About me

About Me

TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

The Road Not Taken – Robert Frost

I am currently (as of January 1, 2015) 34. I live in Madison Heights, MI.

I work at a telecommunications company as my day job. I try not to mention their name here (and will likely hide or delete posts that do) as I do not speak for them on this site, and do not want to create ways for people to try to work repairs or sales out of process), and have own my own company as well. I've been known to sleep, breathe, and eat on occasion.

I can be reached at:

  • Email: paul@timmins.net
  • Cell: 248-379-7826
  • Home: 248-434-5585
  • Amateur Radio: KC8QAY

In 2003, I was arrested as part of the Lowes Home Improvement computer intrusion incident. I was not actually directly involved in the case at hand. After 2 years on bond, and countless negotiations, I was offered a choice:

Spend a truly massive amount of money on my attorney and travel costs for a lengthy, expensive trial in North Carolina (I live in a suburb of Detroit). Despite the liklihood that I would prevail on the merits, and the facts being on my side, I would have no guarantees that I would be victorious. And if I was, in criminal court, you are not entitled to be compensated for court costs.

-or-

Plead to a trumped up misdemeanor charge, and receive the lightest federal computer crimes sentence in history.

I ultimately chose the latter, and was sentenced to a $100 fine, and 2 years probation (reduced to 8 months). While it would have made my ego feel good to win, my choice allowed me to end the financial and emotional pain, and move on with life.

I am autistic.

I have Aspergers Syndrome, which is an Autistic Spectrum Disorder. I have a lot of odd sensory issues. I tend to be very clumsy, bumping into people, walls, and anything else you can imagine. I tend not to notice hunger, thirst, or other personal needs until they are urgent in nature, and tend to avoid crowds because I cannot tune out the noise of all the conversations going at once. And if you ever want to see a singular focus on a specific topic, ask me about telecommunications sometime. Just make sure you don't have anywhere to be!

I also have severe complex sleep apnea.

About My Family

I have a wife, Becky. We met in 9th grade, moved apart, and reunited on a bulletin board system in our senior year. We have, for the most part, been together ever since. She is a stay at home mom for Billy.

We have one child together, Billy. He's a handful! He is currently diagnosed with severe speech delay, severe auditory processing delay, and sensory processing disorder. We suspect he is also on the autistic spectrum. He has an IEP and currently attends Lamphere Schools' Early Childhood Special Education Preschool program. He is an amazing, constantly happy child who is generally a pleasure to be around. I'm a proud father, and very defensive for him (as is his mother!). We are strong advocates for him, and make sure that even though his speech has improved a great deal, he lacks a lot of ability to communicate his needs beyond the basics – we ensure his needs are well communicated to others.

The personal website of Paul Timmins – Telecommunications expert, father.