What should Naomi do with her totem pole?

Naomi's totem poleSo we get this email from Naomi this afternoon:

"Any suggestions on how to get rid of a totem pole?"

Um, what? And by what, we mean... what? Backstory, por favor.

"I just started writing about my attempt to get my clutter down to 100 personal things (a great movement started by Dave Bruno, who Time magazine wrote about recently). I'm also looking for other people in the area who are trying to do the same."

Cool. So, anyone have ideas for Naomi?

Bonus points if you can come up with some kind of fun local contest.

photo: Naomi Seldin


Naomi - I have the solution. Place the words "totem pole" on your list of 100 personal things. Done. Where's my money?

Well, it's not terribly creative, but if all else fails, there's always Craigslist and/or Freecycle...

Wow, I don't know. I'm not even sure I understand what a totem pole represents and I wouldn't want my suggestion to be disrespectful in any way. See, everything I know about Native Americans I learned from watching Walt Disney's Peter Pan. In that movie, they explained why Indians have that certain complexion... Let's go back a million years to the the very first Indian prince. He kissed a maid and started to blush and we've all been blushin' since. Pretty enlightening! I really wish they would have touched on the totem pole issue, I feel like I could have learned a lot.

I'm going to elaborate on this on my blog, but I mentioned there that I have a lot of things that were my stepfather's, and I don't plan to part with all of them. The totem pole is one of those things that has less sentimental value.

Barold: Would you take a Threadless T-shirt (men's, XL, never worn)? Or a rice cooker? Or ...

Thanks, guys. I'm loving the feedback.

If she glued it to the sidewalk somewhere downtown, everyone would mistake it for the rotating installation art. Look, you could declutter and improve Albany's culture at the same time!

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