5×5 With The Hook: MamaMick Terry.

She’s witty, but never mean. She’s stunning, but her shapely form houses a magnificent brain. She’s open to suggestions, but she knows what she wants. (Namely, more beefcake on this blog.)

She is a kick-ass, take-no-prisoners mom and the type of wife a man wants at his bedside when he’s sick – and in his bed when he’s not….

She writes poetry and knows her way around an instrument…. I’m referring to a camera, you perverts. (You know who you are.)



Larger than life
Less sure than me
what to keep
or throw away 

Sinew and bone
Nails bit to the nub
warm skin
his tips on mine 

I can’t breathe and would gladly quit
if not breathing meant
we could stay
like this 

Accepting and Rejecting
Yearning and yeilding
Blocking and tackling
Rejecting and returning
He returns every time 

Pulling me in with
sensual traces
curves and lines
Pushing me away
with our shared breath 

I inhale his
while he exhales mine  

Time passes
my fingers

coax him back
so I quit breathing
and pull him to me 

He lets me
read in
and between
his lines


I’m not scared
touch his fingers
and breathe

This has been “A Moment of Culture with MamaMick Terry”, presented by The Hook.

You’re welcome, peasants.

Now back to our regularly scheduled 5×5 post…

She’s not perfect  and she knows it. (Ironically, this makes her even sexier and cooler. Go figure, h’uh?) In short, she’s MamaMick Terry and she’s my guest today.

1) Do you like trains?

   How did you know? Was it the bazillion pictures on my photography blog or the fact that I replay Eric Church’s Creepin’ video over and over again?

Growing up in the middle of nowhere, it became evident quite quickly that the train tracks connected our little towns to each other and the grain cars were responsible for carrying away the farmer’s meal ticket to support his family. As a teenager,  I worked a summer at one of those grain elevators and each day (during wheat harvest) found us office girls scrambling to the phone to win the “train car lottery.” We each had a line and our job was to repeatedly dial the main office until one of us “got in” and reserved a car. I knew I’d done my job when train cars showed the next morning. I remembered seeing the sun rise in the East over the top of those graffiti-decorated rust buckets that had magically appeared somewhere between the time we left at midnight and before we came back at 6:00 the next morning.
The sound, the rust, the rumble of the ground as a train flies by….it stirs deep in my belly and stops me in my tracks when I catch a “live one” with my camera. I’ve been shoed away by police officers and vagrants who have found me cruising the tracks, but it doesn’t stop me from trying to get that next great shot.
It’ll be no surprise to you to know that I also applied for the Amtrak Writer’s Residency program. It’s a long shot (only picked 24 out of 9000+ applicants), but my railroad ties are crossed.
Now…back to Eric…

2) If you could host your own version of The Mad Hatter’s tea party, who would you invite. (Your guests can be from any time period or any reality you  choose.)

It’s your question, but I get to make my own rules, right? RIGHT! (Thank you, Mr. Hook!)

So, with MY rules, I’d have TWO tea parties. One for celebs and one for blogger buds.
However, Jennie who blogs at Daisies from Dust, gets to come to both. She’ll have the necessary “drink me” potions and jabberwocky fighting skills that will be required in both settings.
Celebrity Party:

  • Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon from Walking Dead)  (Beefcake)
  • Mark Twain (Crazy Genius)
  • Robert Downey Junior (Crazy Beefcake)
  • Martha Stewart (duh! Someone has to yell, “Clean cup! Clean cup! Move down! Move down!)

Blogger Party:

3) You requested some beefcake on my blog; who do suggest I seek out from the blogging world or the pop culture universe in general?
This was the easiest question of them all, Mr. Hook.

I think WE need to see a feature on YOU…with a picture. Just sayin’.

We get to see glimpses of Hook’s clever and fetching personality in your “stranger than fiction” Tales From The Lobby Stories. But, if you must know, your audience is dying to ask you some probing questions and that us of the cheesecake variety really want to see a photograph of the face your lovely wife gets to see every day.

In fact, I think your readers should pose some questions in the comments.

(You didn’t know that I was a button pusher did you?)

