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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.

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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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visit all 50 states (read all 6 entries…)
As of April 2012, now I am at 15!

visited 15 states (30%)Create your own visited map of The United States or Free iphone travel guide

visit all 50 states (read all 6 entries…)
Still stuck at 14

visited 14 states (28%)Create your own visited map of The United States

visit all 50 states (read all 6 entries…)
#13 & 14

I recently flew to El Paso to wish someone a safe deployment. We spent two nights in Albuquerque, New Mexico and then one back in El Paso. We went hiking and took beautiful pictures and ate a ton of food.

Then my flight out of Chicago was delayed and I had to spend the night in the O’Hare airport by myself, which was incredibly uncomfortable and boring.

Good with bad.

(picture of mountain sunset in TX)

Take one picture a day as a way to document my life (read all 12 entries…)

Today, as my sister and I were driving down a fairly busy road, we noticed the SUV in front of us slowing and sort of gliding into the oncoming traffic lane. At first, we couldn’t imagine what was wrong with him, but made sure to keep our distance.

Then my sister saw what he saw. It was an eagle, standing there, right on the side of the road, over a dead carcass. I too slowed my car and asked my sister to roll down the window.

The quality is a little poor, but here is what I got.

Buy a computer desk (read all 4 entries…)
Didn't have to buy one

I looked around for awhile and found some that I really liked. But I always found something I couldn’t really afford. I put it off for awhile, and a neighbor of mine was having a garage sale.

She had a great desk and she let me have it for free. It’s in my living room now and I love it.

read 50 books in 2008 (read all 2 entries…)
I didn't quite make it

I didn’t get as close to reading 50 books as I expected. I only ended up reading 40 books. I ended up spending my entire summer working. I think it was a tough year for everyone.

I’m disappointed, but as always, will try again for 2009.

read 50 books in 2008 (read all 2 entries…)
Too bad

We seem to have lost Sentimental Fool/ Lost in a Good Book. That’s unfortunate. I loved reading her entries about books. Did she say anything about why she was leaving?

Take one picture a day as a way to document my life (read all 12 entries…)


Take one picture a day as a way to document my life (read all 12 entries…)

“You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance.”
—Ray Bradbury

Read 100 books in 2008
Try, try again

I never give up trying to read 100 books. No matter how little time I have.

visit all 50 states (read all 6 entries…)
#12, and by accident

My friend and I drove down to Chicago to pick up a pal from the airport, and his flight ended up being cancelled and the flight he picked up was 9 hours later. So we ended up getting a hotel room. We stuffed ourselves full of fried food and watched a sport movie. Next morning we picked up our pal and drove home. So, Illinois joined my list of visited states. Wonderful.

Become fluent in more than one language (read all 3 entries…)

I was only going to learn German because I thought I would be moving to Germany. Since that’s not happening anytime soon, and likely never, I’ll put this goal aside.

Take one picture a day as a way to document my life (read all 12 entries…)

March came in like a lion in my town. So we made the most of it and went outside to play.

Move to Germany (read all 5 entries…)

This will not be happening now. :(

Take one picture a day as a way to document my life (read all 12 entries…)
The sad thing is:

I think he can do it.

read all 200 books in the BBC's Big Read
48 read.

