I somehow missed when this was happening, but a true legend of the Harris County D.A.'s Office apparently retired at the end of 2009.
For those of you at the Office, you know, that, of course, I speak of none other than the legendary, Barbara "Pajama Momma" Eaglin, who had worked as a secretary in the Misdemeanor Division since most of the attorneys now there were in diapers.
Barbara managed to work in the same position for decades with no fashion or hairstyle that she would not try, and with no thought that entered her mind that she didn't share with you -- loudly. She wasn't afraid to tell off defense attorneys, prosecutors, supervisors, investigators, police officers, or any other person who called into the Office.
She is without a doubt one of the funniest human beings I have ever met in my entire life.
My favorite story that I personally experienced with Barbara was when I was the Chief of Court Five. My godfather, Jim, called the Office looking for me one rainy Wednesday afternoon. The conversation went something like this:
JIM: Is Murray in?
BARBARA: Nah. He ain't here.
JIM: Oh, that's right. It's Wednesday. I guess he left early for steak night.
[NOTE: Steak Night was a misdemeanor tradition when I was there where we went and ate steaks at Little Woodrow's on Wednesday nights.]
BARBARA: That ain't why he left! He left 'cause it's starting to rain and sh*t floats.
They just don't make 'em like Barbara anymore. I wish my favorite Pajama Momma well in her well deserved retirement.
Feel free to share your favorite Barbara stories here.