By the end of June 2005 our Italian exchange student had finished school and was headed back to Trento, Ronnie and the girls were beginning to prep the house for departure, and I was flying to New Orleans to get things started. We signed the purchase agreement on July 5. Got the bottom scraped and painted. I got space at a boatyard/marina in Slidell, across the lake from New Orleans, and got my old pal Bob to help me get the newly-named Zombie Princess across the lake and up the bayou to her temporary home.
Judy and Gary lived nearby and graciously provided me with a home while I started working on making the Zombie Princess suitable for a multimonth family cruise.
It was a pretty long to-do list.