welcom to ocdo! i know the anxiety you're feeling as i only had my first experience last night (see http://opencarry.mywowbb.com/forum54/1327-3.htmlfor the results of our evening). i'll admit i was nervous for a while, but after the good conversation and waiting in the foyer for 45 minutes while 30 people or so passed by us, i became more comfortable. i too still prefer cc whenever possible, i guess i like the element of surprise. best advice, imo, is come to an oc dinner when possible.