150 burpees for time requires no equipment and humbles most everyone. (Note to original poster: don't try this full-bore immediately...scale down extensively)
This parent is correct. First, confirm that your concept of "staying in shape" is in line with what CrossFit can do for you: you'll get stronger, faster, and more powerful. You won't develop a bodybuilder's physique, which is very different from how CrossFit defines fitness. It will not be easy, because being truly fit is not easy. As many have stated before, CrossFit is for anyone, but it is not for everyone. Take it easy at first. Although some CrossFit workouts are relatively short (if you're very powerful), which suits the original poster's goals, don't neglect warm-ups and skill exercises. Get a 5' length of PVC pipe and bring it into your office to practice various barbell lifts. Watch some videos, practice, video yourself, practice some more.
The original poster mentioned that, regardless of what he ate, he gained weight when not exercising. Diet must be addressed to produce meaningful results. I've made excellent progress with the Paleo/Caveman/hunter-gatherer diet (the name is easy to make fun of but the results are impossible to ignore). Many others follow Paleo also with Zone ratios.
The truth is out there.