January 25th, 2008

In need of medical knowledge

(I read the rules but I’m still not a 100% sure if this post is accepted. I hope it is, but if it isn’t just tell me and I will delete it)

I am writing a fic for the House MD fandom, but I have a small problem. I know nothing whatsoever when it comes to medicine, but I need a disease. The medical plotline is so small that it’s almost ridiculous, but I still need a disease to make the story work. The genius diagnostician has to know which disease it is just looking at the patient’s file, but his relatively ditzy fellows can’t have a clue. And since House will make his fellows run a battery of test anyways just because he is a jerk, the disease should probably not be immensely dangerous either. Any ideas?

Um, goth pants?

So, goth pants. What are they actually called? I'm talking about the extra-wide, black cargo pants with lots of big straps/studs/extra pockets/enormous zippers/stuff. There are some pictures here, but I haven't been able to find names other than things like "Mens extra wide leg cargo pants with bondage strap and contrast stitching," and am hoping there is a simpler name for them.

Bonus question: Could a grown adult wear these in public without getting ridiculed, or are they considered completely mall-goth? (I live in the suburbs – the only "goths" around here are the Hot Topic kind :/).

ETA (thanks to kutsuwamushi for reminding me) – setting is modern-day America, character a 19/20-year-old man traveling from Brattleboro, VT, to Albany, NY. It was mostly Albany/other urban Northwestern cities along the way I was worried about.