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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Phillip Retuta




I'm doing 28 things
 

Phillip Retuta's Life List

  1. 1. meet a girl with a great sense of humor and who is willing to make a scene at Wendy's just for shits and giggles.
    1 entry
    1 person
  2. 2. be famous and have my own Wikipedia entry.
    1 entry
    1 person
  3. 3. DJ a party.
    1 entry
    20 people
  4. 4. get health insurance.
    1 entry
    228 people
  5. 5. learn how to snap my fingers.
    1 entry
    46 people
  6. 6. illustrate an entire tarot card deck.
    1 entry
    1 person
  7. 7. go to Las Vegas.
    1 entry
    642 people
  8. 8. visit London.
    1 entry
    927 people
  9. 9. send my parents on a cruise.
    1 entry
    14 people
  10. 10. sculpt a friend's head out of cake for a special occasion.
    1 entry
    1 person
  11. 11. take a government, school, or some kind of officially issued photograph while wearing an eyepatch.
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    1 person
  12. 12. visit Canada.
    1 entry
    652 people
  13. 13. become a musician, or at least learn how to play an instrument that's well-respected within the music community.
    1 entry
    1 person
  14. 14. visit Austin, Texas.
    1 entry
    10 people
  15. 15. build a snowman army.
    1 entry
    2 people
  16. 16. own a plastic ball pit like those at Chuck E. Cheese.
    1 entry . 2 cheers
    1 person
  17. 17. write a satirical, humorous memoir.
    1 entry
    1 person
  18. 18. learn how to blow smoke rings.
    1 entry
    18 people
  19. 19. become part of an improv group or at least an improv sketch.
    1 entry
    1 person
  20. 20. learn how to silk screen.
    1 entry
    23 people
  21. 21. write for a comedy show.
    1 entry
    5 people
  22. 22. skydive -- cliched, I know.
    1 entry
    1 person
  23. 23. fire a gun.
    1 entry
    176 people
  24. 24. spend a night in a real haunted house.
    1 entry
    1 person
  25. 25. be someone's best man at his wedding.
    1 entry
    1 person
  26. 26. learn to skateboard.
    1 entry
    1,569 people
  27. 27. Create a cookbook.
    19 people
  28. 28. create the Anatomy of a Hipster book for publishing.
    1 person

How I did it
How to live in New York City, even for a month or two.
It took me
4 years
It made me
New Yorkie.


How to gather a few close friends, a bottle of wine or whiskey, and listen to music.
It took me
1 day
It made me
Pretty drunk.


How to reconnect with long, lost friends or rarely-seen friends...
It took me
1 day
It made me
Friendly


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Recent entries
drink absinthe (read all 2 entries…)
Okay... but still worth trying.

Went to a martini bar last night, and I was surprised they had an absinthe martini on their cocktail list. Naturally, I was excited to try absinthe, so I ordered it.

Now it may have been the gin that was mixed in the martini, but the drink wasn’t that great. Absinthe has that deep, somewhat overwhelming licorice flavor to it, and I’ll be honest, I’m not a fan of licorice. No weird, trippy after effects (probably on the account that it’s both a mixed drink and maybe not even real absinthe), no surreal, drunken stupor.

Bottomline: it’s “okay,” but not something that I was really impressed by. I’m just glad that my friend was able to knock my drink over as she was going to the bathroom, and I was able to leave that fairly mediocre (yet expensive) drink in a pool of licorice liquid and broken glass.



take a government, school, or some kind of officially issued photograph while wearing an eyepatch.
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I think it’d be funny. I would make it appear that I had genuinely injured my eye and the eyepatch was prescribed by a doctor. Seriously, are they going to ask for medical documents?

If not the eyepatch, then some kind of ridiculous disguise.



have a single piece of my artwork sell for over $100, $200.
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Yeah, I’m a sellout, but I’m poor.



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