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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finish my masters degree (read all 2 entries…)
Getting closer

My Master’s project is complete. I have maybe a week’s worth of writing to go and I. will. be. done! Now, understand, that a week’s worth of writing may take me a month, but I am getting closer!

take my wife on a cruise for our 30th wedding anniversary (read all 3 entries…)
OK, I missed this one by a shoot me!

Yep. This one happened a year plus a few months past our 30th wedding anniversary, but we took off for a week to cruise the western Carribean. The cruise was very nice. We did it on our terms this time: never sat for a scheduled dining room meal, slept a whole lot, skipped one port visit completely, read numerous books, and gained only 3 pounds. Ahhhh, nice!

go deep sea fishing without getting sea sick
Fishing in the Carribean

Trolling behind a 30’ party boat off the coast of Venezuela a few months ago wasn’t something that I planned to do…but I did, caught a few fish, and didn’t get sea sick. I see this as a step in the right direction. I look forward to a chance to try again on a bigger boat and in (perhaps) rougher water. But I am marking this off my list simply because I didn’t get sea sick…a first for me.

be a 20 gallon Red Cross blood donor
No longer a donor, however...

A false positive (now confirmed with three additional periodic tests) for Hepatitis removed me from the ranks of Red Cross eligible donors. The good news is that an audit of my blood donations since my first one from college (1968) revealed that I have exceded the 20 gallon goal. I do wish there was a way to clear my Red Cross record of the false positive, but completely understand that safety concerns for the blood supply must be a priority.

find out what happened to my college girl friends
This was fun!

I was actually able to track down two of my closest girlfriends from college, using the Internet and a $30 fee to verify that one was the right person. One was at least kind enough to exchange a bit of what life has been like over the last 25 years. The other responded with only a terse, “I am living my life” email.

In light of a successful reuinion of high school friends following 30 years of zero contact, I am marking this one off my list.

be close friends with someone famous
Getting close

I sat next to Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban at lunch a few days ago and it reminded me of this goal…and I believe more than anything, they appreciated the fact that the people in the restaurant respected their privacy while they were in public.

finish my masters degree (read all 2 entries…)
My last 3 semester hours.

Over the next few months I will be writing my thesis, the last step in completing this goal. Three semester hours of work is all that stands between me and that diploma.

take my wife on a cruise for our 30th wedding anniversary (read all 3 entries…)
Missed the 30th, but we ARE sailing

An opportunity to travel to Ukraine on a mission trip within a few weeks of our 30th wedding anniversary put this one on hold…it wasn’t much of a celebration, but it was certainly a blessing. We are taking an unusual (for us) break in early October to celebrate our 30th and 31st anniversaries on a week-long cruise. I know that it will be worth it!

master CSS
Getting there

Just playing with the CSS on a MovableType blog has helped to get a better handle on the power of CSS. I am not anywhere near to being comfortable with CSS, but I am getting there.

blog for a year
One year passed very quickly

Now that I have been blogging for about 18 months or so, I am wondering how to stop. It has become so much a part of my daily routine that I feel guilty when I don’t plan time to do it. I recommend this as a great way to do personal reflection in an expose-yourself-to-the-world sort of way.

get my blog covered in a print publication
It was an accident, really

Broadcasting and Cable Magazine interviewed me for their August 22, 2005 print edition...and did a pretty fair job of reporting, with the notable exception of mis-spelling the name of my blog sigh

be fluent in Spanish
Back in class

After a 30+ year interlude from studying Spanish in an actual classroom, I am back. Intermediate Spanish at Belmont University…in preparation for a trip to Honduras and a trip to Venezuela next year.

take my wife on a cruise for our 30th wedding anniversary (read all 3 entries…)
The 30th has come and gone...and the cruise changed

into a trip to Ukraine with a wonderful group of college athletes on a mission trip. It was a longgggg way from the comforts that a cruise ship offers, but emotionaly and spiritually it was a great celebration of 30 years of marriage.



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