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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 11:03 pm (UTC)
Very sorry about the break-in but at least no one was hurt.
Oct. 27th, 2008 11:19 pm (UTC)
Glad you are safe! May the foul thief's private bits suddenly be carpeted with 10,000 purulent boils!
Oct. 27th, 2008 11:19 pm (UTC)
May Gregor Clegane Have their Mothers!
Oct. 27th, 2008 11:20 pm (UTC)
The important thing
is that no one was hurt. items can be replaced and as my dad always says, "things are things".

I am sorry about your sword. The first thing that I thought of when I was reading the post was about all the miniatures that could have been taken. I am glad you still have them!

Of course I am glad that Dance is still safe and in not leaked out on the internet somewhere. As much as I an dying to read it, I want to read it when it is READY, not before.

Best and thank god you are safe.
Oct. 27th, 2008 11:35 pm (UTC)
As the rest of the people here I'm glad that you and Parris are o.k.
I know that sometimes blacksmiths or weapon makers post their stolen works online (if they have pictures) as well as giving this info to the police. If the sword is rare or in your case one of a kind it will surface up pretty soon if they will try to sell it, and they probably will because burglars are dumb.
Oct. 27th, 2008 11:39 pm (UTC)
Ugh, so sorry. What a crappy thing for people to do.
Oct. 27th, 2008 11:43 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear you're all safe! My mom's house got broken into earlier this year. It's a good thing you weren't there...sounds like folks trying to find easy items to pawn for drug money.
Oct. 28th, 2008 12:00 am (UTC)

I guess this isn't the best timing, but I do want to say that I started reading your series. My partner b_a_n_d_i_t introduced me to your books, and I've read A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings. I really love the dialogue with all of the characters, and the storylines have so many twists...I've been gasping after reading Tyrion chapters.

On the flipside, I'm really sorry about this incident. A few years back, my parents' house was broken into, and they moved immediately after. It sucks when you can't even feel safe in your own home. I hope you get that sword back. Those assholes!!!

Oh yeah...one more thing...GO GIANTS!!!! :)
Oct. 28th, 2008 12:00 am (UTC)
I hope the cops find the junkie or junkies that pillaged your office. It's a very upsetting feeling when your personal sanctuary is violated like that. Glad to hear that you guys are okay though. Your fans are here for you man.
Oct. 28th, 2008 12:16 am (UTC)
Glad you and Parris are okay.
Oct. 28th, 2008 12:40 am (UTC)
yikes. happy to hear that you and parris are ok. although i've never been burglarized, i can only imagine the sense of unease it puts you in. i hope the police catch the vandals
Oct. 28th, 2008 01:30 am (UTC)
That's awful, so glad that you're okay! I think the worse part of having one's house broken into is not so much the physical loss, but the feeling of having been violated in a sense. I totally and completely commiserate, and hope your week starts to look up!!!
Oct. 28th, 2008 01:46 am (UTC)
Scenario ten years ago: Rob moves into a house. During a short shopping trip, thieves break in and make off with a fairly strange set of items, such as HALF of the computer speaker system, a visiting friend's socks and underwear, the games out of the console... and his ugly custom guitar.*

One of the reporting officers stated "If someone stole my guitar, there aren't enough bullets in my gun."

My sympathies, sir.

*Many other items as well, but they changed the toilet paper.
Oct. 28th, 2008 06:46 am (UTC)
My family's home was broken into once and a lot of odd things were taken. The cops surmised it was a gang initiation (the spray-painted tags on the living room walls sort of gave that away, too) and that they had some sort of list of specific things they were supposed to obtain.

Apparently even low-lifes enjoy scavenger hunts.
Oct. 28th, 2008 01:51 am (UTC)
I despised nothing more than a thief. Well, maybe a rapist or a child molester, but it's up their and it is despicable. I've been reading you blog for a few years now, and only just now made a LJ account so that I could leave a comment and share with you my disgust for the type of person who would do something like this. Glad to here you are safe though, and that you didn't lose too much. Might I suggest an alarm system that incorporates a trip wire and a crossbow?

P.S. Go Pats!
Oct. 28th, 2008 02:16 am (UTC)
Damn! I'm just glad you and Parris are okay, Mr. Martin. Everything else (including ADWD) is trivial compared to that. (not to diminish what happened, of course)
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