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“Porn and Pancakes” Comes to Redding, California

Hey Redding area people!

If you live anywhere near Redding I’d like to make you aware that XXXChurch and The Stirring are presenting a Porn and Pancakes event at 8am this coming Saturday. I’ll be one of the speakers.

Tickets for the breakfast are $8 each and can be purchased at the door. This is a men’s breakfast and is open to Jr High ages and up.

For more information information and a map to the event click here to visit the Stirring online. I hope to see as many of you as possible.


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"Porn and Pancakes" Comes to Redding, California

Hey Redding area people!

If you live anywhere near Redding I’d like to make you aware that XXXChurch and The Stirring are presenting a Porn and Pancakes event at 8am this coming Saturday. I’ll be one of the speakers.

Tickets for the breakfast are $8 each and can be purchased at the door. This is a men’s breakfast and is open to Jr High ages and up.

For more information information and a map to the event click here to visit the Stirring online. I hope to see as many of you as possible.


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I’d Like To See the Full Story

While in Fort Wayne, Indiana for Porn and Pancakes a few weeks ago the Indy Channel in Indianapolis interviewed me. I have no idea whether or not the full story will ever be available online, but take a look at the trailer:

Donny and XXXChurch on the Indy Channel – Click Here

Let me know what you think…

TIPS ON MAKING THE VIDEO WORK: I had a problem getting the video to work for a second. I ended up having to click the black area a few times, then clicking the play button after that. It finally worked.

By the way – this will be a very busy week: I’ll be speaking at a conference in Michigan on Thursday and Friday, then flying back here to speak at another Porn and Pancakes event (this time in Redding – my hometown). I love it. 🙂


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I'd Like To See the Full Story

While in Fort Wayne, Indiana for Porn and Pancakes a few weeks ago the Indy Channel in Indianapolis interviewed me. I have no idea whether or not the full story will ever be available online, but take a look at the trailer:

Donny and XXXChurch on the Indy Channel – Click Here

Let me know what you think…

TIPS ON MAKING THE VIDEO WORK: I had a problem getting the video to work for a second. I ended up having to click the black area a few times, then clicking the play button after that. It finally worked.

By the way – this will be a very busy week: I’ll be speaking at a conference in Michigan on Thursday and Friday, then flying back here to speak at another Porn and Pancakes event (this time in Redding – my hometown). I love it. 🙂


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CBS Evening News with Katie Couric

According to this article, tomorrow night “Porn and Pancakes” will be featured on the CBS Evening News With Katie Couric. I have no idea if I’ll be in the footage or not, but the story should be good, no doubt.

The footage was shot just a few weeks ago (I blogged about it here).


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45 Lbs Lost. SO MUCH More to Go.


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Seeing myself on film, I realize I’ve still got a long way to go in the weight loss department.

This was shot April 21, 2007. I was being interviewed at the Porn and Pancakes event in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Click photo to enlarge. Wait a second… that might not be such a good idea. 🙂

I’ve got another 25 lbs to go to reach my goal.

Footage from this particular Porn and Pancakes event will end up on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric sometime this coming week. If my luck is as good as last time (when CNN‘s Anderson Cooper sent his team to the last P&P) all footage of me will be cut from the final story.

I’m okay with that.


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Fort Wayne, Indiana: Porn and Pancakes. Will I Forget My Name?

I’ve been telling friends and colleagues that I’m speaking at a Porn and Pancakes event in Illinois this weekend. I’ve also insisted that I’ll be flying home Sunday night.

Neither of those things are true. The Porn and Pancakes event is in Fort Wayne, Indiana. And I’m flying home Saturday night. I was confused.

Confusing Donny really isn’t that hard to do lately. I’ve kept my brain going in a billion different directions. Just this morning, as I was rushing to check in for the flight to Chicago (with connections to Fort Wayne) I left my wallet in my car.

Out in the parking lot.

Far, far away.

Everyone knows a person can’t possibly check in for a flight without ID. I was thankful for all the exercise I’ve been doing lately: it came in handy when sprinting all the way back to my car to get the wallet.

I made it in time.

Barely.

I was the last person on the plane.

Then in Chicago I not only went to the wrong GATE when connecting flights, but to the entirely wrong terminal. Once again, I was amongst the last on the plane, with little time to spare.

There is a positive side to that, however: no waiting to board! Yeah, there’s always a bright side. Let’s just hope that I don’t forget my name tomorrow morning when called to the stage to speak.

Say a prayer.

Please!  🙂


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Cut Like A Second String Linebacker

That’s pretty much how I’d describe what happened with the Anderson Cooper story last night.

I had a feeling that might happen. After hyping it in the blog I was thinking, “Wouldn’t it be funny if they cut me out completely?” Sure enough…

I know Craig is disappointed too. Anderson Cooper sent an entire team to town, they shot a few hours of video, and what ended up making the cut was a fraction of what was filmed. Yeah, I know, that’s normal.

In addition to filming the entire Porn and Pancakes event, they had a sit-down interview with Craig after the event. Not a single bit of that interview was aired.

Craig emailed this morning. Katie Couric wants to sent a team to the next Porn and Pancakes event later this month. Maybe her cutting knife won’t be as sharp as Anderson’s.


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Anderson Cooper 360º This Week

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From: XXXCHURCH
Date: Apr 2, 2007 6:51 AM

We just got word that the segment that we shot for “360” with Anderson Cooper will be on this week. They are doing a two night feature, starting on WEDNESDAY NIGHT, called “What is a Christian?” The segment was shot at a Porn and Pancakes with Craig Gross and Donny Pauling last week in Illinois. They also caught up with the XXXChurch team that is currently at the Miami porn show. Should be a good little piece. We heard we are on THURSDAY’s show but watch both nights just in case.

– Craig

EDIT TO ADD: Craig just emailed me (I’m typing this on Tuesday night at 11:45pm Pacific Time) to let me know that our segment is indeed on THURSDAY night.


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Anderson Cooper 360º Air Date

For those who are wondering: the air date is going to be sometime in the first week of April. The date isn’t etched in stone yet. When it is, I’ll be sure to tell you. But Anderson Cooper’s producer told Craig and I that it will definitely be the first week of April.