Welcome aboard, glad to have the support of another fellow Washingtonian.
It can be a daunting thought to O.C. I did it because I have always wanted to and was determined to be active about a cause I believe in. I started slowly carried at home and then to some freinds homes, then to stores I researched through this site that are open carry freindly. Now I pretty much open carry everywhere, except for a few places. I found that 99% of the time I am not bothered at all.
And the few times I have been it wasn't as big of a deal as I thought it would be. Having the confidence that what I am doing is right and a support group of the fine people on this site helps out a lot.