Kirish: All right, it's going to be robotic, but I had to do it this way. I'm not really happy about it. What do you do full-time?
David Beebe: I'm the full time Presidio County Justice of the Peace, Precinct One, in Marfa.
Kirish: Anything else that you do that you want to mention?
David Beebe: Yeah. I own and operate Bad Hombres Burgers/Boyz2Men Tacos on the weekends, and I'm a radio DJ every week on Marfa Public Radio. And I'm also the Zapp's potato chips distributor for the tri-county area, and a working musician.
Kirish: Second question is what brought you out here to Marfa, made you come back, or why did you stay out here?
David Beebe: What brought be out here the first time was Big Bend National Park, going out there when I was in eighth grade with my class for 10 days. Then, I vowed to come back out here. Came back out in 1998, thought about how it would be a pie in the sky goal to maybe live out here for three to five years at some point in time. Had the opportunity to do that with a business partnership that did not succeed and cost me a lot of money and time, but was pretty much fun, until it wasn't. But then, once that was over, I stayed, and things have been great since then.
David Beebe: Yeah. I guess, does that answer the whole question?
Kirish: No, you can answer it however-
David Beebe: I think that's it. Yeah. I wasn't planning on living here this long, but I've stayed. I have stayed 11 years.
Kirish: One question we may not use, but I'll ask it anyway, is how have the art foundations benefited the city, if you think they have or have not?
David Beebe: The art foundations have benefited the city, in that this city is one of the few growing small towns in the United States that doesn't have ... not dependent on governmental infrastructure or corporate infrastructure to grow and not shrink. A good example of a shrinking town that is in a similar situation as we are is right down the road at Sanderson, Texas, which is, one, a county seat of a border county. Two, on the railroad, which we are, and that's what the town was formed for. Three, landlocked by ranches. This town has been a giant success in the last 20 years, and getting better every day.
David Beebe: Sanderson is really a sad ... I mean, there's some pretty parts of it. It's really a sad shell of its former self, and it's not coming back. There's no real other difference between our situation and Sanderson's situation than forward-thinking people either moving here or basing out of here or creating here, or whatever it is. They don't have that, and they've actually done a job ... I know some friends who try to do some things there. They have squelched outsider activity over the years. This place tolerated it or encouraged it, or had no say in it, I'm not really sure which. Maybe all three. Now, this place is a thriving little town of 1,800 people that has ... Every weekend, our population doubles or triples.
Kirish: Next question would be what positive or negative impacts have you encountered with the ever-growing expansion of Marfa, like it being national recognized? The food, newcomers, events.
David Beebe: Okay. Positive: There's food now. That's positive. There wasn't any food here 10 years ago, really, except for the local places, which are good. But there were still only two or three places to eat back then. Now, there's a whole lot of different places to eat. Maybe not at 3:00 on a Monday afternoon, but there's plenty of great places to eat here.
David Beebe: The minuses are cost of living increases and major affordable housing shortage. More advantages: We have an elder ... Like most small towns, our population is mostly elderly. As they pass on to the other side, we have replacements coming in, and that is a positive, as opposed to just dying on the vine.
Kirish: Sources have told me Amazon Prime was a major player in overall landscape of the town.
David Beebe: Absolutely. No question. Amazon Prime, when I got here, was not here. I was building a business in a building, and building materials would take two to three weeks to get here. You basically had to drive your Suburban and trailer to El Paso or Odessa, or at the closest, Fort Sutton, to get proper building materials. Specialty items, weeks, months. If it shows up, it's not right, you're sending it back, weeks, more months. I mean, really difficult. Now, Amazon Prime upped the game for everybody. If you are trying to buy, especially building items, their delivery is faster now, too. These are ... It's a sea change in ease of ability to do things out here than it was, even 10, 11 years ago. It's still difficult, but it's not ridiculously difficult, like it was then.
Kirish: Okay. Last question. When you have a chance to step out of West Texas, where do you find yourself going?
David Beebe: Step out of West Texas by choice?
Kirish: By choice.
David Beebe: By choice, I would go to New Orleans or ... Yeah, probably New Orleans. But for work and fun, like one of my .... music, or whatever, Houston, Austin. Houston first. I haven't played a show there in long time. But I did go to San ... I went to San Antonio on the way to Houston with Boyd. I don't know if you know Boyd.
Kirish: I know Boyd.
David Beebe: Boyd tagged along with me, and we stayed at the Hotel Valencia, because he got the employee rate or whatever. We went over to Wes's house, and I saw a bunch of ... all those folks.
Kirish: Wes Oliver?
David Beebe: Yeah, we had a great time. It was like a Wednesday night. We had a great time.