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Humans of Galveston: Life is an Adventure for Lady of the Sea

Updated 277 days ago

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?

Crystal: Yes.

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.

Crystal: Okay.

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.

Article written by Robert Stanton - Isle Guy