Dear Gabriel –

Not that you’re too concerned, but here’s a little note about how Mom and I occupied ourselves on Friday while you were away at your Senior Football Retreat with your Coaches and teammates.

After a great dinner at The Royale Magnificent Burger  (and they were good)…

…we lapsed into one of those “lets look at some 80’s music videos” as you’ve noticed us doing every 4 – 5 years. We’re looking forward to supporting you under the Friday Nite Lights of your Senior year and your goal of being on Gameday™ will determine what we’ll be doing on Saturdays, but last night we looked back at KROQ, The Florentine Gardens and how we spent some of our Fridays before you and Marissa came along.

If you’re ever interested in some of those tunes, here’s the “playlist” we viewed:

  1. Billie Jean by Michael Jackson
  2. Beat It by Michael Jackson
  3. Eat It by Weird Al Yankovic
  4. Somebody’s Watching Me by Rockwell
  5. Footloose by Kenny Loggins
  6. Thriller by Michael Jackson
  7. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper
  8. Take On Me by A-Ha
  9. With or Without You by U2
  10. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For by U2
  11. Where The Streets have No Name by U2  (we actually worked 4 blocks to the north of where they filmed this video)
  12. Vertigo by U2
  13. Rio by Duran Duran (Anticipating hearing a lot of this in a week or 2 with the Olympics)
  14. Africa by Toto (the Keyboardist was in our worship band at the Vineyard Christian Fellowship Westside)
  15. We Built This City by Starship
  16. Every Breath You Take by The Police
  17. Every Little Thing She Did Was Magic by The Police
  18. Wrapped Around Your Finger by The Police
  19. Don’t You Forget About Me (Simple Minds)
  20. Say, Say, Say by Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson
  21. Smooth Criminal by Michael Jackson
  22. Easy Lover by Phil Collins and Philip Bailey
  23. Here Comes The Rain Again by Eurythmics
  24. Hungry Like The Wolf by Duran Duran
  25. I Ran by A Flock of Seagulls
  26. This Is Not America by David Bowie and Pat Metheny
  27. I Want A New Drug by Huey Lewis and The News
  28. The Heart Of Rock and Roll by Huey Lewis and The News
  29. You Got Lucky by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
  30. Addicted to Love by Robert Palmer (I think this is when Mom said could you believe we used to go out about about this time)
  31. I Love L.A. by Randy Newman
  32. Legs by ZZ Top
  33. Gimme All Your Lovin’ by ZZ Top
  34. Beds Are Burning by Midnight Oil
  35. Our House by Madness
  36. Come On Eileen by Dexy’s Midnight Runners
  37. and finally, Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen (which we finished with 5 mins to spare before Fallon came on).

There were so many more tunes we didn’t get to; perhaps in 4 more years prior to visiting you before your Senior season in college, or maybe at the Gym like I did this morning (Men At WorkOingo BoingoOrchestral Maneuvers in the Dark and Talk Talk to name a few).

We love you and thanks for letting me share this memory with you!

Dad

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About Dr Ken McGill

Dr. Ken McGill is an ordained minister and has been involved in counseling for more than 25 years. Dr. McGill holds a Bachelor's degree in Religion from Pacific Christian College (now Hope International University), a Certificate of Completion in the Alcohol and Drug Studies/Counseling Program from the University of California at Los Angeles and a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. Dr. McGill received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Family Psychology from Azusa Pacific University in May, 2003. Dr. McGill's dissertation focused on the development of an integrated treatment program for the sexually addicted homeless population, and Ken was "personally mentored" by dissertation committee member Dr. Patrick Carnes, a pioneer in the field of sex addiction work. Dr. McGill authored a chapter in the text The Clinical Management of Sex Addiction, with his chapter addressing the homeless and sex addiction. Dr. McGill is also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the States of Texas and California and Mississippi, and is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, through the International Institute for Trauma and Addictive Professionals (IITAP). Dr. McGill had a private practice in Glendora, CA (Aspen Counseling Center), Inglewood, CA (Faithful Central Bible Church), and Hattiesburg, MS (River of Life Church), specializing in the following areas with individuals, couples, families, groups and psychoeducational training: addictions and recovery, pre-marital, marital and family counseling, issues related to traumatization and abuse, as well as depression, grief, loss, anger management and men's and women's issues. Dr. McGill also provided psychotherapeutic treatment with Student-Athletes on the University of Southern Mississippi Football and Men's Basketball teams. Dr. McGill served as the Director of the Gentle Path Program, which is a seven-week residential program, for people who are challenged with sexual addiction, sexual anorexia, and relationship issues. Dr. McGill also supervised Doctoral students in the Southern Mississippi Psychology Internship Consortium with the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. McGill was inducted into the Azusa Pacific University Academic Hall of Honor, School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences, in October, 2010. Dr. McGill currently works as a Private practice clinician with an office in Plano, Texas, providing treatment with people who are challenged in the areas mentioned above.

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