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Thar she blows: Not to be in a rut here where name games are concerned, but we feel compelled to try to come up with a fitting title for the storm that ate Provo Tuesday.

"Hurricane George" comes to mind just because the good mayor is a logical choice and the first one to declare Provo a state of emergency. But we've picked on Mayor Stewart a lot lately.And there are those who insist it wasn't a real hurricane because the winds weren't officially clocked at 121 mph by the National Weather Service, only by those on the 12th floor of the Kimball Tower on Brigham Young University's campus (to whom it probably mattered most).

So maybe we should call it "Tornado of the Mind" or "Tornado Rex," after BYU President Rex Lee, (who we understand lost his car's side-view mirror to a falling tree).

"Microburst Bubble Trouble" might be nice, but Microsoft might think we're attributing negative connotations to its trade name . . . especially coming from the Novell-WordPerfect valley.

Tiny tragedies: It could have been worse. If the storm had hit, for instance, Monday afternoon during all the Memorial Day activities, there might have been more major consequences.

As it was, Melanie Barksdale, who lives in an east Provo apartment house, suffered tragedy in her own way.

"My kitchen was so clean!" she moaned after a tree slammed into the room, knocking plaster all over the floor.

Jolene Thomas, from Ogden, pulled into the Provo cemetery just in time to see giant trees uprooted and knocked to the ground like match sticks.

"I couldn't believe my eyes," she said. "They blew over so quickly it was almost like watching dominoes coming down."

Tombstones littered the area around the uprooted trees, with many still stuck in the twisted tree roots. The sprinkler system was uprooted.

Meanwhile, most of the floral arrangements left by Memorial Day visitors were still in place. Garbage cans filled with trash stayed put.

Go figure.

Back to the name game: Entries are flooding in - well, maybe not flooding but trickling at least - to our call for names for the new high schools in Highland and Orem.

One caller, who left a message on our answering machine, suggested a compromise between Highland and Alpine residents, who fought over the name of what is now Mountain Ridge Junior High School in Highland.

"People in Alpine are always complaining that they're better," the caller said.

He thought "High Line High" or "High Pine High" would be appropriate. "That keeps everybody happy," he said.

That's an interesting suggestion laid next to the one from a longtime Pleasant Grove resident who wrote to suggest "Poverty Flats High."

"In earlier times, we as neighbors in Manila, Alpine, etc., called what is now Highland "Poverty Flats." This was probably because of their lack of water, their shallow soil, and the economic level of some of the people willing to live there," said the writer.

She said it would be a "nice contrast" to a place that now is home to residents with some of the state's highest incomes.

Any other ideas out there? We'll give you until the end of the month.