Microsoft Cloud: Would you cut and paste kids’ heads for the perfect photo?


We all know it is extremely difficult to get one good photo of all your kids. Invariably someone is making a face or looking the wrong way. But would you go as far as to cut and paste heads on from other photos to make one perfect shot?

Microsoft is marketing on their Windows 7 an editing system where you can cut good poses off of one picture and paste them onto another photo. (Abobe Photoshop has let you do that for years but the Cloud program looks pretty-idiot proof and doesn’t seem to require much training.)

But as frustrating as it is to get everyone pointed in the same direction and smiling, is it honest and representative of family life to cut and paste them into submission? Are imperfect photos what family life is really about?

How much correcting is too much correcting? What are you willing to change on photos – edit out red eye or a boo-boo? Slim your hips? Change heads? Swap out a wife or husband?

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Sounds like a...

October 27th, 2010
6:27 am

…perfectly acceptable solution to this age old problem when sending pictures that are meant to portray a “posed” situation – that add is really effective, at least to me – I would wager that they get a lot of new users for the product…

Jeff

October 27th, 2010
6:59 am

I saw this ad and the first thing I thought was some person trying to portray something they are not. In the age of trying to put up the “we are a perfect family” image it doesn’t surprise me at all.

How many families have done the kacki pants-white-top on the beach pic? It’s such a follow the crowd mentality. Take a picture of your family being unique and just being yourself. Hell, put drunk uncle Eddie in there somewhere. At least it will be real.

A

October 27th, 2010
7:05 am

Right with you Jeff! And totally agree on those tacky posed beach pictures. Why not just take unposed, natural pictures of your family doing the things everyone enjoys the most. When you look back on your pictures in 10 or 20 years, I don’t think the posed ones will hold up as well as the more spontaneous shots of your kids doing funny things.

mom of 3

October 27th, 2010
7:20 am

Real pictures not posed anyday of the week please.

mom2alex&max

October 27th, 2010
7:22 am

We have millions of pictures in “natural” and goofy poses. Once every few years we all gather for a formal pose, and yes, I’d LOVE to do this! Just to get ONE good formal pose.

Jeff

October 27th, 2010
7:23 am

I need to disclose that I was once in one of those beach pics. I was married and the pushies in her family insisted and planned the whole thing. It’s not the sole reason I’m not married anymore but it’s a good example of why it couldn’t work out. LOL. Off to make money so I can do more stuff with my daughter.

madmommy

October 27th, 2010
7:43 am

Jeff, glad to hear you seem much happier now that you are out from under a thumb. PS. I have never done the whole beach photo thing and I can only imagine how much fun that could have been for you.

I would not change a picture unless someone closed their eyes in the photo. Other wise I like the random photos taken just as we are. Some of our fav’s are when we are doing silly things like wearing goofy glasses or putting our faces into cut outs. Enjoy life, the imperfect things are what makes life fun and real.

Belle

October 27th, 2010
8:08 am

I’m always armed with my digital camera so I have thousands of natural shots, out of focus, goofy faces, kids crying, squinty eyes….you name it. And I agree that every once in a while I want a good solid posed picture. My last one was 3 years ago of my family at Christmas. I planned the whole thing, railroaded everyone into it, told them what to wear. I love the picture especially since by the following Christmas 2 of my family had passed away. Totally worth it!

I am whatever you say I am

October 27th, 2010
8:20 am

I can’t stand those photos that you usually get around Christmas that have everyone in them matchy matchy. You know, everyone is wearing the red plaid? Followed by a page long story of what the family has been doing for a year. Those “Christmas Cards” are so fake to me. They are written with the same template and no one gets a personalized message.
Puke Puke Gag Gag!!!!
Now, I can see wanting to swap out the heads if someone had their head down and you couldn’t see their face or if someone had their eyes cross-eyed while everyone looked so Leave it to Beaverish, but I think pics like that are real, not construed, definately not fake.
The caveat of being able to edit photos with this software is that one can be made to look like something they are not to portray “the perfect family”

JJ

October 27th, 2010
8:39 am

I like candid, spontaneous photos. Althought I think every family should have at least one nice family picture, professionally done, of course. I can’t stand the kacki-white shirt thing. I hate it when everyone is dressed alike. Hello, we are all individuals not some identical robots.

