To be followed in due course by the Saga of the Second Move, now ongoing.
by Melinda Pillsbury-Foster
Sometimes life has a satisfying and circular aspect, and the antics of Rayelan (AKA Raye Smith of Ashtabula, Ohio, along with a multitude of other names) has provided us with just these attributes.
More highly diverting characters enter the story.
Angel, whose real name is Angela Kay Lee, is a member of the Lee-Powers family, who moved Rayelan to Ohio when she lost her house in Watsonville, a lower middle class suburb of Santa Cruz. Angel was not among the members of the clan which made the monumental trek.
Angel was busy in Ohio, where she lived in sylvan commune with nature, though in less than ideal conditions, as later posts will outline.
Talk of The Trek, or the Saga of the Move to Ohio, began, illustrated by Rayelan and posted on RMN, on July 6, 2010. Rayelan bravely tells her story and announces she is moving to Ohio to lower her costs. In a later post she says readers will be surprised to see how quickly she will be able to get out of debt and, presumably, stop asking for money.
But now, she must have money to pay for the Moving Pods and goes on in some detail, though she does not mention the names of the people helping her until we arrive at the pseudonym, NeverSurrender, used by Angela Kay Lee, AKA Angel.
We will delve into the Family Campground, located in Ohio, for which much fundraising was done via Rumor Mill News, and its fate, in another post, so sign up to receive updates which will include the law relating to such ventures.
Note the 'warehouse,' mentioned below. This is a generous term for the shack located on the property obtained through the generosity of RMN donors and is never so identified. This is the office from which Angel works for RMN and also serves as her residence.
We continue with the Saga of the Move to Ohio.
From: RMN Archives, July 6, 2010
“Message to my Friends From Paypal and my Post Office Box
“If I have no money to pay the bills that are due on the 9th... that means I have no money to have moving pods delivered and transported to Ohio. (We checked... it's cheaper to do pods that to rent a U-Haul and buy the gas. That's why we are doing it this way... with the pods.)
I have no money to transport myself and my Ohio work crew back to Ohio. There are 4 of us and three dogs and a baby.”
The “4 of us and three dogs and a baby,” are Rayelan AKA Darlene Rae Smith, Anna Leigh Powers, Angel's mother, Thomas Scott Lee, Angel's brother, Amanda Lee, and her daughter, the mentioned baby.The dogs, well known to RMN Readers, are Buck a Golden Retriever, and Toby and Max, two dogs of mixes breed who look like small, flattened Golden Retrievers.
From the same post we learn,
“The warehouse is currently home to a horse and an office for Rumor Mill News and a shipping area for Rumor Mill News... and all of NeverSurrender's household goods. In other words, there is not one square inch that is not being used.”
The requests for money will be answered by the generosity of loyal RMN Readers who seem to have forgotten about the Family Campground in which many of them invested. Or perhaps the investors hope if Rayelan goes to Ohio the project will go forward. Another possibility is that some of these have left or died.
People are very trusting, a laudable characteristic when they are dealing with people of good character.
Many may also be new loyal RMN Readers. RMN has a large readership so, statistically, this is possible, though the readership is now dropping against stiff competition elsewhere on the web.
No matter, the online pleas for money and other support will continue as stories of The Saga of the Move go on for months. New needs for money and pleas continue to appear in the Reading Room. Our report will comprise the first three parts of this longer narrative.
Note: I made my own archive of these on another, private site, in case someone decided to remove them.
Angel, who has been working for Rayelan for years, has her own similar site, titled, Surfing the Apocalypse, according to Rayelan, who expressed some annoyance at this online entrepreneurism by Angel to me on several occasions. She then showed me the site, which I saw was a clear imitation of Rumor Mill News, including the pleas for money to keep it online.
The URL, http://www.surfingtheapocalypse.com, was first registered January 2, 2000 in the name of Theresa Durbin, according to the record, which is public.
The record, viewable here, includes this information. P.O.Box 6345, Tulsa OK 74148; US: Registrant Phone: +1.9185823012. This appears to be a mobile number, so the holder could be anyplace, with mail forwarded on from the PO Box in Oklahoma.
The Saga is filled with moments of near tragedy and humor, though some of this is probably unconscious on the part of Rayelan, making it an interesting counterpoint to the stories appearing on RMN about the revaluing of the Dinar and the multitude of other subjects which attract RMN Readers.
Copies of these short articles, along with updates of present happenings, are sent to all interested parties, including my attorney, for review.