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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. 31st, 2008 01:21 pm (UTC)
Post is for Acorn blog
Im only posting this here b/c you didnt leave the acorn blog open to comment ..

My problem with acorn is not the made up names that sliped thru the cracks .. its the blatant Partisanship from acorn leaders down the street canvaser .. this should not be aloud from a tax exempt organization . IMO they should lose all federal funding and pay some of the money back in fines to the government that they Defrauded
Oct. 31st, 2008 02:22 pm (UTC)
We had our little office broken into last month - must've been some idiots cause they actually stole the stuff that had the least monetary value in the building. Still makes you feel dirty knowing some thug was crawling around the building where you work (sometimes workers, myself included, have slept overnight there too) I can't imagine the feeling if it's your home. Sad that anyone would stoop to think kind of crap. not that it helps much now, but for not too much effort there are ways to homebrew up your own surveillance systems (e.g. http://www.zoneminder.com/) or hire a local computer nerd to help you. I keep putting this off myself, maybe this is a reminder that it's time to do that....
Oct. 31st, 2008 03:36 pm (UTC)
Dance with a Bear
Damn low-life bastards. When caught they should be made to wear a dress, thrown in a pit to have a dance with a bear.
Oct. 31st, 2008 10:58 pm (UTC)
You go to Canada?
Maybe you leave and not say? You not want troll people to say what they say when you go? Have good time and not worry about people who get mad when you not finish book. Have good time and not think about book. Many peoples like you only when you write book but I like you then.
Oct. 31st, 2008 11:02 pm (UTC)
Really sorry to hear about this. I'm glad the loss was minimal and no one was hurt.

A word about backups. As an old tech support person I pray that you are keeping a backup copy of ADWD office, preferably in a BANK VAULT or someplace else that would be fire proof. You don't want to hear the story of the Music professor who was writing a book and lost both his computer and backups to a fire because both were in the same office. I say all of this because I'm a true believer in the Law of Murphy,

Ignore the above if you are already backing up in a secure manner.

my best
Nov. 1st, 2008 01:02 am (UTC)
I can emphasize
I have also been robbed once, so I can emphasize with you. Fortunately, I was so poor all they got was a broken dust devil, my most valuable possession at the time. But I was still a bit traumatized by the experience, because the worst part was the invasion of my home and the thought of some thug pawing through my stuff. Made my skin crawl, thinking of that.

I'm so glad you weren't there to have to confront that lowlife thug (or thugs), but I am sorry you lost your sword. Hopefully he'll accidently stick himself with the pointy end.

Nov. 1st, 2008 04:06 am (UTC)
Sorry about the loss, George. That really sucks!

But you could work that last line in Ice. Maybe Jon Snow could say:
"And somewhere out there some asshole has my sword!"
Nov. 1st, 2008 08:52 am (UTC)
Sorry those aholes violated your shit.
I'm just glad you and Parris were okay.
Nov. 1st, 2008 02:07 pm (UTC)
break ins
We were broken in a few years ago on a sunday morning while we slept off a really good night. The thief came into each of our rooms and took the wallets right out of our pants. On the way out they snagged a 1942 gibson guitar. I always thought it was a smart job, like we had been cased. They were caught a few weeks later in an abandoned house with my ID on the floor. Two twelve-year olds. You might have inspired more terror than you think! Be brave, buy motion light!
Nov. 2nd, 2008 08:16 am (UTC)
dear grrm,
you & your family are safe. i don't care about things, even if the hardware was gone. people & pets cannot be replaced. things can be replaced. the fan that gave you that sword would agree. God bless you & yours. i know you will have to be on guard & extra careful. you have zillions of people at your back. sending good thoughts & prayers :)

Nov. 2nd, 2008 04:51 pm (UTC)
I know how you feel...
During the hurricane scare in Texas a few weeks back, I left to head inland with just those things that I did not want to lose in my trunk. After I got back, that night, my can was broken into and all of those things were taken. So, I understand how you feel. I lost about $5,000 worth of stuff (quite a hit for a college student). But much like with you, the monetary loss is annoying and infuriating, but what truly hurts is the loss of the sentimental items that I took with me (an old coin collection, an heirloom gun, etc) as they cannot be adequately replaced. Hopefully your sword will turn up and don't let it get you down too much.


Nov. 2nd, 2008 06:31 pm (UTC)
Things happen for a reason
Makes my blood boil all over again... We were robbed when we first moved in 10 years ago - twice within 2 weeks, by 2 different sets of theives. We were struck the 2nd time the night before the alarm guy was scheduled to install our system. They even took our telephone - we didn't have cell phones in those days, so we had to disturb the neighbours at 3am to call the police. Like yourself and your many fans who've had the misfortune of being victim of a robbery, long after the clean up you're left with that bleak feeling of violation - and there isn't much you can do to alleviate it. My imagination still runs wild at what I would have done had I caught them in the act - which is why I'm glad it's only in my imagination (as many others have commented, such encounters never turn out well.) However, unlike most of us, you have a unique outlet that can turn a bad experience into something positive - use your gift and your pen and put it right - things do happen for a reason. Perhaps Arya or Jon can be your champions in this - and ours, too?
Weild your sword, George, like no other can, and keep your lady safe.

Nov. 3rd, 2008 05:13 am (UTC)
"(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)."

I lol'd.
Nov. 3rd, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear about it
I've been on edge about the election, and didn't read your post until today.

I'm very sorry to hear about your loss, even more so about the break-in itself.
My own experience as a crime victim is that it does shake you up, and the anger at being violated is worse than any material losses.

I am hoping very much that Obama wins so that there can be a better economy, more money for police and local needs, and that all of us stay safe.
Nov. 5th, 2008 07:09 am (UTC)
Re: Sorry to hear about it
I hope that some of the chaos has settled for you. Such a tresspass can cause an earthquake of emotions. Take the time you need to recover.

This has been a frightening week since I live in Ohio; hoping that my state would vote for a better world for them. Instead of pacing, I walked from door to door, climbing up and down hills, walking from sidewalk up steps to front doors a floor above street level. But, a few seconds after 11:00 tonight (in my time-zone, Eastern Standard), my daughter firmly told me that my shouting was going to wake my grandson. I have a very loud voice. I had been screaming "Yeah."

Hooray for the possibility of a future for America and the world; when I think that no matter what we do the oil of the world will be used up; the north pole will melt; and health problems and demographics will affect every person; then all I can think is that the same old thing would have turned us into a third-world wasteland. But now we have a possibility that creative ideas to renew the world may be encouraged. If people believe that Adam, the red clay, named all the plants and animals, then people must believe that all those plants and animals deserve to be cared for; that the poor and sick need to be cared for; that law should rule our government. Yet, the greatest possibility is the most frightening: our nation divides itself into factions in order to elect people; but this division has reached a dangerous point. A kingdom divided against itself cannot stand. We may not all have the same ideas, but we must be united, and... Yes, we can. I am eager to see what President-elect Obama will do.

I raised a glass with my family of Irish single malt whiskey. Here's to you, Obama. Make the best of it.
Nov. 3rd, 2008 05:48 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear about the burglary. Even great writers have to live in the real world....But as for a library tower, did you have to mention that....sooo jealous.
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