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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get my knee fixed

constant knee pain for years.
after 2nd surgery yesterday, the doc said there was to much else he could do. The arthritis is eating away at the menisci, ACL and degredating the fluid.

Scuba dive with dolphins
At St. Kitts

We went on a dive near a small island. The local submarine tour works from about 90 degrees around the other side. Lots of marine life.

The spot we were at was a turtle sanctuary. Saw green abcks, leather backs and some type of rare “black” turtle the guide mentioned under water, but had to (by law) move the group away from.

When on the surface for a bit of a lecture, we asked about sharks. He replied to all that they are very rare here. Hence the turtle population. After the others descended again, he caught up with us and asked if we wanted the real story. Up top again, he said to swim around to the other side of the tiny island away from the group. That’s where the submarine would soon be surfacing. It “chums” the water in the area and as it runs, so as to attract more fish, sharks, etc. for those tourists inside to view.

He would stay between us and the main group as we rounded the corner (there were three other guides for the main group) and we would be able to easily hear the sub as it surfaced, so we could swim toward the noise.

Well, he was most certainly right. The sub was easy to hear and we saw it at about 40’ as it was rising up form about 80’. There was Everything around this sub: barracuda, grouper, too many small fish to name, one dolphin and 2 small reef sharks! We emptied three cameras of film on this once-in-a-lifetime show. I have a low vis. picture of a much larger shark in the distance, about 80-100’ away in the sub-churned-up-silt. My guess is a 10-14’ bull or ?? (the picture’s not good, you just know it’s big and has a shark’s fins…)

We also tipped the guide $50. Nice kid.

The boat was the (if I remember right) Dancing Dolphin. They ran out of the cruise ship port in St. Kitts for snorkeling and scuba excursions.

Highly recommended.

stay sober
Got Sober July, 27, 2005

Tried beginning Nov., 2004, but had relapse after relapse. Made it 5+ months from Jan-May, 2005, but got fired and spent a month on a binge I don’t remember.

Detoxed myself after that. Really NOT RECOMMENDED!!!! Go to a hospital!!!!!!!

AA has kept me sober since then. Thank God for them and a great counselor with Hazleton I see once a month.

Since then, I have been able to do SO many things I would never have been able to do with my family, in sports, travel, even quit smoking.

I’ve also been able to confront many old demons from the past as well as cope with today’s ones.

I see that there are 272 people “wanting” to do this. I whole heartedly recommend AA.

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