I was in the gym a few days ago doing deadlifts. There were a few more people there then usual so I put in my headphones and tuned everything out so I could finish without people talking to me. I took off my shoes,and I go through my first set fine. While I'm writing in my log, I notice another guy coming up into the area and he starts working out within 10 feet of me on the smith machine. He starts doing his thing and for some reason I watch him out of the corner of my eye till my next set (about 2 minutes). This average looking, 5'10'' black gentleman puts in his white iPod headphones, puts on his fingerless gloves, and starts shadow boxing before and after each of his sets of Smith Machine Squats at 100 pounds and 35 pound curls, (partials actually). And he looked at me funny when I put chalk on my hands.... I almost couldn't finish my last set because I was trying not to laugh at this guy and be polite.
But the moral of the story is that I could have been that guy. Not so much the shadow boxing part, but I could have been doing the same Smith Machine Squats that I was doing 2 years ago, all while wearing those oh-so-awesome lifting gloves. But I'm not. I actually have a plan and a reason for what I'm doing and when I'm doing it. It's nice to be able to say that I know that I don't look like an idiot and using my time wisely to reach a realistic goal.
So this is mostly meant to be a thanks to all of you for making me not look like an asshole in the gym.