Okay well it seems I'm in a minority with the whole milk thing, though I'd suggest that if you use hot but not boiling water and then add milk it tastes a whole lot better.
As for instant versus "real", "real" coffee is okay but to me it's like chocolate cake. Chocolate cake is nice every once in a while but to have it regularly would just turn my stomach.
If I want a treat I have a pack of plain crisps (chips to the americans), call me odd but I prefer the savoury snacks to bar of chocolate or some sweets (candy to you jonnys ).
Oh and don't judge instant on that Red Mountain rubbish nor Nescafe standard. That would be like judging real coffee when you scald the coffee and use the nastiest budget crap you can find. Try something with a little more flavour (personally I like the Nescafe Alta Rican but I like that kind of coffee).
Don't get me wrong I like the whole "real" stuff but when it comes to a workhorse kind of coffee I'll pick instant every time.
Now do you warm your mug first or do you leave it icy cold?