Yep, there's a few of us here in the area. We even have meets atleast once a month. Welcome to OCDO, and sorry to hear about the venture south of the border coming up soon. We lost somebody up to Maryland not too long ago.. poor guy.. lol. Open Carrying has a lot of plus sides that you can't get with concealed. The major one being it's a deterrent for criminals. But I'll probably be getting my CHP sometime soon too, as I take trips down to SC for the bike rallies and such. If you're around in February, we'll be having a meet somewhere on the first Saturday. Haven't selected a location yet. We're going to try to get some carriers from SC to come up since they don't get a lot of chances to open carry.
Edit: Be sure to check out the stickied Charlotte area meet thread towards the top. That's where a lot of us hang out on here that are in this area.