I do now. By the way, if you search Google Images for “Robert Hookey”, this is the first result…

  Needless to say, I’m perfectly all right with that. I’d rather people look at Becca Cord’s fresh-faced, radiant mug than mine any day. By the way, this is the eighth image…

The less said about this, the better…

4) Your favorite rock star is…
No brainer. It’s P!nk.
My husband and I saw her in concert last year and were completely blown away. In addition to the fact that she has a set of pipes, writes her own music AND performs acrobatics while singing live….you should see the abs on that woman. In addition to being funny, crazy and sexy–she reaches her audience with honesty, sincerity and vulnerability. I’m a fan for life.

   In fact, I un-invite Martha from the tea party and will be having P!nk instead.

5)  The best thing about being the Michelle of 2014 is…

Oh hey. I was told that there wouldn’t be any serious questions. Thank you, sir. May I have another?
Actually, I’m okay with the Michelle of 2014.


  • She’s older and wiser and married to a younger man (insert Mrs. Robinson theme song here)–been together 25 years!
  • I’ve messed up plenty, but feel like I’ve done a decent job raising my kiddos into happy, healthy and hilarious people.
  • FINALLY, I’m comfortable in my own skin and don’t mind letting people see me make mistakes or act like an idiot. In fact, I prefer it.
  • I can finally bench press my own weight.
  • Somehow, I can still turn my man’s eye when there’s been a wardrobe malfunction while hitting the heavy bag at the gym.
  • I know the batting average of every (starting) Kansas City Royal heading into the 28th game of the season and can describe what a 6-4-3 double play looks like.
  • At this stage of life, most days are spent in a groundswell of gratitude–whining and pining and wishing when out with the nineties.


Told you she was all that…

I have nothing more to say. The truth is, if I lavish anymore praise on MamaMick Terry, I’ll be in serious danger of winding up in the ER, courtesy of Mrs. Hook, of course. I’ll wrap this up by thanking my lovely guest today and by advising all of you to head over to her corner of the web.

See you in the lobby, folks…

About The Hook

Husband. Father. Bellman. Author of The Bellman Chronicles. Reader of comic books and observer and chronicler of the human condition. And to my wife's eternal dismay, a mere mortal and non-vampire. I'm often told I look like your uncle, cousin, etc. If I wore a hat, I'd hang it on a hat rack in my home in Niagara Falls, Canada. You can call me The Hook, everyone else does.
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48 Responses to 5×5 With The Hook: MamaMick Terry.

  1. NotAPunkRocker says:

    Man, I want to be at both of those tea parties. I can just serve y’all then stand in the background and listen 🙂

  2. Unlike the bevy of auto-tune pop star chippies, Pink delivers the goods. A real voice and a real talent. Good call.

    Also an excellent point: Where is the Portrait of a Young Hook? A nation of fans demands one.

  3. maurnas says:

    I quite agree. Inquiring minds want to know more about the Hook.

  4. Twindaddy says:

    Michelle is right. Who gets to interview The Hook?

  5. Mr. Hook…WOW! I don’t even know what to say. You managed to make me seem way cooler than I am in real life. I KNEW you were a talented yarn spinner!
    That said, thank you from the bottom of my heart–I’m truly honored and happy to be associated with the cool kids.
    Now, on to the most important question posted above. WHO will interview the Hook??!?
    This needs to happen…soon!!

  6. “Victoria from Victoria Neuronotes (More Crazy who will bring an adult beverage )”

    Michelle, it’s a good thing I check my stats every once in a while or I would have not found this. Someone clicked on my link and it showed up this morning. I didn’t get a ping on my about page. Anyway —wow — I am honored to find out I have been invited to the blogger tea party. If Ned is going to be there, this is going to be the maddest tea party ever. 😈 Oh, and about the “adult” beverage — can I confiscate some of that “special” nectar you keep stored in the dark corner of your shed? *grins*

    This was a fantastic interview, though it barely brought to light just how freaking amazing Michelle is. My thanks to The Hook for getting the word around. This crazy, amazing woman is going places. No train tracks required. She’s got wings.

    Love ya, girlfriend. Again, thank you! ❤

    P.S. — I have the best news ever to share with you, Michelle. I hope you're sitting down when you read my forthcoming email.

    • *Jumping up and down and getting nothing done*
      Tell me! Tell me! Tell me! Oh wait, I’ll check my e-mail 🙂
      You, my friend, are a gem and am a loss for words (who knew it could happen!). You are near and dear to me in so many ways. Reading your kind words has me assuming that you’ll be joining said Tea Party where we can all go mad together. Love you! xo

      *checking my e-mail obsessively*

  7. susielindau says:

    For being a serious poet, she’s seriously funny! Thanks for the introduction, Hook!

