We were in Boston the past few days for the HBS Admit Weekend. Concurrently, I met a number of people in the area who were very kind in giving me the lowdown on living and working in the Boston area, where we’re thinking of moving. I met a great guy, Barak, who was telling me of the difference between living in Boston (actually just outside of it) vs. NYC. He’d lived in the West Village in NYC for 4 years and moved to Newton, MA about 9 months ago. While in NYC, he got one of those heart rate monitors and would check his heart rate each morning when leaving the house for work and it would be in the 80 – 85 beats per minute range. He continued to do this after moving to Newton. His morning heart rate after 3 months of living in Newton? 60 – 65 bpm! Reminds me of The Animals song: "We gotta get out of this place…"