The American Dream – Again

by | Jun 14, 2021 | Content Updates

The American dream is still alive… always has been… in Smalltown USA.

Merri and I set up our home in Naples Florida in the 1980s.  Naples was the ultimate small town USA at that time.  We used to have to explain where it was, even to Floridians.  Living was casual, arriving for a meal by bicycle dressed in an an old tee short and fading shorts was de rigueur.

No more!  Naples is now all about busy, rich and slick. Naples grew out of being our kinda town, sleepy, no traffic, quiet, the carpets rolled up early in the eve.

As the traffic became congested, we left (around 2000), were well rewarded for selling our home, and bought our farm, free and clear, in North Carolina, plus put seven figures in the bank.

But we thought that the Naples upward explosion was not over and invested in more real estate there, even though it was no longer home.  We still have interests there.

However we expected other parts of Florida to see a Naples type of initial explosion upwards boom and began looking at Central Florida as a great place to be in 2002 .

We moved our winter residence to Lake County Florida in 2010.  See how this move can help you solidify your finances into the 2020s.

We have kept our farm in the Blue Ridge part of Ashe county North Carolina.  Nothing can beat it summer and fall.

Smalltown USA in Lansing, North Carolina by the way might be a misnomer. Perhaps microtown USA?  Lansing just has a few hundred people. We love isolation!

Our North Carolina home is great in the summer but in the winter it looks like…


this instead.


Water taps freeze.  Cars get stuck.  It’s just too darn cold!

So over a decade ago we purchased an orange grove on a lake.


Lake County Florida.

Our winter home is near Mt. Dora Florida, Smalltown USA.


My orange grove experience equals my mountain farm experience… in other words-zero.

Yet we keep matching our hunches with our logic and the results are always interesting to see.  This is how we like business… and life as an adventure. The fun comes from not knowing, learning, growing and meeting the challenge!

We chose Mt. Dora as our small town because it is so much like Naples was 30 years ago.  Many Floridians have never been there… and often do not even know where it is.

This is how it was in Naples Florida when Merri and I set up home there in the 1980s.

For the record, here is a map…. showing the 50 miles or so to Disney World and Orlando.


Mt. Dora is a charming town that sits on a huge lake over 7000 acres.

Here is a shot of Lake Dora.

Mount Dora is the Antique Capital of Florida.  The Renninger’s Twin Markets draw thousands to their Antique Mall and Flea Market, along with downtown Art Shows, Craft Fairs, Music Festivals, Theatre, Antique Shows, Classic Wooden Boat Shows, Sailing Regatta’s and Holiday Lighting Ceremonies and Parades.

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Mount Dora.

That 50 miles between Orlando and Mt. Dora makes a world of difference.  This entire mid Florida area offers some incredible bargains.

The American dream still lives in Smalltown USA and I look forward to sharing more of this dream in a bright future with you!


Big Opportunity in Small Towns

Here’s why there big opportunity in small towns,

In 2017, my report “Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere” made several outrageous predictions about investing and living in Smalltown USA.  Readers of that report, who used this information, are cashing in with big profits now, four years after the fact.

It’s not too late!

Three recent Wall Street Journal front page stories show how profits have been made from predictions in my 2017 report “Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere” .

That report predicted the upcoming inflation and suggested investments that would survive change and combat the loss of the dollar’s purchasing power.

One Wall Street Journal confirms the inflationary problem in its article “Higher Prices Leave Consumers Feeling the Pinch” (1).

The article points out how Janet Yellen was trying to walk back her comments admitting inflation.  The government will do just about anything to stop interest rates from rising and to hold back panic over the purchasing power of the US dollar.

This front page article sums up the situation succinctly:

Price tags on consumer goods from processed meat to dishwashing products have risen by double-digit percentages from a year ago, according to NielsenIQ.

Whirlpool Corp. WHR -2.01% freezers and dishwashers and Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. SMG -0.56% lawn and garden products are also getting costlier, the companies say. Some consumers are feeling stretched.

Kaitlyn Vinson, a program manager in Denver, said her recent $275 bill at a Costco Wholesale Corp. COST -1.16% store, which included razors and cotton pads on top of her typical grocery list, was more expensive than usual. Ms. Vinson said she switched from buying fresh to frozen fruit and vegetables because they are less expensive and last longer.

Kaitlyn Vinson said her recent bill at a Costco store was more expensive than usual. “We’re sacrificing the food that I really like to cook just to be cheaper,” she said.

The 2017 report also looked at the danger to pipelines in the US and explained how to protect against a failing US infrastructure.

The second Wall Street Journal article headline “U.S. Pipeline Shutdown Exposes Cyber Threat to Energy Sector” (2).


That article starts: For years, security officials and experts have warned about the energy infrastructure’s susceptibility to cybercrime.

Why we cannot depend on governments.

“Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere”  warned (in 2017) to avoid total dependence on our national infrastructure.

In that report, I shared an experience we suffered at our North Carolina mountain home when a couple of workers digging a ditch with a backhoe accidentally breached a small pipeline.

That one small error shut down delivery of gasoline to a huge part of the state of North Carolina.  Gas stations had to limit the number of gallons we could buy or shut down totally.

Just one pipe… shut a huge section of the state… down.

Now we see how ransomware has affected the supply of gas on much of America’s East coast.

The third, Wall Street Journal headline was, “The Breakout Cities on the Forefront of America’s Economic Recovery”. (3)


That third article says: Rising stars such as Greenville, S.C., Des Moines, Iowa, and Provo, Utah, built out vibrant economies even before the pandemic; now, they are drawing new workers and businesses.

The key feature in “Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere” was the potential of Smalltown USA.  Those who read the report and acted in 2017, 2018 and 2019 are seeing huge gains now.

So what do we do about this?

I explain how to protect purchasing power and beat inflation in my report  “Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere”.  The report, published in 2017, predicted how the world would react to the pandemic and showed how to economically prepare for it.

I recently completed a followup report to “Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere” called “The Neapolitan Effect” that explains how to to take advantage of the explosive growth that continues in two small towns in Ashe county North Carolina and Lake County Florida.

The “Neapolitan Effect” digs into the demographic, geographic, economic and social fundamentals that create small town opportunity so you can spot the same profit potential in small towns beyond just these two counties.

Before I put “The Neapolitan Effect” into our catalogue at $39.99, I would like to offer both the report “Live Anywhere-Earn Everywhere” (normally $39.99) and “The Neapolitan effect”  both for the price of one.

You can order both reports here for $39.99. 

Live Anywhere & Neapolitan Effect bundled: $39.99.