Quick trip to Mum and Dad's on Friday, with an afternoon off work thrown in, to be there for a fabulous family barbecue for Dad's birthday - I knew it was his 60th really. Just a flying visit, but still really good, nice to see so many people in one go. Trained back to Folkestone (via London) and we were home again in time for tea on Saturday, and another night out. Shame it was at [my least favourite pub in Hythe](http://www.folkestonegerald.com/v/73" title="The Red Lion, no ale :-() but it was good anyway to just hang out with people. I even drank lager.
I always complain about the taxis back from Hythe, it's always a nightmare trying to get one at peak times. I must always be complaining so loudly about this that I never get around to paying, because this week I did, and it was SEVENTEEN QUID! Just to get back from Hythe to Folkestone! Lordy.
Today, a day of grocery shopping, cooking for the week (Clare's making jerk chicken and salsa and I'm doing a bean stew and sweet potatoes), preparing a couple of disks of music for someone's wedding next weekend (still not decided whether to drop a few tracks of my own choosing into the playlist), and trying to get my [external hard drive](http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000EXLVG0/203-8577722-5942305?tag=clarkeology-21" title="Western Digital 500gb "mybook". I'd not recommend it...?tag=clarkeology-21) working. I've given up, it is faulty, I'm getting a refund. I've found [lots of other people who've had problems with this drive](http://www.tomrafteryit.net/western-digital-my-book-pro-edition-ii-sucks/" title="Read lots of other comments...), so I'm not bothering with a replacement.
Paul Clarke's blog - I live in Hythe near Folkestone. Wed to Clare + dad to two, I am a full-stack web engineer, + I do js / Node, some ruby, python, php ect ect. I like pubbing, parkrun, eating, home automation + other diy jiggery-pokery, history, tree stuff, Television, squirrels, pirates, lego, + TIME TRAVEL.