[Noisebridge-discuss] Cynthia and "Asian" Reference

Will Sargent will.sargent at gmail.com
Thu Feb 2 04:06:42 UTC 2012

Well, since the topic has been (b)roached...

After a meeting where I said it wasn't excellent to sleep in the space,
Cynthia came over and started telling me how if some people did so much for
Noisebridge, then sleeping there was "their right."  For a while
afterwards, when I came in and started working on my laptop... Cynthia
would sit down next to me.  Every so often she'd look at me.  And smile.

Cynthia creeps the hell out of me.


On Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 7:56 PM, Anthony LeTigre
<anthonyletigre at gmail.com>wrote:

>  You know, years ago in Portland, my Cousin worked at a nuthouse. It was
> either a nuthouse or an Assisted Living Facility for Mentally Disabled
> Adults, I can't remember which. Regardless, one of his charges was a man
> who liked to kiss cockroaches because, as he averred, "cockroaches have
> nice lips!" That man was, to borrow Jake's charming sobriquet, a wingnut.
> Now, wingnuts are a class of people I know a thing or two about. (Hush.) I
> like wingnuts, generally speaking. They amuse me. They say the damnedest
> things. Their imaginations are out of this world, and at the risk of
> sounding a bit "loose in the Wingnuts" myself, I find that inspiring --
> providing the person in question doesn't cross a certain line where they
> cease to be a Wingnut and become something more like a genuine threat, or a
> problem that requires attention. Since we're talking openly about these
> things, I can see why one might deem it appropriate to include our very own
> Cynthia in the "Wingnut" category. (Although this report of her availing
> herself of one of the Noisebridge sofas for a "long winter's nap," if true
> and upheld in Noisecourt, would seem to indicate dangerous proximity to the
> "Muppet" category -- which is only one half-step above straight-up
> Noisetroll.)
> I was introduced to Cynthia by a Noisebridger of respectable experience
> and reliable judgment as "The Queen of the Noisebridge Kitchen" - partly
> for her expertise and omnipresence, and partly (as I have come to learn
> over time) for her fearsomely territorial attitude toward the Noisebridge
> "Recology" (garbage, recycling, compost) bins, as well as a host of unusual
> and somewhat persnickety habits, such as the unexplained tendency to seize
> and remove any number of food products, condiments, dishwares, tupperware
> containers, oversized rolls of plastic wrap, and assorted and sundry other
> items at any given time, from the space to an undisclosed other location,
> apparently when some threshold is reached in the curious and unguessable
> system of inventory with which she appears to regulate - did I hear
> "dominate?" - the Noisebridge kitchen. Her conversation with me has often
> revolved around a certain Dr. Dimsberg (I think I'm spelling that wrong)
> who, if I understand correctly (and I rarely do) doesn't believe in AIDS,
> or doesn't believe that AIDS is caused by HIV, and also doesn't
> particularly care for gay people. Well, I could say that I don't
> particularly care for barmy micromanaging busybodies, but what's the point?
> We are what we are and we're all locked up in this same space, so we might
> as well accept that and try to get along. In a word: Cynthia is a jolly old
> wingnut all right, nutty as the day is long! She may not be a
> cockroach-kissin' crackhead by a long measure, but she's nothing to take
> home to mother.
> Now it would seem, judging by Pearl's letter as appended to Jake's
> original post, that Cynthia's recent behavior has been such as to cross the
> line from wingnut to Serious Problem Requiring Attention. It's always
> uncomfortable when this line is crossed, because dealing with problems
> requires energy and effort and will most likely involve conflict and
> disruption and hurt feelings and anger and all those sort of things that
> tend to make it difficult to kick back with a cold brew and your fishing
> rod in the water and peacefully catnap until you feel something tug at the
> line. And having followed me so far through this mass of high-falutin
> jibberjabber (if anyone has), you might expect me to finish with a
> genuinely helpful or insightful suggestion for how to deal with this
> matter. Well.......the juvenile, jokey side of me (currently ascendant)
> wants to suggest that we inaugurate a new tradition called "Wingnut
> Wednesdays!" The one night of the week when the wingnuts rule the roost!
> (The other six days of the week, they have to bow to the will of the
> non-wingnuts.) The serious, genuinely helpful and insightful side of me, on
> the other hand.......well, shit, I really don't know what to do about it,
> but I suppose a large group of people should sit at a large table somewhere
> and talk it over or something. Maybe we could get Charlie Rose in to
> mediate. In any case, the *sincere* side of me (rarely ascendant, but so
> delightful) wants to thank Jake for the Excellentest and most socially
> responsible and grownup-like post I've seen on Noisebridge Discuss in a
> month of Mondays.
> And you know what they say about Mondays.
> Also, I think I'm starting to understand the importance of discussing
> interpersonal relations - not to say "drama" - on the Discuss List, and I
> hereby retract my previous objection to the airing of social grievances on
> here. What a neophyte I was!
> Lastly, in case any wonders where I've disappeared to (and so far no one
> has), I wanted to say that I have *not *been away from Noisebridge, in
> fact I've been there every day for the past two weeks, in fact I'm there *right
> now* - it's just that I'm going through this invisible phase. So you
> can't see me. I guess I should've disclosed that invisibility is my mutant
> superpower when I first started hanging out at Noisebridge.
> That was unexcellent of me, and I apologize.
> xo
> Tony
> PS for Jake: As for the other person you mentioned - Roger was it? Robert?
> - I can't comment. I don't believe I know that person.
>  --
> *TLongshanksLT*
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