At right, that's Jay Nixon, Board Certified Entomologist with American Pest Management, Inc., sent to TALIM courtesy of the State Department's Overseas Building Operations (OBO). Jay believes in the top to bottom approach in surveying our more than two century old building for insect problems.
Bottom means bottom. In this case, checking out the subterranean former cistern, which, in Peace Corps days (the Legation was Peace Corps Morocco's training center in the early Seventies) was affectionately known as the "Cistern Chapel," and served as a disco. You can just imagine the candlelit place, reverberating with the disco beat, probably with the illicit produce of Morocco's Rif wafting its aroma throughout the venerable building.
I hope that returned Peace Corps volunteers from that era will read this and supply us with some anecdotes. This building is witness to History, including that period when the Peace Corps' use of the building staved off potential closure or worse.
Jay provided us plenty of expert advice, and spotted some trouble areas that will need our follow up. As much as we appreciate his qualities as an entomologist, we give him full credit as an archeologist, providing a unique pictorial record of our own 70s Lascaux, the Cistern Chapel, passed over unknowingly by countless visitors to our Legation. Now its story will be known.