Welcome to OCDO, and thanks for joining VCDL.
Sounds as if they are trying to straighten out your CHP application without making you come in and do it over again. Can't say if you are close to the magic "Approved" yet, but in any case your 45 days are soon going to be up - either a full 5-year CHP or a signed copy of your application as a temporary permit. Be sure to stop in to see the Clerk on day 45, and sat "Thank you" on your way out with your paperwork. (Call first - it might be in the mail already.)
As for seeing others OC-ing -- what can I tell you? I know they are around, but Fairfax is a big place. maybe you folks up there just need to get together more often?
PS - for that next OC experience, try the Wal-Mart Walk. http://www.defensivecarry.com/vbulle...30-post50.html