Good the hear! I'm not in your neighbourhood, but maybe we'll meet at some larger game (i.e., 24-hr/weekend game) someday.
For lefties, look for a gun with ambi safety, mag release and (maybe) bolt cock. Most modern ARs should have ambi safety & mag release. An ambi cocker is a little harder to come by - the G36 has one, if memory serves. However, for returning the bolt back to ready position, I can't think of an AR that has an ambi bolt release - most of the ones I've seen are on the left side only.
When I shoot offhand with my Real World arms, I have to watch spent casings flying into my face. Fortunately, that's not a problem with airsoft.