The bad news should be that there was a fire in my stand-alone garage last month that caused considerable damage.
Oddly enough, burning down one's garage is turning out to be just fine financially!
Well, not only is the entire inside reframed and painted (fortunately, the stucco outer walls and the two-year-old roof survived the fire) but my badly-graffitied garage door has been replaced with a pristine new one. While I wish the white panels didn't scream "Come On! Your gang sign belongs HERE!" quite so loudly, it really does look nice at the moment.
Who knows how long it would have taken me to replace that door otherwise?
To top it off, my neighbors across the alley approached me about renting the garage to park two of their vehicles. Don't ask me why the two guys who've lived there for years have six vehicles between them while I've been driving my solitary Dodge Caravan minivan for almost ten years.
I will probably go ahead and rent to them since I only use the garage for storage anyway.
So, far from being a financial disaster, I'm winding up with a newer, better garage and possibly, a new source of income.