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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play my guitar more (read all 3 entries…)
When WAS the last time?

It was 2009 . . . before October.
It sits there on its stand right in the living room kind of next to the entertainment center. It’s waiting for me.

play my guitar more (read all 3 entries…)
When WAS the last time?

It was 2009 . . . before October.
It sits there on its stand right in the living room kind of next to the entertainment center. It’s waiting for me.

overcome the immediate financial crisis (read all 3 entries…)
Kept the house . . .

but there’s just not enough income to keep it for too long. So, we just have to get more income or reduce expenses . . . at least we have 6 months here after foreclosure proceedings start. God will provide no matter what . . . but see #1 regarding successfully begging for money! 8^)

Successfully beg for money (read all 2 entries…)

Do I really want to be successful at begging for money? Of course. Ha. No, not really. I want to successfully MAKE money. But life is throwing more curves my way . . . really a tough 3 or 4 years now. But God will help me prosper . . . but you all could still send money!!

overcome the immediate financial crisis (read all 3 entries…)
July now

It’s been 8 months since I made the last entry on this goal, and the financial crisis is even more intense than it was then.
For details, please read my first entry under “Successfully beg for money.”

have my son-in-law survive brain cancer (read all 5 entries…)
He didn't . . .

Bill passed away on April 21st. We saw him on the 20th, and we’re prety sure he knew we were there.
Our daughter is doing better finally, but it’s been so tough for her.
Thanks for your many prayers.

Successfully beg for money (read all 2 entries…)
A year of Job

So I haven’t been on here in months. It’s been a very, very challenging year for our family, something that makes me think of Job’s trials.
1. Our son-in-law’s illness.
2. Losing my second job because of a conflict of interest that developed with my first job.
3. Our son-in-law passed away in April.
4. Financial problems worsen as no job can be found that provides enough money.
5. My dad suddenly is taken ill with acute leukemia, we rush from Michigan to his bedside in Arizona just in time . . . that WAS awesome timing on God’s part . . . and he died FOUR days after his diagnosis.
6. Expenses there, expenses here . . .
7. The house air conditioning breaks down.
8. The car needs repair.
9. In the rainstorm we had this week, rainwater started dripping out of the soffit vent.
10. The house payment is due and there’s not enough money to make it.

Ridiculous as it seems, it seems like I’m forgetting something important in this list. Maybe I’m just tired.

So even though I put in the goal to successfully beg for money, it’s really more profitable in the long run if we just have lots of prayers said for us. There are PLENTY more people who have it worse off than we do. It’d sure be nice to get a job and make the house payment.

Wish SpreadYourWings a Totally Random 19+1 Birthday on 18+2 February
Happy Birthday!!!!

Try singing this . . .
Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday, dear SpreadYourWings,
Happy birthday to you.

So this is your silver birthday or golden birthday or circus birthday or something like that, turning an age that matches the date of your birthday. Wish I could remember.

Hope you have an excellent middle of the week birthday!

have my son-in-law survive brain cancer (read all 5 entries…)
Moved him to Michigan

So much going on over the last few weeks, I haven’t signed on here in a few weeks.
We’ve moved Bill and our daughter to his folks’ home in Michigan so he’ll have more family and friends around to love him and help out.
Thanks for your prayers and good thoughts.

have my son-in-law survive brain cancer (read all 5 entries…)
Thank you!

First, thank you for all your support. Your cheers have been encouraging.
Sometimes, events come to pass quickly, and it’s difficult to stay up to date.
This coming week, we’re moving Bill up to Michigan to his folks’ home where there will be more family and friends to care fo him. He’s now confined to a wheelchair and hospital bed.
Thank God for Hospice at Home. They are so caring and helpful!
And so it’ll be a busy week while some details are worked out and things are packed up.
There won’t be a trip to Detroit Tigers spring training this year, but he was able to go to the NHL All-Star game in Atlanta this last week. He’s been a diehard Red Wings fan for a long time.
Thanks again for your good thoughts and prayers.

continue to be a non-smoker (read all 6 entries…)
First anniversary!!!!!!

I have to say this is going really well.
In December, I knew I had my first anniversary coming up . . . I quit the night of January 1, 2007 (not New Year’s Eve).
On about January 7 I realized that it had been more than a year since I quit. I actually forgot about the anniversary.
It’s terrific not to be thinking about having a cigarette every hour of every day!!!
Freedom. It’s great.
(Sometimes I still want one.)

take care of car headlight problem

Last week we drove to Georgia to take care of our son-in-law while our daughter was out of town, so we really needed to fix the headlight problem before leaving to avoid any police problems. So this is done, done, done.

