In fact, this is the second time this year I've noticed a profound fear of being cold from people. When I went skiing with the Baldwin Ski Club a few months ago, I witnessed dozens of skiers essentially clothed in full armor. They had pads, coats, synthetic everything, helmets, visors, masks....basically everything you could think of. I was out there with a few layers, a coat, and a hat, but these people were so bundled that I had to wonder...did they even feel like they were outdoors? While you shouldn't be skiing in shorts, is it possible to be so protected from the elements that you lose the connection to the elements in the first place?
The Pirate game was the same way...people were there fully bundled in coats, hats, gloves, masks, and blankets. They all cuddled together in masses to hide themselves from the chill and drank hot chocolate and coffee to deal with the "pain". Again, I wondered "if you're so obsessed with not feeling any cold at all ever...then just stay home." What's the point of venturing out of there's not an element of existing...in the elements.
I hope tonight's game is warmer...and the forecast says it will be. But in the meantime, I'll continue to wonder why the cold is something to be feared at all costs in these circumstances. It turns out that with a little bit of layering, and a little bit of adaptation, you can get through the game without skipping a beat.