We have one nice family picture, that was taken around 1982. My brother and I were getting ready to go off on our own lives, and mom insisted on one family photo.

I have had my daughter and I professional photographed when she was about 13 months old. At one point the photographer paused, and my daughter put her hands on my face, and reached up to kiss me. The photographer caught it and it is the most precious picture I have. Her sweet little baby hands on my face, and the kiss. That picture is proudly display on my fireplace mantle.

We have a ton of pictures of the kids being goofy, and we just crack up every time we look at them.

Mrs. G

October 27th, 2010
8:39 am

Jeff – I think the same thing you do – about someone trying to be something that they’re not – every time I see the commercial!

The most I’ll do to a picture is fix red-eye and maybe edit out a blemish or something. I wouldn’t change heads. That said, there was this picture that my parents sent out with the Christmas cards when I was a senior in high school (of me and my brother) that I always wished they’d swapped my head in, haha…my brother was a toddler at the time and we were wearing white long-sleeved shirts and overalls (that part was cute). I, however, chose to wear glasses with blue-tinted lenses and the expression on my face basically looked like that of someone who was stoned. My brother looked adorable, but I looked like a total weirdo!

Oh – I am whatever you say I am – love those Christmas letters, hahaha. They are so braggy! My mom and I get endless joy each year out of opening them and reading them aloud to each other. One year we made our own parody letter (we didn’t send it out to anyone, but we our family got a kick out of it) that included discussion of really mundane things that no one would want to read about and then things that no one in their right mind would share, like that a stomach flu outbreak affected the entire family and we were sicker than we had ever been in our lives (and, of course, we made it somewhat crude…funnier that way). Heeheehee.

motherjanegoose

October 27th, 2010
9:01 am

I like spontaneous photos but I do appreciate a photo where everyone is wearing something goes together.

Hubby’s family had a photo shoot a 10 years ago with all the kids and grandkids
I kept asking if there was a color scheme or what, as we were coming from 800 miles away.
No news. We were the only ones not wearing jeans, old tennies, and either a sweatshirt, plaid flannel shirt or t shirt. The contrast of clothes that did not match a bit was ridiculous. I felt sorry for the photographer.

We have a dear family friend who is a photographer and he appreciates having subjects that do not have on checks, floral and plaids when sitting together for a …every few years….family photo shoot.

Sine we live a long way from many of our friends…I have done the Christmas letters for years and kept the tone informal. After reading complaints about them ( in general) in the advise columns, I stopped. Easier to just stamp our name on a card…not too personal. We had request from our friends…”what happened to your letter?” Who knows?

motherjanegoose

October 27th, 2010
9:02 am

T…my post disappeared…I am off to a meeting now…perhaps you can find it!

Becky

October 27th, 2010
9:05 am

No, I would never change anything in a “family” picture, except like Mrs. G, maybe the red eye.. Most of my siblings don’t like each other, so if we ever had a picture made, then tried to make us look perfect and happy, everyone would know that it was a fake..

TechMom

October 27th, 2010
9:10 am

We just had our pictures done this weekend. I have a good friend who is an awesome photographer and we haven’t had family pics done in several years. She does these “mini” sessions where people go on location to wherever she is shooting and the session take all of about 15-20 mins (depending on how well the kids listen). She’s very interactive so the shots aren’t just the posed Olan Mills photos like we took for our church directory a couple of months ago but rather some fun, candid-looking photos. I take tons of digital pics but it’s nice to have something we can actually frame and use for Christmas cards (and includes me since I am the photographer in our family).

We also the Christmas letter every year but my husband is a huge jokester so they’re always a parody of our real lives. I should dig up one of the letters and include a couple of snipits- definitely not your typical holiday letter.

Betty

October 27th, 2010
9:11 am

I have tons of candid shots, like probably anyone else with a digital camera and a kid. And yes, they give me laugh when I look at them and they are plastered all over my kid’s scapbook but I don’t see anything wrong with the posed picture either.

As for the kacki/denim and white shirt posed pictures, the solid colors on everyone just look better, it’s the same reason the photographers want to photograph people early in the morning or at sunset on the beach–it’s the right light. If I’m paying for a professional photo that we can all manage to get together for once every few years, then I don’t want my nephew to wear his superhero t-shirt and my niece to wear something that says “Daddy’s Girl” and my mom to Dad to wear plaid. The “uniformed” attire is a rarety for us because we have an abundance of the mismatched, busy-patterned, candid shots already.

