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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.

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Ru in Vancouver is doing 31 things including…

ride my bicycle

6 cheers

 

Ru has written 3 entries about this goal

2 wet tires

I overheated my coffee in the microwave & was waiting for it to cool down when it suddenly struck me that I’d procrastinated on this goal for much too long. In a weird fit of spontaneous combustion I ignored the somewhat damp weather, put down the mug, grabbed my bike & headed out the door (I didn’t even tell Markus, who was shaving).

I think it has probably been 5 years since I’ve been on a bike.

The bike path around Trout Lake is about 2 blocks from my house, so I cut up the back alley (passing a weird obstacle course of abandoned Snickers bars, still in their wrappers – go figure what the story there is) & hit the empty bike path.

It felt like a great adventure. I was nearly ploughed over by 2 immense Great Danes while their owner shouted “Jersey!! Jersey!!” at (I’m just guessing here) the dog that looked like a cow. There was a drug bust or something (a thwarted chocolate heist?) requiring a scattering of police cars at the far end of the park. The red & blue lights were rather striking against the greyness, but I turned around and headed back along the other side of the path.

Back up a different alley I drank in the perfume of a thousand freshly bloomed & rained on lilacs & realized that I could really feel my legs.

I’ll be doing this more often. Definitely.



Put your honey where your mouth is

This afternoon I returned from the dentist’s office to find that Markus had gotten off work early. Instead of taking some (probably much needed) time for himself, he followed up last night’s cheer of this goal by pumping up my tires & polishing up the bike (he said the baby wipes worked wonders!) for me. I love you honey!!

After your first day of cycling, one dream is inevitable. A memory of motion lingers in the muscles of your legs, and round and round they seem to go. You ride through Dreamland on wonderful dream bicycles that change and grow. ~ H.G. Wells, The Wheels of Chance



Get on it!

Yes. A tweak here & there, then I’ll give it a shot. I haven’t actually ridden a bike in years, since the one I was last on had a major malfunction in the middle of a busy street & I nearly got smushed.

This one was a gift from Markus last year, which I couldn’t ride at the time because I was TOTALLY PREGNANT, but now I have no excuses. Well, except nervousness and a baby.

I need to look at the brakes & check the tires & then I need sunshine… (and someone to watch Isak) then off I’ll go around Trout Lake. Or at least that’s my plan…



Ru has gotten 6 cheers on this goal.

 

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