Very good points, thanks.
"It's also possible that obtaining Initial Licensure in a non-resident state could muck-up a future application for licensure in your home state."
I've been wondering about this. Do you have any additional information or a source for this statement?
The 8-hr exam you passed is a national exam, I.E. it is valid for whatever state you would like to get licensed in. I recommend creating a "NCEES record" on the NCEES which speeds up the process to get licensed in many states. Note, most states outside of CA required 4 years of professional...
Wow, I practice seismic design every day in my 9-5. Went in to the exam very confident. Didn't review too much. Was surprised by some of the questions, especially the rigidity stuff. Didn't pass. Gonna have to prepare seriously and pass in January.