Places to go, regrettable moments, and ways our VIPs changed their lives in 2011.


Sheen and a uniformed pal outside Constitution Hall. (Mark Gail/The Washington Post)

• Target: Where Michelle Obama shopped incognito, until she just happened to run into an AP photographer.

• Constitution Hall: But most people don’t get an 80 mph police escort like Charlie Sheen.

• Dan Snyder’s superyacht: Unlike the Redskins, this ship isn’t sinking.


Pearson (Matt Sayles/Associated Press )

• Antonin Scalia got ticketed for a fender-bender on the GW parkway.

• Donovan McNabb’s fence, leveled by a wayward driver, was almost as bad as his time with the Redskins.


The Huntsman daughters (Danielle Levitt/GQ )

• Chelsea Clinton: The latest political spawn to grab a top broadcasting job.

• Ayla Brown: The previous latest political spawn to grab a broadcasting job.


Palin (Eric Thayer/Reuters )

• Sax restaurant made a splash with risque political murals, then painted them over.

• Locked out by the NBA strike, Delonte West took a job as furniture delivery man.


Sidney Harman , Joe Robert , Christopher Hitchens , regulars in this space who leave a void.

Read also: Reliable Source Person of the Year 2011

Reliable Source Best of 2011: Feuds and weddings