Your feedback was to wear gloves.
My sister is visiting, and her air mattress sprung a leak. When I went to the store to get a new one yesterday, I picked up a pair of weightlifting gloves.
Today, I set a new personal best, and deadlifted 235 lbs / 107 kg. My hands are not bleeding. Thank you for your advice!
While at the gym, Mike mentioned that I am the only openly gay person he knows. I figured as much, as he has been asking silly questions like "who is the man and who is the woman in a gay marriage", and "how do you decide who does the dishes if you are both guys?". I have been doing my best to enlighten him, while also giving him information about other things like two-spirited and trans issues.