Na. You are not pathetic or lame
I just picked up a C-64 for similar reasons. The difference is my kids (12 and 6) think all this retro stuff is a blast. Something tells me they are the only kids in their school that understand LOAD"$",8. I have a bunch of old consoles that I rotate out about every other month. I have my Odyssey 2, Intellivision, Sega Master System and Super Nintendo hooked up right now sitting beside a few modern systems.
For me though, this board amazes me. I only used my C-64 for gaming really. By the time the SNES came out in '92, the C-64 went away and I never really looked back. It's very interesting to me the things people are still doing with the C-64. I try to keep up with most of the post here but a lot of it is above my knowledge and understanding of everything. Still I try and take it all in. I never know what I'll be doing with it one day for fun.