XM satellite radio carries 24-hour traffic reports on major metropolitan areas, including the National Capital Region — my former home.

Some mornings while driving the 19-mile stretch from the farm to our studio in Floyd, I turn to the Washington traffic reports and revel in the fact that traffic is backed up on most major highways around the nation’s capital while I’m clicking along at 55-60 miles per hour on U.S. 221.

It’s a perverse pleasure but one that always brings a smile. Too many people in Washington arrive at work hassled by traffic or the sardine can-like conditions on the Metro. I arrive relaxed after a pleasant drive through the country.

Yes, life is good.