I am starting to think that I need a Maxwell Smart* Cone of Silence that I can use for a few hour chunks of time. I am being constantly bothered in the lab about a litany of issues, many that don't even pertain to me. And its starting to drive me up a wall while I'm trying to get stuff done. I mean I can't go 30 minutes without someone interrupting me.
My experience makes me feel terrible for PI's who are always being interrupted to put out some fire here or there.
*How few people even know this reference???