Eddie Vedder can afford to live in nice places. At one point, he had a four-story thing with a lot of stairs which he found to be a real hassle. Here’s what he told Uncut magazine:
“I started smoking dope after a long period of abstinence and I had an epiphany. I realized that the house had a couple of interconnected closets. And after having a nice hit, it occurred to me that you could put in a fireman’s pole…connecting all four floors.”
He had one installed and found it to be very practical, especially since at the time, he did all his songwriting in the basement. If inspiration struck in the middle of the night, he could just get up, go into the closet, slide down and be in his music room in seconds.