I aint wired for traffic. I would never drive in that for a living. If I had my druthers I'd move every time I heard the neighbors dog bark.
Amen to that,my feelings exactly. The consolation in my case is that driving is only 10 to 20% of my usual day. The rest of my day is "ground-pounding". The freeway situation was bad enough before but it's even worse now with the popularity (and addictions) of smart-phones, Facebook and texting in general. I could tell you some stories...and so could the CHP.
If nothing else, Your trip home should've reminded you of how blessed you all are up there not having to deal with it in order to pay your bills.
If I live to see retirement age (and still have a couple of quarters to rub together) I would love to live in a place where I'd actually need to use my bright lights on my way home at night and where the locals actually know what to do at a 4-way stop without a cop or someone else directing traffic...
Best of luck on the rest of your recovery. Lord knows there's some bass in that pond with your name on 'em. Write us a report, especially if you stumble into a boat-load of crappie while you're looking for that wall-hanger bass.