Weekend Assignment: Our Anachronisms

This week’s Weekend Assignment asks:

“We sometimes hear the expression, “XXX has gone the way of the buggy whip.” In other words, technology and society have moved on, and something that was once commonplace barely exists anymore because it’s no longer needed. Do you still have something in your home that has become essentially useless? If so, why do you still have it? If not, when did you get rid of it?

The answer: probably, but I’ve wracked my brain and I can’t think of any useful or interesting examples that are worth reading about.

Which, sadly, means that’s this week’s Weekend Assignment is a bust for me.

On the other hand, I’d love to clutter up my home with all sorts of decorative anachronisms. The problem, though, is that our house is a tad too small to house myself and Dear Wife as well as Baby B.T. and our dear doggy Shasta. Dear Wife makes it a solid business to try to keep our home and life decluttered – which does not mean that clutter does not accumulate, but we make periodic sweeps to try to keep things tidy. Having B.T. around has meant sometimes things aren’t as tidy as we’d like, but that’s the norm when you have a wee bairn in the home.

So… what sort of anachronistic thing would I most dearly like to have in the home, were there room for the clutter (and room in the budget): swords. I’m a total geek, and I’d love to hang a sword or two on the wall of my private man-room or private office (neither of which exists, at the moment). Maybe even a shield or coat-of-arms. I’m just that kind of geek.