I thought I was being brave OC'ing in VA when I first started. You guys out in CA and the Illinois Fanny Pack Carry guys have some set...
Please take care of yourself, and first/foremost get a voice recorder you leave on whenever you go out carrying. You will not have time to turn it on if something happens.
Please keep posting about your experiences in CA... I hope to vacation there one day, and hopefully through hard work of people like you, I'll be able to carry there when I do. (though I'm not holding my breath for anything within the 25 year range heh)