• LK

    i’m rather fond of “Gio”s work in an episode of The X-Files, where he played “lightning boy.” i do agree that ms. dooce has the strangest celeb sightings!

  • bonitaapplebum

    tony hawk propositioned me once when i was 19 years old & working at a cheesy midwestern restaurant. i denied the hawk, but kept the cocktail napkin with his hotel room number on it. ah, what a legacy i will leave my grandchildren!

  • http://www.realityremixed.com Keith

    I saw Jason Alexander at The Grove a few weekends ago when I was going with a friend to see “Blue Crush.” (No comments.) I had to suppress a rather strong urge to grab him by his lapels and ask him why in God’s name he was pimping himself to KFC.

  • http://starsightings.com The Inmate

    So much for not telling anyone, Dooce. Oh well, it’s only your large and devoted fanbase anyway, right?
    About “Gio” -cringe-….I seem to recall him being only cast in mildly retarded roles. Except for the Mod Squad…then again the entire movie was, so the argument stands.
    Whether the tale is truth or the latest child of your fertile imagination, I do find the telling brilliant.

  • http://www.turbanhead.com/blogger.html Me

    I once saw Kristen Sze, the bootylicious reporter from the ABC affiliate in Philly (now she is at KGO-7 in the Bay area) on Roosevelt Blvd. in the big news van eating Chinese food with chopsticks while the cameraman was driving like a maniac. Kristen Sze!

  • http://taraonline.org Tara

    Fortunately when I first moved to LA, I was informed quickly by my relatives that already lived there that you do not call attention to celebrities. In the years I lived there…well you can imagine how many I saw. No sightings quite as interesting as yours, though. When I moved back to the Bay Area (Marin County), I found that a lot of people up there did not keep their cool, and I was a bit surprised at that, considering that for such a small county, we had a lot of celebrities (and even more just over the bridge in SF) – it seemed like *someone* lived just down the street from you.

  • http://orenji.org/rebecca rebecca

    my my, that was probably the most interesting elevator ride i’ve ever heard of!

  • http://www.beltzner.ca/ifeelafel feelafel

    Were you there to watch Heaven? Because that could have really added to the slow motion effect, as everyone wondered if they should ask: “Heeeeeyyyyy, Giiiiooo — thhiiiissss mmooovvviieeee gooonnnaaaa sssuuuccckkk llliiikkkeeee Moooddddd Sqqqquuuaaaddd?”

  • ChibaCity

    Bill-fucking-board, that’s what you are, dooce. My god, humans are strange, funny creatures. LA, house of fun, house of mirrors that it is; and, like, you know, it’s just got to be all of those apostate Mormons sipping lithium-laced mint juleps. “[P]erfectly blank, like a sky-blue paint chip submitted by the contractor of the universe”. Thanks, this is screamingly funny, as always.

  • http://www.prettyparanoia.blogspot.com pretty_paranoia

    that was fucking awesome man. that story rocked. i wish i could tell stories like that.

  • Giovanni

    heather… i stopped being a ‘gallant groper’ because i saw you there in the elevator. when our eyes met, for that brief moment, all i could thing about was when we used to hang. just cuz i’m getting my game on with someone else, must you be so biiter? -gio P.S. i always hated it when you called me that.

  • islander

    Having been referred here by the lovely and talented Rosebaby, who also writes like a twisted angel, I must confess a lack of cultural experience. Never heard of this Gio guy. Didn’t know they’d made a movie of the Mod Squad although I’m old enough to remember the TV series and thinking that Peggy Lipton was pretty hot. So I Googled on his name and got all these cheesy fan sites.
    Apparently he’s into Scientology, of all things.
    Remember when elevators used to have operators?

  • Igor

    Is there any further information available on whether Giovanni Ribisi successfully engaged in sexual intercourse with the object of his affection later that night ?

  • http://sandy.sovereignmagic.com Sandy

    You are right about Oklahoma…we don’t get the arty movies and we do get wind.

  • http://none lapdog

    So what we all really want to know is: Did Gio have a discernable woody when he got on the lift? How discernable?

  • Sanchez

    I think some flagrant self-depreciation is good.

  • http://www.suite102.com/ James

    Dooce, girl, you can tell a story like nobody’s business.

  • http://www.staceygeorge.com stacey

    I’m curious if the parking garage hoochie mama is the mama of Ribisi’s little girl. He’s supposedly a married dad. Slimy.

  • http://www.mediasparkles.com/blog Vera

    Nobody mentions Gio in Suburbia? He was so hot in that. Naked, too.

  • Kelly

    How strange but cool to live in a place where you bump into celebrities on a semi-regular basis. By the way, I’m one of the 3 million unlucky souls who currently lives in Oklahoma, and am desperately trying to get out! Any suggestions from those who’ve succeeded?

  • http://blab-o-rama.home.att.net/ Beerzie Boy

    How much would you charge Gio for a Pottery Barn couch if he asked you in Spanish?

  • Angelique

    okay, so first, i have to know…. did he at least look like he was doing it well? he didn’t pull some shitty ass kiss out of his pocket, did he? secondly, i really want to know who this hizzo was in the garage… was she cute?

  • http://pinkhairthing.blogspot.com pinky

    Good thing you didn’t tell Giovanni that you wouldn’t tell anyone.

  • http://www.seancalder.com Sean

    I’m just glad you’re back online… congrats on the wedding!