  8. Paul says:

    Oh Hook – a true moment of culture you have brought to us by introducing MamaMickTerry. Thank you for such a bright moment in an otherwise dark day.

    • As always, Paul, you are kind and thoughtful in your comments. Have you pulled the trigger on your blog-o-sphere corner, yet?? I’m waiting….Hook, Ned and TD can’t be the only cool cats around here. As Mr. Hook mentioned…we need more beef!

      • Paul says:

        Ha! Thanks Michelle! My only issue is hardware. I’m using an old laptop that’s running Windows XP (no longer supported) and does not have the ability to upgrade or even download Acrobate flashplayer. I’ve tried to set up a web page but it freezes – not enough memory or processing power to handle the app. As soon as I can upgrade I’ll venture into the wild, wild world of the blogosphere. It will be a steep learning curve and I’ll have oodles of questions. You may regret encouraging me!

  9. Ned's Blog says:

    I was pleasantly UNsurprised to see Michelle featured here on the 5×5; I knew it was only a matter of time before her brilliance and gams took center stage, and rightly so. On both counts. However, I WAS surprised (and flattered) at being a member of the tea party, mostly because it was tea. I have to assume “tea party” is actually a codeword for “full bar.” That said, I would happily attend any party where Michelle is concerned because I know it would be fun, creative, crazy and probably in the next morning’s newspaper. Thanks for featuring her here, Hook. And thanks, Michelle, for your constantly generous and inspiring spirit.

    • Oh Ned, if you could have seen the twitter feed between myself and your fellow invitees on Saturday, you’d have no doubt that our party would be in the paper. Even without a full bar, I can assure you that there wouuld be crazy mayhem and fun for all!
      And, for all of the kind things you said, I’m completely humbled and honored. Quite honestly, you were one of the first to warmly welcome me into the blog-o-sphere, helpe me along by answering my bazillion questions and teaching me by example that a good heart and speaking from it make for the very best content. You are a gem.
      *Off to order supplies for the party. Pull cash out of the bank in advance for the jail bond.

  10. C.K. Hope says:

    I love your invite lists for the tea party! Though I about choked to death on a chocolate bar when I got to Martha Stewart! I very much approve switching her out for Pink, the more creative crazy the better I always say 😉 This was great Michelle and nice to meet you Mr. Hook!

    I’m off to sharpen my Vorpal sword for any Jabberwocky slaying to be done at aforementioned tea party! xoxo

    • Hey babe! I gotta keep you guessing and Martha seemed the perfect person to help me do that. I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m obsessed with her compost pile, but, I agree that P!nk is a much better match for this group.
      Mr. Hook is amazing–I’m so glad to have crossed your path with his. I get to do his 6 songs post and he is one cool dude. In addition to the selfless and clever posts he writes about fellow bloggers, he writes other features that will suck you in. In fact, his stories have a cool, sexy Dick Tracy feel to them and (wait for it!), I’m hooked!
      Can I borrow your Vorpal sword? I’m ordering supplies for the parties. Do you think two monkeys and 5 chickens is overkill?

  11. Another wonderful introduction to another awesome blogger! I love your love of trains Michelle! My brother is a dispatcher for the railroad in my hometown. He gets to hitch a ride once in while when they change routines and patterns. That seems like it would be very cool…..
    It is extremely nice to meet you! Thanks Robert for finding yet another incredible person for me to follow…..geez! NOW to find the time!! Hmmmm… 🙂

    • A train dispatcher! That is so awesome and I’m pleased to meet you! I agree that hitching a ride and experiencing the patterns would be so much fun. Saturday, May 10 was National Train day–maybe they let him wear an engineer’s hat and drive the train??
      Thank you for stopping by–I’m eager to hop over to your site and check you out. Most of my favorites have been through Robert and as you’ve said, finding the time to read all of the talent is the biggest challenge. I look foward to seeing you around 🙂

  12. El Guapo says:

    Here’s my question: When Martha decides to battle Pink for her spot at the party, who would win?
    (My money’s on Martha, but it’s by no means a sure thing.)

    An excellent write up for a wonderful, sassy woman!

