Many retired Navy ships have been turned into museums, but community groups here are hoping for what military officials say is a first: turning a decommissioned vessel into a floating homeless shelter.
The 195m destroyer tender Acadia was built in 1981 and sailed around the world several times with a crew of 1,500 before it was decommissioned in 1994. In January, Navy officials decided to dispose of, sell off or give away the vessel, which is docked at Pearl Harbor. Most ships are used for scrap or training after they are retired.
"Land is a high commodity. We live on a rock," the Rev. Gary Shields, director of the Victory Ohana Prison Fellowship, told The Honolulu Advertiser. "Hawaii has to do something different and out of the box. And this is out of the box."
A coalition called the Acadia Acquisition Committee is negotiating with the state for a place to put the ship. Its proposal calls for Acadia to start housing people as early as May 2009.
Organizers are trying to determine how much the program would cost but are expecting to spend US$2 million (NT$66.3 million) just to get the ship ready for basic accommodations such as air conditioning, revamped bunks and bedrooms.
Homelessness is a growing problem in Hawaii, as low-income families face some of the highest living costs in the nation. The number of unsheltered homeless counted at seven areas on Oahu in January was 3,750, up 28 percent from a year ago. (AP)
1. decommissioned adj.
退役 (tui4 yi4)
例: There were several decomissioned tanks on display.
destroyer tender n.
驅逐艦母艦 (qu1 zhu2 jian4 mu3 jian4)
例: A destroyer tender provides maintenance for destroyer ships.
3. commodity n.
商品 (shang1 pin3)
例: The townhouse my gran left me is a great commodity.
4. revamp v.t.
翻新 (fan1 xin1)
例: We've decided to revamp the sitting room.
out of the box
Saying that someone needs to do something out of the box means that he or she needs to try something not normally tried.
Often people are urged to think outside of the box. This means that they should try to use their imagination and skills to see beyond the rather limited view that their education or society may have imposed on them.
說某人做事情需要「out of the box」，這表示他／她需要嘗試平常不會去做的事。
人們常被鼓勵「think outside of the box（跳脫既定思維的框架）」，這表示他們應該運用想像力和技巧，去打破教育或社會所加諸的狹隘觀點。
Sally: Did you hear about the plan to house homeless people on a ship in Hawaii?
Amy: No. What kind of a ship?
Sally: An old Navy one. The Navy will donate it.
Amy: Well, that's an excellent plan. How sensible!
Sally: Unless you suffer from seasickness of course. Then it'd be a different story.
a different story 另一種情況
You can say that something is, or will be, a different story if key facts or circumstances have changed or may change.
當某件事主要的事實或情況已經或可能會改變，你就可以用「a different story」來表示它的發展也許會有所不同。
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