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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.

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flying irishmanSome observations about Tucson

10. Has a large over educatd low income scholarly community.
9. Is nearly surrounded by mountains, some scow-capped in winter.
8. May be blazing hot, but is usually a few degrees cooler than the concrete jungle to the north.
7. Has preserved its art & cultural communities around Fourth Avenue and South Tucson.
6. Has so many bike lanes, an undergrad can get around fine without a car.
5. Is a bastion of liberal thought in a state known for right-wing fanaticism.
4. Has the country’s best inexpensive Mexican restaurants.
3. Has the country’s best expensive Mexican restaurants.
2. Borders Sabino Canyon.
1. Is the best city to take in a late summer monsoon thunderstorm. 2 years ago


flying irishmanFavorite Female Pop/Rock Singers

I’ve been listening to a lot of good female singers lately. These ten are current favorites among the living. I should add I’m hardly an expert. I couldn’t recognize a song by Taylor Swift if I heard one, for instance, despite her many Emmy Awards. I’d be curious to hear one actually.

11 Emily Haines
10 Shirley Manson
9 Natalie Merchant
8 Nieko Case
7 Tori Amos
6 Gwen Stefani
5 Pink
4 Beyonce Knowles
3 Adele
2 Norah Jones
1 Regina Spektor 2 years ago


flying irishmanPlaces I'd like to visit

10 Tarbean
9 Winterfell
8 Thendara
7 Roke
6 Erlenstar Mountain
5 Benden Weyr
4 Eubaricon
3 Buckkeep
2 Cair Paravel
1 Gondolin 2 years ago


flying irishmanMy Favorite Woody Allen movies

10 A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy
9 Crimes and Misdemeanors
8 Alice
7 Vicky Christina Barcelona
6 Hannah and Her Sisters
5 Sleepers
4 Manhattan
3 Love and Death
2 Sweet and Lowdown
1 Annie Hall 2 years ago


flying irishmanSome movies I've seen this year

No Strings Attached C
Lebanon, PA B
Rabbit Hole B
Box Elder A/B
Myth of the American Sleepover A
Em A
Swedish Auto B/C
Tiny Furniture B
Shame A/B
Love the Hard Way A/B
The Hunger Games A/B
Janie Jones A
No Looking Back B/C
The Avengers C
The Off Hours A/B
Cabin in the Woods B/C
Melancholia A/B
The Fat Boy Chronicles C/D
Albatross B
Seducing Charlie Barker B
The Grey B
Uncle Kent B/C
Ten Tiny Love Stories A
Submarine A/B 2 years ago


flying irishmanStates

My wife and I are yet to visit together:

Vermont
Maine
New Hampshire
Ohio
Indiana
Michigan
Virginia
West Virginia
North Carolina
South Carolina
North Dakota
South Dakota
Montana
Idaho
Utah
Oregon
Alaska
Hawaii
Wyoming 2 years ago


flying irishmanFunniest movies

How I’d love to go to a good comedy tonight! But as usual, I don’t know of any. Here are my favorites, more or less in order. I’m taking recommendations, by the way, so if I’m missing one of your very favorites, please let me know.

Bringing Up Baby
Sleeper
Bad Santa
Airplane
A Christmas Story
Election
Love and Death
Groundhog Day
Tootsie
Duck Soup
Harvey
Animal House
40-Year-Old Virgin
Annie Hall
The Graduate
Clerks
Diner
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Dumb and Dumber
Heaven Can Wait
Office Space
Sweet and Lowdown
Knocked Up
Caddyshack
Ghostbusters
Rushmore
Planes, Trains & Automobiles
Swingers
Father of the Bride (original version)
A Fish Called Wanda
Raising Arizona
Major League
Big
Stripes
Take the Money and Run 2 years ago


flying irishmanSongs I'm listening to while on the elliptical.

The elliptical sort of encourages you to hit replay, I’ve discovered.

Age of Consent
Because the Night (live)
Between the Bars
Bizarre Love Triangle
Common People
Corona
Crash Years
Eet
Everybody’s Changing
The Fake Headlines
Feeling Good
Flagpole Sitta
Let Down
Only Happy When It Rains
Orange Juice
Paper Planes
Please Don’t Leave Me
Push It
Say Yes
This Too Shall Pass
Us
West End Girls
1901
1995 2 years ago


flying irishmanSome college/pro football or baseball stadiums where I've seen a game:

1 Kaufman
2 Arrowhead
3 Arizona
4 Memorial (Lawrence)
5 Sun Devil
6 University of Phoenix
7 Shea
8 Busch
9 Edward Jones Dome
10 Metrodome
11 Kingdome
12 Faurot Field/Memorial
13 Frank Sancet
14 Packard 2 years ago


flying irishmanThings our 11-month-old terrier has chewed up this week:

