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The Bricklayer’s Excuse- True story?

Fans of novelty music have all heard “The Bricklayer’s Song”, I have always thought of it as mere clever lyrics, so imagine my surprise when I found it almost verbatim, presented in a 1957 issue of the esteemed Everett, Washington Herald newspaper, and attributed to the Manchester, England Guardian newspaper.

I think this is an urban legend that predated even this old article. Supposedly this was from a bricklayer in Barbados to his contracting firm- but was unsigned. Who writes a letter requesting sick leave? By the time it gets there, you would already be fired. Especially since he didn’t sign it!

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Don’t let a broken leg slow you down!



P.W. Berge of Reno, Nevada, was not a man to let a broken leg slow him down- he just took the door off of his car and fashioned a support for his cast. I am assuming that he had an automatic transmission. Not sure if I would be pulling up alongside another car for a mid-road chat though.

One thing that concerns me with this setup is the loss of the driver’s side mirror with the door gone. Would he be able to look far enough over his left shoulder to merge safely? At least he put a red “oversized load” flag on his cast.

I hope he made it through the healing process, and avoided the wrath of his insurance agent. The world always needs more inventive, can-do people.