I like loops for writing/demo purposes, but I agree, it's faster to have a drummer knock it out than to edit a bunch of cookie cutter drum parts to make them sound realistic.
Do you play drums, too? I almost played everything on the material I pm'd you, but decided ultimately that having different people playing would add not only to the enjoyment of the process, but add ideas that I wouldn't necessarily thought of on my own.
I don't play drums, but when I sit behind a kit I can fake it. I'm sure if I owned a kit I could be half decent pretty quick. I'd love to have a little electric kit to hook up to logic. My tenant is an absolutely sick metal drummer, so we're going to set his enormous kit up in the garage this summer. He'll be teaching me, and I'll teach him to play guitar.
My main issue with drum loops is that first of all I don't have any good ones, but also drums aren't really my starting point; they come second, but I still know exactly what kind of beat I want. I have a really hard time matching beats to something I've written. If I had a drum kit, I could make a loop, and then it would be golden.
I can play a little bit of piano, and most stringed instruments to some extent. I just love jamming and writing. Sadly it comes few and far between. I'm in Edmonton or I'd say let's jam.