I met Crystal, 35, at a Happy Hour at the Proletariat on Market Street. She was kind enough to share her story with Humans of Galveston. Here’s how it went:
HG: How long have you been in Galveston, Crystal?
Crystal: For two days. 24 hours.
HG: Are you visiting?
HG: Where are you from?
Crystal: Originally New York.
HG: First impressions. You’ve been here for a couple of days. What do you think of this little island?
Crystal: It’s beautiful.
HG: What have you gotten to do?
Crystal: Just adventuring right now. Drinking beer and going on an adventure.
HG: I have a challenge for you. Let’s see if you’re up to it.
HG: Tell me your life story in two paragraphs.
Crystal: (Laughs) I was born in Long Island, New York. Went to community college and studied liberal arts. After that got a job that I absolutely hated.
HG: What was the job you hated?
Crystal: I worked at a bank. Banking for five years, it was a sea of cubicles. No windows, 18 different bosses. It was horrible. And I decided that that was not the life that I wanted to live and I joined the Coast Guard and I’ve been doing it ever since.
HG: That’s awesome. What’s your rank?
Crystal: I’m an E-4 (petty officer).
HG: And what is your specialty?
Crystal: Marine sciences.
HG: Where has the Coast Guard taken you?
Crystal: So, I’ve been to Seattle, New Jersey, and partly stationed in Puerto Rico. I was there during (Hurricane) Maria.
HG: What was that like?
Crystal: Crazy. It was like post-apocalyptic for the first 30 days. Now, the storm craziness is over. For the most part, they’re good.
HG: How long were you there?
Crystal: I’ve been stationed there two and a half years. I love the island. It is one of the most beautiful islands I think on the planet. And the people coming together and just helping one another is absolutely magnificent.
HG: Is there anything else you’d like to share about your life story?
Crystal: Two babies.
HG: Aww … boys or girls?
Crystal: One boy, one girl.
HG: What are their ages?
Crystal: A boy, 5, and a girl, 3.
HG: And where’s daddy?
Crystal: We’re divorced. He’s still in the picture and he’s an amazing person.