Surprised to see General Surgery in there. I thought their stereotype was to be miserable. Guess you've seen the opposite.
The general surgeon I know works at a small hospital in a rural southern Illinois town. There's enough work to keep him busy in the OR + office hours, but not so much to keep him from having a life. He's a neighbor of my parents, and works with them, too (my mom's an FP, dad CRNA - not the gas I was referring to though!), and I've shadowed him before, so I have a good feel for what his job is like. Not the most amazing cases, but not a bad gig if you ask me. He's happy with it, anyway. I'm going to shadow him again for a week over Spring Break, so I'll see if that still holds true
I can't really comment though on Gen. Surg. in an urban/suburban area though, since I don't really know any, except a friend in a Gen. Surg. residency (PGY-5), and he loves it.