I open carrry pretty much every where I go. That certainly is true at home and in the neighborhood. All my neighbors know I carry and no one bats an eye anymore. This is a little story that I shared on another board.
I have been taking walks in the evening after putting my girls to bed. It is usually around 10 pm or so. I just walk around the neighborhood, taking in the tornado damage (Minneapolis, MN) and now, the repairs that are ongoing. I seldom see people out, other than those sitting on their stoop or in the yard, and even those are few and far between at that hour.
Tonight I was out walking a bit later than normal so I was walking in the street rather than the sidewalk to avoid the spider webs that hang from the trees. As I was walking, I noticed a couple of gentleman walking toward me about 2 blocks away. I was on the right side of the street and they were on the left side and on the sidewalk. As we neared each other, they moved into the street. Of course, my interest in their movements was already at a high level, this prompted condition dark orange. I neared the corner first, which was illuminated, and began to turn to the right, thus exposing my carried pistol, black against a white shirt. They had further moved in my direction when one of them stopped and stopped his buddy and said, he thought quietly, "Oh ****, man, thats the dude who carries a pistol all the time.” The other guy turned his head and said something I could not understand. Then they both looked at me.
They were about 30 yards away now, so I stopped just behind a parked car and said in a somewhat authoritative voice, "You are correct. I am the dude who always carries a pistol. You gentleman have a good night and stay out of trouble." Then turned and walked home. They stood there for a minute and then walked the opposite way.
It really was a lovely night for a walk.