I feel a bit like Roger Miller's "King of the Road": "no phone, no pool, ... ." Our Plain Old Telephone Service (POTS) line and piggybacked DSL died Thursday afternoon, and AT&T probably won't have a line crew and boom truck available to locate and splice the break until tomorrow. Fortunately, my wife has a cell phone, and I am able to get "unofficial" wireless internet on my laptop computer , but this is the first time I have ever been without POTS for more than a few hours. I suspect the phone company is too cheap to retain as many field service technicians as in years past and that this is just one more example of America's deteriorating infrastructure, along with broken water mains, potholes, and falling bridges.