I live in Orange County (two counties away from you, separated by Durham County), and I work in Alamance County.
I OC nearly every day of my life, almost everywhere I go. I OC at every gas station, every fast food restaurant, Wal-Mart, Food Lion, Harris Teeter, the mall, GNC, AT&T, Barnes & Noble, outlet shopping centers, apartment neighborhoods that friends live in, and probably lots of other places that I'm forgetting. With my loaded 9mm handgun clearly bulging off the side of my hip, I've had cops glance at me, stroll by me, drive by me, check me out up and down. Never once have I been approached or questioned by any of these cops about my gun. In fact, I occasionally shoot them a nod or a quick wave, as soon as they've spotted my weapon, and usually I get the same gesture returned from them.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with OC'ing. I have a CCH Permit, and aside from at my job, rarely do I carry concealed. One of the things I love about OC'ing is the fact that I am advertising to others that owning and carrying a gun is OKAY. As a result of Hollywood movies, popular TV shows, and the news, there is this image that millions of Americans have engraved in their heads that guns are associated with only two types of people: Police and Bad guys. OC'ing by regular, everyday citizens helps to spread the message that it is OKAY for normal, law-abiding "good guys" to carry guns.