Welcome to OCDO, and thanks for posting those very positive stories. We sometimes get so caught up in the "bad news" that we forget that there are LOTS of opportunities to do good. Every OC-related encounter has the potential to be an educational experience--for the OCer AND for the other person. Sounds like you've got that part down pat!
And judging from your stories and pics, you are doubly lucky. Not only do you live in a very OC-friendly state, but you have a beautiful (and OC-friendly) girlfriend. Congrats all around!
I'm sure that we all look forward to hearing more of your positive OC stories!
Thanks again, and welcome.