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English to Thai: For Just $100, This Man Turned An Old Wooden Shack Into Something Extraordinary General field: Art/Literary Detailed field: Journalism
Source text - English For Just $100, This Man Turned An Old Wooden Shack Into Something Extraordinary
Sixty-five-year-old Richard Aiken is an extraordinary man. Over the years, he has learned and mastered many talents. He’s a husband, a father, has two Ph.Ds and a medical degree, has worked as an opera singer, and is the author of lifestyle book “The New Ancestral Diet.” He is also amazing with his hands, and as you will soon see, knows his way around a fixer upper. How is it possible that one man can do all this? I’m not sure, but keep reading to watch him turn an old log cabin into an unbelievable sight.
Richard had been considering acquiring a house out in the woods for some time. Isn’t it everyone’s dream to have a hideaway out in the woods, where you can relax and get in touch with nature?
Waking up to birds chirping, stepping outside your home and being surrounded by trees and animals, and most importantly, no cars or pollution. That seems like a dream come true. Honestly though, probably not ideal for getting to work and school. And where’s the closest supermarket? Maybe this wouldn’t be your first choice for your main residence.
Richard was under the impression that a second home would be a considerable expense, but when he got some info from a man in Missouri about an ancient, decrepit cabin out in the woods, he had an idea that he could remake it into the kind of home and life he had always dreamed of.
Richard paid $100 for the land, including the run-down cabin. The owner was not very interested in the property and even offered it to Richard for free, but he insisted on paying him something.
Clearly, the cabin was in terrible shape. Richard had a ton of work to do just to get the cabin safe for use, way before he could even think about living there. The site of Richard’s future home was filled with rubble, and the roof had caved in.
Just looking through the doorway seemed dangerous, never mind spending time inside the place. None of these things deterred Richard, and he resolved to work on the cabin in every spare moment he could find.
Not Picture Perfect
The first step was to examine the cabin. Richard had to decide what he could save and what he would have to replace. When he took a closer look, he soon realized that most of the wood was badly rotten.
He then knew that he would have to tear down most of the logs and rebuild the cabin from scratch. Nonetheless, he decided that it was important to him to incorporate some of the old logs, to make sure that a piece of the original cabin remained in the new structure.
I worked as a translator at Central Chidlom shopping center in Bangkok for half a year. I moved to the U.S. 12 years ago. I earned my business degree from California State University, San Bernardino with a 3.94 GPA. My current job is an elementary school substitute teacher. I spend my free time translating TV dramas from English to Thai.