Welcome to issue #2!
On Tuesday, Fry’s Electronics announced they are shutting down their entire chain of stores. I wasn’t too surprised, as the chain has been suffering ever since electronics sales went mostly online, but I have a fond nostalgia for the store.
I grew up near the Fry’s in Woodland Hills, CA. For any computer part, programming book, or game, Fry’s was the place to go. I would frequently walk down the aisle with all the oscilloscopes and drool over this expensive equipment that my teenage self could not afford. I even bought my first memory card at Fry’s, an 80MB CompactFlash card for about $100 that I loaded up with ebooks.
Most Fry’s stores were themed in some way, and the Woodland Hills store’s theme was , with statues of various characters and a chessboard floor. There are a lot of , but the most memorable thing to me (not shown in the link) was a big plastic copy of the book next to the returns line, opened to a page that was almost entirely a footnote ruminating on the physics of falling through the Earth and the amount of time it would take to come out the other side. I spent plenty of time in that returns line reading the footnote.