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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. 28th, 2008 08:19 pm (UTC)
a good security system we use in construction

As I mentioned in my previous post, I'm in the construction business and have had several appliances, a/c units, copper piping & wiring stolen from our sites in the past.

We've gone to a wireless portable security system called Tattle Tale that has been effective. If you are interested

The link is below.
Oct. 28th, 2008 08:31 pm (UTC)
asshai's sword?
Hey George!
Don´t know if you will read this, but anyway.
I'm Ana, the girl working at Gigamesh this summer in Semana Negra. I'm so sorry about what happened. I guess the stolen sword is the one given to you by Asshai's fans. Shit, that sword was awesome. Maybe I can try to get some pics (I know they had some!) so you can give them to the police and maybe - you never know- find it in ebay, as someone said, or, well, who knows, at least you can give them something to look for. I guess you have their addresses anyway, so what the hell. Anyway, should you need any help I can give from Spain, here I am.
I owe you a bottle of red spanish wine!
My friends were so very happy with their signed books, thank you again for being so kind :D
Good luck with the elections, we're all excited here, unfortunately can't vote :/
Hope you can soon forget this incident, and well..the sword is YOURS! I think it should go back to you! Bastards.
Give all my love to Parris and the cats and some for you as well ;)
Oct. 28th, 2008 09:41 pm (UTC)
It is truly a crappy feeling, to know that someone was in your space, violating your peace of mind. When someone broke into my car, I recall the moment it made me the most angry was when I saw their handprints on the window--- it was just so personal. I hope the feeling dissapates quickly, and of course, it does give you something to draw on. I, too, am thankful you and your wife are safe and sound-- the MOST important thing, though it doesn't always make the pissed off feeling go away.

Interesting how Arya pined for Needle all that time, and now, you, too, will have to keep your eyes open for your sword... you should share a picture of it if you have it, and keep our eyes open for you as well. I mean, we are, if nothing else, your minions...

Stay safe, and I'll send a little white light your way.
Oct. 28th, 2008 09:49 pm (UTC)
I feel your pain. My family was burglarized when we lived in Bushwick back in the 70's. The thieves got away with some antique gold jewelry and our only TV which was a 19" black and white that we had to use a pair of pliers in order to turn the channel.

A few years ago my folks were building a house in Florida (the real Florida) and the construction site was burlarized as well.

Hopefully that sword was serialized. If it was, then maybe as folks have suggested there is some way to notify area pawnshops, eBay and other dealers.

Good Fortune to you both and I thank Goodness for your safety.
Oct. 28th, 2008 10:05 pm (UTC)
Thieves and the like are becoming more desperate as our economy gets worse...just keep a lock on things from here on out...sorry for your loss man!
Oct. 28th, 2008 10:59 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear that you were burglarized. It has happened to me a couple of times in a long life. I've always tried to live by the motto "Don't own anything worth stealing". That has worked for me but is little comfort to my wife.
Oct. 29th, 2008 01:21 am (UTC)
Re: Condolences
If laughter is truly the best medicine, then thanks for the dose.
Oct. 28th, 2008 11:15 pm (UTC)
It's awful that something like that happened to you, especially on a Monday! Though it's a relief that you and Parris (and Dance of course= are safe, these burglars could have been armed for all you know and I tend to always assume the worst.

Hopefully you'll be able to get back your sword, if it's so distinctive the thieves should realize that they won't be able to sell it without getting caught.
Oct. 28th, 2008 11:36 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear about the break-in. :(((
Oct. 29th, 2008 01:18 am (UTC)
Things can be replaced, the sense of being safe in your home takes a while to return.

When my home was broken into several years ago the theft of things was annoying, the fact that they shat on my daughter's bed was a major factor in us moving home.
Oct. 29th, 2008 01:18 am (UTC)
These scum don't even deserve the wall.
Oct. 29th, 2008 02:20 am (UTC)
poor you
Im so sorry george that is horrible. I mean thank god the manuscript is okay and everything but still its horrible. Ursula vernon was also broken into recently I think its going around. Even though you live on opposite sides of the US. But its amazing that two people who are in the relatively same field getting hit. All you can do is try to pick up the pieces and hope that whoever did this to you will get theres in the end. As far as the sword is concerned. That would FUCKING piss me off. I mean if its somthing that had alot of sentimental value, somthing that can't be replaced, then thats even worse. They will get theirs in the end my friend. Oh they will.
Oct. 29th, 2008 03:01 am (UTC)
that's horrible to hear! on the plus side, if they try to pawn the sword, it will be easily recognizable. I hope they catch the bastards.
glad to hear that you weren't there when it went down though. these days, there's no telling what people are capable of. better to lose an ipod and some swords than to risk possible harm.
good luck tomorrow.
Oct. 29th, 2008 04:26 am (UTC)
Glad that you're okay. Hopefully you can get everything sorted soon.
Oct. 29th, 2008 04:57 am (UTC)
Sorry to hear of the violation
So sorry to hear of the break in. I've had simular things happen to me and it is a terrible feeling.

One suggestion I have, if I may, and it works like a charm is to get a dog. I have a white German Shepherd dog that I took in from Echo Dogs White Shepherd Rescue about a year ago. His name is Boo,(not Ghost) although I wonder why I decided to do a search on white German Shepherd Dogs back then...hmm..? lol

I do seem to remember reading here about you and Parris losing a loving canine family member not too long in the past, and I'm sorry about that as well, but if you are ready for another companion, I can't talk highly enough about German Shepherd dogs. Their intelligence and loyalty can be stunning and almost human like! And any future break-ins will cease. People wander and sniff around a place before they make a move like what happened to you. If there is a big dog within sight that has the reputation of this breed, they'll keep on walking by next time.

I don't know if this gives you much solace or eases the whirlwind of emotions you may be feeling at the moment, but I just had to create an account and make this post. I'm angry for you.

When I write (like now) Boo is curled around my feet. It's a nice feeling to have him there. Maybe...if you're ready, go out a get a real life version of Ghost...

Take care


Oct. 29th, 2008 06:25 am (UTC)
Glad you're okay... and you were right, I was holding my breath until you mentioned 'A Dance With Dragons.'
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