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update my financial plan
Out of the bunker

I made slight progress on this goal – enough to call it done for now, but really, I need to set up a reminder to tune in to this more often. If anything helped, it was reading “Unconventional Success: A fundamental approach to personal investing” by David Swensen (that and some prodding from friends).



Convert to green energy
What a deal

My energy hog of a house uses about $140 worth of electricty every other month. I just upped my bill $24 by volunteering to get 100% of my energy from renewable sources. If you live in the Seattle area, you can too with this form.

Next I’m going for the sprinkler rebate for installing a “greener” irrigation system.



Bike to work (read all 15 entries…)
Days 10 & 11

The weather is getting better in Seattle. I’m going to aim for 4 times a week for the next 3 weeks and get this off my list!



Find 10 people in 15 cities who are passionate about their city and want to help with a new project for 43 Places (read all 6 entries…)
NYC gets it done!

All of 30 hours after making a NYC specific goal Team NYC qualifies. Seattle, Cleveland, NYC are in for the first round of prototyping which should start soon – where are you at Vancouver, Toronto, Atlanta, SF, London, Melbourne, and Singapore – it’s not to late to make a push!

P.S. What a cool set of leading cities.



Find 10 people in 15 cities who are passionate about their city and want to help with a new project for 43 Places (read all 6 entries…)
The local score so far

So far we’ve got two cities (Seattle & Cleveland) with more than 10 locals signed up to help us build the next generation of the 43places site – focused on a set of features that expand local knowledge and encourage urban exploration. By my count, here is the score for the rest so far:

Toronto: 7
London: 6
Atlanta: 6
Singapore: 6
Vancouver: 5
San Francisco/Bay Area: 5
Dallas: 4
Melbourne: 4
Washington, DC: 3
Glasgow: 3
Edinburgh: 3
Boston: 2
New Haven, CT: 2
Rome: 2
Milan: 2
Portland, OR: 2

Places with one local volunteer: Chicago, New England (floater), NYC, Calgary, Tel Aviv, Lima, Tierra del Fuego, Amarillo, Normon, Peoria, Praha, Berrien Springs, Austin, Newcastle upon Tyne, Wellington, Chapel Hill, Mineapolis, Columbus, Tampa, Newark DE, LA, Richmond, Rochester, Jakarta, Sydney, Tallahassee, Phoenix, & Portland ME.

Draft your friends! Message a stranger. Give us suggestions to better advertise the goal. We are super excited about the work we are doing on 43places.com – let us know what you think we need to do to get 13 more cities super excited too!



Find 10 people in 15 cities who are passionate about their city and want to help with a new project for 43 Places (read all 6 entries…)
Holy Cleveland Onrush!

Way to go Professor Piderit and team!



Find 10 people in 15 cities who are passionate about their city and want to help with a new project for 43 Places (read all 6 entries…)
What's the plan?

When we had the idea for 43 Things, we were excited by how the same sort of website could facilitate sharing information about other topics, like places. But 15 months ago, when we launched 43 Things, we had no idea how popular travel goals were going to be.

In response we built 43 Places – based around the idea that we all have a list of places we want to go – as well as a mental map of all the spots we’ve been. We got that site out in June of 2005. Now we are busy working on a new release. Part of the call for 150 volunteers (at least 10 people in 15 cities) is to include some of our most passionate users in helping us redevelop the site to be even more fun and engaging than it already is.

When we did the first release of 43 Places, we ended up putting a fair amount of emphasis on world travel. We had a big world map on the homepage. We had maps on the profile page. We asked “where in the world do you want to go?”. With the next release, we are interested in making the site a playground for urban exploration. While we love travel, unfortunately, most days we are in our own neighborhoods. But why can’t we live in our cities with that kind of enthusiasm for new places and new experiences we take with us on vacation.

Anyway, that is the spirit of “wingsong” the next release – and we would love to get the 88 people on this goal involved in helping us decide what we ought to do!

One of our ideas was to start building a “local” site for any city with 10 locals. That is why we put out this call for help. We thought, we’d supply the tools to facilitate sharing your local knowledge with the world, and maybe in the process, we’d build a site together that helps us connect more with the people around us, as well as discover new experiences in our own cities. We have lots of ideas for ways to trade local knowledge, ways to facilitate exploring cities with other locals – and even ways to change the whole travel experience by building a culture of generosity and exploration through 43 Places.

What do you think? Please let us know what would make this next release work for you. Are you excited about the local direction? In the next couple days we’ll add posts about some of the new features we are working on (check-ins, regulars, events, and more on the “local” sites), but for now, let’s start daydreaming about how we want to connect with other locals.

Thanks.



Bike to work (read all 15 entries…)
Day 9: Back on the bike

I was off for almost 2 weeks amid bad weather and a cold. But I’m back on the bike today.



Find 10 people in 15 cities who are passionate about their city and want to help with a new project for 43 Places (read all 6 entries…)
Singapore, Vancouver . . . Where is Portland?

Thanks to everybody for joining in on this goal. We are making a bit of progress preparing for an influx of passionate locals. I’m impressed by the turnout from Singapore and Vancouver. It might be a few weeks before we send out the invites, but all the people on this goal will hear about it first.



