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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Visit mexico
i realize this is a much bigger goal than just one visit...

so i went to cabo with some friends. it was just a quick weekend trip. 4 days. first, i have to say i’m completely fortunate to even be able to go anywhere, especially on a vacation out of the US. it helps to be know flight attendants who are willing to share their benefits with you.

however, i don’t think cabo really counts entirely as visiting mexico. that’s like going to orlando and saying you’ve visited america. basically, cabo was like a touristy, over-americanized, timeshare saturated, spring break mecca complete with swim up bars and everyone wanting to be paid with american currency instead of pesos. i wish i had known, instead of paying the exhange rates and fees. oh well. it wasn’t at all what i expected, though i guess i should’ve known better. let’s just say that i think another trip to mexico is in order. but next time, i’m going to try for a less touristy-oriented experience.

the glass bottom boat tour to the big rock formations was fun. i expected to use my spanish and was kind of disappointed able that everyone seems to speak perfect english there. and what was up with all the fried food? fish tacos came fried everywhere we went. still, we rented a villa and it was amazing to take a few days to relax. the beach was nice, too. and i learned that tequila makes me a little crazy in a good way. okay, and i admit that one of the most fun times of the trip was when we went to Cabo Wabo, which is sammy hagar’s bar/club. there was a band playing fabulous 80’s tunes. it was great fun and a wonderful way to pay tribute to big hair butt rock.

still, it was a perfect escape for a few days away. i can’t complain, either. i got a great tan. :)



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