What you fail to realize is that standards compliant code doesn't stifle the imagination, it simply uses less text (code in your html) to present the exact same text and images on your site, thus making them load faster. I would even go so far as to say that you could keep the tables and only use some css to speed things up. You constantly repeat fonts and background colors - done with much less code in css. Don't get me wrong, the layout could also be done to look exactly the same in css with much less code.
What you all seem to fail to realise, pageload is not directly reflected by its layout, but more on the content that site has. The more images and Text, the longer to load.