All posts by Jon Niola

Habits That Are Hard To Break

We all have our vices. For some it’s TV. Others it may be alcohol or drugs. Some people even get so addicted to video games that it ruins their life.

What’s my vice? None other than Starbucks. I never really gave much thought about going to Starbucks on the way to work in the morning and plunking down four bucks for a venti mocha.

But it was not just the morning. I would also get one around lunch time. And if it was one of those slow days I would get yet another. At an average of four bucks a pop, that is twelve dollars spent per day.

Do the math over the course of a week, and then over a month, and then over a year. It is amazing how quick it adds up.

It finally registered for me when I was looking at my bank statements online and saw this pie chart for my expenditures last year. There was this relatively small slice of the pie that was there nonetheless – it was Starbucks. Sure enough, over the course of 2006 I managed to spend over $2,200 dollars just buying mochas! Needless to say I was displeased when I realized this. Think of what you can do with an extra $2,200 a year. Four bucks here, four bucks there, and damn – the little things DO add up, painfully hehe.

Empowered with this knowledge I have since started scaling back. I went down to two a day a couple of weeks ago, and now I am doing about 1.5 a day averaged out. Hopefully by next spring it will be an occasional “treat” as opposed to a staple of my diet.

Here is a sample of what last week looked like:

A week worth of mochas

So yeah, take my advice. Sometimes making a seemingly small change can make a big change down the road. Money saved from less mochas will lead to a new laptop for me 🙂


The Obligatory “First” Post

Welcome to Jon’s Journal.

Well, this is my like my third try at putting a blog up. You all know what they say about “third time” so I will leave it at that and hope for the best.

I attempted to write a blog back in like 2002 when it was the “new” thing, but never really got into it. Perhaps it was the shitty blog sites out there, or the lack of motivation. Whatever it was that deterred me seems to have passed.

So what’s changed? Hell if I know, but I am a rather opinionated person and I have a lot of shit to say these days. Figure the frequency of updates on this site will depend on how busy I am at the moment, or if there is something that catches my attention that I feel like writing about.

For example, if I get home from work, nothing really happened, nothing really keeping my attention at the moment I might not post jack. But say that idiot Bush does something dumb (ok, so I might be updating the site quite frequently lol) I might come on here to rant. Or maybe I will watch something on pay-per-view that I never saw and feel the desire to write about it.

Either way, this will be my place to spill thoughts on technology, politics, news, entertainment, eating, life etc. I am leaving commenting enabled in case people feel the urge to discuss what I post, or to tell me to go to hell because they dislike what I wrote.

Let’s see how this thing works out.