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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deflower a virgin
Strange how things like these happen

Not that I’d had mass amounts of sexual experience when I was younger (actually, none at all), yet two of the three partners I’ve had in my life were virgins beforehand.

The first had endured a bad relationship with an abusive ex-boyfriend—she’d gone “almost” all the way with him but never did take the final step. I guess she felt comfortable with me.

The second just happens to be my wife, who had her own reasons for maintaining her virginity before we met, and she just felt connected enough with me that she was ready when the time came (and, as she put it at the time, she just “felt like being a slut”).

I can’t really say whether or not this is “worth doing.” Both experiences obviously were major events in the lives of these women that they’ll never forget. And I feel honored that it was with me. Yet, at the same time, it sort of put the actual event on a pedestal, and neither time could exactly be counted as “satisfying” for any of us.

But, it happened to work out this way, and I’m still not quite sure why . . .



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