Mayor Engen tweets, reflects on Sendak

Mayor John Engen sent his first original tweet today! Follow him: @engenjohn.

EngenJohn10:51am via web

My first tweet: Missoula, my hometown, is a great place that’s getting better.

EngenJohnMay 07, 6:30pm via Twitter for iPhone

RT @jenifergursky: If the interest rate on student loans doubles, the average student pays $1000 more per year. Let’s make the right cho …

Also from Mayor Engen in an email with “Sendak” in the subject line:

My favorite (Maurice Sendak) quote from ‘Fresh Air.’ I wept in the garage while listening. Couldn’t figure out how to tweet it back to you, so am relying on e-mail.

I have nothing now but praise for my life. I’m not unhappy. I cry a lot because I miss people. They die and I can’t stop them. They leave me and I love them more. … What I dread is the isolation. … There are so many beautiful things in the world which I will have to leave when I die, but I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready.

– Maurice Sendak

I think he sent it because I’d forwarded this one:

RT @Lgpguin: Observation: Many Maurice#Sendak obituaries, profiles do not mention he was gay. 50 years with partner till 2007 death

@Lgpguin is a good one to follow, too, ’cause she comments frequently on city government affairs.

She (“a woman working too much” in Missoula) replied to a tweet I’d sent Monday during the Missoula City Council meeting:

LgpguinMay 07, 9:36pm via txt

Hell freezes over! I agree w/ KMJ MT @KeilaSzpaller: Kandi Matthew-Jenkins said we celebrate booze in MSO while trying to fight DUIs. Do …

That was “doublespeak.”

Anyway, it was good to get a note about something human and literary from the mayor since tomorrow we’re talking about his proposed budget.

— Keila Szpaller