Finally got out of the admin loop. In the install I set it for vB3 integration but the database didn't carry over those settings, or the vB3 cookie settings.
I manually changed both in phpMyAdmin. Now I can login, but something isn't synched.
I cleared my cache. I can login to the admin panel, only to be told I am not a valid admin or moderator. I double checked the settings in my usergroups and the admin usergroup (me) is set to 1's.
I did look at the pp_users table and it is empty. Might the problem lie there?