I'm a chicken when asking for help, I just went without for another day. Which passed into a week then a month then a half year. Before long I realized it was either my age (53 at the time with the Big M) or laziness working to my benefit. So I didn't argue with what seemed to be fated.
When offered a smoke, I always decline with no explanation. If asked, I simply say, "I can't, I'm not a smoker. So how could I smoke? Since I don't, I can't. See?" No preachy pontification and an answer which causes a knitted brow to appear. (What did she just say...?)
Anyway ~ works for me.
Where I found it: John Scalzi's Monday Photo Shoot: Personally Obsolete