When I lived on the east coast, I used to drool about Fry's. Fry's is the place where you can actually buy a motherboard, or a case, or a big internal hard drive, or an LED, or soldering iron or … all of those things that geeky types like and want.
So, I did a geek pilgrimage to Fry's today. The closest Fry's is in Fremont, which is quite a ways from Berkeley. There is basically nothing around it except office parks and malls – it feels very sterile.