Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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do something memorable every weekend (read all 94 entries…)
Last weekend: Hard to believe this really happened!

May 16-19

Friday Some friends and I went bar-hopping in North Beach. They were wondering how you get into conversations with strangers, especially women. I said I was no expert, but I’d been experimenting with this stuff for the last year or so. I walked up to a beautiful woman and asked if she knew a creative drink for me to order. Within a minute, this led into an hour-long playful conversation with some people from Ireland and Scotland, about accents, terrible strong drinks, and more. Out on the street, I got into a conversation with another woman. Five minutes later, we were kissing, and two hours later, we achieved an old goal of mine that I had long ago given up on. Wow!

Saturday Went on a more ordinary date: the Boardwalk in Santa Cruz, followed by watching Dopamine on DVD.

Sunday Had good, long talk with the ex-gf at Sparky’s Diner after having a great time browsing books together at Books, Inc.


I guess I don't know


In my mind, the “never seeing each other again” part is not important. What was important (and exciting!) was escalating from meeting to “all the way” in one night, and having the connection be pretty sexual from the start.

We exchanged email, so there’s a chance of meeting again. She seemed a little embarrassed to have done something so out of character, though, so I don’t think it’s likely. I sent her a nice note the next day, and she sent me one back.

Tink will be returning in baby steps.

I think the "nice note" exchange...

...may tip the balance.

It would for me. Genuine One Night Stands I’ve known (mind you, this was “back in the day,” before e-mail and cell phones, but we did have telephones) never bothered to acknowledge the event afterward.

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