Who knew that it would take being retired to finally get to use the commuter lane? When I was working, I always commuted alone in my car, so I never was able to drive in the carpool lane. These days, we generally stay off the freeway during commute traffic if we can avoid it. But on Friday night, we were picking up dinner in the city for our friends, and were caught driving during commute hour. Alas, we finally got to take advantage of the commute lane.