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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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Stephen in Norwalk is doing 30 things including…

Fly a plane

13 cheers


Stephen has written 3 entries about this goal

Up in the air

You know, if you are going to fly, there are not too many places more interesting to fly around than Southern California. So with my discounted flight lesson, Tiwa and I took off from Corona, CA for a flight over Catalina Island on a gorgeous spring day. After some low level turbulence through Gypsum Canyon, we climbed up to 4500 feet and flew along the Santa Ana river until we passed between Disneyland and Angel’s Stadium that we could peer into down below. Then we headed out over Huntington Beach out over the ocean. I even thought I spotted a whale, but hard to tell from our height. Reaching Catalina Island, we passed over Two Harbors and flew along the west coast of the island until we reached Avalon with the Wrigley Mansion, beautiful harbor, Casino, and a Princess Cruises ship loading passengers for its next destination of Mexico. We circled around the harbor before heading back to the California coast and then back to the airport. Flying is so much fun, I would love to complete the pilots training one day, but for now, this flight satisfied my curiosity and desire to fly.

A poem about how I felt

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds,
—and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of
—Wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence.
Hov’ring there I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air…
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark or even eagle flew—
And, while with silent lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

-John Gillespie Magee, Jr

going to Catalina Island

I bought a Groupon for a 90 minute training flight to Catalina Island from Corona. It sounded like a great deal, so I bought it and will post more about the flight soon.

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