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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Meet Ben Folds
at bonnaroo

I got to shake his hand in an autograph line at Bonnaroo 2006. He sighed my copy of “The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner” (my favorite Ben album) and I meekly told him “i love you Ben”. And I got this picture out of it.

own a t-shirt with a bandname on it
i own a few

3 Coldplay shirts, 2 Radiohead shirts, 3 Pearl Jam shirts, a Modest Mouse shirt, a Wolfmother shirt, a Jimi Hendrix shirt, a Beatles shirt, and I have the classic Ramones seal shirt.

and i’m pretty sure i’m forgetting some, most of the time when i go to concerts I always get a shirt.

take advantage of coincidences when they occur (read all 4 entries…)

Somtimes I feel like some coincidences are more than just mere coincidences. It’s almost as if they’re blatent opportunities handed down by a higher power (God perhaps?) and you can either take them or leave them. I’ve thought of many instances when I didn’t have the guts to take advantage of a coincidence and I wonder what would have happened if I did. So I’m going to work on recognizing coincidences and having the guts to take advantage of them.

write songs (read all 7 entries…)
stuck in a musical rut

I’m a good guitar player, I’ve been playing for 10 years. I also know music theory and I can play keyboard as well, I’m musically inclined. I’ve played guitar in several small bands and projects, but lately I’ve been kinda musically inactive as far as performing for audiences goes. Kill Polonius (the indie rock band I’ve been playing in) is pretty much inactive. The thing is, I’ve only really focused on my guitar playing and I have pretty much no experience in writing lyrics. In addition, everything I try to come up with lyrical sounds very bad or mediocre. I’d like to eventually get a good batch of songs together that I myself would want to listen to. Then maybe develop as a solo musician, or start a new band. I have a cool sound in my head too (imagine if Radiohead was mixed with Old Crow Medicine show). Anyways, I just want to honestly hold myself up to the same high standards I hold in the music I listen to.

Stop drinking carbonated beverages
no cokes for me

I’ve done this for about 4 years now. That’s not to say I haven’t drunk any soft drinks in that time, I just drink them rarely. I think the last one I remember having was back in July. Anyways, carbonation kinda kinda freaks me out, it’s like pouring acid down your throat. I mostly drink water, coffee, tea, and juice.

Finish the booklist Clarissia made me
4 books

My friend Clarissia made this small booklist for me last year, although I have yet to start any of the books on it yet. I tend to get distracted by my interest in reading other books.

It consists basicly of Atlas Shrugged, Lolita, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Franny and Zoey.

I’ve been aiming to read Lolita anyways, because I want to read it before watching the Stanley Kubrick movie (I did the same thing with “A Clockwork Orange” and “The Shining”). I also want to read Franny and Zoey because JD Salinger also wrote “Catcher in the Rye” and that is an amazing book. However, I’m well aware of Atlas Shrugged’s reputation (Clarassia is obssed with Ayn Rand) and I’m pretty shure I’m not gonna agree with it philosophicaly, but I suffer through it regardless.

eat sushi
worth trying

My first experience with sushi came in the form of a California roll, I found it revolting and it scared me away from sushi for awhile. Recently I tried a crunch roll, and it was actually pretty good, it was more suited for a beginer I guess. I also tried one that was very spicy, and not too good. I’m going to continue trying diffrent varieties and develop my taste for sushi.

see modest mouse live

I missed the recent show in Louisville last summer but I did get to see them in Louisville about 3 years ago. It was a pretty awsome show, and I bought a cool t-shirt that everybody is extremely envious of.

see coldplay live

I saw them twice on the Twisted Logic tour, in Indianapolis and in Louisville. It wasn’t quite as thrilling the 2nd time because it was pretty much the same show and knew what to expect. They do put on a great show though. I can’t wait till their Brian Eno prouduced 4th album comes out.

learn how to drive stick-shift

I learned to drive on a stick shift and I wouldn’t have it any other way. They’re so much fun to drive.

finish college (read all 3 entries…)
cant wait.

2 more semesters and this goal should be taken care of.

Fall in love (read all 6 entries…)

It will happen for me when it happens.

Visit the Grand Canyon

I’ve read that every American needs to see this plsce at least once in thier lives.

Own a vintage guitar (read all 2 entries…)

Vintage guitars just have so much more character to me than brand new guitars. I guess it has to do with the fact that each vintage guitar has it’s own unique history. It’s my current aspiration to have a Martin acoustic that was made in the 50s or 60s.

Go on a road trip (read all 3 entries…)
On the Road

I just have a strong urge to drive out and discover the essence of America, and mabey a little bit about myself in the process.

or maybye I’ve read too much Kerouac???

Learn to play the guitar
totally worth doing

I’ve been playing guitar for about 10 years (since i was 13) and it is one of the most fulfulling things in my life. My life would be dramaticly diffrent if i couldn’t play music.

see the White Stripes in concert (read all 5 entries…)

It may be awhile till this happens given that they just cancelled their tour. I will see them eventually though. In the meantime I’m gonna try to catch The Raconteurs if they tour after their new album comes out.

Donate blood

I donate blood regulary whenever I can. It makes me feel like I’m doing my own small part to help the world.

Challenge myself (read all 3 entries…)
here it goes...

Well to join this site and work on a list of goals is a challenge in itself. Normally, I’m used to taking the path of least resistance and doing things the easy way. However, I’ve come to a realization that one of the best ways to get something out of life is to constantly challenge oneself. Therefore, I am going to work on this aspect of my life and see how it goes.

Go to a Radiohead concert

They are my absolute favorite band. I saw them play at Bonnaroo last year. I was about 30 feet or so from the stage! Words cannot describe how amazing their performance was. It was one of the most euphoric moments of my life.

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