When I commute, I usually leave the house around 8:10 a.m. I try to wait until the tail end of the morning commute and the school traffic is off of the roads. I hit the edge of downtown Baltimore around 9:00 a.m. -- rush hour ends around then and the last 15 blocks of my commute, which goes through heavily traveled streets, is less congested. The price that I pay for a late start is a late departure from work -- usually around 7:00 p.m. Lately the ride home has been more treacherous then normal because new potholes seem to develop every day and notwithstanding my vigilence in looking for them (and the good light from my NR Blowtorch) I have managed to hit a few going a little too fast. Last week I tried to leave home early (7:00 a.m.) and leave work around 5:30 p.m. so that I would have some daylight on the ride home. The commute took ten minutes longer each way because of traffic and my nerves were shot from dodging traffic on each end of the commute. My questions for the inveterate commuters: How do you time your commute? Do you leave early? Late? Just plow through rush hour traffic?