What's weird to me is that there is no "modern" definition of traditional climbing Champ. It is what it is.
In my mind it's free climbing clean (other than chalk). I really find a bucket load of joy hanging in there.....placing removable gear..... and pulling through the crank. It's a good feeling, and why we (at least me) climb in the first place.
At the same time, there's literally miles upon miles of really good bolted routes that would be unclimbed rock without them. Great features, holds, but NO cracks, seams,flakes, etc to fix gear. Personally bud, I've bolted a few routes, and I hope you go and climb them. They're good climbing.
BTW- I've only climbed in the Gunks a couple of times- like 30+ years ago. Those pix of JakeDatc's are so damn sweet. Looks to me that you did an effective job protecting (nice use of slings) a great looking classic route in traditional style. And yet you lived to tell the tale.
The finger salute- that's a bonus.