There are lots of distractions at the gaming table. Even more when someone who isn't part of the game - or worse, several people - are in the area. Today, just as more of a list thing, I want to know what kind of distractions you regularly face, and if you have a method, how you handle them.
For my own groups distractions are fairly sparse. Generally everyone in the house we play in is involved in the game. There are distractions on occasion though. One of my house mates isn't in any of the games, so if he comes home during game there is usually a small pause as peopel greet/converse with him. This isn't a problem, but it can sometimes crop up at bad times. Usually he's good about keeping quiet and simply observing which is good.
Still, I know there are worse things out there. From people playing video games, to parties starting, to just constant phone calls and text messages coming in. So, what common distractions do you deal with and how do you handle them?