**I think Gabe's idea of the Rat Pack is coolness, belonging and comradery.**
This is odd. The guy is alone so belonging and comradery with whom? Himself? I can understand trying to look cool. If Gabe is out to look cool, then he might want to consider extensive dental work and clothes that match. Gabe's story alone could be a reality TV show. Gabe should have never dropped out of the PHD program. If he remained consider where he might be now. Think of all the good the might have come from the continued education. I wonder if Gabe signed out of rehab because he wanted to return to gambling. This all makes for an interesting story chemist by day and entertainer by night. One career finances the other. Gabe never learned how to multi-task and work both sides. If Gabe wanted to sing and play an instrument why not take lessons?