(scene opens in packed gym)
Me: (wearily signing out of a session)
Trainer: (chipper) Can you believe it’s December already? Have you finished all your Christmas shopping?
Me: Almost. My kid said the weirdest thing to me the other day. You know how when we were kids, we wanted everything? Nothing was ever enough? Wanted the whole damn toy catalog?
Trainer: Oh yeah, totally.
Me: I asked him what he wanted and he said, “Well, you got me an Occulus for my 18th birthday, my Steam account is full of games, I already have everything I want. So…maybe a new pair of flannel lined jeans.”
Trainer: (stares in Are You Serious?)
Me: (stares back in I Know, Right?)
Trainer: Kids these days. They’re so weird.
Me: Gives me a little hope for the future. I mean, yay! down with unfettered capitalism and all that. But…at the same time….really? Well, okay, I guess I’m getting him the the really good jeans for Christmas.
Trainer: Yeah, no knock offs for that kid. See you Monday.