As I sit here an sip on my blueberry smoothy (yes, I have turned into a Californian w**ker), I see that Frank has been to a Frys. Frys are indeed very cool — the stores are huge, and they have a vast selection of excellent toys, all at quite cheap prices.
You need to be careful though, the staff are remarkably clueless, their returns policy is amazingly draconian, and there is a lot of variance between the quality of stores. For example the store in Sunnyvale is nicer than the store in Palo Alto, is nicer than the store in Santa Clara… At least in my opinion.
On another note, I am toying with the idea of going up to Seattle for a week sometime in the next couple of weeks. Frank — how long are you going to be in town?