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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I'm doing 40 things

TG's Life List

  1. 1. Read 1,000,000 pages
    8 entries . 181 cheers
    16 people
  2. 2. Learn to whistle between my fingers
    3 entries . 194 cheers
    35 people
  3. 3. Try 43 new kinds of beer
    2 entries . 146 cheers
    2 people
  4. 4. Exchange rocks with at least 43 43ers
    8 entries . 97 cheers
    4 people
  5. 5. Climb all 54 Colorado 14ers
    1 entry . 96 cheers
    21 people
  6. 6. Visit all of the provinces and territories in Canada
    2 entries . 80 cheers
    39 people
  7. 7. Visit all of the National Parks in Canada
    1 entry . 78 cheers
    2 people
  8. 8. Rejoin the Colorado Mountain Club (and actually do some trips with them!)
    7 entries . 52 cheers
    1 person
  9. 9. Hike to the top of all of the peaks visible from Denver
    1 entry . 69 cheers
    1 person
  10. 10. Visit all the National Parks in the US
    1 entry . 129 cheers
    26 people
  11. 11. Hike the Colorado Trail
    1 entry . 83 cheers
    27 people
  12. 12. Try 43 new foods
    9 entries . 115 cheers
    15 people
  13. 13. Work on my secret goal...with the help of other 43thingers!!!
    23 entries . 52 cheers
    2 people
  14. 14. Own an original artwork
    4 entries . 117 cheers
    3 people
  15. 15. Climb all 50 state highpoints
    1 entry . 62 cheers
    14 people
  16. 16. Do something fun that isn't covered under another goal
    46 entries . 55 cheers
    1 person
  17. 17. Save some goals for after retirement
    3 entries . 56 cheers
    1 person
  18. 18. Attend my daughter's college graduation
    9 entries . 118 cheers
    2 people
  19. 19. Climb all of Colorado's county highpoints
    2 entries . 30 cheers
    1 person
  20. 20. Visit the Great Lakes Brewing Co (and whatever else is interesting in Cleveland, OH)
    9 entries . 31 cheers
    1 person
  21. 21. Sit somewhere with a great view, a great friend, and a damn decent bottle of wine.
    1 entry . 93 cheers
    103 people
  22. 22. Make a list of 100 movie quotes
    25 entries . 51 cheers
    61 people
  23. 23. Hike 43 trails, routes, or sections of trail that are new to me
    3 entries . 41 cheers
    1 person
  24. 24. Travel to "everywhere" in that Johnny Cash song
    3 entries . 95 cheers
    36 people
  25. 25. Try 43 kinds of cheese I've never had before
    21 entries . 60 cheers
    0 people
  26. 26. Do all of the hikes in my "60 hikes within 60 miles: Denver and Boulder" guidebook
    2 entries . 36 cheers
    1 person
  27. 27. Own a Foole Original
    1 entry . 23 cheers
    2 people
  28. 28. What's this? Post photos occasionally & see if people can figure out what they are
    11 entries . 25 cheers
    2 people
  29. 29. Photograph 43 Sunrises
    28 entries . 68 cheers
    5 people
  30. 30. try geocaching
    2 entries . 56 cheers
    176 people
  31. 31. Show the postcards I receive from fellow 43'ers :)
    67 entries . 26 cheers
    3 people
  32. 32. Post photos of signs I think are amusing, infuriating, have great double meanings, etc.
    13 entries . 34 cheers
    1 person
  33. 33. Photodocument all of the T-shirts that I own (and maybe even get rid of a few of them afterwards ;) )
    13 entries . 24 cheers
    1 person
  34. 34. Document all of my home repairs- you know, the kinda crap that caused me to wait until I was 50 to buy a house ;)
    6 entries . 23 cheers
    1 person
  35. 35. Post random thoughts, observations, suggestions, etc.
    340 entries . 34 cheers
    3 people
  36. 36. Scatter Mom's ashes in significant places
    3 entries . 41 cheers
    1 person
  37. 37. Use up some of the food and beverages I have stockpiled
    99 entries . 32 cheers
    1 person
  38. 38. List at least 43 pet peeves
    12 entries . 13 cheers
    2 people
  39. 39. list 43 things I like about myself
    8 entries . 39 cheers
    128 people
  40. 40. Try 43 different combinations to flavor my oatmeal (so I don't get too bored with eating it)
    7 entries . 15 cheers
    1 person
  41. 41. Start getting out again
    9 entries . 13 cheers
    1 person
  42. 42. No beer on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in 2014 (except for special occasions!)
    7 entries . 5 cheers
    1 person
  43. 43. Document my gardening, landscaping, and all of that kinda stuff- 2014
    7 cheers
    1 person
  44. 44. Post at least 43 photos of mushrooms and other fungi for JaneMarie
    1 entry . 6 cheers
    1 person
  45. 45. Pass on at least 43 books that I'm done with to other 43ers who would like them
    13 entries . 13 cheers
    1 person
  46. 46. Ride my bike(s) 4343 miles
    44 entries . 25 cheers
    2 people
  47. 47. Walk 500 miles, then walk 500 more, just to be the one who walked 1000 miles.
    8 entries . 33 cheers
    1 person
  48. 48. Have at least 43 bumper stickers, magnets, etc. on my car
    26 entries . 24 cheers
    1 person