And Mrs. G–I think your Christmas Letter is a hoot!

TechMom

October 27th, 2010
9:24 am

By the way, I think there is misconception about “Cloud” computing. It’s not photo-editing software.

According to Wikipedia: Cloud computing is Internet-based computing, whereby shared resources, software, and information are provided to computers and other devices on demand, like the electricity grid.

So basically all MS is doing is making all their software and resources available online and allows you to share everything online. Pictures just happen to be something non-techy people can relate to which is why the commercial is based on photos and editing. The “cloud” is the servers off in Lala Land where the software is and where your photos (or anything else you want) can be placed for sharing.

Peachy

October 27th, 2010
9:28 am

I like posed pics and the dress alike on the beach. I don’t think it has to be one or the other. And I’m with Betty, everyone just looks better in solid colors. Taking a photo with matching clothes does not mean you aren’t individuals, it just means you are taking a good photo. If the clothes make you loose your personality I don’t think you had much personality to start with!

And yes, I am all for the red eye, waist reduction, crop out a fly away hair edits. And if you have a kid cross eyed or looking down, sure why not grab his head from another photo and paste it on. It is nice to have candids, but there is also something to be said for a nice posed photo every year or two!

RJ

October 27th, 2010
9:40 am

What’s the point in taking the picture if you’re gonna change the head? Seems silly to me. I want all the spur of the moment, silly shots as well as the planned ones. Either way I love my family just as they are and wouldn’t change a thing. Now, those school photos are another subject. They’re always awful. That’s why I stopped buying them.

really

October 27th, 2010
9:42 am

i am a fan of real life. candid pictures show the true chemistry of families…

however, some people want the “perfect” holiday shot. microsoft cloud offers the anal-retentive mother (or father) the opportunity to present her perfect angels in one beautifully delivered photograph.

the commercial is hilarious. that momma just wants a good picture, dang it… i do not have children, but i remember taking those photos with my family. good times!! (poor mom)

JJ

October 27th, 2010
9:43 am

I’m old school, and I don’t change a thing with my pictures. I do carry my digital with me at all times, just because you never know….

Kate

October 27th, 2010
9:53 am

I always use a candid photo in our Christmas cards. Every year at least one of my kids is doing something goofy. Most of the time I take the photo myself and I used to really stress out while I attempted to get that elusive “perfect” family photo. Then I realized those silly candid shots may be technically imperfect but they are much better representation of not just what my kids look like, but who they are as well: silly, goofy and really happy kids! Isn’t that the whole point of including a picture?

I never include a Christmas letter either. I just don’t understand why people send those out. If you have so little contact with someone that you have to include a synopsis of your life over the past year, why in the heck are you sending them a Christmas card anyway? OK, keep sending them a card, but give them a call instead!

Jess

October 27th, 2010
9:57 am

The add is just a funny commercial to illustrate the possibilities of the product.

DB

October 27th, 2010
10:01 am

ALL THE TIME! I love noodling with PhotoShop! One day in a snow-storm, I kept trying to get a Christmas card picture, and either one or the other would be blinking or whatever. I finally just combined heads from two pics and had a great photo and no one ever knew it was shopped. At Thanksgiving, I always took the group photo that my MIL loves, and always took 15 or 20 in rapid succession on auto-shoot so that I could photoshop a blink or something similar. I do a lot of editing of photos in my current job, now, too, which is fun.

I love candids, but every once in a while, you DO want a “perfect” picture.

motherjanegoose

October 27th, 2010
10:09 am

@ Kate re: letters… because you lived across the street from them for 8 years and they were there when your kids were born but have now moved away. The one year I was too busy to get a letter together, I just sent cards, I received several “aw…we missed your letter…are you o.k….we look forward to them.” Or you were roommates with them in college and they now live 1000 miles away. I started mine way before Facebook.

As many know, I am not a Facebooker…I do have a question…is a once a year letter that simply states what we are up to i.e. “I am excited that I turned 50 and have now visited all fifty states…with Montana being the last one conquered or our daughter is at college and we are getting used to being empty nesters or we had to put our dear Ole Yellar down after 14 beloved years….” any braggier that those who post every episode of their lives on Facebook? I need to know.

