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This is my home-game entry for Week 34 of therealljidol. I invite you to read the many fine submissions and the other home-game entries. This week we were supposed to write on two of three topics: "Back in the Habit," "Brown Baggin' It" and "Thrown to the Lions." Then we were supposed to ask a partner who had never participated in LJ Idol to write the third topic. I teamed up with miranda_lane, who wrote about the topic "Back in the Habit." This is my entry for "Brown Baggin' It," based on an idea we developed together.

In this Internet Age, photos are where it's at, baby. If you blog about your escapades at a national memorial, your friends are sure to remind you "picture or it didn't happen." But what if you had a bad hair day? Or no longer like your trip companion? Or what if you're in the witness protection? How do you meet your friends' demands for photos?

Look no further: Unknown Photo Services can solve your problem! Named after the entertainer who rose to cult status as the Unknown Comic on The Gong Show in the 1970s, Unknown Photo Services uses the latest cutting (and pasting) technology to transform your photos.

Alyce Senior Pic

The '80s, for me, were a perpetual bad hair day. Don't ask what I was thinking: I wasn't.
This is my senior photo, with my mullet backlit (shudder).

Alyce Senior Pic with Bag
A little tweaking from Unknown Photo Services, and my senior photo is instantly cooler.

My First Wedding, Improved
A photo of my first wedding is vastly improved by transforming my first husband.

Unknown Colonial Reenactor
A colonial reenactor for several years, miranda_lane sometimes needs to hide from her adoring fans.

Unknown Visitor to Mt. Vernon
The shy, retiring miranda_lane (who happens to be a professional actress) at Mt. Vernon.

Unknown Blackmail Photo
If you're a beauty pageant contestant faced with blackmail photos,
simply have them transformed. Now no one will know!

Unknown Penn State Fans
If you don't have permission to use a photo, such as this one of fans
at the Penn State Nittany Lion statue, Unknown Photo Services can help.

If the picture isn't perfect, there's always PhotoShop.

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( 12 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 18th, 2010 04:05 am (UTC)
I am amazed at the size of the lenses of your old glasses. I think they are twice, and possibly three times, as big as my current glasses!
Jul. 18th, 2010 05:27 am (UTC)
Well, that photo was taken in the summer of 1987, before my senior year of high school. I'd like to say that they were hip for back in the day, but I'm not sure I had a good grasp of such things.
Jul. 18th, 2010 05:33 pm (UTC)
Awesome! This turned out better than I pictured it would!
Jul. 18th, 2010 06:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the help!
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Jul. 19th, 2010 02:32 pm (UTC)
You'd be surprised (and horrified) to discover how many yearbook photos in the late '80s featured that lighting effect.
Jul. 19th, 2010 07:56 pm (UTC)
A photo of my first wedding is vastly improved by transforming my first husband.

BEST EVER! *giggling*
Jul. 19th, 2010 07:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks! That was my "hippie wedding," as you can tell.
Jul. 19th, 2010 11:45 pm (UTC)
LOL...these are great. And that is one heck of a senior photo!!! Love the glasses! :P
Jul. 19th, 2010 11:52 pm (UTC)
The irony of it is that by the end of my senior year, I had grown my hair out and gotten contacts, so I actually didn't look like this any more.
Jul. 19th, 2010 11:53 pm (UTC)
Yes, I still had braces at the beginning of my senior year, and through those photos. Of course, I wore this really awful felt hat for my senior pictures, trying to be all suave and stuff. But by the end of the year, I looked pretty different.

Edited at 2010-07-19 11:55 pm (UTC)
Jul. 19th, 2010 11:55 pm (UTC)
That sounds familiar. My favorite hat back in the day was a knit black fedora that, combined with my shortish hair, gave me a somewhat androgynous look. Thank goodness I opted not to wear it in my senior picture! But then again, at least it would have hidden the hair...
Jul. 28th, 2010 03:58 am (UTC)
Such a Useful and Creative Idea
Bravo for imagination and execution!
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