The way Debbie Gast sees it, The Strand is for the birds – literally.
Just about every week she rounds up some friends and heads down to The Strand. There, she pours some peanuts into her hand watches as other friends arrive – these of the feathered variety: a flock of pigeons that eagerly climb onto her outstretched hand.
She shared her thoughts with Humans of Galveston:
Humans: What are they feeling from you that they’re so comfortable doing that?
Debbie: I just love animals. Ever since we moved down here I started feeding the pigeons. I even had one named Patrick. He had a swirl on top of his head like Patrick Swayze. If he wasn’t here when I came outside, he’d fly to me from the Galveston Arts Center (across the street) when I called him.
Humans: What makes you tick? What drive you? What motivates you?
Debbie: Galveston. I love it here. I like the lifestyle, I like the laid-back attitude, the friendly people. I like the people, even like the crazy ones – the ones that are walking around talking to the light poles and stuff.
Humans: Are they really crazy?
Debbie: I don’t know. Sometimes I wonder if we’re really the crazy ones and they’re normal. (laughs)
Humans: Ok, here’s a good one for you. Is your seatbelt fastened?
Debbie: My seatbelts are always fastened.
Humans: In less than three paragraphs, tell me your life story.
Debbie: Well, I was born in Houston, Texas, on Sept. 22, 1958. I graduated from Telephone Road Christian Academy in 1977. Went to work right away, customizing pickup trucks. Went to truck driving school, drove trucks for three and a half years, drove school buses for 27 years. And here I am.