In Which We Meet Chuck Norris

Yes, you read that title correctly – Chuck Norris. This is the real Chuck Norris – as in the Walker: Texas Ranger, Chuck Norris.

He was in Iowa stumping for my man for governor – Bob Vander Plaats. He was scheduled to speak at a rally in Council Bluffs – and we had volunteered to help.

But the day didn’t start out so well.

We had had epic storms the night before with a new storm coming through every 2 hours all night dumping more rain. By the time we woke up we had almost 6 inches in the rain gauge and could see flooding all around us.

But a little bit of rain wasn’t about to stop us – we were heading out to see Chuck Norris!

FloodWe had several detours trying to get around flooded roads. The trip became a mental game as we tried to remember where all the low bridges were and which roads were likely to be covered.

It was overcast and cool until we hit Council Bluffs.  Then the sun burst out from behind the clouds as if it knew that Chuck Norris was coming to town!

Then the heat and humidity started to climb. I could feel my hair frizzing.

We found the venue easily – almost by accident – and got to work. We put out signs, set up tables, and greeted people.

The excitement mounted as we saw the police escort pull in and the word spread that “Chuck Norris is in the building”.

A staffer pulled me aside and said I could slip my family back for a picture with Chuck and his wife if I wanted.

If I wanted?! Hmm…let me think about that…a family picture with Chuck and Gina Norris and Bob and Carla Vander Plaats?!

Oh yeah! We hurried back there as fast as we could before someone changed their mind!

We each got to personally meet the legend and his beautiful wife.

I shook Chuck Norris’s hand.

Really I  did – and my arm still works!

I think I said something really profound like “Wow – you’re Chuck Norris!”

Then we were all posed together and had our picture taken by a professional photographer – my entire family dressed in Bob Vander Plaats for governor t-shirts, with my hair frizzed and my face red from the heat.

It just might be our Christmas card!

(I wish I could show you the picture – but it hasn’t been emailed to us yet!)

The rally went really well – people were very responsive to Bob’s speech and the place erupted when Chuck Norris took the stage!

Chuck Norris
He stayed around after his talk and signed autographs until everyone had one. This guy is one class act! Seriously – Chuck and Gina are 2 of the nicest, most personable people I have ever had the privilege of meeting.

(That’s my son Matt with the legend himself!)

Meanwhile – I was passing out Vander Plaats for Governor yard signs like candy!

Later as the crowds dwindled and their car was leaving lot to catch their flight – Gina Norris saw my husband in the parking lot, rolled down her window and said, “You’re got some great kids!”

Oh my. Oh my. Oh my!

All seven of us were beaming as we got in the van to head home!

What a day it had been!

And the Country Gal Goes Political…

I know this may be hard to believe, but this country gal is getting political.

Yes, me. The one who would rather have a root canal than watch a political debate.

So what changed? Why now?

One man – Bob Vander Plaats.

I heard him speak in June – my husband made me – and I was blown away.

This guy was clearly addressing the problems in our state, and – even more amazingly – gave clear and concise answers on how to solve them. He made sense and I understood it! And boy did I agree with it!

I wanted to cheer!

By the time he finished I looked at my husband and said, “Everybody in Iowa needs to hear this guy! My friends and neighbors need to hear this guy!”

The next thing I know we’ve signed up as volunteers and are planning an event.


We rented a space, sent out invitations, put ads in the paper, made lots of cookies, and prayed that people would come.

They did! And I actually stood up in front of them and introduced Bob Vander Plaats. Do I look as nervous as I felt? (Don’t answer that!)

Bob Vander Plaats

It was amazing to watch the faces of the people in the crowd as Mr. Vander Plaats spoke – they went from skepticism to excitement, just like I did.

He very concisely laid out his 4 priorities as governor. His points were so clear even the 4th graders in the front row understood them! He then spent several minutes answering questions and personally spoke to every person in the room.

Bob Vander Plaats Sign

This guy is a class act  and I am honored to be a small part of his team.

So what’s the most important thing that I have I learned so far in this venture into politics?

Get involved early. Find out who’s running and get behind the one you really like. If you don’t get involved now – you have no right to complain about the name on the ballot in November.

Oh… and Republicans like cookies! 🙂