Find 10 people in 15 cities who are passionate about their city and want to help with a new project for 43 Places (read all 6 entries…)
Looking for locals

We are starting work on a new version of 43 Places – codenamed “Wingsong” – and this release is all about “locals”. We are still in the early stages of developing our vision for this release, but it would be great to hear from some passionate locals who have some ideas about how to make 43 Places more fun and useful. Our top cities in terms of users are Seattle, New York City, London, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Toronto, Boston, Austin, Vancouver, Atlanta, Portland, Houston, and Sydney – but who knows if those are the cities with the most passionate users?

If you are interested in helping us develop the new version of the site, adopt this goal and add an entry with your city as the title. If you see your city listed already, add a comment to that entry. When we have a city with 10 people who are game – we’ll get in touch about getting your help with “Wingsong”.

Thanks Locals!



Bike to work (read all 15 entries…)
Days 7 & 8: Still going

I’m about 1/3 of the way to my goal of 21 days of bike commuting. Still playing with the routes. Yesterday, straight up Rainier to 14th. Today, up Beacon Hill and down 12th Ave. The return trip has become pretty fixed – down 18th/20th to the I-90 lid and through the tunnel to Lake Washington Blvd/Coleman Park and up into the Mt Baker neighborhood. Woot!



devise a radical self-improvement plan (read all 5 entries…)
Bocce Ball

Bocce ball is part of the self improvement plan. I’m trying to get together some friends in the neighborhood for a simple enjoyable event on a monthly or bi-monthly basis.

I’m also reading a great book about the adaptive unconcious. I ran across these lines from The Merchant of Venice:

In sooth I know not why I am so sad,
It wearies me: you say it wearies you;
But how I caught it, found it, or came by it,
What stuffe ‘tis made of, whereof it is borne,
I am to learne: and such a Want-wit sadnesse makes of
mee,
That I have much ado to know my selfe

And I’m writing my biography of early life memories.



make family dinner a priority (read all 5 entries…)
Saint Patrick's Day Supper

I boiled a family dinner on Sunday for some friends and it was great. Corned Beef, Cabbage, hot potato salad, and Anne made Soda bread. It was fun to catch up with Ryan and Jane and the kids spazzed out. I also made it home early yesterday for a mostly relaxing and enjoyable dinner before irretreivably blowing my cool with the kids.



Bike to work (read all 15 entries…)
Day 6: Scenic route

I took my friend Andrej’s advice and took a slightly longer and more scenic route to work. Along the lake, embrace the hill, across the I-90 lid and along the freeway to Beacon hill, and then straight down 12th to the co-op. It was good – 35 minutes all in all – but I was craving the straight shot up Rainier for most of the ride. I have to try it. The ride home was simple – 20 minutes door to door. I think I’ll get 2-3 more rides in this week.



Bike to work (read all 15 entries…)
Day 5: not sleet, nor rain, nor snow

Today I rode in rain, sleet, snow, and believe it or not, sun, and that was all within the 30 minutes it took me to get home. March in Seattle is a joy.



Bike to work (read all 15 entries…)
Day 5: not sleet, nor rain, nor snow

Today I rode in rain, sleet, snow, and believe it or not, sun, and that was all within the 30 minutes it took me to get home. March in Seattle is a joy.



Bike to work (read all 15 entries…)
Day 4

I’m still playing with my route. Today I rode with traffic for most of the way in (instead of taking side streets) and got to work almost 10 minutes faster than yesterday. Honestly, I think I like the efficiency (getting to work while recreating) more than any intrinsic joy to cycling – so I think the efficient route is more of a winner. On the way home, I’m going to try out a new route as well.



devise a radical self-improvement plan (read all 5 entries…)
Latests Steps (that's a listsofbests.com joke)
  1. Riding my bike to work
  2. Considering learning to meditate (and devoting 30 minutes a day to do it)
  3. Improving my cookery
  4. Being kinder
  5. Judging less
  6. Exploring a new civic project


make family dinner a priority (read all 5 entries…)
Taking the kids out to eat

Last night I had solo parenting duty (I try not to call it babysitting). I took the kids out for Japanese food and it was a success. They both ate well, enjoyed the atmosphere (one of those places where the food circles the tables on a conveyor belt) and we had a great time. Yea for family dinners even if they are in restaurants.

Over the last month I’ve cooked up two feast for parts of the extended family as well. 3 weeks ago was Indian, and that was a smash success, last week was Italian and it was fine, but I sort of screwed up my sauce (I’m a perfectionist when it comes to Italian cookery). This week I’m on again, and need to find my theme. I think I’m finding that cooking is a must for me on the weekends, I really enjoy it.



Bike to work (read all 15 entries…)
Day 3

I think I’ll mark this goal done when I hit 21 days, per Ben’s suggestion that habits seem to form in 21 days (however, it will probably take be 5-7 weeks to reach that many days). At that point, it ought to be Spring in Seattle and the ride should be a joy. Today it was drizzling, a little cold, and I rode in no troubles. I think I shrunk the commute time in by about 20% and definitely noticed fatigue coming on much later in the ride.



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