have my son-in-law survive brain cancer (read all 5 entries…)
Into 2008

Well, our son-in-law is hanging in there. He and our daughter spent a very nice, quiet Christmas together, just the two of them. Last night they were going out to dinner and then celebrating the New Year with a few friends.
So, so far he’s holding his own and he sounded really good in our phone call with him yesterday.
We still welcome prayers as there are no medical alternatives for improvement of his condition.
Hope you have a happy and prosperous new year.

wish YOU a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!
Celebrate the reason for the season

Peace and joy to you and yours . . .

notice miracles, synchronicity, and serendipity (read all 3 entries…)
Our daughter, my aunt

Our daughter went to work tonight, but she was told to go home early because she was just not concentrating very well on her work. She’s just too distracted by the thought that her brother-in-law is dying.
So she comes home and she’s not in real good shape. We do a group hug in the kitchen amidst the makings of dinner and cookie baking . . .
After things are settled down a bit and dinner’s been eaten, my most favorite aunt calls here. Our daughter’s the one who answers the phone and instantly feels uplifted by my aunt’s warm, comforting, caring, loving Oklahoman drawl.
They talk for quite a while, going from immediate concern for how our daughter’s doing to lighter chat to more prayerful talk.
Just exactly what our daughter needed to make her feel better, including the good cry she had.
To know my aunt is to love her . . . she teaches a Sunday School class for the super elderly (over90) that has grown from about 5 folks to around 25. And they look to her as their spiritual caregiver and boy does she hear from them. Terrific!
Anyway, the whole point of this is that if she hadn’t been sent home from work early, she wouldn’t have been home to get exactly the right call from the right person at the right time to help her cope with what’s going on.
God makes things work together for good things to happen so we’ll have the daily bread we need.

notice miracles, synchronicity, and serendipity (read all 3 entries…)
A series of miracles

If you look at my list of goals, you’ll see one there for overcoming the immediate financial crisis.
To help do that, my wife went online and put out a prayer request to the prayer warriors she knows, and people responded.
In being able to make our house payment today and have less than a dollar in coin change left over, the response of her prayer warrior friends gave us just what we needed for November and December.
I would have had $1 more, but I gave in to the temptation of a lottery ticket, not yet realizing just how close our funds were to what we needed. Fortunately I had $1.60 in pop cans and bottles in the trunk.
God provides our daily bread and has given us just what we needed when we needed it.

notice miracles, synchronicity, and serendipity (read all 3 entries…)
Maybe . . .

things have just been too stressful to take note if or when this has happened . . . yet I seem to recall faintly that something happened this last week. Well, I guess I didn’t fully notice that, did I?

have my son-in-law survive brain cancer (read all 5 entries…)
What else matters right now?

Of course, there’s a lot of past story on this, but from his last MRI this last Tuesday, he’s been advised to contact Hospice. Chemo is no longer an option and neither is surgery or radiation.
Today our daughter said he’s deteriorating by the hour.
They want to share Christmas just the two of them.
They live a long way away . . . southern Georgia.
We feel so hopeless, you know . . . and are praying for spiritual healing for both of them so they can face this well.
Your prayers are welcome!

Finish putting together the Mustang car model with my grandson (read all 6 entries…)

Tonight we worked on the model. Instead of slowing down and taking it step by step, I decided we should get past the engine that needed painting to go to some part of the car that didn’t need painting so we could GLUE! Well, the wheels required black paint on the inside, and we didn’t have black paint. So much for wheels.
We went to the interior and took all the parts off the trees. I spent time trimming off excess plastic and cleaning up pieces while Michael played with the tires and put the steering wheel into the dashboard . . . that kind of thing.
We finally glued on the back of the seats and then I gave in to painting the interior . . . he was being so patient. So instead of this being the model I received as a present, it’s now going to be completely shared . . . we’ll come to some kind of agreement on how the whole car will turn out. (It’s worth that instead of me doing all the painting and putting it together, while he just patiently watches and asks to do something.)
In the midst of all this, we went through every tool in my large Swiss knife.
So I opened the paint, dipped the brush, and he painted until he just couldn’t do some of the finer painting, when I took over to finish up and do some touch-up.
The back seats and the section between is a dark blue. The carpet is now silver, plus a bit of the sides behind the doors, as well as the back deck. There’s hope it’ll turn out all right. Still needs a little touch-up.
The front seats will dry and be ready for painting.
We both had a really good time.
I hope we do this again really soon.

Compose a complete song with music and lyrics (read all 5 entries…)
Snippets of songs

I’ve got to get moving on this. It’s very frustrating to not be able to make time to work on this . . . there’s just too much going on, too many crises to handle, always pursuing money to stay afloat. I have music going through my head almost all the time. I’ll get some words going through my head and a tune to go with and at least jot it down on a piece of paper. And then it sits and then gets put in a pile of paper here or over there or put in this place or that box. By now it wouldn’t surprise me if I had a couple of hundred of these little song ideas. And they sit.

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