it rained overnight but was now dry and overcast for the rest of the day, in anticipation of another overnight rainstorm into friday morning. i went to my parents' place to drop off some chinatown supplies but really just to go and measure some lotus-growing containers. i stopped by the cafe because my mother told me there were some old plastic wash basins in the basement, left behind by former chinese graduate students. i had a key but couldn't get in, my sister ended up coming and opening the door for me (found out i had the front door key, not the back door). i found 2 dirty wash bins (ideal, since i'm using them as pots anyway) and 1 smaller sized hospital wash basin. i brought them with me as i continued to belmont.