Hi there grelmar,
Phew! Not alone then :)
As per your research, I like the fact that I have my FF exactly as I want it, I value the viewable area when browsing around, and when you get software updates that say "Do you want to install this toolbar for faster searching", I always select NO, because firstly: crtl+F->alt+home->the question you want to ask, I am so used to that now, anything else would be odd.
I prefer browsers without all the clutter as you get in other browsers, I know you can customise them, but for me the simplicity of FF is great, it loads up pretty quick, but does seem to linger after you have quit. Mmph.
The UI on chrome is java powered isn't it, I think as FF is a standard win32 exe, thats why it looks 'meetier'. Java - any sort - yuk! I learned some java a few years back, so convoluted, at least C/C++ is easier by comparison