Colin Clarke loves North Carolina, whether it is playing football, coaching football - or helping people get a mortgage.
Wait a minute. What do you mean helping people get a mortgage?
Well, that's just what Northern Ireland's former record goalscorer, who played all three games in the 1986 World Cup, does for a living now.
Clarke, 57, is on the staff of First Federal Mortgage after finding himself out of work when he lost his job at North Carolina FC.
"It is a natural career move going from football into the banking sector," he jokes in an interview with Sunday Life Sport.
"It is not something I imagined myself doing five years ago, but there you go.
"I was just looking for something else after losing my job at North Carolina and a friend introduced me to someone.
"He thought I would be good at the job, so I decided to give it a go and see what happened.
"I have been there six or seven months. It's okay, it's good. I am enjoying it.
"My weekends are a lot clearer and there is not as much travelling. North Carolina is a very easy place to live in."
Not that Clarke has given up coaching altogether. He combines his day job with helping the next generation of footballers as general manager of development club Wake FC, who play in USL League 2.
Clarke explains: "I didn't really want to move from home, so I decided to stay here, do some coaching on the side and look for something else to do for a living.
"We have players aged from 19 to 23 and we recruit from all over the country to play in USL League 2. It keeps me involved and also trying to make young players better."
Clarke, who scored 13 goals in 38 international appearances, credits legendary Northern Ireland manager Billy Bingham with the coaching template he instills in the players under his stewardship.
"Billy was very good to me, a great coach, great motivator, who got the best out of his players," he says.
"Having gone on to coach myself, I followed his example by trying to find the strengths and weaknesses of players and bring the best out of them.
"You wanted to play for him and give your all. First and foremost, he got you organised. He understood we were never going to beat teams like Brazil.
"We always had wingers, but he made sure we stayed in the game to give yourself a chance of winning."
Bingham's finest hour came in 1982 when Northern Ireland defeated World Cup hosts Spain 1-0 thanks to Gerry Armstrong's strike to progress from the group stage.
And they were unlucky four years later in Mexico, according to Clarke, who secured a big-money move to Southampton after the tournament.
Northern Ireland drew with Algeria before losing to Spain - with Clarke finding the target - and Brazil and were forced to return home despite giving their all.
Clarke says: "We were very successful in 1982 and you could say we were successful four years later as well.
"I was probably the last Northern Ireland player to score in a World Cup Finals! You only appreciate it when you look back on these games.
"It was a special time, a different time. There was a great atmosphere in the camp under Billy. It was very relaxed.
"But when you stepped on the field, you knew exactly what your job was and what was expected of you. You gave it 100%. Not only that, we had a lot of top-class players.
"Billy did a great job on getting us there but, on reflection, we drew against Algeria when it was a game we should have won.
"It just shows how hard it is for a country our size to qualify for major tournaments."
Clarke's sentiments are backed up by hard facts as it took Northern Ireland another 30 years to reach that high level again.
Michael O'Neill steered his unlikely lads to the European Championships for the first time in their history in 2016, reaching the last 16 before losing to Wales.
O'Neill has stepped down from his role to concentrate on trying to get some stability back to Stoke City, who have struggled after dropping out of the Premier League.
Clarke adds: "We have still got a chance of qualifying for European Championships and, of course, I would love to see them get through.
"It will be difficult though as the landscape has changed so much. Michael will be a hard act to follow as he has been very successful over the years. A bit like following Billy in many ways."