A Fluke 114

On a recent trip to Fry’s, I picked up a Fluke 114 Electrical TRMS Multimeter. After I got home, I realized maybe I shouldn’t have been so impulsive, because I might have bought the Fluke 115, which also measures capacitance (I’m always doing that…).

The continuity beeper was especially helpful in rewiring the headlights on the Bavaria after a short circuit melted a large portion of the harness.

Fluke 114 Electrical TRMS Multimeter (L), Micronta Multitester 22-203B (R)

I replaced my aging analog Micronta Multitester 22-203B, which was, “custom mfd in Korea for Radio Shack, a division of the Tandy Corporation.” I probably bought it back in the late 70’s, when Tandy stores still sold leather supplies.

The only other significant thing about this old Radio Shack (now RadioShack) meter is it almost qualifies as a GooglewhackRadio Shack 22-203B, finds only a single result.

Pacific Grove to Chicago

We left Pacific Grove at 4:30 PM, PDT, even though our flight didn’t leave San Jose until 10:50 PM.We were going to have dinner in San Jose at a Chinese restaurant in a strip mall, not too far from the airport.


There were two restaurants right next door to each other and we decided to eat in the one where the most people were going into.

Another time, we had eaten at the other restaurant and received such a foul smell of shit for a few minutes, we couldn’t figure out what was going on.


We ordered scallion pancakes, beef clay pot, Singapore style noodles and smoked pork with scallions. The restaurant was crowded. While we were waiting, the same odor came for about two minutes and then left. It was very disconcerting. The food was great.

It was now 7:15, a few hours too early to head to the airport, so we decided to go to Fry’s, because it was hot outside and we could walk around looking at stuff in air-conditioned comfort. Fry’s had closed at 7:00.

After filling the tank on the rental car (buying a Chevrolet Aveo is not recommended) we went to the rental car return at the airport. All the big rental car agencies are spread over one gigantic lot. After dropping off the car, we waited for the bus to take us to the terminal an noticed everyone driving the Hertz cars away, after the customers returned them, were wearing turbans.

The flight was very crowded. I slept for about an hour and a half. We arrived at O’Hare at 4:45 AM CDT and walked to the terminal where our flight to Toronto would leave at 6:30 CDT. There were 15 people lined up at McDonald’s. I told Chris we should get some frys.