I first met Katrina Trea while walking along the beach behind Golden Gate Fields horse racetrack. It was a sunny Sunday afternoon, and here was this attractive 30ish woman, by herself cleaning the beach, picking up and bagging the bits of plastic and other detrius that wash ashore with the tides. Self-initiated public service - how often do you see that these days? Katrina is a resident of the Albany landfill. She told me she has dyslexia,
"I've learned to read before, more than once. But it just doesn't do any good. I immediatley forget how. My brain won't retain the ability. You know why? Where the left side and the right side of the brain connect, it normally goes like this: (makes an "S" shape on top of her head with her finger), but in dyslexia it's reversed." It turns out that Katrina is both the architect and builder of the flagpole (cleverly constructed of plastic pipe and rebar), and the designer of the lower flag (sewn from remnants of an old tattered flag she rescued from a dumpster) in the photograph on this.PEOPLE ARE TREES TOO!.page. Congratulations, Katrina!