Alright, Jal's definitely out of tier. And my next closest characters are all level 3 melee guys. I don't want to bring in dead weight, and I don't want to throw XP on a character that won't be applied for a long time.
My suggestion: I can shop around for a replacement player. I just don't want to waste anyone's time (mine, fellow players, our genius DM, or any of the other players who would appreciate this opportunity more than me).
If I can't find someone else eager to jump in, I'll plan on playing and just figure out how to bring some value to the group.
That sound like a plan? Again, my apologies for my own oversight that lead to this.