One of Wirecutter's readers suggested he lived a sheltered life as a kid in Central California.
Wirecutter reminds us all that perspective is a bitch: My Sheltered Life:
My Uncle Gary was 4 years older than I was so he got the job of ‘babysitting’ me. He was my best friend and my uncle, so when he started running wild at 13, I was right along with him. Like any poverty stricken area, drug and alcohol use was rampant. I smoked my first joint at 9 and was breaking into cars at about the same age. I stole my first car at 10.My life was, and still is, "sheltered" in comparison. I've come to believe that we all face our challenges and choose to overcome. Family, goal-setting and hard work determine the outcome. Of course a strong, safe and prosperous country led by honest and selfless men is helpful.
Related: Did you hear what the Alibaba founder said? Jack Ma: If you're poor at 35, You Deserve It. He lives in a Communist country, and it is safe to say he too overcame some hardships.
And there is always Bill Burr: