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01.17.21When Will the New Songbook be Ready?
01.17.21Bible Reading Update: Amos 1-Zechariah 12
01.15.21The Expanding Album Challenge: Week 36
01.10.21Some Bible Verses to Ponder
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01.05.21News Bulletin: January 5, 2021
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01.05.21Get Over 1350 Tracks for $100 This Week
01.02.21Links to Our Recent Newsletters
01.02.21New USBs Have All 61 CDs
01.01.21The Expanding Album Challenge: Week 34
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12.26.20More Encouraging Responses to Our Newsletters
12.26.20The 365-Day Album Challenge: Week 33
12.26.20ApX Keyboardist Has Gifts for You (2 New Songs)
12.26.20More from Micah, ApX Alum on Amazon
12.22.20Get Multiple Downloads for One Donation
12.22.20This Week's News Bulletin: New USBs
12.19.20New CD BOGO & Other Updates
12.16.20This Week's Mini-Bulletin
12.11.20Enthusiastic Responses to Last Week's Newsletter
12.11.20New CD Coming in December
12.11.20The 365-Day Album Challenge: Week 31
12.11.20 ApX Alum's Amazon Store Has Great Holiday Gifts
12.09.20Will There Be a Another CD?
12.04.20New Single & Other Updates
12.04.20The 365-Day Album Challenge: Weeks 26-30
12.03.20In Case You Missed Our New Single
11.20.20ApX Episode 146 This Weekend
11.20.20Happy Belated Birthday, Rich!
11.06.20The 365-Day Album Challenge: Week 26
11.06.20Band Members Celebrate Big-Time Anniversaries
11.06.20ApologetiX Needs Prayer and Help Now
10.29.20New Songbook Expected by End of Weekend
10.29.20The 365-Day Album Challenge: Week 25
10.29.20New CD in Stock, BOGO Ends Sunday
10.26.20This Week's News Update: CD in Stock, BOGO Ends Sunday
10.22.20Bible Teacher Reacts to New Single
10.22.20The Stories Behind the Songs on Our New Single
10.22.20The 365-Day Album Challenge: Week 24
10.22.20New USB Thumb Drives in Stock
10.19.20New Single: '74 & '79
10.17.20The Story Behind the Title of Our New CD
10.17.20What's on the Decent Alternative CD?
10.17.20Prayers for Jeff Pakula's Brother
10.16.20Clues for 2020 Single #18
10.15.20The 365-Day Album Challenge: Week 23
10.12.20Weekly Email Update
10.09.20New ApX Digital Songbook Almost Ready
10.09.20New ApX CD Coming Soon
10.09.20The 365-Day Album Challenge: Week 22
10.02.20The Stories Behind the Songs on the New Single
10.02.20The 365-Day Album Challenge: Week 21
09.28.20New Single: '85 & '96
09.25.20Keith Haynie Is a Grandpa Again
09.25.20The 365-Day Album Challenge: Week 20
09.18.20The Stories Behind the Songs on the New Single
09.18.20The 365-Day Album Challenge: Week 19
09.18.20New Donor Will Match All Donations This Week
09.18.20New Single: '69 & '77
09.15.20New Single, Another Matching Donor
09.11.20Fans in Kansas Will Match Donations Thru Wed.
09.11.20The 365-Day Album Challenge: Week 18
09.11.20New USBs on the Way
09.11.20ApX USBs Contain Complete Catalog
09.04.20The Stories Behind the Songs on the New Single
09.04.20How to Donate Online or by Mail
09.04.20The 365-Day Album Challenge: Week 17
09.02.20New Single, 2 New Matching Donors
09.01.20New Single: 2 Groups We've Never Spoofed Before
08.31.20We Need Help but Fan Will Match Donations
08.28.20From a New Fan in Virginia
08.28.20ApX Reaching Kids in Canada
08.28.20The 365-Day Album Challenge: Week 16
08.28.20Clues for 2020 Single #15
08.21.20Encouragement from FL, SD, TN, TX & VA
08.21.20Fan in Kenya Reacts to New Single
08.21.20The 365-Day Album Challenge: Week 15
08.17.20New Single: East Coast 80's, West Coast 90's
08.14.20The 365-Day Album Challenge: Week 14
08.13.20Clues for This Weekend's Single
08.11.20Weekly News Update
08.11.20New Video from Our 25th Anniversary Show
08.08.20Alphabetical ApologetiX IV: The Final Frontier
08.07.20The Stories Behind the Songs on Our New Single
08.07.20Get All of Our Parodies at Once on Download or USB
08.07.20The 365-Day Album Challenge: Week 13
08.02.20New Single: Old Testament Ladies, 90's Style
07.30.20New CD BOGO Ends Friday
07.30.20He's Heard ApX Played on Five Continents
07.30.20ApX Lead Singer Interviewed on Philly Radio Show
07.30.20The 365-Day Album Challenge: Week 12
07.30.20Wonderful Words from MI
07.30.20Touching Testimony from TX
07.27.20New CD BOGO Ends This Friday

Counting the Cost of Keeping the Bus
Wed., Mar. 13. 2013 2:17pm EDT

Our troubles with buses are like a horror-film series that keeps putting out increasingly unbelievable sequels nobody wants to see.

After our shuttle bus broke down in Kent OH on March 2, they towed it to the shop for an assessment and ... the motor's trashed and needs replaced.

The mechanic has a used engine with 120,000 miles on it, but even to get that one installed (plus new injectors) would cost over $5000. Keith shopped around and a reconditioned engine with a guarantee would cost twice that!

If you've been keeping score at home, you'll recall that last year we already spent the following on the "new" bus :

$4100 - Purchase Price (April)
$230 - Windshield Replacement to Pass Inspection (April)
$420 - Title Transfer & Taxes (May)
$900 - New Tires to Pass Inspection (May)
$4400 - Trailer Hitch Installation & Misc. Repairs to Pass Inspection (May)
$200 - Fuel Injector Module (May)
$50 - Misc. Parts (May)
$1150 - More Repairs (June)
$620 - New Heavy-Duty Shocks (June)
$200 - Misc. Repairs (July)
$160 - Radiator Repair (September)
$40 - Misc. Parts ( September)
$3600 - Transmission Replacement after Breakdown in Dayton OH (October)
$100 - Misc. Parts (October/November)
$1100 - Engine Repair & Towing after Breakdown on PA Turnpike (November)

That's a total of over $17,250. If we got the new engine installed, it would take that over $22,000!

For those of you wonder whether we're getting ripped off by mechanics, we'd like to point out that we used a variety of mechanics and companies to perform those services, and, whenever possible, Keith did them himself.

Nevertheless, we question the wisdom of putting any more money into that vehicle. On one hand, you think, "We come this far -- what if that's all that's needed to complete the process?" On the other hand, you think, "What if this vehicle is just a money pit?"

We had that happen with our last bus, but at least that one had a nice interior, with six beds, a work room, a generator, and a kitchen. This one has no frills; it doesn't even have working AC.

Consequently, we're looking into other options. We still plan to play all concerts on our schedule, including the ones next weekend. Regardless of what we drive, we're also trying to do what we can to drastically reduce the size, weight, and amount of equipment in our trailer.

Please keep us in your prayers.