Yeah, I can't get on board with 'smarmy', it implies a lack of integrity or earnestness to me and I while I may be delusional, I nevertheless labor under the belief that my enthusiasm for this stuff is genuine.
Few things in the world have the ability to entertain me for hours on end like bending sound. I don't know if anyone else is the same, I don't even need an agenda or a reason for doing it; I'll blend and eq and compress sounds for hours and lose myself and all sense of time. I don't care if a mix is getting done, I enjoy the experience of pushing and pulling frequencies and transients, hearing new combinations and shapes emerge and take form.
My dad's the same but with bike rides. He doesn't need to get anywhere and he always ends up back where he started; he just likes being on the bike, moving the pedals, feeling the wind. It's not about anything but enjoying the ride.