  • http://convivial.blogspot.com Heather #2

    The elevator is just plain uncomfortable anyway. But hey, thanks. Because of your gift for prose, I was able to take that journey with you. Ouch! (Do you think Gio will be alright? Maybe we should check on him. You know, just in case.)

  • http://mrshoefly.livejournal.com Shoefly

    I really hope Gio reads this.

  • Glen

    What would you have done if Gio had been on your Five Fame Fuckers list?

  • http://sx70.blogspot.com eggbert

    well, was she worth it or not?

  • http://www.eonline.com Ex-liontamer

    Hmmm. I think Mr. Ribisi acted quite dispicably no matter what his resume looks like. I think making out in public is tacky in LA, OK, or NY. As far the bumping-into-celebs-tip: I once was the hand-in-the-elevator door guy. I ran into Andre Braugher at the Safeway and gushed about his work. He just nodded in slo-mo and corralled his young daughter away, saying nothing. That was a major idot moment for me. If I find myself near anyone famous again, I’ll just nod and smile. They know they’re famous, I know they’re famous. Enough said. Or, well, not said.

  • http://convivial.blogspot.com Heather #2

    Sooooo want an answer to Glen’s question.

  • http://www.laze.net/ Ryan

    I don’t think *either* of Nicole’s two dads would have approved of Gio’s actions outside the elevator. Even Joey, “the cool dad,” would have strung him up by his toes.

  • http://inspirationstrikes.blogspot.com Matt

    gallant young gio ribisi/
    is acting a little bit sleazy/
    if he waits ’til later/
    a full elevator/
    is spared — such discretion is easy.

  • http://www.muc.muohio.edu/~Muraii/ Muraii

    You have the positively worst luck running into celebrities. I’m tempted to look on your exploits skeptically, but then again, it’s a great read, so I don’t really care. If John Travolta can serve the Scientological cause(s) and tackle the nuances of being an alien life form, you can run into Shannon and Gio.


    I honestly had a dream last night that I was in your house, using your bathroom, and raiding your prescription medicines. You were talking to your two Spanish cousins, in Spanish I might add, about a dresser you found at a garage sale. I hope I dream about Gio tonight!

  • http://amindofamind.blogspot.com Naaman

    Elevators are bad enough when they’re not in slow motion. That’s why one should always carry an elevator remote control.

  • http://aprilgem.com/log aprilgem

    Elevator remote control? Now I know what I want for Christmas.

  • http://www.jennifermurray.net Jen

    You have the strangest celebrity sightings.

  • http://mattyspace.blogspot.com matty

    friends is some of gio’s finest work, actually. add that to my own guitly pleasures list. friends.

  • http://www.erinholloway.com erin

    hahaha. It reminds me of the time I saw Hillary Swank shopping for shoes. I casually whispered to her that I was really moved by her movie and let her be…I then fell dumbstruck at the notion that I hadn’t said WHICH movie. My boyfriend at the time laughed…saying “I’m sure she wasn’t thinking about her cinematic display in Karate Kid 4. Wooo…

  • http://www.towar.org jedrek

    Here’s my question: Were you going to see Heaven?

  • http://www.perpetualkarma.com julie

    poor giovanni, if he only knew the infamous dooce was standing in the elevator! hehe. oh that was a great story, heather. yeah, giovanni is totally on my star fuckers list. have you *seen* “first love last rites”? rawr.

  • http://qualitypeoples.com ed f

    hey that’s fuckin funny. i went to see an “arty” show at the “arty” unnamed theater myself, on saturday. and sat in tickets line behind jake Ghellenhal, or however you spell his name. he was buying tix to go see the tupac/biggie movie. same situation for me: i see him trying to blend in, all unassuming. i’m picking up on and trying to boost his “i’m a semi-famous up and coming hip actor who doesn’t want to be seen” force field. but the friend i’m with has a nasty habit of telling famous people that “he likes their work” and he does to mr. jake and sure enough, the force field is broken. and after one idiot says something, they all gotta say something. i slinked away, in horror only to run in to the midget chick from “The Year of Living Dangerously” and that actor that plays that director in “Mulholland Drive” in the theater. but that’s a whole nother story….

  • http://www.villapaita.com jimmypage

    this one, d00ce, is a masterpiece. i forget… was gio on your five fame fuckers list? if not, does he make the list, now that you’ve seen him with his game on? -jp

  • http://outoftune.org/em Em

    I am going to move to LA now just so I can go to cool movies and see celebrities – in all their weird..ness. Ahem. But now, because I read your blog, I will know better than to act like a total ass if I ever see a celebrity! :)

  • http://premise.blogspot.com keneumey

    It was the Laemmle, Sunset 5, wasn’t it?

  • http://queserasera.blogspot.com Sarah B.

    Okay, first of all, I KNOW. I know. I do. I will. I promise.

    Secondly, I wonder if it was his wife, or just some parking garage hoochie.

  • http://www.reddeyez.com ryan

    agrees with Heather #2 that we need an answer to Glen’s Question… what if he was on your FFF list?

  • http://www.jenandtonic.ca jennifer

    “parking garage hoochie” tee hee. I wonder if she has that on her resume? Did she look hoochie-like?

  • http://www.megchem.com megchem

    Isn’t he married with a frickin kid? Am I the only one shocked by that…hmmmm

  • http://www.chadcrowell.com The Chuck Cheeze Formerly Known as Chad

    Dooce was too busy drooling (dripping?) to say anything. I think DJ B. Diddy was, too.