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Monday Morning Blues

Well, this a lousy way to start a week.

Last night, shortly after I made my post about yesterday's Jets and Giants game, my office was broken into and burglarized.

We've been adding on a two-story library tower to the back of the house. The construction started in June and will continue to December. That's how they got in, entering through the back yard and construction area and ripping down the temporary plywood wall that separates the new rooms from the rest of the house.

They pulled open a lot of drawers, rummaged through a lot of stuff, and knocked over my computer monitor, but didn't get much of a haul, all in all. I lost a video iPod and a Bose docking station (although they overlooked the remote), plus two replica swords I had in a corner awaiting the end of construction, so I could hang them on a wall. So far as I can tell, that's all that's missing. They smashed the electronics on our safe, but were unable to open it. Some of the tools that the workmen had left at the construction site were also taken; a power saw, a few other things.

One of the swords was a gift from readers, a beautiful piece. That's the only real loss, though. Easy enough to replace the ipod. The second sword was junk.

(And no, they did NOT take my computers, so the hard drive where A DANCE WITH DRAGONS lives is still there, and safe, and I haven't lost any work. And yes, I back up regularly, so even if they had made off with the hardware, I have all the finished text saved on disk. So you can all come down off that ledge, please).

The most unsettling part of all this was the timing. I came over to the office last night after football to make my LJ post about the games and answer some emails. One of the mails in my in box was from a friend who wanted to come over and watch television. I said sure, then went back to the main house to tell Parris that our friend might be dropping over. She never did, so Parris and I watched ENTOURAGE and CALIFORNICATION and a couple of episodes of THE DAILY SHOW from last week that we'd TIVOed. Two hours worth of television. After which I went back to my office... and discovered the break-in. Spent the next couple of hours dealing with the cops and the aftermath of all this.

But if I hadn't gotten that email from our friend, I might have stayed in the office and continued to answer emails, which meant I would have been here when the thief (or thieves) broke into the construction site and then into the house. I would certainly have heard the sound of the plywood wall being ripped down. Most probably a shout from me would have sent them fleeing back into the night... but maybe not. I suppose I could have tried to drive them off with one of those replica swords, but I'm just as glad I didn't have to try. I am not exactly a figure to inspire terror in night stalkers.

All in all, we got off light, but it's still a crappy way to start the week, and I'll be spending most of today dealing with police, insurance companies, locksmiths, our alarm company, and the like. And somewhere out there, some asshole has my sword.


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Oct. 27th, 2008 07:26 pm (UTC)
That's awful. Glad you are ok!
Oct. 27th, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)
All in all, we got off light, but it's still a crappy way to start the week, and I'll be spending most of today dealing with police, insurance companies, locksmiths, our alarm company, and the like.

The horrific quickly turns into the eyeball-stabbingly mundane, doesn't it?

Edited for improper code tags.

Edited at 2008-10-27 07:28 pm (UTC)
Oct. 27th, 2008 07:28 pm (UTC)
I am glad you and your lady are well. Hopefully your week will improve.
Oct. 27th, 2008 07:29 pm (UTC)
Holy crap that sucks. The most important thing is you and Parris are okay. The book as much as all of us love the thought of it pales in comparision to the life you and your wife.

Oct. 27th, 2008 07:30 pm (UTC)
Well that sucks! I'm glad you and your wife weren't hurt.
Oct. 27th, 2008 07:30 pm (UTC)
George, glad that you are alright and sorry that your office is not.
We know what it is like to lose something worth something only to you.

Glad that you and yours are okay! And hey, "A Dance with Dragons?" It's safe in the mind of the man who created it. *wink*

:) Take care.
Oct. 27th, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC)
That's so terrible! I'm glad you and Parris are okay, and that it wasn't worse then it was. :( Stupid jackass theives!
Oct. 27th, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry, George.

I hope the filthy little shit trips over himself and hurts himself on your sword.
Oct. 31st, 2008 02:05 pm (UTC)
I'm going to indulge in a little fit of rage and agree with this.
Oct. 27th, 2008 07:32 pm (UTC)
Argh! Sorry to hear that, George. It must be in the air -- Devon was robbed at gunpoint Friday night, now you've been burglarized. Hopefully, they may end up trying to pawn the sword, and you'll get it back...
Oct. 27th, 2008 08:06 pm (UTC)
when I used to live in Baltimore City (and not a nice neighborhood) we used to get robbed a lot at Christmas shopping time.....with the economy the way it is - I am not surprised that thieves are out and about....no money seems to give dishonest people more of an excuse...
Oct. 27th, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)
=( I'm sorry. That's really terrible.
Oct. 27th, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)
Too bad that it happened, but I'm glad that you didn't lose more!
Oct. 27th, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)
Very crappy way to start a week...
OMG, what a horrible thing to happen! I'm wondering if they heard you coming back and maybe that scared them off from doing further damage. I'm glad your material loss wasn't any worse than it was, and it's good it didn't happen while you guys were asleep.

Not sure of the layout of your house, but if they could have access to the main house...well, a reason to be thankful it wasn't worse.
Oct. 27th, 2008 07:36 pm (UTC)
If you publicly announce that the reward for the return of your stolen sword is a sneak preview of a DWD chapter, you will mobilize the entire SCA population of North America into a relentless round-the-clock manhunt. They'll probably have bigger swords.
Oct. 27th, 2008 07:46 pm (UTC)
LOL - you're probably right!
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Oct. 27th, 2008 07:37 pm (UTC)
Oh no! I'm sorry this has happened to you.
Oct. 27th, 2008 07:37 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear that, George. As with all these things, it's good to hear that no-one got hurt, and hopefully the cops will track down the SOB responsible.

Odd this should happen now. British fantasy writer Joe Abercrombie blogged last week about getting attacked on the streets of London by a bunch of hoodlums. Are criminals now targetting fantasy authors? Hmm.
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