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Stanley Cup Playoff postcard: Pittsburgh Staff Writer Tom Gulitti gets Uber ride narrated by Mr. T

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / Staff Writer

PITTSBURGH -- There is nothing like getting a ride from Uber and having Mr. T be your guide. columnist Nick Cotsonika and I were on our way to dinner in Mount Washington, Pennsylvania on Sunday and, as it turned out, Clubber Lang himself was our navigator.

But he wasn't yelling at us. He was yelling at our driver, Eugene.


Eugene had downloaded a bunch of celebrity voices on the Waze GPS app on his smart phone. Mr. T was his choice for this trip, but he also had the option of having actor Morgan Freeman and English broadcaster Jeremy Clarkson among others direct him on our drive up to Mount Washington, about 1,200 feet above Pittsburgh.

During the trip I had a flashback to an Uber ride to dinner during the Stanley Cup Final here last year. The driver thought we'd enjoy some music on the way, but instead of turning on the radio he pulled out his clarinet and began to play.

The problem with this was he needed both of his hands to play the clarinet. That left him with no free hands for the steering wheel. Improvising, he wedged the wheel between his knees and steered that way.

Needless to say, I was happy to survive that trip.

If the no-hands Uber driver isn't scary enough, Pittsburgh also has self-driving Ubers.

I am not a fan of self-driving cars, even with Uber requiring a supervising human in the driver's seat. But I was considering taking a ride in one for this postcard until Mr. T bailed me out. Plus, Nick wouldn't go with me. (Yes, I am throwing him under the bus with me.)

Anyway, with one more, "TURN RIGHT NOW, FOOL," we made it safely to our destination, The Summit, a pub on Shiloh Street, where we met Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post. Before going in, we walked to a nearby scenic overlook to check out the view of the city below.

There was little remaining natural light other than a fading trace of the sun's glow above the horizon, but we could see nighttime Pittsburgh starting to light up below us. Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Second Round between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals on Monday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports) was about 24 hours away.

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