    • runningonsober says:

      Considering Martha has done hard time, my money’s on Martha too. It may not be a “sure” thing, but “it’s a good thing.”

      But what I really want to know is, how come you’re the only one who didn’t get labeled crazy in our little tea party? 😉

      • El Guapo says:

        It’s the Hawaiian shirts.
        Obviously I’m on the edge. No one wants to push me over. 😀

      • Ahhh….I see what you did there! I’m at my parent’s house and they keep wondering why I’m laughing at my computer. (It’s so I don’t cry at the slow wifi!)
        And, just so you know…crazy? “It’s a good thing, ” too.

        PS: I’m kinda scared of El Guapo. I look at his shirt to avoid his gaze and give me some voo doo mind spell thingy and make me spill my secrets.

    • Hmmm….good question and a valid one when considering our safety. Perhaps the biggest question should be what you and Ned are going to be doing while Christy, Jennie and I herd those chickens and monkeys I have ordered for the occaision.

  13. Carolyn says:

    Beautiful poem! And I absolutely love the idea of hearing some more about The Hook. How about the next 5 x 5 is about Hook with questions provided by readers!?

    • The Hook says:

      Fine, Carolyn… I’ll put something together soon and readers can submit questions in the Comments section.
      How’s that?

      • Yessss!!!! Bet you’re sorry you sent me that e-mail aren’t you? I really like this idea. You’re hardest job will be finding enough space to answer all of the questions we want to ask you.

      • Carolyn says:

        Can’t wait 🙂

      • You KNOW we aren’t going to let this slide…right?? You WILL give us the opportunity to ask you questions! Right? I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with!! he he he he!! This is gonna be fuuuuuuuuun! Muuawhaaaa!

  14. runningonsober says:

    Awwww, I’m okay with Michelle of 2014 too! More than okay!
    I have a feeling I’m going to need to buy more chocolate.
    But I’m jealous of Jennie because she gets to have tea with Daryl. Don’t forget he’s claimed. Rules are rules. (You’ll sneak me in, right Jennie?)
    Loved this, Hook! Thanks for featuring the very kind and very beautiful Michelle.

  15. I was worried that if you came, Daryl would take one look and we wouldn’t see either of you again. My plan was to divert Jennie with Robert and take Daryl for myself. Looks like I just foiled any chance of being considered “kind” ever again, right?
    In all seriousness, dear Christy, YOU are one of the reasons my voice is stronger than when I started doing this back in October. You help me brave, you see the cool stuff I thought was crap and you make me a better person just by knowing you. xo

  16. Best. Interview. On. Hook. Ever.

    It seems everywhere I am clicking these days, I am seeing the lovely and talented Michelle popping up. You are a rock star, m’lady. And why not – someone who is so in tune with herself, centered and generous of spirit should be held up to the light of recognition. Many are called, few are chosen, so to speak (like the Hook interviews, I suppose!) You are a gem, Michelle – I am so glad that you got spotlighted here, and have been of service to so many people on so many levels and formats out here.

    Thanks, Mr. H for another astounding edition of these interviews.

    Choo choo cheers


  17. Michelle – you are so Pink worthy! And a great party planner.
    You’re gonna have to add more chairs, Hook – quite a lovely bunch of people at your place!

    • Thank you, friend! I popped over to your site for a bit and quickly decided that you should have a seat at the tea party table, too. Please come in that cool Mustang you featured–perhaps we can go for a joy ride after all of the tea is consumed!

      • Our mustang is vintage and red. (Only one small ding where an envious bike jumped off the wall and attacked it). Doesn’t do well in deep snow or high water, but why should the baby have to deal with that? (It did love Boulder for a few years…go Buffs!) Race you down Trail Ridge.(will leave Pikes’ Peak rally for others)

      • Awesome! Pike Peak freaks me out–mostly because I’m the passenger on the outside edge while my husband plays racecar driver. I’m always glad to make it to the top….and then back down to the bottom!
        Vintage red mustang…sounds fabulous and classy…like a new blogger bud I just met 😉

  18. MamaMickTerry sounds like a pretty interesting young lady. I will definitely be visiting her train collection. Of course, I agree. The mysterious Mr. Hook needs to reveal himself to his peers.

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  20. Jennie Saia says:

    Ahhhhhhh I’d have Pink’s babies if I could. Her video for “Try” is more arousing than any porn ever conceived of.

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