Most places claim to be authentic and original. Austin, Texas really is. From its famous bat bridge to its Segway tours to its food-courts-on-wheels to the wonderful Drafthouse cinemas, Austin lives up to its slogan, “Keep Austin Weird.” There is a store on South Congress called Uncommon Objects, which features salvaged antiques, bric-a-brac and high-caliber kitsch. In all of New York City and Brooklyn, I have never seen a store to match this one. Kudos, Austin, for keeping it real, and keeping it real interesting.