1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman
4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling
6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne
8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis
10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
19. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
22. Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, JK Rowling
23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling
24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling
25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
26. Tess Of The D’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
27. Middlemarch, George Eliot
28. A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving
29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck
30. Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson
32. One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez
33. The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett
34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
38. Persuasion, Jane Austen
39. Dune, Frank Herbert
40. Emma, Jane Austen
41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
42. Watership Down, Richard Adams
43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
46. Animal Farm, George Orwell
47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
48. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
49. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian
50. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher
51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck
53. The Stand, Stephen King
54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
56. The BFG, Roald Dahl
57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome
58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
59. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer
60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
61. Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman
62. Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden
63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
65. Mort, Terry Pratchett
66. The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton
67. The Magus, John Fowles
68. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
69. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett
70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding
71. Perfume, Patrick Süskind
72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell
73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett
74. Matilda, Roald Dahl
75. Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding
76. The Secret History, Donna Tartt
77. The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins
78. Ulysses, James Joyce
79. Bleak House, Charles Dickens
80. Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson
81. The Twits, Roald Dahl
82. I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith
83. Holes, Louis Sachar
84. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake
85. The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
86. Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson
87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
88. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
89. Magician, Raymond E Feist
90. On The Road, Jack Kerouac
91. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel
93. The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett
94. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
95. Katherine, Anya Seton
96. Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer
97. Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez
98. Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson
99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot
100. Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie
101. Three Men In A Boat, Jerome K. Jerome
102. Small Gods, Terry Pratchett
103 The Beach, Alex Garland
104. Dracula, Bram Stoker
105. Point Blanc, Anthony Horowitz
106. The Pickwick Papers, Charles Dickens
107. Stormbreaker, Anthony Horowitz
108. The Wasp Factory, Iain Banks
109. The Day Of The Jackal, Frederick Forsyth
110. The Illustrated Mum, Jacqueline Wilson
111. Jude The Obscure, Thomas Hardy
112. The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾, Sue Townsend
113. The Cruel Sea, Nicholas Monsarrat
114. Les Misérables, Victor Hugo
115. The Mayor Of Casterbridge, Thomas Hardy
116. The Dare Game, Jacqueline Wilson
117. Bad Girls, Jacqueline Wilson
118. The Picture Of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
119. Shogun, James Clavell
120. The Day Of The Triffids, John Wyndham
121. Lola Rose, Jacqueline Wilson
122. Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray
123. The Forsyte Saga, John Galsworthy
124. House Of Leaves, Mark Z. Danielewski
125. The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
126. Reaper Man, Terry Pratchett
127. Angus, Thongs And Full-Frontal Snogging, Louise Rennison
128. The Hound Of The Baskervilles, Arthur Conan Doyle
129. Possession, A. S. Byatt
130. The Master And Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov
131. The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
132. Danny The Champion Of The World, Roald Dahl
133. East Of Eden, John Steinbeck
134. George’s Marvellous Medicine, Roald Dahl
135. Wyrd Sisters, Terry Pratchett
136. The Color Purple, Alice Walker
137. Hogfather, Terry Pratchett
138. The Thirty-Nine Steps, John Buchan
139. Girls In Tears, Jacqueline Wilson
140. Sleepovers, Jacqueline Wilson
141. All Quiet On The Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque
142. Behind The Scenes At The Museum, Kate Atkinson
143. High Fidelity, Nick Hornby
144. It, Stephen King
145. James And The Giant Peach, Roald Dahl
146. The Green Mile, Stephen King
147. Papillon, Henri Charriere
148. Men At Arms, Terry Pratchett
149. Master And Commander, Patrick O’Brian
150. Skeleton Key, Anthony Horowitz
151. Soul Music, Terry Pratchett
152. Thief Of Time, Terry Pratchett
153. The Fifth Elephant, Terry Pratchett
154. Atonement, Ian McEwan
155. Secrets, Jacqueline Wilson
156. The Silver Sword, Ian Serraillier
157. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey
158. Heart Of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
159. Kim, Rudyard Kipling
160. Cross Stitch, Diana Gabaldon
161. Moby Dick, Herman Melville
162. River God, Wilbur Smith
163. Sunset Song, Lewis Grassic Gibbon
164. The Shipping News, Annie Proulx
165. The World According To Garp, John Irving
166. Lorna Doone, R. D. Blackmore
167. Girls Out Late, Jacqueline Wilson
168. The Far Pavilions, M. M. Kaye
169. The Witches, Roald Dahl
170. Charlotte’s Web, E. B. White
171. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
172. They Used To Play On Grass, Terry Venables and Gordon Williams
173. The Old Man And The Sea, Ernest Hemingway
174. The Name Of The Rose, Umberto Eco
175. Sophie’s World, Jostein Gaarder
176. Dustbin Baby, Jacqueline Wilson
177. Fantastic Mr Fox, Roald Dahl
178. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
179. Jonathan Livingstone Seagull, Richard Bach
180. The Little Prince, Antoine De Saint-Exupery
181. The Suitcase Kid, Jacqueline Wilson
182. Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens
183. The Power Of One, Bryce Courtenay
184. Silas Marner, George Eliot
185. American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis
186. The Diary Of A Nobody, George and Weedon Grossmith
187. Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh
188. Goosebumps, R. L. Stine
189. Heidi, Johanna Spyri
190. Sons And Lovers, D. H. LawrenceLife of Lawrence
191. The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera
192. Man And Boy, Tony Parsons
193. The Truth, Terry Pratchett
194. The War Of The Worlds, H. G. Wells
195. The Horse Whisperer, Nicholas Evans
196. A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry
197. Witches Abroad, Terry Pratchett
198. The Once And Future King, T. H. White
199. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle
200. Flowers In The Attic, Virginia Andrews

