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Posted by Galleon O'Galleon the Pilot
Dec. 11, 2007 09:26 AM  

Some of you will laugh, some of you will cry... very few of you... okay, almost no one will cry, and the vast majority of you will be totally indifferent, but as of last Sunday I quit the band. Was it because of the odor that clings to Maroons coat, a smell that also occasionally and noisily explodes from his butt? No. Is it because of Harvey's lustful overtures and odd preoccupation with my sex life? No, I kinda enjoyed both. Was it the constant humping and beer stink of John Crow? Nope, that just reminded me of dad. Could it be, Sharkbait's indifferent sarcasm and... what ever else it is he does? No sir! Perhaps it was Phil's enticing butt shaking that made leave before desire over took me? I don't think so, though. Or could it be a general sense that if I didn't leave soon members of my on crew would kill me in my sleep? Probably true, but still not the reason.

I left because it's time for a change. As much fun and as exciting as it's been the last several years traveling with the band, I'm still where I was at 18. Literally. Same house, same job, and the only thing that has changed is that I have more bills. I wanted to do a lot when I was 18, most people do. I realized though I have accomplished very little of what I wanted to do and haven't done much about it. So I need time to focus, to save, and I need to go somewhere with a little faster pace and with more access to the things that will help me accomplish what I want to do. So I'll be moving to NYC in the fall of next year and hoping that I can find some part time or volunteer work at one of the rags there in the city or on a low level cable show. More like than not I'll become one of the cities many night security guards or waiters, and I know the chances of me breaking into the performance world or the writing world are about as good there as they are here... but at least I'll know I really tried, and that I risked something. I'll spare you the rest of the thoughts that have been rolling around in my head for months now and just say my goodbyes.

I want to say a special good bye to Jaime Hauser, who made LARF my favorite fair and a way of looking forward to the end of the year. She always has enough Gumbo and alcohol at her house to feed an army and intoxicate an Irish village... and every Saturday night she does just that. Also Celie, Dana, Wingnut and his brood, who pretty much always filled our audience before we even got started at Norman and any other fairs in Oklahoma. Not mention Celie and her desserts with enough booze in them to make an AA member feel the need to give their chip back, Wingnut's video taping and end of day bar-b-que, and Dana's girls all over the place filling the audience with energy and cutening up the place. So to all the fans, ladies, and various band members, good-bye... and good luck.

I'll wrap it up before I get too mushy and someone vomits on their keyboard. If you're reading this you obviously have a computer, so feel free to stay in touch. You can email at Joshua.jistein@gmail.com if you like, or I'll see you when I see you. And just so you know that I am still the same shameless merchandising whore at heart... if you really miss me, you'll go to the Treasure Island Page and buy your very own Galleon O'Galleon button.



Good luck to you Josh. I've had a lot of fun over the years watching you grow up and develop as a performer. You'll make it, I gots the faith in ya brotha. Gimme a call if you ever need to talk. Take luck!
Posted by John Wilburn aka wngnut on Dec. 11, 2007 12:19 PM

Well, I love it when my gumbo is appreciated. Stay safe, let me know if I can help in any way, darlin' boy. you are brilliant and will come back to sit on my porch and sign autographs.
Posted by Jamie/Ghislaine on Dec. 11, 2007 04:07 PM

WOW Josh I think you will be missed cause without you there is no one to carry on my and others bits we created that never died thanks to you. I do hope that life treats you well and that you find your nitch in life.
Posted by Michael Younger on Dec. 11, 2007 04:47 PM

When I heard that you were going to visit NYC I had a feeling that you were going to do this! Hope you find what you are looking for and come back with lodes of funny and happy stories. Good luck and I will be able to say I knew you when. Hey, wait - I can say that now ;)
Posted by Mary/Fanny on Dec. 11, 2007 07:53 PM

Josh, I must say I was quite shocked when I heard this. But I wish you all the good luck in the world. I hope you find what you are looking for in NYC. Keep in touch.
Posted by Cori/Luscious on Dec. 11, 2007 09:24 PM

Thanks Jon, it has been a blast at Norman every year and I'll miss your B-B-Q and home brew. I'll be sure to bring a pen when I am in Hammond next and sign every thing I can... although I may be devaluing everything I sign, though. And Mike, I was happy to carry them and add my spice... of course I think from time to time I had one or two of my own that hopefully someone else will pick up, along with the many others I kept going all this time...you were an inspiration. Well, Fanny I am going to have to do a lot of work to get a big enough apartment to throw a party for you before are walk down the red carpet some day... I just hope you won't be mad at me if security escorts us off the premises after a few steps. And thanks Luscious, I wish you a long and happy mariage despite my many bad jokes to the contrary. Thank you all for caring so much over the years... and remember I'm not gone yet, and I hope to see you all at least one last time before I hit the road.
Posted by Joshua Steinberg on Dec. 11, 2007 11:40 PM

The very best of luck to you. You will be missed.
Posted by Brenda Leavell on Dec. 12, 2007 10:03 AM

Though I've only been a fan since TRF 2007, I really did enjoy the humor and chaos you brought to the performances. And the mindless German phrases. Anywho, Take care and best of luck to you Josh in NYC.
Posted by Ashley on Dec. 12, 2007 10:03 PM

On that note, glad that I be that I saw your last performance at LARF last Sunday :) Moving so far into the unknown can bring good changes. And takes big balls.
Posted by Messyn McCleavage on Dec. 13, 2007 02:43 AM

Good luck in your future endeavors!!
I know the guys will miss you, as well as the fans.
You guys did an awesome job (as usual) this weekend at LARF.
Posted by TigerLady on Dec. 14, 2007 09:49 AM

It's been a wild ride. Thanks for the discussions and debates. Keep the passion of No Faith. When you take your bows for that Oscar, remember the crazy OLD dude who badgered and buggered you 'till you had to do it or kill him. I WILL miss you!
Posted by Harvey on Dec. 16, 2007 08:28 PM

You will be greatly missed... I hope after 6 years of friendship that you will stay in touch...
Posted by Rachel James on Dec. 17, 2007 00:59 AM

Thanks Dave, that really means a lot to me. Some day I hope I can thank you from the stage...or maybe just a dedication in my book...you know if I wind up NOT being just another working stiff in the city. Thanks for everything over the years Dave, from making me make a salad out of my shoe, to allowing me to bugger you on stage and crack surreptitious only mildly musing old jokes.
Posted by Joshua Steinberg on Dec. 17, 2007 03:29 PM

Best to luck to you! You could have a new career as a singing pirate waiter actor writer! Been a fan a a few years now, we're going to miss you at the LARF.
Posted by Zaphod Beeblebrox on Dec. 29, 2007 03:14 AM


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