I have a four-or-five-year-old blue parakeet named Skylar, and I love her. She's got quite the attitude, but she CAN be sweet. LOL
About them flying away when you play with them outside of their cage-- I have never let my birdy outside my room free-flight. Her wings are not clipped; she is allowed to fly around my room when she's out of her cage, but I've never taken her outside my room and let her fly.
I also used to have a yellow female (I think it was female) parakeet named Sonny, but I only had her for five and a half months before she died. :(