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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Join a credit union and switch my accounts


Entries from everyone

joie de vivreThis is another goal which has changed in character

I set up the account at the credit union, but my husband never bothered to sign the card, so it’s just sitting there, only in my name. I will contact the credit union, and make sure that they know that he will not be on the account. This will be the first step in my personal financial independence. 6 months ago

joie de vivresigned and activated

the debit card.

The next time I sit down to pay bills, I’ll start transiting over autopayments. 16 months ago

joie de vivreStep one

I joined Sound Credit Union. Their branch is over by the new Wal-Mart, not my favorite location, but I’ll live.

Step two will be to get my husband to go over and sign the cards, so he can be on the account, too.

Step three will be to order checks. I don’t want to do that until step two is completed. 16 months ago

sierrakOpened My Accounts at Great Basin CU

Yesterday I opened two accounts at Great Basin CU here in Reno. The young lady who helped me was very friendly and knowledgeable.

I can’t wait to close my account at the Nasty Big Bank. I just need to wait until my initial deposit at the Credit Union clears so we can start to pay the bills from it. 2 years ago

sierrakNeed a Credit Union in Nevada

I already have a credit union account in Colorado, so I know how great credit unions are. Just waiting for Mr. K to get his Nevada license so it will be easier to get our account opened. 3 years ago

joie de vivreHistory

When we moved here, I did research on all the local community banks, and decided to go with Pacific First Federal Savings because they had an excellent record of lending to all people in the community.

Washington Mutual bought PFF. That was tough, but at that time, WaMu was still a local savings bank, and we went along with it.

Fast forward to the Great Recession. WaMu craters under its load of junky loans. It is purchased by Chase.

We now have our accounts at Chase, as far away from PFF conceptually as one may go. I am all too aware that we are supporting the irresponsibility of the financial system by keeping our accounts there.

I have no time, I really don’t, to deal with this. But I feel strongly that it must get done. So if I can not do it personally, I will need to oversee it happening. My husband, bless his heart, is unemployed – is there some way I can persuade him to spend time on this? What about my daughter? Does she have spare time? How can she protest at Occupy Seattle and not see the contradiction of having a Chase debit card in her wallet?

November 5 is move your money to a credit union day. I will attempt to see this completed by that day.

The first task is to research which credit unions we could belong to. The ones that are near where we live are:

Boeing Employees Credit Union
First Technology Credit Union
Watermark Credit Union
Qualstar Credit Union
AlaskaUSA Federal Credit Union

All of these are just as convenient as our local Chase branch. Arguably, since First Tech is next to Trader Joe’s, while it’s a little further away, it’s actually more convenient. 3 years ago


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