We all have dream jobs in mind, and those jobs that are available to pay the bills, but are far from being that dream job. The times are hard and in some areas, many of us don't have much of a choice. For many years, I didn't have any education or a special skill like being a plumber or electrician, so I found myself underqualified during the boom times of the 1980s. Then I went to several universities and trade schools and racked up a lot of paper to hang on walls, as well as experience, and now in a very small town during this recession/depression, I find myself overqualified as most jobs, many more than before, are minimum wage or a little more. That is why I work for myself, out of necessity, but if I had to find an employer in a town of 1800 people, it really sucks being just far enough away from any big city to find good jobs. When I go to the central part of my region, San Jose at 2.5 hours away in traffic, most people there consider anything much to the south of there as either nowhereman's land or tourist traps (which are not booming right now). Even Starbucks has a hard time where I am at, believe it or not, and the only major company that is not a successful local restaurant to make it here is Hot Topic. Wal-Mart could not make a go of it with two stores, so they have to have just one. In good times, they could have had three stores. In many cities, of course McDonald's is doing well, but in a low population area of the edge of Silicon Valley, they are just treading water. Much of California is a dead zone if not LA/SD, SF Bay Area, Sacramento/Stockton, or a major central valley hub like Fresno or Bakersfield. This seems to be the case in most states, too. Anyway I hope we get out of this recession soon.