10 woman’s razor (plastic handle and clip for blade)
9 woman’s knee length black leather boot (esp heel)
8 a baker’s dozen mechanical pencils
7 a bottle of carpenter’s glue
6 soft plastic prescription bottles
5 walking shoes
4 corner of baseboards
3 container of Super Glue Gel (targeted soft plastic cap)
2 empty bottle of diet coke
1 baker’s dozen socks 2 years ago


flying irishman10 Towns/Cities in the U.S. I'd like to visit in the next five years:

10 Eureka, Calif.
9 Steamboat Springs, Colo.
8 Monument Valley, Utah
7 Kodiak, Alaska
6 Bar Harbor, Maine
5 Supai, Ariz.
4 Montpelier, Vermont
3 Whitefish, Montana
2 Stevens Point, Wisc.
1 Honolulu 2 years ago


flying irishmanLong Playlist, Old Songs and Older Songs

Adventures in Solitude
Age of Consent
Another Town
Are You Gonna Be My Girl
Because the Night
Better
Bizarre Love Triangle
Blue Lips
Breathless
Complicated
Crash Years
Crazy
Crazy in Love
Eet
Everybody’s Changing
Expresso Love
Fake Empire
The Fake Headlines
Feeling Good
Fidelity
Flagpole Sitta
Gimme Sympathy
Goody Two Shoes
Head and Heart
Hell
Hey Ya!
Horchata
In the Summertime
Is It Any Wonder?
Jambalaya
Jane
The Kiss
La Grange
Layla
Let Down
Like a Friend
Middle of Nowhere
Mr. Jones
Mutiny I Promise You
On My Way
One More Time With Feeling
Only Happy When It Rains
Paper Planes
Please Don’t Leave Me
Prince Caspian
Push It
Slide
Somewhere Only We Know
Spaceman
Summer in the City
This Too Shall Pass
Torn
Two Birds
The Underdog
Us
Walk On
You and I
You Got Your Cherry Bomb
You Don’t Know
1901
1995 2 years ago


flying irishmanSome books I read in 2011

The Wise Man’s Fear
JD Salinger: A Life
A Great and Terrible Beauty
Happy Baby
Dream Catcher: A Memoir
A Life Without Consequences
Blue Nude
One Day
A Dance With Dragons
Messages From My Father
The Disreputable History of Francis Landau-Banks
Nine Princes in Amber
Cherry
Honey, Baby, Sweetheart
Such a Pretty Girl
Half Broke Horses
The Witch at Blackbird Pond 2 years ago


flying irishman22 Favorite YA Novels

22 Rumblefish
21 The Witch of Bluebird Pond
20 That Was Then, This Is Now
19 The Pigman
18 Homecoming
17 If I Love You, Am I Trapped Forever?
16 Tex
15 Z for Zachariah
14 Forever
13 Ender’s Game
12 A Wizard of Earthsea
11 Anne of Green Gables
10 Dicey’s Song
9 The Forgotten Beasts of Eld
8 The Outsiders
7 Go Ask Alice
6 The Secret Language of Goldfish
5 A Solitary Blue
4 In Summer
3 Jacob Have I Loved
2 The Chocolate War
1 The Catcher in the Rye 2 years ago


flying irishman23 Favorite Vacation Spots

23. Philadelphia
22. Niagara Falls
21. Door County
20. NYC
19. Tucson
18. Bisbee
17. Lawrence
16. Larned
15 New Orleans
14. Huntington Beach
13. San Diego
12. Chicago
11. Amelia Island
10. Rocky Mountain National Park
9. Everglades National Park
8. Los Angeles
7. Phoenix
6. Flagstaff
5. Havasupai
4. Lake Tahoe
3. Puerto Vallarta
2. San Francisco
1. Southwestern Ireland 2 years ago


flying irishman13 Favorite Sitcoms

13 Taxi
12 Newhart
11 Friends
10 The Odd Couple
9 The Cosby Show
8 Fraser
7 Sports Night
6 Honeymooners
5 All in the Family
4 Soap
3 Mary Tyler Moore
2 Seinfeld
1 I Love Lucy 2 years ago


flying irishman14 favorite tv dramas

1 Six Feet Under
2 Mad Men
3 The Wire
4 St. Elsewhere
5 In Treatment
6 Upstairs Downstairs
7 Hill Street Blues
8 The Tudors
9 Rome
10 Thirtysomething
11 Friday Night Lights
13 Freaks and Geeks
14 The Twilight Zone 2 years ago


flying irishman10 poems by American-born poets I wish I'd written

10 Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
9 My father moved through dooms of love
8 The Face
7 My Mother’s Lips
6 Lying in a Hammock at William Duffy’s Farm in Pine Island, Minn.
5 Elephants
4 Heroic Simile
3 I Am a Book I Neither Wrote nor Read
2 The Poet at Seventeen
1 Sheep in Fog 2 years ago


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