Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Dangers of Tree Hugging...

"...One of the tree-sitting protesters in a grove of oaks next to UC Berkeley's Memorial Stadium was in the hospital Monday after taking a bone-breaking fall.

Nathaniel Hill, who fell at least 30 feet on Sunday night, was in stable condition at Highland Hospital in Oakland, a nursing supervisor at the hospital said.

"It's just kind of a fluke that it happened," the 24-year-old Hill said in a phone interview from his hospital bed Monday afternoon. He said he broke his wrist and ankle, both of which are in casts.

Protesters have been illegally occupying a grove of oak trees next to the stadium since December. They seek to block construction of a $117 million athletic training center for Cal football players and other athletes.

A judge is expected to rule as early as this week on three lawsuits seeking to block construction of the center.

Hill said he's been in the trees intermittently since the beginning of the protest..." (source)

I know, I know...it's wrong that I laughed when I read this. He may have some broken bones (though if he's going to sit in trees he should at least watch Bear Grylls and know how to fall out of one) but he's probably been elevated to hero status among his tofu eating, Birkenstock wearing, beard having friends.

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