Also, if you are paying a professional to take your portrait…I think they prefer some sort of coordination…we try to have one person wear something with a pattern and then everyone else wears a solid color that is found in the pattern.

I am not a photographer and do love the candid prints but have had photographers tell me, “thanks so much for having an eye for color…some folks have no clue what to wear when they take a family portrait and we cannot do much with the subjects if their outfits clash.”

Would they ever tell you, “WOW you really have no idea what to wear, as a family…do you?”
Methinks NO as you would probably not purchase many prints……hmmmmm.

Maybe someone who is a photographer can give us a tip on this…do you just wear anything that is clean and fits or should you go with a color scheme? A professional would know…not me.

JJ

October 27th, 2010
10:28 am

MJG – My mom still hears from an old neighbor of ours from Las Vegas. Her oldest kids used to babysit my brother and me. It’s been at least 45-48 years since they lived across the street from us, but they still write at Christmas.

We also have friends who at christmas would send a 3 page letter all about their one and only child. We always refer to their letter as the “Jessica Update”. “Jessica” is now 40 and we STILL get 3 pages about her life….B O R I N G. Oh and it’s a photocopy of a generic letter they send to EVERYONE….no personality at all…..

TechMom

October 27th, 2010
10:32 am

@MJG – my friend who is the photographer sends a “collage” of outfits for suggestions. She does not like “matchy-matchy” but rather coordinating colors. Here is the FAQ from her page: http://www.shootstarphoto.com

Q: What should we wear?
For fall and winter months, I love jewel tones, and bright colors. Textures are great, (think sweaters, cordoroy, etc), hats, coats or jackets with hoods are fantastic too. Coordinating outfits are encouraged, but matchy-matchy is not that great.

Clothing to avoid: Everyone in all white, ginghams, small stripes, or tiny prints.
All white washes everyone out and ginghams and tiny prints or stripes will photograph funny sometimes and play tricks on the eye (like you are staring at one of those 3D posters).

Michelle

October 27th, 2010
10:34 am

Well, I like some of the posed pictures! Candids are great too. I just like the having the family together at least once in awhile. We have done it twice. Once when my little guy was 2 months old. It is not a “traditional” looking picture though. The 2 older boys are sitting back to back, my husband is holding the baby above his head, and I am laying on the floor! It turned out GREAT!

Our second one was last summer before the oldest left for basic training. In that, we all have on kahki pants/shorts and dark blue Old Navy t-shirts. Again, not the traditional pose. The little guy is standing, the two older boys and dad are sitting, and once again (why?) I’m laying on the floor, but this time part of my body is on the hubby. They turned out GREAT! I love them! It will probably be the last time we have all the boys together at the same time!

Would I photoshop…depends on the picture. Most likely I will just keep trying or use something else!

Betty

October 27th, 2010
10:46 am

I’m with MJG on the Facebook comparison. It’s amazing how many people scoff at the annual year-end family update and yet think nothing of posting their every thought on Facebook. How many of your “friends” on Facebook are people you even talk with in person once per year? How many of them do you even want to talk with in person?

DB

October 27th, 2010
10:49 am

@MJG: I happen to love the letters people send in Christmas cards, and you make a VERY good point about how it is no more narcissistic than the constant “me-me-me” trumpeted on Facebook.

On the other hand, if you make a habit of rolling out your life on Facebook, you might not NEED to send a letter ;-)

Lori

October 27th, 2010
11:01 am

Not for me. I don’t like posed pictures. They always look unnatural. I’d rather have a pic of my son shoveling sand on the beach than sitting still with a fake smile.

Kate

October 27th, 2010
11:01 am

I never give out personal info on facebook, but it’s a really great way to get in touch with people you haven’t talked to in years. I have several friends from high school and college who’ve contacted me through facebook, but we communicate by email after that. We only post generic messages like “happy birthday” on our facebook walls.

I guess there are worse things you could do than send out a Christmas letter with your cards, but at least limit them only to people you really don’t talk to very often, if ever. Every year we get a copy of my sister in law’s sugar-coated Christmas letter even though we talk to her all the time. I actually kind of enjoy the one my very gay cousin sends us. He lives in California with his boyfriend. Now that’s a letter with some personality!

