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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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gruffgoat in Graton is doing 15 things including…

buy a bespoke suit

2 cheers


gruffgoat has written 1 entry about this goal

Why bespoke?

I don’t know, maybe, vanity. Is it a crime to look good? And the idea of something different, that most others don’t have. What it is not about is money. I surely don’t have excess stacks of bills laying about the house, or bank accounts forgotten until a statement arrives.

The driving ideas, as I recognize them, for me are fit and craftsmanship. Being tall, trim, and broad shouldered has its own set of difficulties. Are the sleeves long enough and does it fit across the shoulders? Then the body must be too large. I like the idea of something built for me, fits me, and looks like I’m wearing a suit rather than set adrift in a sea of cloth.

A couple years ago I heard about a blog called English Cut, which was being written by a young Savile Row tailor. A few of his early posts do a great job of explaining some of the differences between true bespoke, made-to-measure and machine made. I got hooked by his writing, coming back to learn a little more each time. His posts are infrequent but interesting.

Bespoke does not come cheap, so it’s unlikely I’ll do this anytime soon. Perhaps when I win the lottery (but I must play first). But it’s connected to a slow advancement through which I move: caring how I look and dress, learning about fit and quality. Learning I can be selective, that there are clothes that fit as opposed to merely fitting over my head.

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