I lurk on these forums regularly. I can be seen almost daily creeping across SE Portland from my home in Lents to my work in Hollywood. 99% of the time I'm riding this:
I got that Jamis Satellite Sport for cheap at the LBS and it's been a solid commuter and wonderful light-touring bike. I got a few upgrades including new blue bar tape, blue-striped cheap-o vittoria tires, full fenders, a rack, and a new rear wheel from Sellwood Cycle Repair. One day I might even upgrade from the stock saddle and notoriously ill-fitting seatpost.