Obamacare Really Stinks

We just got the statements for our insurance options and premiums for next year…….They Stink and are expensive, Thanks to Obamacare. Our premiums will increase over 25% per pay period. I know that if I can’t afford it thru my employer, my options are really limited and BAD. If I try to get on Obamacare,

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West Texas

With summer approaching, and the temperature and humidity increasing here in Houston, I’ve been thinking about the cool mountain air of the Davis Mountains in West Texas. McDonald Observatory is one of the best known destinations in the Davis Mountains and is located atop Mt. Locke, just a few miles north of the town of

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April Showers Bring May Flowers

April was a crazy month weather wise here in Houston! We had flooding, and tornadoes, and more flooding! It seems there was a storm every week! And every week we had flooding, tornado warnings and power outages! A lot of our customers had flooding in their offices and homes with damage to their belongings and

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Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is this Thursday. As the day approaches, I wonder how many out there know the true meaning behind the celebration.  Sure, most Americans love to celebrate Cinco de Mayo!  But to us, it is mostly a good excuse to eat some Mexican food and down a few margaritas.  AND, I’m willing to

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From John Scott

Summer is almost here, and with summertime comes all those fond memories of warmer weather, water gun fights, no school, staying up late and just doing fun stuff until you get bored. With summer comes vacation time, time off to recharge and reengage. As a grandparent I look forward to spending some quality time with

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Slow and Steady Wins the Race

I wrote a blog in February of this year, explaining the importance of maintaining investments during a troubled market. I stated that if you had a 401K, IRA, mutual fund, etc., that you should be careful of not restructuring while the market was down. When you do this you are only solidifying your loss. Since

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From Robert

Have some free time this weekend? If yes, then saddle up the horses & head to the Hill Country for a day trip. I recommend an early morning hike to the top of Enchanted Rock – a giant pink granite dome just a short drive from Fredericksburg. The hike is fairly easy. It’s a beautiful

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Roatán, Honduras

This past week I had the pleasure of visiting this beautiful island located 40 miles north of the northern coast of my beautiful country Honduras. Roatan is the largest island, and the capital city of the department of the Bay Islands. With crystal clear ocean, beautiful attractions within the city, wonderful hospitality, and great and

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South by Southwest

South by Southwest in Austin is for locals, a double edged sword. The traffic is a nightmare, but the commerce and profits brought in are outstanding for the city. For someone like me visiting from Houston, or anywhere else out of town, it is a wonderful musical distraction. Houston is close enough to just spend

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From Matilde

This past weekend was Easter.  Sunday morning we loaded up the kids and headed to the park.  There we met a few of our other family members, barbecued and hid tons of eggs for the kids to find.  I am sure glad we didn’t get rained on.  It turned out to be a beautiful day. 

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Did you know

Did you know…. Before copiers were invented, typist would use carbon paper to make copies. As you can imagine, the copies weren’t very clean and the quality was low. Copy machines have changed the way we work, do business, and produce on a day-to-day basis. Fortunately, there were innovative thinkers in the late 1800’s that

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In memory of Mary Sheppard

Mary Sheppard led the way for sales department at Office Systems for many years. She built what it is today.  You could always ask question and she knew the answer or knew who did. Having only worked with Mary for the past four years, she was with Office Systems for many. She will be missed

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From Ross

I have been here at Office Systems of Texas about three and a half years and have come across some crazy things out in the field during that time.  Being asked to sign a “Do Not Resuscitate” form as a witness while talking to one of my customers in the healthcare industry has to be

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From Stephen

Do you notice more and more new restaurants open near our office? Taco Bell, right at Richey Road, is grand open. We also have Buffalo Wild Wings and Olive Garden at the same corner recently. I like Taco Bell. But I remember my first bite at Taco Bell over 25 years ago, being a new

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In Memory of Mary Sheppard

I’m sad to report the passing of Mary Sheppard. Mary and I worked together for more than twenty years. The respect and trust we developed was unique and I am grateful to have been her friend.  My heart and sympathy go out to Mary’s family which include her husband Howard, sons John, Ryan and Daniel

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Battleship Texas

Recently my children and I participated in the San Jacinto Texas Independence Fun Run 5k with a lot of other Office Systems of Texas employees. During the 5K around the San Jacinto Monument we passed by the Battleship Texas and both my 6 year old son and 2 year old daughter were infatuated with the

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DEWar’s Anniversary

March 17 of this year marks the 25th anniversary of the Band DEWar, that I was in for the longest time. I have played music for most of my life. I try to play Bass and Percussion with a little guitar, keyboards, and brass instruments thrown in just for fun. I Started playing music at

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Deep Thinking from DeepMind’s AlphaGo

Founded in 2010, DeepMind is a British Artificial Intelligence company that was bought by Google in 2014. DeepMind makes use of an artificial neural network setup and cutting edge algorithms which more closely resembles human thought processes than traditional computers, allowing their AI to experience and learn games and information more efficiently than any before.

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From George

I’d like to thank everyone who made the effort and took the opportunity to show up and participate in the 5th annual San Jacinto Museum Fun Run and Walk. The weather couldn’t have been better and it was a beautiful morning. Quite a few of my colleagues were in attendance and participated in the walk

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Rodeo Time!

It’s that time again, folks!  Dust off your cowboy boots and find your best western wear; THE RODEO IS BACK!!  Every year, trial riders make their way in to town and the annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo takes place.  There are so many sites and smells to take int and so many prizes and

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Leap year

2016 is a leap year, which means that it has 366 days instead of the usual 365 days that an ordinary year has. An extra day is added in a leap year—February 29 — You get a whole extra day! Even though that day is a Monday, But, You are given one extra day in the year every 4 years!   The extra day

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Gentleman, Place your Bets

We are currently in a very tumultuous market that is testing the patience and knowledge of investors from all spectrums. The low oil prices, along with a slower demand, have presented somewhat of an anomaly. In normal conditions, just a low demand is enough to drive prices in the ditch. However, we are also experiencing

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