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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. 29th, 2008 09:12 am (UTC)
lucky in one way
Lucky for them,and you, that you left the room before the burglars broke in, i could see the headlines now .. Fantasy Writer Beheads Two Burglars (Large Pieces of Building Machinery Found in Burglars Anus...
(possible sex game gone wrong ?)' ha ha

Seriously though , sorry to hear about the break in :)
Oct. 29th, 2008 11:36 am (UTC)
Both my wife and I are glad that you and Parris are safe!
Oct. 29th, 2008 02:43 pm (UTC)
Wow, that is horrible.
Nothing makes you feel less safe in your own home than a break in. (I'm assuming the room is somehow attached to the house.)

Alarm systems and dogs can help (though the combination of both can be problematic, they tend to set one another off) but really after the first time nothing can ever fully restore that piece of mind 100%.

Really, my consolations on all of this. Construction and a deadline must be hard enough without all of this crap.
Oct. 29th, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC)
As I said to Parris, I'm very sorry that this happened. It's hardest of all to have had a basic need like your sense of security and safety stolen. Glad that you are both unharmed, and that the worst of it will be lingering emotions and paperwork.
Oct. 29th, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC)
Talk about scary. I'm sorry that this happened to you, & relieved that the loses were minimal. Me, I wouldn't be able to sleep for a week. Take care, and be safe. Kyle
Oct. 29th, 2008 09:10 pm (UTC)
Future of Fire and Ice
George, very sad to hear about what happened. It's not only the monetary value, it's the sense that someone would sink so low as to do that.

Still, I was happy to see you address the safety of the current manuscript, but it brought to mind the conversation I was having yesterday with a friend: it would be horrible if something were to happen to you with the series unfinished. Not only because (a) we all wish you the best but (b) because it would really be terrible, having travelled so far and enjoyably in your company, to have taht journey cut short.

My point -- I urge you, if you haven't already, to consider taking a day to write down in a few pages the master plan you have for the series, and stick it in your safe (sounds like the safe worked pretty well), to be opened by Paris in the event of some horrible unforeseen circumstance. It's like an extension of your will, if you will.

Anyway, sorry if I'm repeating what you've heard already from different sources, and to be a bit morbid, but Red Weddings happen.

All the best

Oct. 30th, 2008 12:23 am (UTC)
Glad you're ok
Thank goodness you're ok. It is a strange coincidence that you were away for just that period of time and who knows what would have happened had you been in there.
Oct. 30th, 2008 08:57 am (UTC)
Re: Glad you're ok
Whine less. Write more.(SoIaF)

Oct. 30th, 2008 01:10 pm (UTC)
Will we ever see Dance with Dragons???
I was so eagerly anticipating the next volume in the Ice & Fire series. But we have been waiting, and waiting....... It has been over two years and I am loosing interest. It’s too bad because the work to date was exceptional. We have been teased and teased about the imminent release; it was even briefly posted on Barnes & Noble. I am beginning to think it will never be published. I am not going to bother checking the update any more because it never changes. Goodbye.
Oct. 30th, 2008 02:23 pm (UTC)
I'm angry. All this week: murders, beatings, shootings, all of which contribute to the gospel of fear preached by the "other" party. This one just adds to the heap.
Really sorry to hear it, George. Glad you're alright.
Nov. 2nd, 2008 08:23 am (UTC)
Re: Furious
no kidding. as i'm reading this, i'm watching the news about the jennifer hudson's family's break in & murder :(
Oct. 30th, 2008 05:59 pm (UTC)
Likely suspect
Most likely it was one of the trolls that frequent the blog from time to time. I think his name was retard123 or something.
Oct. 30th, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
Not to make light of a burgulary, but I bet the thing a burgular would expect LEAST is for them to tear down plywood and to see some guy charging in with a sword, not the most common weapon of choice nowadays. You don't have to cut a very imposing figure, I imagine a sword would put any robber a bit off center. Just let your minds eye laugh at that imagery. At least your Giants came back with a win right?
Oct. 30th, 2008 08:22 pm (UTC)
glad you are okay
So glad you are okay after that burglary. And your political comments are really appreciated, especially coming from somebody I look up to so much. I'm glad you speak up when so many stay silent.

- keep it up

- a great fan
Oct. 30th, 2008 09:27 pm (UTC)
I'm glad everybody's ok!
Oct. 30th, 2008 11:59 pm (UTC)
that sucks bro. in some grand scheme of things, it's quite fortunate you didn't hafta confront or witness the break in. such circumstances usually don't end well for either party. glad ye and yer wife and cats are safe.
Oct. 31st, 2008 01:48 am (UTC)
And a hearty "meh" to that.
I'm out here in Santa Fe, if I see any hoodlums with ornate weaponry I'll be sure and send out the wrecking crew.
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