I'd managed to visit San Rafael, California more times than I can count without visiting Electronics Plus in the city's downtown shopping district. That changed yesterday, when I stumbled across the store and wandered in.
It's an amazing place-a kindred spirit of Sunnyvale's Weird Stuff Warehouse-that reminds me of the parts-oriented Radio Shacks of my youth, only a whole lot larger, and even geekier. My favorite section was the book department, which felt a bit like a time capsule. Some of the tomes are a bit worn, but I think that's because they've been baking in the Marin sun for years, not because they're used-there were multiple copies of some of them in stock. (Electronics Plus has been in the same location since 1970, long before any of these volumes were published.)
If you're ever in San Rafael, stop into Electronics Plus-and for now, check out the fuzzy iPhone photos I snapped as I enjoyed browsing the books.
This story, "Need a Book on the Timex ZX81? Here's Where to Go" was originally published by Technologizer.