I put an old site on my new machine and got it up and running, except for clean URLs. The login creds in my notes didn't work so (after a few attempts) I used mysql via drush to change the password, no dice. I also checked to be sure I had the correct user1 name and it is. Though all this, the account got blocked because of all the login attempts, which I also tried to remedy via drush, however it alert still says the account is blocked and I still can't login. I don't know where to go from here.... please help.
well you can first
drush upwd --password="yourNewPassword" UserName
to reset your password.
then you would need to remove the attempts so you can try to login again, you need to truncate the table flood.
TRUNCATE TABLE flood