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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Elsi's Life List

  1. 1. cruise to Alaska
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  2. 2. excercise regularly
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  3. 3. Live in India for a while
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  4. 4. set up an OBCZ
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set up an OBCZ

I don’t see any BookCrossing Zones in the Dallas or Denton area, so obviously we need one.

dye my hair blue
Blue Hair Day

13 June 1998, was the day on which I paid off my bet with my son by having my hair sprayed bright blue. I was required to appear in public with this blue hair, so I went to the annual Eat Me Texas Style Barbecue, attended by about 85 people; most of them folks that I work with.

How did the Blue Hair bet come about? In the summer of 1997, I challenged my 15-year old son, P, to make an A or B in all his core classes (Math, History, English, and Science) and to pass all other courses. P, though a bright kid, had just completed his sophomore year in high school and was an indifferent student at best. I tendered this challenge in the hopes of motivating him to apply himself to his course work. P accepted, and the payoff agreed upon was that P would be allowed to select the color of his mother’s hair.

At the end of each grading period, P would gloat about how he was winning the bet. He’d then start debating which color he was going to pick: orange, purple, green, striped . . .

When his junior year was over, P had held up his end of the bet. Not only had he made A and B grades in all his core classes, he made only one C for the entire year, in Spanish. So, I had to pay up and get my hair dyed blue.


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