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Asa's Money Matters

Asa offers some clarity about her financial situation.

Hey Everyone!

It seems to me that there is some confusion regarding my involvement in my parents' financial state.

The fact is that my life is and has always been dedicated to making my parents' life easier, particularly my Mom's life. I have actually financially supported my parents since I was in my early 20s, with regular payments every month. You didn't see me talk about this before because I don't want to put my father on blast about having lost his business, etc. I also like to take them on a vacation when I can, seven out of the last ten years I have taken my family on a family vacation. We've been to Hawaii a few times, Belize, and Jamaica. We are a very very close knit family and I definitely don't see this as "my" money or "their" money. All money is OUR money. And if there is no money, you better believe that I am laser focused on getting it. Since my father lost his business a few years ago, it got more serious and I more than ever realized that I want and need to make a lot of money and really take care of them. My father doesn't have a retirement plan or anything like that. While taking care of them had always been a priority to the point of obsession for me at that point the sense of urgency exploded in my mind.

I bought my property in 2003, and it has more than tripled in value!

My property is in the best part of Venice Beach where property value is higher than Beverly Hills. I have a couple of tenants who are my main source of steady income. I have worked very hard to get my property to be where it is at and I am so very blessed that this investment has paid off as it has, however, stakes got so much higher when my parents' situation shifted not too long ago.

Consequently, my "uber hussle" started urgently (as I state in Episode 2). That segment with my Mom and I captured some of the sentiment, but you have no idea how critical the whole issue is to me.

I don't mess around when it comes to my family's well being. This is why I couldn't believe some of the comments in the forms of tweets that were coming my way. Some of you wrongly thinking that somehow my Mom is "working herself to the ground while I don't care and I have gold coins underneath my house." This couldn't be further from the truth. . . as I said above: I have financially supported my parents since the age of 22! I have made many sacrifices in my life to be able to continue helping them. In fact, my aunts and uncles are always telling me that one of the things they love about me is that when I get money, everybody around me rises with me. I've always been that way. My family first and my inner circle next.

As far as the gold coins are concerned, as you know when you are building/buying real estate you have big chunks of money (in the form of a loan in my case) that you are dealing with and at the time I considered blessing the foundation of my home AS important as every other piece of the house that was being built. The foundation, physically, symbolically, and energetically is the most important thing in building anything. There is no better place to invest.

I'm still in the midst of my uber hussle and the future is looking bright on a couple of these major projects I am working on!!! I will be making a big announcement soon. Wish me luck and pray for me.

Thank you!

Asa

Recap: Dodging Balls and Shade

Ep 7: Will a heart-to-heart over leggings mend Asa and MJ's friendship?

This episode was full of overcoming. Mike overcame the meat sweats, MJ tried to get GG to overcome her love of tattooed boys, while Reza vocalized his intimacy issues with Adam, and Asa and MJ were crunching the munch.

Let’s start with the meat, shall we? Mike and Jessica showed off their new rock to Shervin at an all-you-can-eat Brazilian Steakhouse. What I didn’t know going into this is how much meat two meatheads can eat. It’s amazing what lengths two Persian men will go to not pay a bill.

But the real beef was between Mike and Jessica. When Mike tells Shervin that he wants to reconcile things between him and his friends, Mrs. Shouhed-to-be responded with, “Mend it? No.” Something tells me that Jessica will first sauté Mike, then fillet him if he tries to mend his friendships anytime soon. And if he does, he will be the meat on the skewer he’s eating. It’ll be interesting to see how everything shakes out.


Meanwhile, Reza confided in Asa about his intimacy issues with Adam before confronting him. Apparently this isn’t a turn on:

But he thinks this is:


Good news? Adam agreed to Reza’s prenup terms and it sounds like they’re going to spice up their sex life. Hopefully they’ll meet somewhere in the middle between taking a shower and the oh so subtle, “Suck it.”

While we’re on the subject of love, MJ is determined to get GG dating again. She not only helped set up her Tinder account, but she also went as far as meeting her out one night and calling over two contenders (one tattooed and one not tattooed) as if she was on an episode of The Bachelorette. In true MJ form she was super subtle, grilling the guys with “What’s your sign?” Followed by, “How big are your dicks?” Needless to say, neither guy got a rose.

And speaking of doodools…Asa met with Mr. Doodool Tala himself, Mike, about what went down at Shervin’s party. She asked him point blank if he did it and he denied it. But after all was said and done, Mike said he couldn’t remember if he was even in Golnesa’s room in Turkey. This whole thing is starting to feel like a scene from Dude Where’s my Car, except it’s Dude, Where was my Dool?


GG is about to take a lie detector test next episode and we’ll hopefully find out where Mike’s dool was. Remains to be seen…

Now on to something that involves balls with no dools attached, dodge ball. The MJ and Asa (AKA Crunch and Munch) back and forth has been boiling since the Malibu staycation, and it seems as though it finally got addressed this episode while shopping for dodge ball outfits.


But some physical activity and a heart-to-heart in leggings proved to be the recipe for mending a friendship. However, I’m not sure MJ apologizing has fixed this problem as they both still seem a little skeptical of each other. Can’t we all just get a long in the name of gold?

Before I go, can we give credit where credit is due? Here’s to the lady at World of Leggings! Men, take note: When you’re stuck and can’t find “meggings,” just wear your leggings backwards. Problem solved.

Oh, and as for Goldie, now I know where he got his name…

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Nadine Rajabi is a television producer, writer, and stand-up comedian from Los Angeles. Most importantly she's Bravo’s in-house Persian.