Everyone's contemplated time travel, but few consider provisioning up, leaving them ill-equipped to grapple with cavemen, super-sentient beings, or 1950s teens as-yet unmellowed by drugs. Prepare for your trip, at the Echo Park Time Travel Mart.
The LA outpost of Dave Eggers' ironic novelty store chain (SF's Pirate Supply Store, NY's Superhero Supply Co), the Mart stocks items potentially useful to those visiting both the past and future amidst essential time-machine spare parts (which look suspiciously like car engines). Wherever you head, they've got you covered:
Distant Past: A warmed display of Dinosaur Eggs ("Don't slam incubator!! Premie Dinos are a Pain."), dead-language scrolls in bottles (Sanskrit, Latin), plus Viking-oderant, scented of Toenails, Cod, Pyre & Ash, and Sweat & Rotting Vegetables (explains why the Viking "Pickup Artist" counseled kidnapping).
Recent Past: The most underrepresented category, though you will see rare Michael Jordan trading cards and Ricky Martin lunchboxes, a reminder that the La Vida Loca you lived 10 years ago was fueled by Capri Sun.
Bleak Future: Robots are well taken care of, with powdered "Robot Milk", water bottles labeled "Fluid", and emotion-upgrade circuits ("Love," "Guilt," etc) -- guaranteed to lift you out of your depression over buying a useless circuit in, say, 200 years.
The Mart also sells souvenir t-shirts and bags, with proceeds going to Eggers' writing tutoring center for kids -- because all irony aside, children are our future, at least until robots rob them of their life-giving milk.