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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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dragonguy
Oct. 28th, 2008 08:43 am (UTC)
Although the break in caused some current and future hardships, I think the important thing is no one was hurt.

Californication comes on right after my favorite TV show currently airing which is Dexter. I wonder if you may have seen or heard of it?
kibet
Oct. 28th, 2008 08:56 am (UTC)
At least you are safe, that is the main thing. Also since they left the hard drive meant that it was not an over-enthusiastic fan wanting to find out what happened next. So at least you know that your books are not bad influences on people :D.
Hopefully the sword would be easy for the cops to pick up on if they try to see it.
sudyn
Oct. 28th, 2008 12:00 pm (UTC)
omg. that sounds so bad! I hope they catch whoever broke into your house )=
good to know that nobody was hurt, though. let's hope that whoever broke in won't try again before you get things fixed and "break in safe".
fan_of_happosai
Oct. 28th, 2008 12:06 pm (UTC)
May the fleas from a million rabid camels (or other beast of burden of your choice) infest those vile thieves.
random_echoes
Oct. 28th, 2008 12:10 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to read that
My apartment was broken in to last March. Everything was rummaged through and we lost several big things. Like you, I didn't really care about most of it, insurance could replace it. The big loss was the diamond earrings my godfather gave me for graduating from University, not because of the value but because of the sentiment with which they'd been given. Worse than that was the feeling of invasion, they'd gone through my personal space without my permission. It took moving and installing an alarm system to get any sense of security back. We were told to check the local pawn shops, but we didn't recover anything.

Best of luck dealing with the insurance and all that "fun" stuff. I hope the sword turns up.
antarcticlust
Oct. 28th, 2008 12:32 pm (UTC)
I am so, so sorry! If you want, I can do some good old-fashioned New England witchcraft and curse the sword for you!
caladon
Oct. 28th, 2008 01:21 pm (UTC)
What an unfortunate situation.

The worst thing is dealing with the cops who make no effort to hide the fact that they won't actually do anything.
trillian4210
Oct. 28th, 2008 02:25 pm (UTC)
and I'll be spending most of today dealing with police, insurance companies, locksmiths, our alarm company, and the like.

WHAT??? You should be writing THE BOOK and only writing THE BOOK!!!11!1!!!

Sorry, just wanted to save the trolls some trouble. :P

But really, glad you and Parris are safe. That's the most important thing. Watch out for the sword on Ebay...maybe you could catch the theives trying to make a buck off of it.
indigofan
Oct. 28th, 2008 02:52 pm (UTC)
Oh, man- I'm really sorry. It's unfortunate about your stuff, but I imagine the violation of space would be worse. You're the second person on my f-list to post about a break in this month... I'm really sorry that people suck.

Hope the 'clean-up', both physical and emotional, goes easily.
texassky
Oct. 28th, 2008 02:59 pm (UTC)
WoW!

That's horrible!

I'm glad that you are safe, and I am sorry about the sword, though, maybe that will be the thing that leads the cops to the person who did it. How many pawn shops will forget who brought in the cool sword?

That these people were bold enough to rip down the plywood walls makes me shudder.
faeren
Oct. 28th, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC)
*now safely off the ledge*

i'm sorry, having been robbed and walking in on the tail end of it i know the feeling. it's terrifying to be violated like that and have someone invade your personal space and take your things. no part of that feels in any way tolerable. i hope they get some rabies or the like. good ole karma.
terrym967
Oct. 28th, 2008 05:42 pm (UTC)
Man that Sucks
Mr. Martin

Sorry to hear about the Break-in. Hopefully since the sword is a unique item they will be able to recover it for you. Glad that nothing else of personal value was stolen.

Hopefully the Jets can give us a win this Sunday and take you mind off of it.

Take care
Terry
swordsaintzero
Oct. 28th, 2008 06:17 pm (UTC)
In regards to the stolen sword
Mr. Martin, It has been my experience that such items are usually fenced via ebay. Can you please give us a detailed description of the sword so we can scour both craigslist and ebay in an effort to find this particular piece?

Also, would you be open to a humble blade smith such as myself forging you a replacement?
juliette_s
Oct. 28th, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC)
So sorry
I'm so sorry this had to happen to you.
Of course I'm glad to know that A Dance with Dragons is safe, but honestly, I'm even gladder to know you and Parris are alright. You were very lucky, not have been there when the thieves came... A sword, as a material thing, can be replaced, but your life ?

I hope that the rest of your week will go better ! (should not be difficult)
All my sympathy to you and your wife,
Juliette.
steveoh77
Oct. 28th, 2008 08:07 pm (UTC)
Sorry George
I'm in the construction business and this is a huge problem. Rarely though on an inhabited site.

Glad to hear the loss was minimal and yes I have to admit I was almost out on the ledge.

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