We played the aforementioned format on Saturday. Some observations:
* I liked the change from the normal format.
* I was thinking of doing 5/10 and using $5 chips but I am convinced that it would play WAY differently than with $1 chips so I figured 4/8 would be fine and it would not offend my OCD nature by having 2/5 blinds. I think 4/8 was a decent stake level though I think it still played a little too loose at times, especially as the night wore on.
* I am a donk for making crying calls when I know I am beat just because I know how much it's going to cost in advance. As Marsh pointed out, I was not playing fixed limit correctly. The point is to save chips, especially the big bets. If you think you're behind, fold, don't just spew chips.
* It's a much different game. Not better or worse, just different. There is only so much pressure a player can apply in fixed limit. I didn't get a very 1st person good feel for how the games played at double stakes since I was fairly card dead and didn't get overly involved.
I'm looking forward to the next time we do this. Any other comments on how it went?