I’m looking for something to do in downtown Des Moines over the next few weeks. I’ve decided I want to take my dad to town a few times to cheer him up.
He’s finally gotten on long-term disability, which is a blessing, but it’s taken a lot out of him. The struggle to get the insurance company to pay out, even though he had everything done properly, has taken a lot out of him. He spent I don’t know how many hours going over paperwork and dealing with phone calls. It was like he was a criminal, all grilling the witness, no trust in anything he said.
In the end, he hired a lawyer to help him, which finally got the results we needed. He’s resting better, and I think he’s in less pain actually, but he’s still tired, and now he’s kind of bitter as well. Even though it was the insurance company and not his company that caused him so much stress, he blames his company for not stepping in and helping more. I don’t know if that’s fair or not. I don’t know how much they could have done, but he definitely feels it. I think he’s actually contemplating not returning, even after he heals up.
That’s such a big decision, and not one I want him taking while he’s not feeling well, I just want to get his mind off things. I took this semester off after he got injured back in the summer, so I have a lot of time on my hands. Now that the disability money is coming in, I don’t have to work so much, so we’re both free to take a few trips.
That was a lot of explanation, I know, but all that being said (and it was a lot), what is there to do in Des Moines these days? We’re thinking about taking in a football game or two, but I’m worried, all that potential for injury, is it going to just bring his own problems to mind? And sitting in an uncomfortable chair, perhaps in the cold, for hours on end, I just don’t know how much he’ll actually enjoy it in practice instead of theory. Football may just be easier to watch at home for a while where it’s warm, his pain pills are nearby, and he’s able to get comfortable.
But really, if we aren’t going for football, I’m not quite sure what to do.
There’s the Art Center, but he’s not much of an art guy. We could go to the theater, I suppose, but again, it’s not quite his thing. He’d probably enjoy it well enough, but I don’t know that it would really keep him happy all afternoon, and that’s the goal here.
So, what’s coming up in town? Any big events in the coming months? Any place we could go, meet some people, and see something interesting that isn’t too physically tasking? Keep in mind, you’ll be making a great guy’s month if you’ve got a good answer.