I have briefly toyed with the idea of leaving the realm of the unemployed nogoodnicks. In fact, I went as far as to actually apply for a job... and even got an offer.
I have sort of fantasized about working at a small shop for quite some time (which is pretty much caused by working for an employer that is larger than the nearest city). I really like the people, and you can count the employees on your fingers and toes. It actually seems like a pretty cool place to work...
...until you consider the downside. It's 2 hours of commute a day. And it pays about half of what I am used to making (when I was employed) -- a little more than what a recent college grad made "in the big city" 10 years ago -- which probably is what they make for real now.
Its really hard for me to believe there is that much disparity between large/small companies. Or between big city/little city. I expected some -- though I really dont understand why. The cost of living in Smallsville is actually a tiny bit higher than it is in Metropolis.