What does a Melhi do?
A Melhi does something?
Aside from sitting on its lazy butt in front of a computer
scribbling HTML on napkins with a lipstick, a Melhi does lots of
things, some of which it does not necessarily like to do.
A Melhi takes a bath once a month whether it needs one or not.
A Melhi brushes its teeth... the top one almost as often as the bottom one.
A Melhi swings by its tail from the branches of deciduous trees.
A Melhi consumes twice its weight in junk food and thrice its volume in
Seriously, I do/have done/will do lots of things in my lifetime.
Significantly Profitable Self Employment
Ages 6 to 11 -- Summers -- Daily lemonade stand, weekly "carnival"
Ages 11 through 13 -- Sold greeting cards and gifts, door to door
Ages 11 through 13 -- Designed, made (to order) and sold "pom pon pets"
Ages 11 through 15 -- Designed, made and sold flat-bottom draw string tote bags
Ages 13 through 15 -- Antique and collectible salt and pepper shaker dealer
Ages 14 through 15 -- Sold mouse puppets purchased in bulk from the designer
Ages 14 through 15 -- Co-owned a flea market and managed a booth at same.
Various ages -- occasional lawn work and baby sitting.
1986-1990 -- Spec. real estate, construction, remodelling.
1992-1998 -- Landlord, CFD seller
1998-2005 -- temporarily retired from self-employment (excepting affiliate income)
2005-present -- Designer/ecommerce -- Melhi Ink stores ( Cafepress, Printfection)
2007-present -- Co-founder and Executive USBuyBid Inc.
Not remotely profitable Self Employment:
1990-1991 Owned a 900 line (sports scores, lottery results, horoscopes, etc.)
Age 15 -- Sold Cable TV subcriptions door to door for Centel Cable Co.
Age 16 -- Cashier for IGA (grocery store)
Ages 16 through 17 -- Cashier for Eisner (grocery store)
(late 80s?) -- Secured foreclosed properties for a property management firm.
1994,1995 -- Appeared in a Snapple commercial & made guest appearances for same.
1994,1995 -- Enumerator for City Directory Inc.
1995 -- Salesperson for Color Tile.
2002 -- Local Radio: sales, copy writing, PSA director, on-air, production,
2003 - 2006 -- meat department, local grocery store.
2004 - 2007 -- concession manager/cook, auto auction.
First and foremost, I am (and have been for all of my adult life) a full time mom.
Volunteer and Misc.
1995 -- Advertizing/publicity director for a local charity (volunteer)
1996 -- Stock model for a very talented photographer
1996 - 1999 -- Asst. Sysop for The Monkees Mailing List (volunteer)
1999 - Present -- Owner and manager of The Monkees Mailing List
1999 - Present -- Owner and webmaster of Monkees 101
2000 - Present -- Owner, compiler, researcher, author of The Official Monkees FAQs
2005 - 2006 -- Member of DeWitt County Regional Economic Planning and Development Steering Committee
2005 - Present -- Owner, Author Melhi Ink Blog
2005 - Present -- Democrat Precinct Committeeman
2005 - Present -- Webmaster, County Democrat Party website
2007 - Present -- Board of Directors, DeWitt County Development Corporation
Writer -- various genre; expertise in op-ed, juvenile, essay, rhyming poetry and humor
Occasional water witching -- copper rod method.
Occasionally, I accept small-scale freelance web work when it is offered and I have time.
Hobbies, personal efforts, etc.
Parody lyricist -- one parody published by two online liberal publications, two others reviewed favorably by two celebs and another reviewed
favorably by one publication.
Play guitar, very badly.
Equally deficient on drums.
Occasionally, purchase or salvage used furniture to repair, strip, refinish and sell.
Strong supporter of independent, live radio and the preservation of local radio broadcast services.
Buy, trade and resell junk/treasure. (OFF-line)
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