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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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smsc
Oct. 28th, 2008 03:10 am (UTC)
Night stalkers
I'm glad you weren't there. I 'm shuddering just thinking about some unknown asshole rummaging through my personal space. If they are desperate enough... never mind. I am glad you are well, and you weren't hit too hard. I am sorry you lost your sword. You shouldn't have had to take the hit in any case. You and Parris are in my thoughts.

P.S. I hope the asshole is caught.
ulalia
Oct. 28th, 2008 03:15 am (UTC)
a pox on thieves
So glad you and Parris are okay! No more post surgery trauma, flooding or burglary, eh?

Hey, Nov 4th is going to be sooo great, right! Take care till then!

dedalus681
Oct. 28th, 2008 03:41 am (UTC)
Not to cast stones, but....
When we moved into a new neighborhood a few years back, there were tons of new houses still being built. Lots of roads being paved, etc. Well most of the finished house, with families and belongings moved in, got broken into. Turns out that a group of the construction workers still doing jobs on roads, roofs, that kind of thing, had been breaking into all these houses. The heist was made all the easier because, hey, guess who built the houses and installed the locks? they knew the backyards, the exits, everything. One of them got caught pawning some of the swag and the whole ring went down, and the construction company was sacked. Quite a fiasco. Most crews are damn fine people, that crew of turds notwithstanding. Here's to hiring a guard dog, George! (a direwolf sounds good to me:P)
nuchtchas
Oct. 28th, 2008 03:45 am (UTC)
Fools, they had no idea who they were robbing, they could have made a fortune if they stole the manuscript :)

Not that I would have wanted that... just saying

Edited at 2008-10-28 03:46 am (UTC)
mashiara13
Oct. 28th, 2008 04:06 am (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear that. Glad both you and Parris are OK though. Possessions can be replaced, people can't.
misspaia
Oct. 28th, 2008 04:30 am (UTC)
Man. You know your country is a shithole when people steal your sword. That sucks. You were recently a topic in my scifi lit class the other day, and it's always sad to hear that your favorite author is having a bad day. Hope you find the bastard. in other news, the election is only a couple days away. Hopefully that goes a little better :)
regretfulfanboy
Oct. 28th, 2008 04:32 am (UTC)
I have a similar story from almost two years ago. I went to my evening class, came home and my apartment had been robbed. The thieves took mostly broken electronics that didn't work (two barely functional laptops, a Nintendo Gameboy Advance SP with six or so games, and a copy of the Godfather Trilogy that had been a gift). The one thing that upset me is that I was halfway through an extremely challenging and very entertaining strategy game when it was stolen.
ladytory
Oct. 28th, 2008 04:47 am (UTC)
I am so sorry about your break in.

Glad that no one was hurt.
kainrocket
Oct. 28th, 2008 04:57 am (UTC)
Yeesh that's rough. Hope you feel better, mate.
twistedsheets10
Oct. 28th, 2008 05:05 am (UTC)
Crap.

I'm glad you and your lady are safe and not harmed. I hope the weeks gets better for you!
atlasimpure
Oct. 28th, 2008 06:39 am (UTC)
Well, hopefully it becomes a cursed object.
janetlin
Oct. 28th, 2008 06:41 am (UTC)
Oh my goodness, yikes! My home has been burgled three times, but thankfully none of us were ever inside. It's a terrible, gut-wrenching feeling to find something like that.

And seconded! to the comment above regarding a direwolf guard dog.

Edited at 2008-10-28 06:44 am (UTC)
yts88
Oct. 28th, 2008 07:02 am (UTC)
That is horrible, glad you're ok. Hopefully it doesn't ruin your plans for the tower!
cygnusdk
Oct. 28th, 2008 08:04 am (UTC)
I, too, was recently a victim of bastards. On my replacement iPod I took advantage of Apple's free inscription service: If anyone tries to sell this, call the police - Name. I don't know if it will do any good, but if it's stollen, perhaps there's the possibility for some justice.
ladybrock
Oct. 28th, 2008 08:30 am (UTC)
I am very sorry to hear about this. :( As others have said above, I am glad to hear you are both safe.
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