Jorge had recommended turning a LF lens sideways to make it easier to work from the behind the cloth and easier to set the aperture in general.
I did it tonight...it's GREAT. Funny how the simpliest things excite me. I turned it so the aperture lever is on the right, which made the cabel release point straight down. So no danger whatsoever of the cable being in front of the lens.
It's a cool little trick. Thanks!