Does anyone remember slugs? I’m not talking about the slimy garden gastropod, but the galvanized steel disks that resembled coins that were punched out of electrical conduits during construction of houses and other buildings. For a portion of my childhood (the Rusty Cook, Danny Ivory, Crosby Park Elementary days, for those keeping score), we lived in a new sub-division in Lawton, Oklahoma. I think it was called Pressboard Estates. Anyway, the houses being built all around at breakneck speed to accommodate the influx of soldiers at nearby Fort Sill were strewn with slugs, which looked and felt a little bit like money. We collected them, since we played in the half-built houses when the workers went home.
Today I photographed the new Pontotoc County Justice Center the new multi-million-dollar jail in Ada), and there were slugs all over the place. I asked one of the construction guys if they still called these things slugs, and he said they did. I collected a couple, since they reminded me of my childhood.