Encore Performance: Barney Frank & Jim Ready

1.31.2013

By Out.com Editors

Now that Barney Frank has relinquished his long-held seat in Congress, his second career as a retired house husband, to Jim Ready, begins. If only the two could learn to sit still.

Jim: Bob was looking for someone to take care of me when he died. It was part of his plan. He had no idea it would turn into what it has -- nor did I. And Barney was really respectful of my relationship with Bob. There would be times when I would stay for dinner and it would be 11 p.m. and I would drive home to be with Bob -- I would never forgive myself if anything happened. I think that really made Barney think more about relationships and how important they are.

It’s hard getting him to relax and take a nap. And he reads at all times -- he reads while he shaves. If you see pictures of him in the papers or on TV and he has little cuts on his face, that’s why. He gets the paper wet. The sink is all wet and the floor… and in the kitchen, too! You’ll just clean the kitchen and he’ll go in and make a snack and there are crumbs and chips and stuff everywhere. But hey, you know, that’s part of life.

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