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Screw DeLoreans, they're assembled in Ireland. Buy American, bitches! (Or Detroit will become even more postapocalyptic than it already is.) I did have an idea for a time-traveling CD player long before I read foxywriter
's books--the "Forward" button took you forward, the "Back" button took you back, the "Pause" button paused time around you, the "Shuffle" button took you somewhere random, the "Repeat" button put you in a time loop...and you don't ever want to press "Stop."
For the sake of laying low, I'd probably have to go with a fixed-gear bicycle--low-tech, easy to fix if you're stranded somewhere, and portable. For the sake of "running away from danger" type issues, I'd fix it up with an inertia manipulator for the pedals. And a little bell so that you could warn people to get out of your way. Oooh, and streamers on the handlebars!
If you want to actually travel in style, DeLoreans are still boxy as hell and only come in two colors, each uglier than the last. Go with a 1959 Cadillac if you want to look really cool (those are its tailfins in my icon, right there). However, for basic beauty, style, and customization, you want to go with an iconic and beautifully designed Bel-Air--my preference is usualy a '57
, but a '59
has the wacky taillights appropriate to a time-traveling machine. My god, cars in the late 1950s were gorgeous. Monsters of gas-guzzling and needless chrome, sure, but absolutely stunning in their conspicuous consumption.
What was I talking about? Oh, yeah. A time-traveling hipsterbike practically screams "I take Cat and Girl very, very seriously!
", while a restored Caddy or Bel-Air (or, heck, if you can already time-travel, just go back and get a brand-new one) screams, "I'm nostalgic for a time that I don't even remember!" A trinket or wearable object like a ring or shoes would work nicely and be inconspicuous (unless you had a pair of Nikes or something dumb like that), but those run a high risk of being stolen, misplaced, or broken.
Anyway, ultimately I'd probably get a custom design by Apple, probably some kind of glowing white sphere that made me look like an angel and would get anyone in the past to obey and listen to me instantly (by dint of being a heavenly sphere). I'm not much of a Mac person, but their stuff just looks so futuristic that it's hard to resist. I suppose the controls would be one of those spinny wheels, but be careful--if you swirl your finger around it too hard, you'll overshoot and end up past the death of the universe.
That, or I'd get GM to design a concept car--the GM Chronora!--complete with a pickup bed, bubble window cab, extremely powerful headlights, built-in GPS and TPS (temporal positioning system), four-wheel drive, acid-resistant body, anti-velociraptor system, and antibiotic holder. And tailfins. Can't forget the tailfins.