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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jaklumenMore practice at the gym

Sometimes I do better than I think I do. I’ve been finding more opportunities. 4 years ago

jaklumenMore practice

I’ve been enjoying chatting in Spanish with someone from Spain on VOX and I have been using it more at the gym too.
Learned some new words today although one of them is not in common use here (apparently is a Castillian term).

Practice, practice, practice. 4 years ago

jaklumenFamily Indexing

I just got back into genealogy work, which provides me with a regular outlet to read and interpret Spanish. I am working with baptismal records from Mexico, D.F., which require a fair amount of comprehension. 5 years ago

jaklumenI don't get out much.

I don’t think things have been going well.

Nothing online helps very much; many Spanish-speakers are incredibly lackadaisical about punctuation and many are using chatspeak abbreviations. Many do not understand when I say “that makes it difficult for me to understand” or are reluctant and resistant to change to help me in that regard.

I do not see our neighbors often enough to really practice, either. 6 years ago

jaklumenA bit to eat at the taco wagon.

We were off to the farmer’s market last Saturday, but I forgot it was in the morning. We picked up something to eat at a nearby taco wagon, and I realized I had to order entirely in Spanish.

It was good practice for me, and I know my wife was following along a little bit better in some places than I was.

Nothing like good ol’ downhome Mexican cooking. 6 years ago

jaklumenNo idea the white guy in the corner could understand them

At the gym, no less, I caught the tail end of a conversation in the steam room. When I snuck in, some ladies were chattering away in Spanish about English only attitudes, or something like that.

Part of it was, “and then he told me, ‘you’ll have to learn English if you’re going to live in this country.’ Well, I have no intention of leaving…”

Then another guy came in and suddenly they dropped their conversation to about half-volume. snort What, am I the invisible gavacho or something? I was about to say “tienes razón”, because I believe in lingual exchange, but never got the chance. 6 years ago

jaklumenDid they speak more clearly, or have I gotten better?

Caught snippets of conversations out in the gym lobby while I was reading the paper, after a visit.

I could not piece together complete understandings but I understood a lot more. They seemed to speak fairly clearly with crisp tones; I have come across so many that mumble (usually 1st gen. Mexican Americans or migrants).

Was tempted to indicate I understood but was not sure what to add and felt too awkward interrupting. I did understand one was relating his Cinco De Mayo plans with family. 6 years ago

jaklumenMore chat with the hombre at the gym

Well, the subject more or less is still injury recovery, but I had some opportunity to talk about family, possibly moving, etc. Gives me a chance to stretch out vocabulary a little even if I don’t remember the word right away. 6 years ago

jaklumenOnline chat

Was talking to a guy who has a Honduran girlfriend—there was a particular word for Honduran he used but I can’t remember right now.

I realized I just drifted into Spanish without too much thought. He has a good opportunity, as she speaks little English, and he is learning a lot of Spanish already. 6 years ago

jaklumenTalking with the hombre at the gym...

Same Hispanic guy. Mostly small talk—just talking about how bad the weather and the roads had been. Still using the crutch of retreating back to English occasionally, but not bad. 6 years ago

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