FCM

October 27th, 2010
11:02 am

That commercial with the pretenious socialite snob obsessed with making a Christmas card about her “PERFECT” family makes me want to throw up. It certainly doesn’t make me want to buy the product being sold.

In fact here is how I see it play out….Mom sends out the card and by the next year:

Dad has left mom for his golf buddy…Bill.

The daughter is now got piercings in the majority of her body and is pregnant…the father is the boy who cuts the lawn while Mom is at work.

The older son (middle child) is no longer picking on his brother…he is now the school bully.

The youngest son is in severe need of pscholgical help from tyring to live up to his mothers standards and has a deep seated fear of women that will pleague him through out adulthood causing women to lable him as a commitment phobe.

The dog ran off right after the photo…got adopted by a fun couple without children.

MOM—well Mom is having adjustment issues…adjustment to the fact that her own hypercritical behavior drove the whole family over the edge. Also to the fact that her skills as the PTA chair and “Cloud” queen do not net her much in the current workforce.

HB

October 27th, 2010
11:10 am

The moving heads around commercial is pretty funny, but I would hope no one would actually do that. I do family photo shoots occasionally and do encourage some color coordinating, but discourage matchy-matchy. As for all white, it really depends on the season, setting, and hair and skintones. I don’t do studio sessions, and during the summer, children who aren’t super pale can look great in white if the background colors are vivid (flowers, deep green plants, etc).

As for editing, I usually only correct red-eye and overall color tone/brightness if needed. I also remove stuff from kids’ faces occasionally. If you have an otherwise perfect angelic formal-ish portrait of a kid with a cookie crumb on his cheek or a slight runny nose that no one noticed at the time, it’s nice being able to wipe it off after the fact. And ladies, make sure not to wear white bras under black shirts or sweaters. It may look absolutely fine in person, but the flash sometimes creates a surprising x-ray effect (coloring the black back in is another good use of editing software)!

JATL

October 27th, 2010
11:14 am

I actually like the imperfect pictures. Once in a blue moon, we’ll get a shot that’s truly “picture perfect” of all of us or one of us with the kids or the kids themselves, but it’s the one kid who is doing something goofy that sometimes makes the whole thing! Several years ago, I was trying to get good shots to put on our Christmas card of my first born. He was about a year and a half at the time, so this was almost impossible. I finally put two of him hand feeding the dogs, one of a rather sweaty family photo (I had been wrestling him) and the big one of him with his eyes full of glee, mouth wide open, sticking his tongue out as far as he could. People LOVED it! When I look at old family photos, I like the candid, surprise ones -not the posed ones so much. So, no, I won’t be using MS Cloud or anything else.

I also LOVE Christmas letters! I think they’re interesting. Not EVERY person is on Facebook, so it’s a nice way to keep up with distant relatives and friends.

JATL

October 27th, 2010
11:24 am

@Jeff -I hear you on the matched beach pictures! In 2008, my FIL requested for his birthday that on our trip to Hilton Head, we have one of those photos made. ARRRRGHHHHH. He’s so hard to buy for that we did it, even though I actually called him personally to remind him that I was 8 months pregnant, didn’t feel very photogenic and wouldn’t he rather wait until the new baby was here and we could have a family portrait made then? Oh noooooooooo! I will say the photographer took some priceless shots of my oldest, but the family shots make me cringe. Giant, swollen-faced me made even more gigantic-looking in white and khaki! YUCK. There’s one photographer we love to use, and he does a week at the beach every year. I DO want him to do a session with my boys in the next two years because he makes incredible, natural-looking shots of kids. I may even let him do one of all of us, but we’ll have on pretty summer clothes, and they WILL NOT all be matched!

@JJ -I do agree that some of the letters make you want to gag and no one needs 3 pages on anybody! I like the ones that either give brief -2 or 3 line -synopsis’ of family members or add some humor in -like, “After breaking his leg during a water-skiing incident in June, Randy has been attending AA meetings and has his 6 month chip!”

@Mrs. G -when my mother was alive, there were 3 relatives who sent letters and we would do that! Like I said, I do enjoy them, but these 3 are SUPER braggy and just drone on and on about adult children, etc.

motherjanegoose

October 27th, 2010
11:25 am

O.K…DB…I will BRING you one of our Christmas letters next time I see you ;p

JATL….do you want one too LOL.

