More progress with Salt. Working on having it bring up postgres machines exactly how I want them, and running into memory limitations of running three linux VMs on my laptop. Swap was bogging things down, so I tried making smaller VMs, and they couldn't finish installing. Might try switching away from full ubuntu to whatever the current stripped-down minimalist cloud version is. BUT, making progress anyway.
Then went to dinner at Kona Kitchen, which was tasty. And while there, got some nice schadenfreude-inducing news.