Hi everyone, it’s the new Shah, Lilly Ghalichi! I am so happy to be a part of the show, and I hope you all enjoy getting to know me this season. To learn a little bit more about me, feel free to visit my website www.LillyGhalichi.com and read my bio.
I am currently house hunting (so stressful!), and I happen to have the most fabulous real estate agent in all of Beverly Hills: Reza Farahan. Reza shows me a really great house this episode, but it's not the one for me (and my on-again, off-again boyfriend Ali, but we'll get into him later!). The silver Bentley I drove up in I sold a few weeks ago, so it's bittersweet for me to watch as it makes me miss it!
The more you get to know me the more you'll see how obsessed I am with GLAM, I actually call my personal obsession GhalichiGLAM and I even have a GLAMSquad! This particular moment, however, is a very poor representation of that. LOL. I came to this appointment straight from a hot, sweaty swimwear factory, and I woke up late on top of that, so in order to make my meeting on time I didn’t fix my hair (clearly I have bed head and need a brush LOL) or do my makeup well. Hey, you can't be fabulous all the time, work comes first!
Despite our professional relationship, Reza and I are kind of obsessed with each other. I'm from Texas, and I don’t have a lot of Persian friends, so Reza is going to introduce me to his. I'm excited, and a little worried, Persian girls can be catty!
I arrive with Reza to the dinner where I'll meet his friend's for the first time, and I am a little nervous walking in. I don't know what to expect. At first impression, everyone was very sweet and welcoming, except for MJ. While everyone stood up to introduce themselves, MJ stood up and put her back to me. Asa had to call her out and ask her if she's met me yet.
Speaking of Asa, what an incredibly kind woman. From the moment I walked through the door she was so warm and lovely. She kept calling me a Persian Barbie, and welcoming me to the group. I couldn’t help but notice MJ rolling her eyes every time she would call me a new friend or new member of the group. I'm a little disappointed with how cold MJ was to me because Reza has told me that MJ is one of his closest friends, so I was really looking forward to getting to know her.
For the majority of the dinner I just sat there in shock. Some of the people at our table were drunk, sloppy, loud, and rude. I personally do not drink alcohol. I don't mind at all if people do, however, there's a time and a place for everything. An upscale Beverly Hills restaurant on a Tuesday evening is neither the time nor the place to get belligerently drunk and act a fool.
I was so embarrassed to even be sitting at that table. Yelling, screaming, disrespecting the waitstaff, knocking things over, inappropriate acts of PDA -- our table was a mess. All of the other restaurant patrons were annoyed, and I noticed many people getting up and leaving halfway through their meal.
I wanted to leave after five minutes of being there, but I didn't want to upset Reza, and I didn't want to appear rude to his friends that he so kindly introduced me to. So, I sat there quietly and tried to be as polite as possible despite my level of disgust with some of the behavior.
Omid was so inebriated towards the end that we can't even understand what he's saying. He's slurring and making zero sense. Out of nowhere, while raising his hand in a backhanded motion, he makes a disgusting comment about how he’s going to "Ric Flair" Asa and I. Really? Classy.
I had enough of this drunken disrespectful embarrassment and it was time that I spoke up. The threat of violence on any level is not a joke; the threat of violence from a man towards woman is simply unacceptable. Omid didn't react so well to me standing up to him. He began cussing and saying the most vulgar things as Mike (who is such a stud!) escorted him out of the restaurant.
GG left with Omid. It appeared to me that they were a couple, but they kept insisting that they were just friends. I think that GG is very beautiful, and she was very nice to me. I really like her, however she too was so inebriated that it overshadowed her beauty. Nothing makes a beautiful woman uglier than being a slurring, sloppy drunk. Hopefully this isn't usual behavior for her because it would be a shame. Asa made an insensitive comment cheering to Omid's "big" nose before I arrived. I completely understand how that could come across as offensive or insulting. Even though Asa meant it in a good way, Omid deserves an explanation and apology. However, I think GG's response is absolutely uncalled for. Women should never degrade each other to such a despicable low as to call one another a "transvestite." GG should have more respect for her fellow women than to stoop to such a low level. Even if Asa has offended and upset her with her comments towards Omid, there are much classier, more lady-like ways to handle your problems.
After this dinner, I’m not so sure I ever want to see some of these people again. I may not have a lot of Persian friends, but suddenly I am thankful for that!