I've only been commuting in Orange County, California for the last 15 years and a bit. Doesn't seem much different than commuting in Seattle, Denver, Phoenix or anyplace else I've had to.
Well, we do get to split lanes here.
And I rode to work today. Once upon a time I rode my bicycles to work often enough that my motorcycle and car batteries would go flat. Now, I live too far away for that and am in no condition to support the venture.
But, now I don't have a car. My wife has the car, I have the motorcycle. Most days I think I have the better side of that deal.
"...the road goes on forever and the party never ends..." - Robert Earl Keen