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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 08:30 pm (UTC)
As I wrote to Parris, much sympathy for having to deal with all of this, and the feeling of being violated to boot. Very glad you weren't around to have to face them. Hope all the practical stuff goes smoothly. Hang in there.
Oct. 27th, 2008 08:35 pm (UTC)
im sorry for what happened, and its good you mentioned the stuff about dance of Dragons early because I almost swallowed a whole bottle of Tylenol. But on a more serious note i love the fact that you watch the daily show(I watch it on the internet myself). You'll probably find more missing things as the recovery goes on. I too had my house broken into and I realized something was missing two weeks after it happened
Oct. 27th, 2008 08:48 pm (UTC)
Swords return
This things have a way of working out.

My Karate instructors studio was broken into, a plate glass window at the front was busted out. They took some of his trophies and a sword I had gotten for him on a trip to Toledo Spain (it's a sweet piece!).

It didn't take long for a kid in a nearby neighborhood to start flashing the sword, and it didn't take long after that for my instructor to get the sword and the trophies back.

People can't resist flashing swords. You'll get it back, George!
Oct. 27th, 2008 08:49 pm (UTC)
oh yeah i forgot to mention this but you've got to do something to protect your house tonight. Once a thief knows a house is so easily accessible he could definitely try it again. And if he sees that you have a lot of valuable first edition books he could bring friends. I'm not kidding do something to make yourself safer tonight just in case they try it again.
Oct. 30th, 2008 05:50 am (UTC)
dumb thief does not equal savvy book collector but I agree they might come back.
Oct. 27th, 2008 08:49 pm (UTC)
Ugh, that really sucks. I got burglarized twice this year, and it's left me quite down on humanity. The worst part about it has been the annoyance of having to reset the house to normal (actually, the worst part was tracking down my cats, who took the opportunity to explore the neighborhood). My sympathies, and I hope they catch them. Bastards.
Oct. 27th, 2008 08:49 pm (UTC)
I am glad you guys are ok. Hope you find the sword back somehow! They might try and sell it somewhere I guess..?
Oct. 27th, 2008 08:51 pm (UTC)
I've heard about more robberies happening in the past month than I EVER have. You guys, one of my co-workers, and one of my favorite artists. :(

I hope they end up falling on that sword.
Oct. 30th, 2008 05:52 am (UTC)
Because someone's life is worth less than material possessions?
Oct. 27th, 2008 08:56 pm (UTC)
I know this is a horrible thing, George, and I expressed my sympathies on Parris's LJ.

That said, the thought of you fighting off intruders with a sword in hand just makes me happy. You didn't get off lucky, George, they did. (You don't give yourself enough credit.)
Oct. 27th, 2008 08:58 pm (UTC)
That sucks, George. Having been through a few robberies in the 80s, I know just how you're feeling.
Oct. 27th, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC)
It always sucks to get broken into. It's happened twice to me - once in Chicago and once in London. The second time was the worst when they made off with my laptop.

The most important thing to do is to remember that it's not your fault. --It wouldn't matter if you had left the door unlocked. It's the damn thieves who have no respect for anyone else who is at fault. And their parents, but you know.

The second most important thing is to know that it's ok to hope that they manage to impale themselves on the sword they stole.
Oct. 27th, 2008 09:11 pm (UTC)
What's a thief to do with a decorative sword? He probably thought it would be worth something to pawn. Keep an eye out at the local pawn shops (and not-so-local ones) and I bet it turns up shortly.
Oct. 27th, 2008 09:16 pm (UTC)
Wow... I'm shocked (and angered) to hear this.

Above all else, I'm glad you and Parris are unharmed. I hope the gift sword is returned to you and the bastards are caught.
Oct. 27th, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)
Thank goodness you and yours are okay, though. Stuff is replaceable. People aren't.
Oct. 27th, 2008 09:21 pm (UTC)
That sucks and I'm glad no one was hurt.

We were burglarized earlier this year, and for days we kept realizing that things were missing. Everything that was taken was replaceable (if spendy) except for the video of our son singing in the school choir. I hated to lose that.

Here's hoping you don't discover anything else missing.
Oct. 27th, 2008 09:26 pm (UTC)
Sorry about the break in, glad to hear it wasn't more serious.

On another note, I can't help but be amused of the thief that thought smashing the electronics on the safe was going to get it to open. Either too many movies or sheer stupidity.

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