I used to laugh at people who go to Starbucks, but recently I have become one of them. It started out with an iced coffee one morning. I was early for an MRI appointment and so I decided, what the heck, I probably won't die if I get an iced coffee at Starbucks. Anyway, soon after that I began a temp job at a certain Ivy League institution on the Upper West Side. Everyday on my way to work I would pass a Starbucks and every now and then I would decide I wanted an iced coffee, and so I would go in and purchase one.
Sometime later I was bold and ordered an iced latte, and I must say it was delicious. And so I began purchasing one each morning on my walk to work (it's only a 12 minute walk). The price is $4.06. I was getting one every weekday morning. If I were to do that all year I would spend about $1,000 on lattes. That seems ridiculous, especially since I'm not making what I used to make as a NYC public school teacher.
So I've been prudent and have cut down my intake. I may get one or two a week. I've noticed they've been playing 'American Beauty' quite often, a Grateful Dead album. I used to be really into the Dead when I was 13 or so, and even went to a concert in Pittsburgh, which turned out to be their 4th or 3rd to last concert before Jerry Garcia died.