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Spongeworthy [Oct. 7th, 2003|11:33 pm]
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I belong to a Sunday morning study group for Property and Criminal Law. This is a serious group - we generally blast through the week's material in an hour or two, and then leave to get on with our own lives. This isn't about fucking around, it's really about learning.

This study group consists of four people: me, the Really Smart Chick who sits two seats down on my right, the Really Smart Guy who sits next to me on the left, and The Fourth Person.

The first incarnation of The Fourth Person was Mike, who is not that bright but who is a great guy and whom we were willing to pull along. But Mike decided that he didn't like the demands we were making of him (like, read the freakin' assignment) and dropped out. Mike was kind of a sponge, but entertaining enough that I was willing to be sponged a bit if he would just work a little.

Incarnation Two is S. S got invited into the group by the (intellectually) Smart Guy. He invited S because: a) she sits next to him and, b) he thought he had a chance to get into her pants. Problem is, he took her out one evening and lost all interest in her pussy on the strength of her stupid, running mouth. He doesn't want anything to do with her (now; we'll see if conviction holds as the semester progresses), but it's diplomatically impossible to uninvite her from the group.

Now we're all stuck with her, and she is a sponge. Never offers anything but an "I don't understand" question, just sits there being spoonfed by our efforts.

She is not spongeworthy.

I'm not going to give up the group, because I am getting a lot out of it - particularly in Criminal Law, wherein we are pretty much left to our own devices. I just hope her interest in this enterprise fades. I can stand to pull along someone I like. I can be part of the intellectual overflow that they soak up.

But, dammit, they need to be spongeworthy!

[User Picture]From: juleske
2003-10-08 11:08 am (UTC)
Spongeworthies are fun : )
The most annoying bit is having a group with one spongeworthy loser and a few un-spongeworthy ones. Then they all demand equal-leeching rights and you have to explain:
"No, you can't leech like that. Only X can."
"But he doesn't do anything either!"
"Yeah but at least he does it in style"

I strive to be spongeworthy : )
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-10-08 12:15 pm (UTC)
I'm certain you meet your goal - then again, I'm certain that you are the spongee, rather than the sponger. You're too bright to simply soak up the efforts of others - for one thing, you probably know more than they do most of the time!
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[User Picture]From: juleske
2003-10-10 05:00 am (UTC)
Heh. My friends are taking me to the LOTR marathon including dinner-in-style and everything.
When I asked them how much it was going to be, they were like 'oh, nothing.. it's a promotional thing". Then later when I found the webpage of the event, i went back to them to say "Hey, but this is like 40 euro's!". Whereupon they went "Well.. we know you're broke and we just want you to come.."

I'm spongeworthy!
(and I have kick-ass friends : ))
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-10-10 05:48 am (UTC)
You *do* have kick-ass friends! Enjoy it! I can hardly wait myself!
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