No I'm not talking about those kinds of distractions - although you can if the mods let you I mean things like police sirens, bar fights and so on.
I just did a little Sunday gig in a very nice downtown lounge. A couple of months ago they were doing construction in the lounge. They didn't close the place down, they just erected these temporary plywood walls. So as I might have mentioned, I was playing the gig while a few feet away guys were cutting wood and marble, and also using jackhammers.
They've finally finished all that, and today I was enjoying being able to hear myself play, when all of a sudden this series of blasts from a cruise ship went off (a very low Db). A half hour later it happened again. This place is almost right on the water with open windows to the street so it was loud - so loud that the second time it happened I shifted the whole song to Db and ended the tune. Since I was originally in G it was a tritone - yuck. It's interesting that both ships were Db - maybe that's the scariest note or something...
Any other tales of distractions?