THE OPS CROP
DEC 2019 Mira Moore, a server at Ops in Bushwick, also finds a snail in a box of arugula. Moore, who had previously owned rats, decides to take it home and names him Rocket. MAR 2020 Artist Okimoto finds snails in her yard in Queens and asks her friend Moore if they make good pets. Affirmed, she keeps one and hands out several via contactless pickup. MAR 2020 Construction estimator Ramona Sadiq takes two from Okimoto.
“They’re blobby,” she says. “Like those blobby ceramics. Maybe we’re just into blobby shapes.” MAR 30, 2020 BuzzFeed News strategist Maggie Schultz was on Instagram and “saw Okimoto was giving some away. My former colleague at BuzzFeed had snails, and they were kind of cuddly and seemed easy to care for. So I adopted one from Okimoto and named it Tony.”