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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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Slipstitch's Life List

  1. 1. be a better cook
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    482 people
  2. 2. finish knitting the afghan
    2 entries
    5 people
  3. 3. grow an herb garden
    634 people
  4. 4. grow my own vegetables
    1,588 people
  5. 5. Be able to tell when to stand my ground, when to let things slide, and when to meet halfway
    4 cheers
    2 people
  6. 6. Develop a keyboard that sends a fatal charge of electricity through the keys when it detects excessive capitalization or the creation of emoticons
    1 entry
    1 person
  7. 7. Have a big house with a wrap-around porch...in the middle of nowhere
    3 cheers
    1 person
  8. 8. ban SUVs in cities
    2 cheers
    39 people
  9. 9. Locate and destroy the persons responsible for choosing mall mood music
    2 entries . 3 cheers
    1 person
  10. 10. write a book
    2 entries . 1 cheer
    31,379 people
  11. 11. Spontaneously transform into a budgie
    2 cheers
    3 people
  12. 12. go to Quaker Meeting
    1 cheer
    11 people
  13. 13. Knit up my yarn stash
    2 entries . 3 cheers
    25 people
  14. 14. become a creepy cat lady
    1 entry . 2 cheers
    3 people
  15. 15. get out of retail
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    43 people
  16. 16. Learn Spanish
    3 entries . 1 cheer
    18,259 people
  17. 17. stop having nightmares
    1 entry
    63 people
  18. 18. learn how to spin yarn
    3 entries . 3 cheers
    58 people
  19. 19. Reduce my ecological footprint
    1 entry . 3 cheers
    364 people
  20. 20. Start a campaign to Save The Dirt
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    2 people
  21. 21. find atlantis
    1 entry
    52 people
  22. 22. raise suspicion
    4 cheers
    12 people
  23. 23. Stop a fashion trend
    2 entries . 4 cheers
    1 person
  24. 24. levitate
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    367 people
  25. 25. scream
    1 cheer
    233 people
  26. 26. Adopt a baby daughter from China
    1 entry . 5 cheers
    54 people
  27. 27. move away from this hellhole
    2 entries . 2 cheers
    8 people
  28. 28. Scare more children
    8 cheers
    1 person
  29. 29. gain a superpower and abuse my gift.
    4 cheers
    18 people
  30. 30. take a nap
    1 cheer
    96 people
  31. 31. go back to eastern tennessee
    1 entry
    2 people
  32. 32. read the Bible and the Koran
    2 cheers
    13 people
  33. 33. go to seminary
    2 entries
    85 people
  34. 34. get my tattoo fixed
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    46 people
  35. 35. Not be ashamed of sounding like a rabid mule when I laugh
    1 entry
    1 person
  36. 36. Discover a lost colony of hobbits living in my shrubbery
    5 cheers
    2 people
  37. 37. stop running into walls and falling down stairs
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    6 people
  38. 38. Learn to control my deadly laser eye-beams
    2 cheers
    1 person
  39. 39. sneak a porcupine into a petting zoo
    4 cheers
    5 people
  40. 40. Boycott Sew Fast, Sew Easy Inc.
    1 cheer
    3 people
Recent entries
dye my hair blue (read all 2 entries…)
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Darn it, I’ve got to be all grown-up and professional. (I plan on living vicariously through my kids. “But Mo-o-om! I don’t WANNA listen to obnoxious music and get multiple body piercings!”)



stay calm
Funny story. . . .

The exchange policy at the store where I work is strict. We require the customers to initial their copy of the receipt, to indicate that the exchange policy was explained to them by a sales associate. One day I was working with a coworker, a tiny woman from Ethiopia. A customer came in: an enormous woman with a huge set of headphones clamped over her ears and a teensy tight halter dress that was stretched to its limits. This woman was expressionless and had eyes like a fish: glassy, unfocused, staring straight ahead. She ignored me when I twice approached her to greet her and ask if she needed help. After a few minutes, she grabbed a short dress in a medium and flung it onto the counter. I rattled off the exchange policy to her. She made no eye contact, and I could tell that she hadn’t heard me. I paused with the ticket in my hand and recited the policy again. Finally, she reached up and pulled the headphones away from her ears. Once more I told her the policy, and she clamped the headphones back on without acknowledging that she’d heard me. I rang the dress up, she paid in cash, and I handed her the receipt and a pen: “If you could just initial here, indicating that you understand the exchange policy.” Commence the breaking loose of all hell. The woman leaned over the counter and began screaming. “YOU’RE NOT GETTING MY SIGNATURE ON NOTHING, YOU F-ING B-! I AIN’T STEALING NOTHING! I PAID FOR THIS! YOU CAN’T SAY I’M STEALING NOTHING, YOU F-ER! F- YOU, B-! CRACKER! B-S! YOU CRACKERS!” (“Crackers” being addressed to the both of us, myself and my coworker, with a broad sweep of arms. Apparently now we’re importing our crackers from Ethiopia. I was tempted to clarify that, being from Appalachia, I am not a cracker but a hillbilly.) Of course, I tried to explain to her that she didn’t have to sign anything, just initial it, and that we didn’t keep it; it was hers. But she was too busy screaming to listen. My poor tiny little coworker was cowering and shaking, and the enormous, ranting, howling, arm-waving lunatic was getting more and more agitated, leaning closer and closer over me (who was, at the time, all of 115 pounds). And you know what? It was all I could do not to laugh. My father used to throw fits just like that (he was paranoid schizophrenic) and it terrified me. After he left I spent several years on anti-anxiety pills to keep me from panicking when I was around people who were angry or aggressive. But for some reason, with this woman, who outweighed me as much as my father did when I was a toddler, I wasn’t scared a bit. I reached under the counter, picked up the phone, and asked security to send someone. They could hear her bellowing over the phone. “Please remain calm, ma’am, we’ve got an officer on his way up right now. Stay on the line. It’s going to be all right.” “Oh, I know it’s all right,” I said. “She just has a problem with the exchange policy.” Realizing that security was on its way, the woman grabbed a pen, swiped a line across the receipt, took the dress and made for the door. On her way out, she paused, turned, and, with a grand gesture, shouted: “I don’t even LIKE white people!” My coworker slumped down behind the counter, saying, “Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god.” I started laughing. Two customers who had been hunching timidly in line behind the woman approached, wide-eyed, and told me that they’d be glad to sign anything I gave them.



knit a scarf
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What’s up with these uncreative people who said it’s not worth it because it’s boring? Clearly, they weren’t making any attempt to challenge themselves. If your idea of a scarf is a long strip of garter stitch, you should just buy a scarf and save yourself the trouble. Try a little ribbing, some cables, even lace. Endulge in some really nice yarn (although I don’t recommend mohair or anything else that will snag on your needles). The more complex it is, the more satisfied and artistic you’ll feel when it’s done. (And the best part: no seaming.)



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