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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Entries from everyone

As a Phoenix RisingCounting this as done since I am selling this house and moving.

Soon, at least. I know a young man that will come and do non-repair stuff.

when I buy a new house, I’ll see if I need a handyman to come. 2 years ago

As a Phoenix RisingMy helper

came over and put the smoke detectors back up, took down the swallows now vacated nest, swept the porch and cleaned all three of the rocking chairs. took the vacuum upstairs for me and helped me fix the window with the stained glass in it.

i told him he had to plan on helping me until i was 93, which meant he couldn’t move from town unless he planned on frequent returns with a help me day included. he laughed and said he’d just tell the schools, nope, you’re to far. i need to be able to help over here.

yes, well. i think that’s a fine thing to tell those schools! 2 years ago

As a Phoenix RisingNot exactly, but at least a helping hand

a jack of all trades guy I met through the work fall football night may help out here. He substitutes doing just about everything but bus driving (And is working on being able to do that) in several districts in the county, is a roadie for bands that come play in the county, does labor for the hot air balloon company in north county. I met him again this spring when I dropped off a signed contract and hiring paperwork at a recruiters house before I left on vacation and he was hanging curtain rods. With memories of woody woodpecker having been at my own curtain rod hanging attempts I inquired within.

Today he came round to take a look at all the ways I need a second, stronger person to help me. Get down boxes that are up high so I can empty them. Rearrange the garage and bring everything from Mom’s storage unit and fit it in the garage and house so I can stop paying for that storage unit. Stuff like that.

I’ve figured out when I need to call in professionals (back yard pathway concrete or pavers, etc.) and when I don’t.

I don’t know how often he’ll be available, but I’m ready to focus on the house. I’ve been away almost four months. I’ll spend the next four or fice months home working on the house. Seems fair. 2 years ago

As a Phoenix RisingList for a Handyman

1. Install a bolted to the wall type shower curtain rod in the upstairs bath since I am not strong enough to keep the spring rod from constantly falling down at the slightest touch.

2. Hang Mom’s winged scarob painting now that the wires are fixed so it can get up off the hall floor and have dignity and respect.

3. Open the back of the useless corner cabinet so those shelves could be put to good use.

4. Lower the heavy mirror in the downstairs bathroom two inches (or enough to cover the messy patch job)

5. Raise the two venitian mirrors in the master bathroom so they don’t hang down over the tile backsplash.

6. 2 years ago

As a Phoenix RisingI gave one a try.

I think he is expensive at $45 an hour. He is nice enough and he did a good job with installing the curtain rods.

I will need to be better orgainzed with what needs to be done at that price. No gabing at the start, just get to work and gab once the check is written.

I am likely to try someone less expensive next. I saw an ad for a retired contractor at $30 per hour. 3 years ago

As a Phoenix RisingA recommendation received

for a handyman from someone at work. Credible reommendation. I need to make the time to make the call. I think the 1st thing a handyman asks is what do you need done, so I want to make the list before I call. 3 years ago

As a Phoenix RisingWay over due in embracing this idea

I looked on craigslist and emailed to myself the couple ads that were there.

I think I will make a list of everything I need done around the house and then set up interviews. If I could set up a regular monthly handyman visit of maybe 2 hours a month, then I would be able to budget the expense and keep an ongoing list of items to be tended to. It seems most projects could be done in two hours. 4 years ago


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