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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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David Braun in San Luis Obispo is doing 42 things including…

play fiddle

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David Braun has written 1 entry about this goal

... as Rome burns

I was consumed by a fiddle passion 11 years ago. I wanted nothing more than to play like Alasdair Fraser or any Cape Breton Fiddler. I wanted to play for contra dances I wanted my playing to soar. I approached it with manic zeal. I imported Laura risk down from the Bay area for monthly fiddle lessons. I went to fiddle camps. I lived in Ireland for 6 months.

Then I bought a house. Haven’t played a lick of fiddle since. I am not bitter about it. Buying the house was the right thing to do at the right time. It is just that I thought that fiddle would return. It is not that I haven’t had the time, other things have filled available time slots … like buying a sailboat.

I feel the emminations of fiddle returning to my life. Maybe the next time around I will actually learn a thing or two about rhythm.

David Braun has gotten 6 cheers on this goal.

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