Jest who in tarnation is Buffalo Mel?Melanie Bacon
The first time I ever heard the phrase "jack of all trades, master of none", I was eighteen years old and the person being described this way was me. In the twenty-five years since, I've picked up a heck of a lot more trades, while never quite achieving a Master's (graduate schools at which I've accumulated credits but no degrees include The United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, and the Carlson School of Management).
My youngest child graduates from high school this year, so my main gig for the last couple of decades has been Mom. A few of the other roles I've played have included soldier, book store owner, humor writer, columnist, sign maker, casino change cashier, statistician, and human resources manager; also artist, planning commissioner, foster parent, senate intern, feminist activist, zoning board chair and other sundry personas, some more fun than others. HR Manager paid the best, but I got tired of managing downsizes. I was also a farmwife for a while, but I have to admit I didn't do a very good job; I'm a vegetarian, he's a beef producer--not much chance there, I'm afraid. My latest adventure is giving baton twirling lessons to my taekwondo instructor; in turn, he's teaching me nunchakas. This is way weirder than you can imagine.
I spend most of my time these days managing a foundation and developing web sites; the pay's not so good, but at least I don't have to fire people anymore. My strengths are in writing and art; I have only limited programming skills, and therefore my sites are heavy on fun and imagination, and light on cyber pyrotechnics. You'll find no frames, no sound, and only limited java on my sites, because I consider them either annoying (frames) or too long to load for most surfers (sound and java). I either manage, designed or own the following web sites/web pages:
For other people:
For my own perverse enjoyment: