I know the feeling of the loved one going out with you and asking to leave it in the car. Since I have been open carrying mine is the same way. Even snares in jokes about "Geez you love it more then me if you wont leave it in the car ill stay here instead" To my reply suit yourself and of course everytime she follows behind lol.
As for the first LEO encounter thats great. I have yet to run into one ( thankfully? maybe?!) very happy to hear the one you ran into was aware of the law and acted accordingly!
Thanks for the update and knowledge now Ville 8 and whole foods in the ville is OC friendly!