My biggest problem wasn't that it was outside, but really just the ground itself.
It was almost entirely DIRT, which SUCKS after you drop your sticks, its impossible to get a firm grip after they've been coated in dust. The ground itself was also quite uneven, which made finding decent footing pretty hard. (not to mention my pants, which got really dirty because I was always wiping the sticks off on them)
2008's meetup was a good spot, nice and flat, lots of lush grass (although it was a bit muddy in some spots), plenty of space to sit and socialize or move a bit from the crowd and crack your own sticks. And although i'm not native to California, it seemed a lot easier to find.
Just my two cents. Oh and put meh on teh going plz.
Edited by spazzman, 06 December 2009 - 12:15 PM.