ahhh nothing like an anecdote when counseling someone on a major life decision. quality of life has zero to do with what a young man like yourself might consider "boring". again, every year when the quality of life stats come out places like IA and MN and WI come out on top. I grew up in Rochester, MN. I was bored to tears during high school. this has nothing to do with the quality of life there since it routinely tops the top 10 best places to live in the U.S. (Fortune Magazine to name one). show him some facts or please stop boring us with your opinions.