I just finished an oil and filter change, and I want to thank you all for your input. It was much easier than expected and only took about 20 minutes.
I used ramps and drained from the bottom. It is nice to get under the car and check things out; including careless work performed at dealerships (correcting mis-threaded cover screws). Okc329's suggestion for the milk jug funnel was excellent. I used a 1G plastic orange juice container--nice ergonomic handle and thick walls made it easy to hold while the hot oil was draining.
I've never used a topsider or other oil extractor, but I find with the ramps and homemade funnel, there's no need. Draining from below is quick, easy, and neat as long as you have a large enough pan to hold the spent oil