KSNV-TV, Channel 3 anchor Jim Snyder took an untraditional route on the road of romance.
On their way to work Tuesday, Snyder took a detour. During a stop at the Sunbelt Car Collection garage near the station, Snyder presented Jessica Moore, his co-anchor on the 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts, with a promise ring on her 30th birthday.
That wasn't the grand plan.
He had hoped to make the move on Sunday, dropping to one knee while they viewed the annular eclipse after a ride to Pioche in his white 1968 convertible Pontiac Firebird.
But the plan went awry when restoration work on the car wasn't complete.
So, he decided to make it part of her birthday.
Why a promise ring?
"It's something from days gone by," Snyder said. "She knows I have to do things a little creative and different, and she was touched by the whole thing."
The promise ring had an unorthodox twist as well. Because their first date was in the car, the ring is shaped like a Firebird emblem. "Liberace, anyone?" Snyder joked.
His first "move" was on Sept. 18, 2010, he said, when he invited her to see Red Rock in the Firebird.
She had arrived a few weeks earlier from Lexington, Ky., for an anchor job that opened when Snyder was moved to an early evening anchor chair.
They were recently paired as co-anchors.
The ring, he said, was all about "letting her know I'm in this for the long haul."
Before they get engaged, he'll take the traditional route: He plans to ask Moore's father for his daughter's hand.
Snyder added a special touch to the inside of the trunk of the car. Embroidered on the carpet: "9-18-2010 The Journey Begins."
THE SCENE AND HEARD
All 51 Miss USA contestants are walking the runway at noon today for a pre-pageant swimsuit showcase at Trump International Hotel. Reigning Miss USA Alyssa Campanella will emcee the event, with Las Vegas DJ Ikon performing. They made appearances Tuesday at Margaritaville Casino (Flamingo) and Kerry Simon's KGB burgers at Harrah's.
The "Mystere" cast and support team, saluting longtime clown performer Brian Dewhurst on his 80th birthday on Tuesday after the 9:30 p.m. performance at Treasure Island. He was Cirque du Soleil's artistic director leading up to the opening of "Mystere," then moved over as artistic director of "O" (Bellagio) for its 1998 opening and went back to "Mystere" as a performer in 2000. ... Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Cee Lo Green, backstage visiting the cast of "Le Rêve - The Dream" (Wynn) on Monday night. He dined with a group of friends at Martorano's (Rio) on Monday. ... Apolo Anton Ohno, celebrating his 30th birthday at Tao Asian Bistro (The Venetian) and Marquee Nightclub (Cosmopolitan) on Monday. Family and friends joined him. ... NBA legend Julius "Dr. J" Erving, at the Coaches vs. Cancer "Party with a Purpose" benefit at Hyde Lounge (Bellagio) on Sunday. The party was co-hosted by UNLV basketball coach Dave Rice and Oklahoma University basketball coach Lon Kruger. ... Carson Kressley and Sabrina Bryan of "Dancing with the Stars," at Piranha Boutique Nightclub on Saturday.
THE PUNCH LINE
"Donald Trump has a game show called 'Celebrity Apprentice.' Arsenio Hall is the new champion. That was a real wake-up call for me. One day you're hosting a late-night talk show and the next day you're getting coffee for Donald Trump." - David Letterman