I've been commuting for a month now, and what have I learned?
If I leave at 10, I get to work at 11.
If I leave at 10:05, I get to work at 11.
If I leave at 10:15, I get to work at 11.
If I leave at 10:20, I get to work at 11.
For some reason, convincing myself of this basic fact has proven challenging.
Here's what usually happens. At 10, I think, "I should probably get going...but no, it's okay, wait just a bit longer for traffic to clear out."
At 10:05 I think, "Getting closer... but DON'T LEAVE yet, it'll just be bumper-to-bumper at at the 101."
10:10: "Don't do it... just WAIT... STEADY, STEADY..."
10:20: "OMG, GO! GO!"
Clearly, 10:15 is the golden moment. My best time heading in is 37 minutes, which is only about 10 minutes longer than my old commute. Woohoo.
Other things I've learned since moving: Santa Clarita doesn't have a police station. They have a Sheriff's Department! I feel so Veronica Mars.
P.S. I also have a commuter tan now, i.e. my right arm up to my shirtsleeve is tan, and the rest of me is pale.