Skip to comments.America's 'Unluckiest Woman' Just Lost Her Fifth Home to a Hurricane
Posted on 09/07/2012 11:34:02 AM PDT by Haiku Guy
They say lightning never strikes the same place twice, but try telling that to Melanie Martinez.
Dubbed "America's unluckiest woman," the Louisiana native and school bus driver lost her fifth home last week to a hurricane.
This time, Martinez witnessed herself as Hurricane Isaac pummeled her Braithwaite, La. home while she and her family huddled in the attic.
When the storm passed, they faced the all too-familiar wreckage. Martinez lost four other homes in the last 50 years Hurricanes Betsy (1965), Juan (1985), George (1998), and Katrina (2005).
Supporters of the Martinez family have created a PayPal account for donations to help them rebuild.
(Excerpt) Read more at finance.yahoo.com ...
And now they are setting up a paypal account to cash-in on her "misfortune".
Why does she keep building her homes in the same place?
What’s the definition of insanity: you keep doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result?
So... she didn’t have insurance and chose to live in an area prone to destructive hurricanes anyway?
I suggest she pack up and move inland.
Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
America's 'Stupidest Woman' Built Five Homes in a Hurricane Zone!
I wouldn’t want to her neighbor. What a curse!
How about Seattle?...............
She is not unlucky, she is stupid.
Why do WE keep building her homes in the same place?
OK I will borrow from Sam Kinison’s “Desert” sketch (This is sand!!! Nothing grows in Sand!!!) to help this woman out:
YOU SEE THIS????
THIS IS WATER!!!!
WATER FLOODS WHEN YOU LIVE BELOW SEA LEVEL!!!!
YOU NEED TO MOVE!!
Like the Japanese guy who was in Hiroshima on business on August 6th, 1945, survived that, then decided he’d better get his butt home.
And he survived that, too.
Hey, she got somebody else to build her a new house every ten years, and you're calling her stupid? Her actions make perfect sense. We're the stupid ones.
Little did he know that HE was the one guy we were trying to get.
Drone strikes were a bit less precise waaaay back in 1945.
If she moves to Seattle they would call it an Extratropical cyclone. I knew the Skokomish name for it but I can’t remember it well enough to spell it. Spelling errors are frowned upon here.
No spelling errors in your last post. Just fyi.
His name was Tsutomu Yamaguchi, and he only died a couple of years ago, in 2010 at the age of 93.
And the drones were not as elegant-looking as they are nowadays either. :)
Time to move to Arizona
But then, her house would probably burn down.
Jebus woman, move to California!
Where do you get the idea that tax dollars built any of her homes?
My product distributor is in Hammond, La., about 60 miles from N.O. I talked to one of them and she said she was about ready to get the hell out of there.
” - - - “I was born here,” she said. “It’s home, home, home.” - - - “
Great! Then live in a boat, Boat, BOAT!
Unlucky = do nothing to change your circumstances and remain in a bad situation.
If she lives in a flood zone, and I suspect she does, she is eligible for the National Flood Insurance Program. This insurance is expensive if you never expect your house to flood, but cheap-cheap-cheap if you’re going to be cashing it in every ten years. No rational insurer would write such a policy, but Uncle Sam is only too willing, since he has access to your money to pay the claims.
The cross subsidization of the deeply cut-rate flood insurance amounts to the dollars buying these houses.
And that is not even counting on the “Money From Heaven” response you often see as Uncle Sugar rides to the rescue throwing money around after natural disasters.
What happened to Melanie Martinez’s home is evidence of stupidity. You want to see someone who was “unlucky” with respect to his homes, read about Wilmer McLean.
Because only 1 entity is stupid enough to insure homes in areas that are prone to flooding. Only 1 entity uses their "endless reserves" (ie. taxpayers) to finance a program that is fiscally irresponsible, fraught with fraud, makes no sense to anyone with an IQ above room temperature, and will not be supported by any private or publically traded insurance company.
We have enough stupid people! She'd probably rebuild in the shadow of Mt. Rainier and get wiped out by a lahar.
Maybe she'll move in next to you.
To add insult to injury, A&E reality show Hideous Houses had selected her home for a $20,000 makeover just a few months before. Though she’s considering moving to a home on higher ground this time around, Martinez is still hesitant to leave Louisiana.
Dry out some Samsonite and MOVE!
I hear you could use the rain..........
I would have bought a house boat after the second time.
I Am The Lion”
There was a flood
And many poor men were killed
And that is why our house
Is built on the top of a hill
The plains are like a friend,
Why can't we live on them
And if a flood should come,
Why can't we run
Yeah, we could. Very close to setting a record for consecutive days without rain.
The record is 51. To break the record we have to stay dry through Tuesday, but there’s rain in the forecast for that day.
I might give her a second chance ("Hey! Lightning NEVER strikes twice").
Five times, though? She's an idiot.
Yes, they are. In fact, I'm on the FR Correct Spelling and Grammar Committee. I must admit to you, though, that some latitude is granted for Skokomish spelling errors. Truth is, we just don't know.