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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.

- The Robots.

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Zewy is doing 10 things including…

Return all our empties

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Zewy has written 5 entries about this goal

This is BANANAS.

HOW many empties can there be in the world?? People who saw our stash would seriously think we have alcohol problems! It’s just because it’s been so long, and also some guests have probably contributed over the 1.5 years…. our “moving-in beer” is probably at the heart of the pile…

Had a very rough week so didn’t really return any, but I did put out a HUGE recycling bag of cans and a ton of bottles in one of our bins this week for pick-up. It’s all going to the same place, and although I want to be frugal and concern myself with every dollar that goes in or out of our house, I just NEED TO GET THEM OUT. LIKE, NOW. lol

2 Baskets

are going back tonight after work! Had to take a couple days off because it just didn’t work into the schedule, but back to it. I just love seeing all the space when you walk into our kitchen and laundry room, where previously there were bottles and bottles and bottles….

Seriously can’t understand how this could be valuable money-wise.

I've gone almost every day

to the beer store to return these empties. The Bottle Mountain in our basement isn’t really going down yet but I know I must be making headway! Even if I stick with it at this pace, this goal is going to take a while…

Making progress...

Gotten into a bit of a routine, have taken back 3 small loads at this point – basket that we use holds about 24-36 bottles, depending on type.

Got BF loaded up this morning so he can do a return too.

I really don’t think anyone can appreciate just HOW MANY bottles we have. It’s shocking!

The wall of empties must fall if we are to have peace!

The bf and I are not heavy drinkers, but we do drink beer and especially wine on a regular basis. On an unrelated note, we are a bit lazy and have just been sticking empties in the basement laundry room.

We haven’t returned any since we moved into our place in June… of last year. (The shame is crushing, believe me.) ;)

I even have a big bag of beer bottles in my trunk, waiting to be recycled. Sigh. The reasons why I put it off are: 1) there’s never a time when you really, really want to go do this; 2) the people at the beer place are mean! haha

I pass by the beer store on my way home from work, do I dare make this a normal part of coming home after my 9.5 hour day?

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