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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Jeff WeltonHouses on both sides sold

Next door right – Mark & Stacey, dogs Abby and Deuce
Next door left – Cathy and ? and the other tenant? and landlord?
2 down left – Earle and JoAnn
3 down left – would like to meet this couple and young children
4 down left – Joe and Jan and their two dogs
Across the street – Laura and John, Katie and ?, ?, ?
Way down the street – Diane and Skip
Should learn the couple that remember Evelyn’s name 1 week ago


Jeff Welton#14 Armageddon's Children

Armageddon’s Children by Terry Brooks. Really liked it although there is no resolution and it’s all just set up for the next two books. I was worried when he introduced so many storylines but it wasn’t overwhelming. The characters are also captivating. 1 week ago


Jeff Welton#43 - Brideshead Revisited

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh. Some decent sections but most of it I just tried to get through. 2 weeks ago


Jeff Welton#42 - Cold Sassy Tree

Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns. A neat portrait of early 20th century southern life. Vivid characters and intriguing plot. Spoiler alert: The absolute shock was during a normal scene suddenly it said, “the shot rang out about the time Papa set foot in the dining room.” Really didn’t see that coming at all. 4 weeks ago


Jeff Welton15 - 18

15. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jacks Keats
16. The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
17. Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
18. Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein 4 weeks ago


Jeff WeltonHouses on both side for sale

Next door right – Mark & ?, dogs Abby and Duke
Next door right – Cathy and ? and the other tenant?
2 down left – Earle and JoAnn
3 down left – would like to meet this couple and young children
4 down left – Joe and Jan and their two dogs
Across the street – Laura and John, Katie and ?, ?, ?
Way down the street – Diane and Skip
Should learn the couple that remember Evelyn’s name 4 weeks ago


Jeff Welton#41 - A Death in the Family

A Death in the Family by James Agee. A super analytical book that covers the minutia and thoughts of those around an unexpected death. The children’s thoughts were especially intriguing and poignant. 1 month ago


Jeff Welton 5 years ago


Jeff WeltonCompleted (by luck)

I won the Sallie Mae Great Giveaway. Each month Sallie Mae selects one person and pays off their student loans up to $25,000. I had $11,000 remaining. All you have to do to enter is give them your email. 1 month ago


Jeff Welton#40 - Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak. His creatures are so intriguing. It strikes me that he might have had people in mind when he made each one. 1 month ago


Jeff Welton#13 The Time Machine

The Time Machine by H.G.Wells. Well told and an intriguing view of humanity’s future. 1 month ago


Jeff Welton14 done

12. Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak
13. Green Eggs and Ham, Dr. Seuss
14. Knuffle Bunny, Mo Willems 1 month ago


Jeff Welton#37-39

I have redefined the goal about reading to my daughter and added one about reading to my son. Therefore, there are a few more on the list I can cross off since I was saving them to re-read with my children.
37. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
38. The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien
39. Little House on the Prarie, Laura Ingalls Wilder 1 month ago


Jeff WeltonRedefining - 11 done

I’ve decided to redefine this goal using Scholastic Parent & Child magazine’s list of 100 Greatest Books for Kids. We have already read several:
1. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
2. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
3. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
4. Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt
5. Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
6. The Mitten by Jan Brett
7. Moo, Baa, La La La by Sandra Boynton
8. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr
9. Llama, Llama, Red Pajama, by Anna Dewdney
10. Gossie by Olivier Dunrea
11. First Words by Roger Priddy 1 month ago


Jeff Welton#12 The Chrysalids

The Chrysalids by John Wyndham. Superbly written, great story, excellent plotting and violent without being gruesome. Highly recommended. 2 months ago


Jeff Welton#36 - The Jungle

“The Jungle” by Upton Sinclair. Not at all what I expected from the little I heard about it in history class. I didn’t realize it was fiction. For some reason it was a very slow read but mostly enjoyable. 2 months ago


Jeff Welton#11 The Giver

The Giver by Lois Lowry. The middle schoolers I have worked with read this in their English class but I’ve never read it. I loved it and it raised lots of good ideas. 3 months ago


Jeff Welton#10 Logan's Run

Logan’s Run by Nolan & Johnson. I highly doubt any society would elect to limit lifespan to the 20’s when most of the people in power and older. I found the book frustratingly quick. Just after establishing a really interesting location or character we were already moving onto the next. I know the idea was that he was running, but still, it felt like a waste. 3 months ago


Jeff Welton#9 The Children of Men

The Children of Men by P.D. James was an intriguing concept of the entire world’s male population becoming infertile. 4 months ago


Jeff Welton#8 The Road

The Road by Cormac McCarthy was a fast and fun read. I loved the style (no chapters, no quotation marks, etc) and the story was intriguing. 5 months ago


Jeff WeltonAlready read - 7 read

I enjoy Dystopian fiction over regular science fiction novels. I am setting this goal to force me to find additional novels in this genre. I have already read:
1. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
2. 1984 by George Orwell
3. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
4. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
5. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
6. The Wanting Seed by Anthony Burgess
7. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline 5 months ago


Jeff Welton 5 months ago


Jeff WeltonBig progress

I received approval of my Teacher Loan Forgiveness application. $17,500 forgiven. About $11,000 still to pay. 9 months ago


Jeff Welton95.5 to go

16.5 hours of SEPUP training at my new science magnet school. 11 months ago


Jeff Welton112 to go

4 hours of various first day of school (for teachers) presentations. Nothing stupendous. 11 months ago


Jeff Welton#35 - House of Mirth

“The House of Mirth” by Edith Wharton. An intriguing downward spiral for a member just on the edges of the NYC elite. 11 months ago


Jeff WeltonIn the cave

I don’t think she really “saw” anything but just felt an ominous presence that she thought was trying to harm her and assumed it was her friend. Quite possible it was the guide watching her. 12 months ago


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