As I re read this I see I missed the matchy matchy idea, We have never worn the identical thing. We try to co ordinate the colors and limit patterns that clash.

Techmom…cute web page! We have a friend who is a photographer and has our dog on his web page but I am not posting it here. He takes family and pet photos and in a natural environment.
He has taken some of our pets in their Halloween costumes and we all laugh because he says they are easier to shoot in the costumes since they act like they have a straight jacket on! Too funny!

I had a client last summer who told me this:

for fun, all of our family dressed up their pets in Halloween costumes and we made a family calendar out of it…we laugh at the pets each month. The funniest was my sister who told us:

NEVER try to put pants on a bunny rabbit….not happening!

Michelle….I love those types of pictures and I think you showed them to me when we met for lunch.
Let’s do it again…I should be your way soon.

Mrs. G

October 27th, 2010
11:32 am

Those of you that are for the Christmas letters – you make a good point…it is cool to hear what former neighbors or classmates or whomever are up to. I’ll admit that. In my previous post, I didn’t mention that I love to sort through the Christmas cards/letters, taking the ones that I’m really interested in, and reading them by the fire. My parents get a Christmas letter every year from my first grade crush’s family (it always includes pictures and he’s just as cute as he was when he was 7…haha!). And their letters are always informative and fun.

My problem is with the letters that are clearly written with the intent of bragging and showing off. The mother of a girl who I have known since kindergarten writes letters that are so over-the-top it’s ridiculous (one of her letters is what prompted the parody letter that we wrote). Her daughter is apparently the best thing since sliced bread (she writes a lot less about her son than she does her daughter, even though he is a great and successful guy…favoritism much?). I love my friend, but I can’t stand the tone of her mom’s letters (which is why my mom and I have a field day when they arrive). My friend got engaged this year and we can’t wait to see what her mom writes about that… (JJ – I think that this lady’s letters are very similar to the “Jessica Update,” as they are usual multiple pages in length, photocopied, and mainly about my 27-year-old friend…just with a small paragraph or two about their son added in).

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Mrs. G

October 27th, 2010
11:55 am

My post didn’t post…NOOOO! ;)

Wow, FCM...

October 27th, 2010
12:08 pm

…sorry your family is so screwed up…

JJ

October 27th, 2010
12:21 pm

FCM that’s funny!!!! Thanks for the laugh, I definately needed it today…..

JJ

October 27th, 2010
12:23 pm

@Wow – she wasn’t describing HER family, but the family in the commerical – 1 year later…..

Michelle

October 27th, 2010
12:23 pm

MJG…I think I did show you those pics! They actually turned out GREAT! We do need to meet again. I’ll be moving to VA Beach around Thanksgiving! Anyone else want to join us?? I love meeting new people!

My BFF and her family all get a house in the Outer Banks over the summer. They always hire a photographer to take some random pictures and the group portraits. They usually turn out awesome! I’ve been pretty impressed!

catlady

October 27th, 2010
12:27 pm

The perfect picture is of the family AS THEY REALLY ARE. Dirty, boogers, drool, eyes closed, rabbit ears–whatever.

MJG knows about this. When my son was recovering from a terrible freak accident at 4, he looked pretty rough. 8 inch red, jagged scar down his head and forehead. Drain out of one side of his nose. One eye lower than the other. Half his hair shaved off. BUT, it was how he was at that time! My (ex) husband wanted to hide him away, but, don’t you know, that was a freeze frame of him at the age of 4. At 5, or 8, or 15, he would look different (maybe better, nor not). I wouldn’t give anything for these “imperfect” pictures!

BTW, I am usually the one with the eyes closed.

Are you sure, JJ...

October 27th, 2010
12:36 pm

…that FCM wasn’t taking the liberty of describing her real life through her ‘projection’ of what the ad family might look like?

motherjanegoose

October 27th, 2010
12:38 pm

uuuhhh…Michelle, you may want to let folks know they have to drive to podunk holler …LOL if they want to meet us for a quick bite. Remember, I had to drive all around just to get cell service and I am with the one who promises the most coverage around….hhmmmm

Yes catlady, you have a memory of a miracle about to happen! I need to see you soon too! I passed the Red Lobster we ate at last week and thought of you!