nice if you want a burly ass fixed commuter that can take big ****ing tires - 35C. i am toying with the idea of buying one for my winter bike. it definitely doesn't have track geometry or anything of the like, if you are looking for that style of a ride. they aren't sexy, they are actually kind of ugly. but they definitely have their use.
if you like the idea of something for insane commuting, but also want braze-ons and mounts and such, check out the kogswell, too.
I ride one, it's a newer bike for me. I have a great Omega track bike also. Much different feel. The Surly is the bike I ride when I'm not paying attention, or going to drink a ton of beer. Super solid, but not as responsive. Also a it's not that light.
Me, I have one thanks to tehz selling his. I've been commuting about 100 miles/week on it for the last 6 months or so. How does that saying go? Big girls need love too?
Definitely heavy, but very smooth. I went from commuting on a couple different mountain bikes to this bike. This eats up the potholes and bumps about as well, even with the 23's that I've currently got on it. I definitely agree with putting big fat tires and fenders on it, then riding through just about any crappy weather or terrain you may run into.
Concurring with what has been said already (even though it sounds as if you've been convinced), a steamroller is a great fit for commuting/bar/foul weather/bombing around; with a riser bar set up it feels like a BMX, but only with 700c wheels. The gaping stays are a huge plus. I would suggest dropping in some frame saver, for the winters to come.