Bears Brothers: Liam O’Brien and Riley Barber Find Lifelong Friendship with Hershey Bears (Part 2)

Photos: Tori Hartman

HERSHEY, PA. — In the Internet era, consumers always want to read a review of products and places, whether that’s a new restaurant or a new book. Well, what if like Rate my Professor, one had rate your roommate and gave a Yelp-like review of who you’re living with. In Part 2 (see part 1 HERE) of a two-part interview, NoVa Caps’ Tori Hartman talks with Riley Barber and Liam O’Brien what it’s like to live together.

O’Brien and Barber have lived together for the last three years, so what are their “Yelp” reviews of each other?

“Give him a yelp review? Jesus. I’d give him a five, no, I’d give him like a 4.5 out of 5”, O’Brien said while laughing.

Barber didn’t give O’Brien a star rating, but he did give him a pretty good review. “God, I would say he’s always cooking, his cooking is really good. Cleanliness we’re about the same. For shows, he loves Viking shows. I’m not in to those. I don’t like that as much, but we compromise. I think it’s just a lot of compromising between the two. I think we’ve worked out because of it.”

O’Brien also gave Barber some credit for his taste in antique furniture, which may or may not actually come from Barber’s mom, and Barber’s ability to keep O’Brien up to date with his responsibilities. “He’s [Barber] pretty keen when it comes to paying bills and stuff. He’s pretty dialed in when it comes to that stuff, and I’m a little more laissez-faire when it comes to that stuff, so it’s nice that he pushes me to get that done on time all the time”, says O’Brien.

So, when the two aren’t paying bills, what are they up to?

According to Barber, things are pretty low-key. “We do our own thing. I think that’s part of the reason why we’ve lived together for so long. I do my own thing. He does his own thing. We make dinner, and then we hang out.” And if you ask O’Brien, the two of them are getting up to some shenanigans, including locking themselves out of their apartment and coming up with a creative way to get back in.

“We lived in an apartment building on the second floor, and we were coming back from dinner and Ted [Barber’s dog] was in the apartment just about all day. So we both forgot our keys, and we locked ourselves out of the actual building and our apartment. So this was our idea: we ended up taking my Durango backing it up towards the apartment building. Barbs climbed on the Durango, and then I helped him scale onto the balcony from onto the street”

“He had to jump from the car to get to the balcony, so he was probably hanging from the balcony for about a solid two minutes before he was actually able to pull himself up. And I remember I’m like holding his feet, and I’m like buddy there’s rocks down here if you fall, you’re going hurt yourself. Like this is not good, you have to find a way to pull yourself up, and he just like pulled himself up. He did it for Ted.”

“Like seriously he was just doing it for Ted.”

“Got himself up there. The next three days he was sore. His forearms all the way through his biceps, said he couldn’t lift anything. He was like, ‘I drained every ounce of energy I had in that part of my body’. We went on a winning streak when his arms were sore though. It’s probably one of the stupidest things we’ve done. We’ve done a lot of dumb stuff”, O’Brien finished.

Through all the dumb stuff they’ve done, O’Brien and Barber seem to have found a friendship that will last forever.

“It’s been a crazy three years. We’ve gone through a lot together, and we know each other pretty good now. We know how to help each other. It’s definitely special,” O’Brien said.

Barber couldn’t agree more, “It’s really cool to be with somebody that long and to really get to know somebody because living with somebody is way different than not. We hang out in the summers, and I go see his family and he sees mine. I think it’s great. He’ll be in my wedding, and hopefully I’ll be in his. It’ll be a lifelong friendship for sure”.

“This summer coming up we don’t know what’s going happen, but I’m pretty excited for what will happen in his career after leaving here, and also for mine.”

How sweet is that? Get out the tissues, guys. I’m not crying – you’re crying.

By: Tori Hartman

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8 Responses to Bears Brothers: Liam O’Brien and Riley Barber Find Lifelong Friendship with Hershey Bears (Part 2)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Love these two.

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