Trying to find Scranton references in this latest Office episode is like searching for clues in a murder mystery! The one obvious but oblique reference is the “Lackawanna Trolley Museum.” The actual name is the “Electric City Trolley Museum.” Before I even had a chance to research this, alert LITO reader Dave alerted me all about it! Thanks again, alert LITO reader Dave!
Scranton had the first all-electric trolley system in the US of A, which is where the nickname “The Electric City” came from. I was born and raised on “Electric Street” in nearby Dunmore. You could say Electric Street was my “ohm sweet ohm.” (…Ahem… A little “electricity” humor there) The initial run of the new-fangled all-electric trolley was in Green Ridge, a section of Scranton right next to where I lived. The streetcar ran right past our house, before I was born. I’ll have to visit the museum, and see if I recognize any of the historical pictures, like perhaps an old sepia-toned photograph of the original Dunder-Mifflin office.
While we’re on the subject, Seattle (my home now) has a new streetcar called the South Lake Union Trolley, or as it is affectionately known by its acronym: the S.L.U.T. But that’s a story for a column called “Seattle-icity.”
There are other Scranton references to discuss. The Dunder-Mifflin singing group “Subtle Sexuality” has its own website. On this bogus site, they include a link to the “Subtle Sexuality” world tour schedule. The “world tour” premieres at the Idle Hour Bowling Lanes on good ol ‘Route 6 in Dickson City! “Idle Hour” is where Ryan was working when he was “recruited” for the Michael Scott Paper Company. One of the first dates I went on with my wife was at that bowling alley, and it is amazing to think that now a famous band that doesn’t exist will be playing there! Other stops on the “Subtle Sexuality” world tour will include “Tailgater’s Sports Bar” in nearby Throop, and “Lab’s Frosted Mug,” a bar that is about, oh… six blocks from the house I was born in! It feels very pseudo-special to have these monumental “make-believe” events taking place in my real hometown.
We here at LITO are anxiously awaiting eye-witness accounts of the Subtle Sexuality concerts. So, we would love to hear from any regulars of Tailgater’s, Lab’s Frosted Mug, Finn McCool’s or the Bog in Scranton… let us know if Kelly and Erin are really singing, or if they are “lip-syncing” to pre-recorded tracks. The only thing worse than a band that doesn’t exist would be if they were faking their music!