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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 07:38 pm (UTC)
Its the feeling of violation, and helpless inability to protect you and yours that gets to you is it not? I have been burgled twice, and the recent theft during my birthday party is still fresh.

Please if you intend ever to defend yourself with a sword first wait till my next visit. I will show you how ;-)
Oct. 27th, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC)
That is REALLY crappy. I can't even imagine. Anger.

I'm sorry.
Oct. 27th, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC)
Oct. 27th, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC)
That stinks, man.

Channel it into a vicious battle scene, perhaps?
Oct. 27th, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC)
I'm very sorry for the loss of possessions and sense of security, but I'm very, very glad y'all are safe.
Oct. 27th, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC)
That's not cool at all.

If only there was such a thing as insurance that covers peace of mind.
Oct. 27th, 2008 07:42 pm (UTC)
I was sorry to hear about this... but I'm kind of glad you weren't there when they showed up. No possession, even the sword, is worth the risk of injury.

Anyway, take care of yourselves, and here's hoping the idiots are daft enough to try selling the sword on eBay. ;)
Oct. 27th, 2008 07:43 pm (UTC)
wow, i'm really sorry to hear this :(

for your own safety it's probably a good thing you weren't back there. people can be so unpredictable, there's a good chance they would have run off but depending on how much meth they smoked that night they might have gotten violent.

i'm glad you're okay and hopefully the police are able to catch the little assholes.
Oct. 27th, 2008 07:43 pm (UTC)
I'm really sorry to hear that. Huge bummer.

Around where I live, anything made of metal gets stolen and sold to scrap yards. It's getting to the point where people's phone lines stop working because someone has stolen the copper.
Oct. 27th, 2008 07:59 pm (UTC)

D: A perfectly good sword sold for scrap? That would be utter heresy!
(no subject) - werthead - Oct. 28th, 2008 12:43 am (UTC) - Expand
Oct. 27th, 2008 07:44 pm (UTC)
Oh damn, Deorge, I'm so sorry to hear that news. I hope the cops catch the burglar and get your stuff back.
Oct. 27th, 2008 07:44 pm (UTC)
I'm *so* glad that you and Parris are OK... This is such a crappy bit of news, but the silver lining is that neither of you were hurt!

I hope the perp injures him/herself on the sword. I'll never understand how someone feels that kind of behavior is ok. Jackholes.

Here's hoping that the rest of your week is excellent enough to balance that nasty start out! :)
Oct. 27th, 2008 07:45 pm (UTC)
It's the violation that gets you, and the fact that you know what was taken will never mean to the thief what it meant to you.

I'm sorry about the sword.
Oct. 27th, 2008 07:46 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you and yours are safe.
Oct. 27th, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC)
Well, now it's become a cursed sword.

They'll be sorry.

The only way to remove the curse is to return it to it's rightful owner.

Oct. 27th, 2008 07:49 pm (UTC)
It's good you're both okay. It's probably better you weren't in the office; people can do funny and sometimes terrible things when they're panicked.

Being robbed sucks. It leaves you with this nagging feeling of insecurity that takes awhile to go away.
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