This time it’s Milken’s List of Top-Performing Cities that has the nerve to put nine cities in front of our little slice of Southern-slathered heaven.

1. Provo-Orem, Utah (8)

2. Raleigh-Cary, North Carolina (10)

3. Salt Lake City, Utah (18)

4. Austin-Round Rock, Texas (20)

5. Huntsville, Alabama (16)

6. Wilmington, North Carolina (2)

7. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas (7)

8. Tacoma, Washington (50)

9. Olympia, Washington (37 in the 2007 ranking of small metros)

10. Charleston-North Charleston, South Carolina (12)

It’s great to be noticed, but we really need to take a lead pipe to the knees of those folks in Raleigh and Wilmington if we want to move up in this race.

(Yes, we had to Google to make sure that Nancy Kerrigan was struck with a lead pipe. Hey, it wasn’t yesterday.)