An Informal Survey - Please Vote

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Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.

June 16 is both Fresh Veggie Day and National Fudge Day.  Deciding which to celebrate is just too stressful for me to handle... Where should I begin?

Simply asking for help from my distinguished peers on Activerain would probably not catch their attention, however.

So, as an experienced real estate agent who is somewhat familiar with many valuable resources on the Internet (I use them for my world-renowned blog, after all), I decided to approach this the same way I would any tough real estate choice...

  • The first thing I did was visit iclipart.com to look for photos (since I have an annual subscription to that site and there's no additional per-image fee).  I found these fresh carrots and this chocolate fudge cake and felt they would do very nicely to catch the eye of readers.
  • Next, I used picnik.com to create this 2-photo collage for you.  (I visit this site nearly daily to use one of its many functions, so I chose the upgrade rather than the free version.)
  • Then I visited surveymonkey.com and created a survey, using my basic free subscription. (Unfortunately, "free" means they will throw in some random survey AFTER you participate in the veggie vs. fudge survey, demonstrating why you may wish to upgrade to a paid version of survey monkey or other online survey-builder.)

Now this difficult decision is in your hands, my friends...  PLEASE VOTE, and the results will help us all decide on our menu for dinner tonight.  Veggies or fudge or both, that is the question.

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P.S. This blog post may also help Activerain Newbies see how free and inexpensive online resources can enhance your blog.  There's no need to settle for "just" asking a question or posting a wall of words.

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This infoMargaret Wodarmation was provided to you by Margaret Woda, an Associate Broker with Long & Foster Real Estate in Crofton Maryland. Contact Margaret today for general real estate information or to learn how she can help you buy or sell a home in Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton, Davidsonville, Gambrills, and Odenton. 

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Dee Bundy
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Well, Margaret, it's a good thing I read this in the morningtime while my day still has some semblance of good health.  I voted veggie but if you'd asked me after 7pm there would be no question on it being fudge! :)

Jun 16, 2010 04:43 AM #16
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Hey, Richard, thanks for featuring this in "Whacked" - LOL.

I'm glad you all are enjoying this, but really... where are the Activerain Newbies who might learn something from this exercise.  I'm seeing a lot of "old" familiar faces and names on these comments! 

And I thank you ALL for your comments, old or new, young or "seasoned" (I think that's what they're calling us now) - regardless of your political position on this question.

Jun 16, 2010 05:12 AM #17
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Chris Ann Cleland
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What a clever way to let us know about your clip art source, artistic tools and the survey tool.  Now I'm off to vote.

Jun 16, 2010 05:50 AM #18
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Marilyn Harrell
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voting for BOTH -

Jun 16, 2010 06:16 AM #19
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Robin Rogers
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Hi, Margaret:

I'm lucky that I love vegetables and don't have much of a sweet tooth. But fudge is very tempting. I just saw a rerun of one of my favorite shows, Peter Perfect, featuring Pauline's Handmade Fudge and was very, very tempted to order some. But it would melt by the time it got here.

Cheers,

Robin

Jun 16, 2010 06:46 AM #20
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Michael J. O'Connor
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I would have prefered to see side-by-side photos of fudge blended by your neat little tool that I've just now discovered.

But in a nod to your desire to see veggies in the mix, I've voted for 'both'. 

Thanks for an interesting post.  :-)

Jun 16, 2010 03:37 PM #21
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Cool post. Vote for the fudge!  YUMMO

Jun 16, 2010 03:50 PM #22
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Margaret - I voted for both, just because I could.  :)  Enjoy your meal!

Jun 16, 2010 05:42 PM #23
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Who knew my hard drive would "go" in the midst of this...  I'm writing this on my i-Phone, to let you know that I'll have to check survey results when I get in front of a REAL computer - hopefully later today.  I promise to come back asap.

Jun 17, 2010 01:20 AM #24
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Cynthia Larsen
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That was too easy!  NEXT.  (#3, both)

Jun 17, 2010 12:06 PM #25
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Richard Byron Smith, NMLS #184479
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Fudge.

Anytime you can celebrate fudge you should take advantage.

Jun 18, 2010 08:45 AM #26
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Great illustration of how we can use online tools in our blogs.  I too use Picnik almost daily.  I haven't upgraded yet, but probably will very soon.  It seems I keep thinking of more ways to use the site!

By the way, FUDGE trumps veggies everytime!

Jun 19, 2010 09:14 AM #27
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Russell Lewis
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Oh Margaret, I love this post! I have been more cognizant of what I eat lately after watching Food Inc. and reading the Omnivores Dilemma but in spite of eating healthier I still LOVE all things chocolate! OK...I am now off to take the survey :-)

Jun 19, 2010 02:34 PM #28
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Sandy Nelson
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I'll vote for chocolate every time.

Jun 20, 2010 05:24 PM #29
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Love the integration of the information of online tools with the survey on carrots or chocolate!  Great post!  As for me...I voted for the chocolate...of course.

Jun 22, 2010 06:07 PM #30
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SURVEY RESULTS:

29 people participated in the survey.

  • Eat fresh carrots (or other vegetable):  24.1%
  • Eat brownie fudge cake (or other yummy fudge dessert):  24.1%
  • Eat both (fresh veggies will neutralize calories in fudge):  51.7%

'Hope you enjoyed this.  I had fun just thinking about it when I discovered these two celebrations fell on the same day.

Jun 23, 2010 12:01 AM #31
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Hi Margaret, I am a raw veggies and fresh fruit person. Unlike one of our past presidents, though I hate cooked broccoli, I love it raw. Not a regular chocolate lover ( like once in while ), give me a veggie tray and maybe a dip and this guy is very happy. Fav veggies are broccoli,sweet red pepper, tomatoes, carrots, celery , cabbage, green pepper, radishes, cucumbers. Favorite veg that is heated is corn on the cob. But did eat raw as a kid. :-)

Jun 23, 2010 06:17 PM #32
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I had fudge and veggies to celebrate the day, I do like the red bell peppers the best.

Jun 25, 2010 06:26 PM #33
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Margaret Woda
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William - I like fruit and veggies, too, but don't eat enough of them because cookies and chips seem so much more convenient.  Gosh, that does sound stupid, doesn't it?  Anyway, I'm not really a fudge person, so I'll pass on that.

Red peppers with onion or garden dip... I could buy that!

Jun 26, 2010 01:20 AM #34
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Definitely fudge.  I am convinced that good fudge is almost real food.

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