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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eBear is doing 39 things including…

learn how to drive stick-shift

11 cheers

 

eBear has written 1 entry about this goal

i do...

..sorta know how to drive stick.

As a child, my dad would sit me on his knee and hold my hand over the gearshift so I’d learn the different gears as we went along. I rememeber one summer, I was older than 4 but younger than 8, he was in the midst of his two weeks of night shift work, but it was his turn to drive me to the sitter’s. So out I go to get in the truck all ready to be taken to my best friend’s house where we were babysat together. I open the door, me and my dolly climb up into the cab, and all of a sudden, the truck starts to roll forward. What’s a little girl and her dolly to do? I did what any kid would do – I ran like hell!!! In the house, up the stairs… “DADDY!!! DADDY!!! THE TRUCK ROLLED OVER THE HILL!!!!” Ha. That got him up. ;-) The truck had not actually rolled over the hill and down into the pond, but had fortunately got stuck on this weird cement tube that lies with one end facing up to the sky. We use it as a planter for flowers, but the strange man who built this house had it filled with sand and a grate or two – it was his bbq pit. Luckily the licence plate got caught on the lip of this thing, which prevented it from going any further – like down the hill and into either the pond or the creek. And do you know what my dad did? Not ask me if I was okay…no, no…. he yelled at me for not putting the parking brake on.

I’m still pissed at him for that one.



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