So I went to the block party.
The best thing about taking pictures is the camera acts as a buffer between you and everyone else. I don't have to look strangers in the eye, I don't even have to make converstation; everyone sees the camera and they smile, pose or theatrically turn their heads.
Also, taking photographs turns me into an observer, rather than an unwilling participant.
Ok, so I'm not that anti-social. I did mingle and make small talk and play with the kids. But holy hell, was it hot out there. Honestly, I don't remember a day this hot and oppressive since August 1977. Yes, I do keep track of things like that in my head.
No, no camera.