The Anguished Cockerel

How do you amuse yourself and gain relief of tension while listening to bank muzak while holding on for 75 minutes waiting for an “adviser” to sort out a problem?

You spend the time patiently reading and commenting on blogs you follow and, when you need a pee you ask your wife to put the phone to her ear while you take a break.

What do you do when you are sent a “smart” form to complete to get the bank to do what they should have done three months ago and failed, resulting in regular scam payments having been stolen from your account, and when you reach the end of what wasn’t exactly the straightforward process you were given to understand you are required to complete a puzzle to prove you are not a robot that does not make itself clear?

You blow a gasket, you scream with frustration, rave, swear, stamp, and chuck things about, until you try something that miraculously works.

Then you go out for a Chauffeuse-driven ride in the forest.

We began with a visit to Ferndene Farm Shop where Jackie enjoyed a smooth shopping trip without delay, and I watched a robin while wondering whether we would see ours again.

Our next stop was Elizabeth’s where we admired her recent tree work which has really opened up the front of her property affording a view across fields opposite.

On the verges of Pilley Street the constant clanging of a nearby cattle grid left a group of fly-ignoring, cud-chewing, cattle completely unperturbed.

Had the cockerel across the road been equipped with a tail, that appendage would surely have stretched between its legs as, after proudly strutting under a gate, it dashed squawking and clucking back out and off up the road.

I have photographed this building before, hoping to preserve its memory before it falls down. A very elderly gentleman is sometimes seen seated on the plastic chair or leaning on a gate. Did the anguished cockerel play any part in the egg production, I wonder?

This evening we dined on Jackie’s succulent beef pie; boiled new potatoes; crisp cauliflower; crunchy carrots; tender runner beans; and meaty gravy with which she drank Hoegaarden and I drank more of the Syrah.

Published by derrickjknight

I am a septuagenarian enjoying rambling physically and photographing what I see, and rambling in my head as memories are triggered. I also ramble through a lifetime's photographs

98 thoughts on “The Anguished Cockerel

  1. Oh Derrick, I so can relate to your customer service story. I was on hold recently for 86 minutes. In that time I filed, organized, and cleaned my home office, and when I say clean I mean deep clean ๐Ÿคฃ In the end the issue was resolved, and I relaxed in my office with a glass of wine and a magazine.

    1. Thanks very much, Liz. If only we could sit down in an office with a real person – as we could 60 years ago when I first opened an account with the same bank. The cockerel is very striking.

  2. You need to have a speaker phone so that you can wander about kicking things while you wait. I should be able to put my phone on speaker but I haven’t discovered how to do it yet!

    Your bank experience sounds unusually annoying so you deserve great credit for taking such peaceful and relaxed photographs later in the day.

  3. Call centres and machine controlled IVR mechanism are the one of the most dystopian developments in the evolutionary history of Homo Sapiens Sapiens. The cattle and the cockerel present the ground zero of tranquility, a reference point where to relocate our intelligence.

  4. Whenever I have one of those long drawn out issues with remote customer service, I treat myself to some chocolate. I understand your wondering about your robin. I wonder the same thing about my church cat, Gray. I will say a prayer for both Gray and Nugget to be safe and loved.

  5. I am sorry you had to go through all those banking problems, Derrick. I’m am glad to hear you resolved it, and went out for a drive with Jackie. I loved the photos from your day. That old building must have a very interesting back story.

  6. That’s a handsome rooster. When I was studying Chinese brush painting, we spent a few weeks painting roosters and hens.

    When you were getting frustrated by your bank, you might have cock-a-doodle-doo-ed if you had been a rooster.

  7. Your description of a most frustrating experience is an interesting read. I had a vishing experience this week during which I was informed my credit card had been used to book a very expensive hotel room in Nigeria … when I declined to verify the number of my card so that the transaction could be reversed, my ‘helpful’ fraud assistant abruptly ended the call!

  8. Sorry to hear about all of the banking problems. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ And it is always a chore to get stuff like that straightened out. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Hope it is straightened out soon. These days it’s almost impossible to even talk to someone locally. Everyone they give us to “help” us is in another place far away. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    That little robin is so cute! I hope, I hope, I hope you do see Nugget and his family again! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Love the cow-parts photos…the closeup of tails, hooves. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I imagine the cockerel DID have a part in the egg making and that’s why he is struttin’ his stuff and showin’ off his fine-self. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    The old building has such character…and your photos of it are so artistic! If the walls and roof could talk they would have stories to tell.

    (((HUGS))) ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Ah no … hereโ€™s hoping your bank sorts itself out very soon. Weโ€™re keeping our fingers crossed for Nugget … our robin returned the first day it was very cold here, after the fields were harvested ๐Ÿฆ

  10. Sounds like my recent experience with my health insurance companyโ€”over 4 hours trying to figure out a lab that is in network, so I can get my annual blood work done. Still not resolved. Grrr. So, I mostly just putter in my garden. Itโ€™s easier.

  11. gone are the days when customer service, especially in the bank, were in person. i hope things get resolved soon. the drive is a great way to unwind and to see animals are always a treat. the robin and rooster are cute!

  12. You have described your banking situation quite calmly, Derrick, given the ridiculousness of it!
    There are a couple of angry -looking cows in the close-ups. And the cockerel might have lost his harem, together with his tail, to a luckier specimen who is now actively involved in egg production. Just guessing…

  13. I’ve done the same thing after getting off the phone with the bank. So sorry you’ve been the victim of scammers and people stealing money. Your bank should have taken care of that already so I can’t blame you for some screaming and tossing. I know I would have done that. Loved the tour you took after your well-deserved tantrum.

  14. The cockerel may well have had an important part to play with producing the next generation of chicks.
    I am so sorry about the bank business, I hope it gets sorted soon.

  15. Very frustrating. I hope you kept the proof that you had already signaled this to the bank because whatever they decide for the first scammed amount, they are definitely responsible for the remaining amounts that were levied in the following months.

      1. The only valid point from their side would be if you had done something to weaken the security such as give your password out. Else they are bound to make the reimbursement permanent

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