Okay, so, I don’t really care about the band Jane’s Addiction, but, when I saw this article, I couldn’t help thinking of another Jane’s Addiction.
I wasn’t always living the high life of a celebrity gossip blogger. Once upon a time, I was a poor college student, living with my boyfriend and another guy in the fabulous Broadway Park Apartments in Tempe, Arizona. Did I mention we were poor? We ate, like, mac and cheese and potatoes every night. And slept until 3 pm and never went to class. And the apartment complex was a shit-hole. Granted, this was like eight years ago, but I think the rent on a two-bed, two-bath at the time was something like $450, and we were splitting it three ways, and it still felt like a financial stretch at the time. The apartment above us was always being rented out to people from “transitional” homes, who would get drunk and pee off their balcony, onto ours, at all hours of the night. There were seriously, like, gangs of small children who roamed the grounds, their parents all working two or three jobs, and we pretty much fed them and threw their birthday parties. And I’m talking, like, three-year-old kids. Just wandering around the complex, unsupervised and hungry. My boyfriend’s name was Jeremy, and the littlest ones couldn’t pronounce it, so they called him “Wammy,” and the nickname sticks to this day. They’d just show up on our patio in small groups and wait for us to come outside to smoke a cigarette, at which point we’d always ask them if they were hungry, and they’d nod, and we’d give them something really healthy, like a Snickers bar.
Anyway, our next-door neighbor was a porn star. Her name was Jane. And she had a porn website called janes-addiction.com, which is still around, but it doesn’t feature her anymore. My boyfriend called her “Naked Neighbor.” At the time, I actually did some web design work for her, but never posed (although the offer was repeatedly extended). Jane was actually a really sweet, really cool chick, and I tried to get in touch with her several years ago, but never heard back. I have no idea what she’s up to now. I sincerely hope she’s found her way out of porn. But whenever I hear about Jane’s Addiction, the band, I think about Naked Neighbor and those good old days of college poverty.
The point is: Jane’s Addiction is getting back together. For one show, on April 23. In case you care.