How I did it
How to live half my life in Colorado
It took me
25 years
It made me

Recent entries
Work on my secret goal...with the help of other 43thingers!!! (read all 23 entries…)
#25 August 18, 2014

25/43 = 58.1%

Well, I didn’t think I’d get to post this one because I expected the site to be read-only by now, but it looks like I’m going to be able to slip in one more entry on this long-term goal. Unfortunately, I’m going to have to take the goal to PopClogs for completion. But despite the demise of 43T, I’m definitely not giving up on it! :)

Any 43ers in Missouri who would like to help out while I’m there in October? You can find me on PopClogs as “43erTG”

Get (or renew) a passport (read all 2 entries…)
Last completed goal here

I think that this one is appropriate for my last goal on 43T- a passport seems to imply moving on and new adventures.

Saturday morning I’ll be heading out for a 2-week vacation to Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. It seems very weird (and sad) to know that I’ll never be posting about this trip on 43T, sharing it with my friends here. But who knows, maybe someday I’ll get around to posting about it on PopClogs ;)

For those who aren’t planning on opening an account there- if you’d like to keep in touch, my email is

Thanks to all of my friends here, past and present. I’m not saying goodbye, but au revoir- I hope we meet again :)

My last "I've given up on" goal :(

This will be the last goal on 43T I mark as “I’ve given up on.” The Robots seem unwilling to consider any proposals to keep the site open, and we’re now only a few days away from the date where they’re locking down the site to new entries. I’ve created an account on PopClogs (“43erTG” to anyone who doesn’t already know- I hope to see you there!) and I’ve backed up my content from this site.

I know that I haven’t been on here much for the last several months. I’m reminded of a goal by another 43er (thanks Bill!), which was to meet someone special enough that they wouldn’t spend so much time on 43T. My life is still in flux, which I hope it will always be, but I’m in relationships with two women who I love and who love me. I truly feel bad about ignoring my 43T relationships over the last several months, but I hope that those of you who feel slighted or forgotten can understand.

I’m not going to close my account here- I’m going to let it fade into cyberspace when the site closes down. But I do want to say that I’m eternally grateful to the site- and, much more, to those who I’ve made contact with here- for the years of love, support, and friendship. There have been times that I don’t know how I would have made it through without my friends here. I think, and hope, that I’ve been able to provide the same support to others. This may be the end of a very special place but I thank you all and hope to see most of you around on PopClogs.

With love and best wishes to all of my friends here,


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