Dear friends, readers, strangers, and blog stalkers: I try to be careful with overly extreme outrageous over-the-top superlatives but the story of Caine’s Arcade and its 9-year-old founder, Caine, might be one of the greatest things I’ve ever read or seen.
This story of not judging a book by its cover was cool, too, but wow…this is amazing. No joke.
First, do yourself a HUGE favor and watch the video. I guarantee it’ll be worth your 11 minutes or I will pay you $2 for your very own “Fun Pass” (this will make sense later). Money back guarantee.
Who is Caine and what is Caine’s Arcade?
Caine Monroy is a 9-year old boy who spent his summer vacation building an elaborate DIY cardboard arcade in his dad’s used auto parts store.
Caine dreamed of the day he would have lots of customers visit his arcade, and he spent months preparing everything, perfecting the game design, making displays for the prizes, designing elaborate security systems, and hand labeling paper-lunch-gift-bags. However, his dad’s autoparts store (located in an industrial part of East LA) gets almost zero foot traffic, so Caine’s chances of getting a customer were very small, and the few walk in customers that came through were always in too much of a hurry to get their auto part to play Caine’s Arcade. But Caine never gave up.
One day, by chance, I walked into Smart Parts Auto looking for a used door handle for my ’96 Corolla. What I found was an elaborate handmade cardboard arcade manned by a young boy who asked if I would like to play. I asked Caine how it worked and he told me that for $1 I could get two turns, or for $2 I could get a Fun Pass with 500 turns. I got the Fun Pass. (via Caine’s Arcade)
Here are my 10 random thoughts:
- This is awesome. This is awesome. This is awesome.
- I love Caine’s smile.
- I love his father. Our kids need fathers and mothers. Parents and parent figures that encourage, edify, empower, and build up.
- The arcade truly is ingenious. Brilliant. Incredible. So smart. So detailed.
- I would totally go and play at his arcade. And of course, I’d get the “Fun Pass.”
- Forget Instagram. This guy is going to do some something crazy someday.
- I love the storytelling. Props. And I love that there’s a college fund started for Caine. On the 1st day that this video was released and a college fund set up, they raised $25,000
- Regarding #7, I gave a few bucks towards his college fund. I feel like it’ll one of the best investments I make.
- I want to show this to every single child and teenager (and for that matter: even grown ups) who are spending way too many hours on the internet, watching youtube, LOL catz, watching television, and glued to their gadgets.
- Get out people. Be creative. Be entrepreneurial! The world is our playground…and it comes with cardboard boxes
Pursue your dreams and passions! Do it and I’ll invest $2 towards your idea!
I’m serious. I’ll send you $2 to be your first investor.