On Holiday Gift-giving

So, I'm out and about on Saturday afternoon, minding my own business rallying for democracy, when I overhear an older couple (obviously parents of a teenager) talking about buying Christmas gifts...

Mom: But we have to get her this phone!

Dad: Why? A phone's a phone! Aren't they all the same?

Mom: No, she wants this specific phone...?

Dad: Why? What's so big about this one?

Mom: Er, I don't know - it's the one she wants! It's got more gigs or something...

Dad: (sighing) All right... I hope this one lasts until she's thirteen...

Let me see if I have this straight... you're busting your ass, wandering all over Hell's Half-acre (downtown) in the freezing cold, trying to find a store that has a specific (and naturally overpriced) multi-function security blankie cellphone for your ungrateful little princess?

Call me old-fashioned, but to me, it's a gift and not a fucking obligation! Tell her she'll get what she's given and like it, or she can get a job and buy her own fucking phone!

/end rant


  1. They should have told the little self-centered child to grow up; "Santa" is a consumer myth; and that she can damn well survive until she is 18 without a cell!

    Of course, in today's world that would probably be considered some perverse form of child abuse!

  2. Well, I disagree.

    She could damn well survive FOREVER without a cellphone, but damn it, I agree with all your other points!

    Gonna add yer blog to my list!

  3. To keep myself honest:

    Yesterday, my ol' man reminded me of when my brother and I were young, and how much of a pain in the ass it was to track down EVERY SINGLE G.I.Joe figure and Transformer on our Christmas lists... so I'm not exactly one to talk after all ;)

    Which leads me to the conclusion that the message on the bumper sticker was right, "Insanity is hereditary - you get it from your kids"!


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