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Sunday, April 15, 2007

Neighborhood Curmudgeon Wishes Rain Was Snow

(HALIFAX) - Mabel Higgenbottom, known to her neighbors on South Union Street in Halifax as a generally cantankerous woman, said today she wishes the rain that has been pummeling the midstate since Saturday night was snow.

The 86-year-old lifelong borough resident said she was "pleased as punch" when original predictions pegged this weekend's storm as a Nor'easter that could dump as much as a foot of snow. "But when it was downgraded, it was a real pisser," she added.

"It's more fun when it snows," Higgenbottom said. "For instance, during the big Valentine's Day storm, I was watching out my window as my neighbor fell and broke his ankle," she chuckled. "It made my day -- hell, my week."

"Then there was that time someone's car got stuck outside my house and the poor bastard was left twisting in the wind for at least an hour before help came. Good times, indeed," she said.

Higgenbottom said her therapist recently put her on medication to curb a condition he diagnosed as "chronic schadenfreude."