by Tracy Ann Koch
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. He 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 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 parts to play Caine Arcade. But Caine never give up.