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It's Nelly's World

Thoughts on Watching a Nutty Movie Called "The Five Thousands Fingers of Dr. T"

alec vanderboom

* Isn't it about time to resurrect saddle shoes?

* Where can I get one of those beanies with a hand sticking up from the top, along with the legend "Happy Fingers"?

* The song about adults--who keep their wallets "near their hearts"
and grow up to push kids around because they've only gained pounds but not a sense of compassion--should be made the national anthem.

* Would this movie be immeasurably improved by taking some hallucinogens
first? (My generation obviously thought so; or at least that's what I suspect most of the audience in the back room of Maxwell's in Hoboken had done when it was screened there in 1985.)

* Perhaps our economy would be a lot sounder if it was based on the Fistoola rather than the dollar.

* I think I need that raw silk, A-line, cocktail-length coat Heloise wears, in jewel tones of topaz, turquoise, and emerald. It looks like it has the power to change lives.

* Is it really possible I heard "Percy Granger" used as a rhyme in a chorus? And I am sure in fact they quoted from Hamlet.

* That's because they don't make films like this any more, the kind that has no purpose other than to exercise the imagination, and see if it can come up with something weird, mixing high, low, and everything in between. Like sardonic political commentary and such lyrics as "Dress me up in Bock beer suds"--a cri de coeur if ever I heard one.

* A nuclear threat really can end it all, especially in 1953. And again in 2009.

* Was it all just a dream?