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Fort Wayne International Airport

Fort Wayne International Airport is a small airport that provides regional connectivity to next bigger airports or hubs such as Chicago. When you arrive at the airport you can park at short term parking which is free for first 30 mins. There is also long term parking although I don’t know the rates for that. Being a small airport, expect short TSA lines.  During my last trip I was the only person in the line. As usual, be sure to take out laptop and the liquids and put in a separate bin at the checkpoint. Inside there are couple of foo – Sam Adams Brewhouse and Seattle’s Best Coffee Shop. Terminals 1 to 4 are on the first floor and 5 to 8 are in second. Gates are rather small. Inside there’s a small air museum which is pretty neat display of American air history. My last experience flying out of Fort Wayne was less than pleasant though as the flight was delayed by ~2 hours. It’s probably not the fault of the airport but more of the airlines – American – but still it may be a wiser choice to fly out from a bigger airport in case of time crunch.

Healthcare cost in the US

I occasionally rant about stuff that is just unfair and this is one of those moments – so why does it cost so much in the US for healthcare? I mean it’s quite a lot for the same treatment when you compare against India where I have personally experienced paying for healthcare. Here’s an example. In 2013, I experienced sever pain due to kidney stone and ended up going to ER. I stayed there for couple of hours. I was promptly attended to and had a full body CT Scan done. I left with prescribed pain killers and a suggestion to just let the stone pass naturally. Within a few days I was relieved from the suffering. However, I was shocked to see the bill I received a few weeks later. My ER visit cost me $8,000+ and since my deductible hadn’t met, I ended up paying close to $2,500 out of pocket. It all seemed ridiculous to me for 2 hours I spent there and for receiving pain killers and advise to wait it out.. such is the misery one has to go through here. The CT Scan alone was quite expensive and I am not sure if there was a need for it. Yet another example is when I went to a dentist and was asked to do a procedure that I didn’t need to – removal of wisdom teeth. Many will argue that it needs to be done eventually. However, I am yet to be convinced that I needed that done. In my family alone I haven’t heard of any complains about wisdom teeth from my father, mother or sister. They all live in India and haven’t had their wisdom teeth removed. Granted they probably don’t ever go to Dentist but even if they do I doubt if the Dentist in India will suggest wisdom teeth removal. So, why was I recommended? Nevertheless, I ended up getting that done too which set me back by a $1,000. Additional follow ups to the same Dentist led to even more suggestions about other procedures I can wait for until a few years but were expressed with such a sense of urgency that I couldn’t understand why? Eventually, I stopped going there… Another story heard from some Indian folks here in the US about a case where someone needed appendix removed. They ended up getting a bill of $20,000 and paying close to $7,000 out of pocket for a procedure that doesn’t cost more than $500 in India. My mother regularly visits a GP and pays $5 for a visit. She recently got an Ultra Sound done that cost $10. Here in US it’s close $1,000. I can go on and on but I think I am done ranting. It’s really sad to experience these costs in this great country when actually the opposite should be true. Healthcare should be affordable to everyone.

With Ooma I plan to cut down my Phone bill

Yay, I got rid of Vonage. It’s not that the service was awful, it’s just that it was getting too expensive. I mean after 6-months of promotional period, my monthly bill for unlimited international calling was getting close to $40; a chunk of it was taxes. So, I looked for alternatives, and found Ooma. It cost me $105 to buy the Ooma Telo unit (with a $15 coupon on TigerDirect). Even though there is upfront cost, I hope to save around 44% in my monthly bill when compared to Vonage. For the unlimited international plan, the overall first year cost for Ooma is expected to be around $366 including the cost of the unit. For Vonage, this was around $354. So, if I use Ooma, I will effectively pay more during the first year of service. However, subsequent years, the annual cost for Ooma will come down to $262, whereas for Vonage it would be $468.

Vonage tried to keep my account by offering 6-month $9.99 promotion again, but I opted out of that. Will Ooma stay up to my expectations? That… we will see in coming weeks. Right now, I am happy with her!

Good luck using Netflix app on Xbox One

The newest update to Netflix app on my Xbox one has rather made it so difficult to use. I hate it the UI so much that I now use Amazon Instant Video app more often. I don’t know if it’s the app or just me but I can’t seem to figure out the search feature. Also instead of feeding me pre-made categories for movies, Netflix please just give me a way to browse all movies! Hello Netflix, are you listening?