Here's James Piles. He was strolling back into Portland along the railroad tracks with a buddy this week, having just spent several days at the Rainbow Gathering hippie fest in Gifford Pinchot National Forest, when a train came from behind him, struck his bag, sucked him under the train, and severed his leg below the knee.
Less than a day later, he answered reporters questions at the hospital. And, as one might expect from a phone-less, insurance-less, road-bound hippie, he seems pretty much at peace with the loss of his limb.
"Just gotta get another one," he tells The Oregonian of his lost leg, later explaining he wants a "peg leg" specifically.
"There's not much you can do but be positive about it," Piles said. "Once I get healed up and am able to I will travel harder, but I won't jump on trains."