get in shape (read all 9 entries…)
My Last Day

Today was my last day at the gym. I’m moving soon, although I’m not exactly sure when. So I’m not renewing. I went out pretty well though.

I ran 6.5 miles straight, no stopping, no slowing to a walk. I think I could do it again, too, except that I didn’t have the time to spend another hour running. I thought about it.

I used all my favorite pieces of equipment, as if saying goodbye. I hope when I move I’m able to find another gym that I really like. People, atmosphere, equipment. Not just trying to work out or lose weight.

Anyway, it’s sad, and I don’t know how long it’ll be until I can go to the gym again, but hopefully not too long.

There are other things I can do in the meantime.

Read 20,000 pages in 2006 (read all 34 entries…)

Entry for Read 77 books in 2006

I didn’t count all the pages, but I know it was more than 20,000. I’ll update eventually.

read 77 books in 2006 (read all 34 entries…)
July and Beyond

40/100 Watchmen Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
41/100 Twilight Stephenie Meyer
42/100 Howl’s Moving Castle Diana Wynne Jones
43/100 Woman on the Edge of Time Marge Piercy
44/100 You Drive Me Crazy: Love Poems for Real Life Esselman and Velez
45/100 The Government Manual for New Wizards Brozik and Weinstein
46/100 Forbidden Knowledge ed. Pearson

47/100 That Book of Perfectly Useless Information Mitchell Symons
48/100 The Best Time Travel Stories of the 20th Century ed. Turtledove and Greenberg
49/100 The Way It Wasn’t ed. Martin Greenberg
50/100 The Light Ages Ian R. MacLeod (8-18)
51/100 Zen in the Art of Writing Ray Bradbury (8-19)
52/100 Classic Stories 1 Ray Bradbury (8-25)

53/100 Mountain Man Dance Moves ed. McSweeney’s (9-15)
54/100 Movie Lust Maitland McDonagh (9-21)
55/100 The Physics of Star Trek Lawrence M. Krauss (9-24)
56/100 New and Improved Squee Johnen Vasquez (9-24)

57/100 STV: String Theory Pt. 1: Cohesion Jeffrey Lang (10-5)
58/100 JTHM The Director’s Cut Johnen Vasquez (10-5)
59/100 STV: String Theory Pt. 2: Fusion Kirstin Beyer (10-14)
60/100 Why Do Clocks Run Clockwise? David Feldman (10-15)
61/100 Exploring the Unexplained Time (10-17)
62/100 Good Poems for Hard Times ed. Garrison Keillor (10-17)
63/100 Beyond Singularity ed. Dann and Dozois (10-18)
64/100 STV: String Theory Pt. 3: Evolution Heather Jarman (10-21)
65/100 Unusually Stupid Americans Kathryn and Ross Petras (10-27)

66/100 All American Girl Meg Cabot (11-6)
67/100 Ella Enchanted Gail Levine (11-6)
68/100 Ready or Not Meg Cabot (11-7)
69/100 Teen Idol Meg Cabot (11-7)
70/100 How To Be Popular Meg Cabot (11-9)
71/100 Girl’s Night Out ed. Chris Manby (11-26)
72/100 Stay True: Short Stories for Strong Girls ed. Marilyn Singer (11-27)
73/100 CSI: Sin City Max Allan Collins (11-28)

74/100 CSI: Miami: Florida Getaway Max Allan Collins (12-1)
75/100 Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears ed. Ellen Datlow (12-2)
76/100 The Illustrated Man Ray Bradbury (12-10)
77/100 Good Poems Garrison Keillor (12-31)

The End.

get a new haircut (read all 3 entries…)

I actually got my hair cut way back in July. My friend Rachael had come to visit me and pretty much dragged me to the stylist. It’s still long, but way shorter than before. I like it because it’s really low maintenance. Yay.

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