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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Green (10/22/09)

TITLE: The Rise and Fall of the GEICO Gecko
By Catrina Bradley


Kermit the Frog knows what he's talking about when it comes to being green. One minute you're the darling of the masses, and the next you're hanging out with a heavy-footed Neanderthal wielding a tennis racket. Before you know it, people say, "Who?" when you mention the once-infamous GEICO Gecko.

At one time, the entire television-viewing population of the United States knew my name. Well, not my name, exactly. No one ever cared to ask. It's Martin, by the way, just in case you give a fig.

I was popular with the masses, and even those who didn't care for my flavor of humor knew me on sight. They welcomed me into their homes night after night, sometimes as often as nine times during prime time alone. I made them laugh; I made them smile; I brought joy to their homes.

When the next big thing came long, the newest face on the block, I was relegated to second string...and eventually cast away like last week's tuna casserole.

Oh, if only I could turn back the clock and relive the 90's - my glory years. I'd even settle for the early double-aught's when I shared the stage with the Neanderthals. Did you know one network actually signed those uneducated posers to star in their own sitcom? Appalling. Even though their show was quickly cancelled, it was the beginning of the end for this lizard.

By 2015, the never-ending letter-writing campaigns and obnoxious e-mail petitions and slews of angry phone calls had convinced that network to bring back the cavemen. Or possibly they just wanted to stop the madness. In any case, Nielsen families loved them, ratings flew off the charts, and yours truly, Martin the GEICO Gecko, fell to the wayside.

I'm convinced a conspiracy is afoot. I've emailed, texted, and Facebooked Kermit to get his opinion, but he has yet to get back to me. He is nearing retirement years; maybe he's just willing to go gently into that good night.

You see, when the whole eco-biased "green" brainwashing rigmarole was revealed for what it really was and a certain eco-politician was humiliated before the Supreme Court, "Green" was no longer in vogue, to put it mildly. "Green" was out, and all things green along with it.

Sometimes, when I catch sight of a shooting star, I wish I were a salamander.


The GEICO Gecko is a trademark of GEICO.

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Anita van der Elst10/29/09
I loved the GEICO gecko & wondered what happened to him. This was quite entertaining. Nicely written.
Karlene Jacobsen10/31/09
Thanks for the laugh! Definitely what the dr. ordered.
Ruth Brown 11/01/09
Very Clever! Do you ever have an imagination. Well done!
Shelley Ledfors 11/01/09
Ooh! Very creative. I enjoyed this fun tale!
Patricia Turner11/01/09
Poor Martin. Can't help feeling sorry for the little guy and love your tongue-in-cheek little tale.
Chely Roach11/01/09
Tee hee...I give a fig. Those cavemen make me long for the old days of Martin. Super fun entry!
Colin Swann11/01/09
An interesting and enjoyable read. Love lizards, ahem!
Thanks for sharing.
Betty Castleberry11/02/09
The gecko in the commercials. You either gotta love him or hate him. I've done both, but not this story. Definitely love it. It's clever and put a smile on my face. Love the ending.
Bryan Ridenour11/02/09
Very creative and fun read! Well done!
Aaron Morrow11/02/09
Excellent work! It takes a true master to get into the mind of a famous Gecko and extrude his motivations and raison d'etre...great job!
Joy Faire Stewart11/03/09
Oh, this was fun! Great humor and excellent writing. Loved it.
Brenda Rice 11/03/09
I found you and I love this story. So funny. Great idea for use of topic and very easy to read. Just good all around.
Carol Slider 11/04/09
Oh, how creative! All advertising icons go through cycles of popularity, I suppose... but I think the Gecko will be around for a while! Good job!
Cindy Moore11/05/09
That was too funny!