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Ingomar faces lawsuit, darling

It looks like Eureka City Hall and the exclusive Ingomar Club — housed in the city’s famous Carson mansion — have something else in common besides being a haven for Humboldt County’s conservative players. The club is being sued by an employee alleging sexual harassment and hostile work environment.

Details at the Times-Standard.

  1. Anonymous
    March 3, 2011 at 8:46 am

    It could be embarrassing for certain leaders of industry and higher education to be associated with such an operation.

  2. Dave
    March 3, 2011 at 9:11 am

    I was invited to several meetings at the Carson House(by Ingomar Club member Patrick O’Dell)in 1989.

    Doesn’t look like things have changed much.

    After this comment I’m sure I’ll never be invited again…sigh…such a loss!

  3. Decline to State
    March 3, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Pagani allegedly told the events coordinator that he wanted to “hunt and mount” her?!? Oh my!

    Nice building though.

  4. Carol
    March 3, 2011 at 10:01 am

    It has not been that long since women were even allowed to become members of the once men-only club.

    Here is a very well-written article about the ol’ days:

  5. Carol
    March 3, 2011 at 10:03 am

    BTW, Art Johnson’s was once a local gentleman’s clothing store.

  6. Wonder Bred
    March 3, 2011 at 10:12 am

    So, something creepy happened at the creepy boy’s club where rumors of creepy happenings have persisted for years. Huh, go figure.

  7. Anonymous
    March 3, 2011 at 10:27 am

    How common it is for people in positions of power to demand sexual favors of the people they supervise! How much more common it is for such powerful people to seek to humiliate the people they outrank on the job! And how very rare it is for those powerful people ever to be called to account for their beastly behavior!

  8. Anonymous
    March 3, 2011 at 10:29 am

    I want to see our so-called community leaders hauled into court to testify whether they’ve witnessed inappropriate behavior. Just having their names outed in the news media would be delicious.

  9. Anonymous
    March 3, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Thanks to the men and women who now maintain the club, which anyone could be a member of these days, we still have this treasure, unlike Arthur Johnson’s, Daly’s, Walsh’s, and many other special stores.

  10. Anonymous
    March 3, 2011 at 10:44 am

    10:29, why so hateful toward community leaders? You want their names “outed” (whatever that means) merely for belonging to a club where an employee allegedly sexually harassed another?

    Here’s to community “followers”?? I don’t get your point.

  11. skippy
    March 3, 2011 at 10:53 am

    In a complaint filed by her attorney, Zachary Zwerdling, in Humboldt County Superior Court last Thursday, Partsafas alleges that harassment began in Oct… 10 days after Pagani was hired by the Ingomar to supervise, among others, Partsafas. Pagani called Partsafas multiple times in the following days, according to court documents, apparently seeking to begin a personal relationship with her… Partsafas first presented her complaints to Ingomar management in late October, and as of Wednesday had not been advised or notified of any actions to address the issue, Zwerdling said. ”She has notified management and tried to work things out, but just couldn’t do it… We just don’t feel that enough was done. That’s why we’re at this point.”

    Uh oh. Ms. Partsafas had been an Ingomar employee since 2003. These allegations surfaced after hiring Mr. Pagani in October and seemingly making very poor supervisorial moves with management unable to satisfactorily address or resolve this issue after 4 months. Sexual harrassment allegations have both businesses and insurance carriers taking their policies and procedures to heart towards preventative remediation in today’s climate. And the bright and very capable Mr. Zwerdling isn’t likely to be invited to the local Social Club anytime soon.

    After Partsafas declined, Pagani became angry and hostile, at one point calling Partsafas an obscenity and saying that he wanted to “hunt and mount” her, according to court documents.

    Uh oh. A very stupid move likely recorded? Or deniable hearsay? Probably the former. Some folks simply have to learn the hard way.

    ”He just didn’t get along very well with his fellow workers, and it got to the point where she (Partsafas) felt she was being singled out,” the person said on condition of anonymity… At least eight women are employed by the Ingomar Club, according to the source…”Ingomar business tends to stay within the Ingomar,” the source said. “It’s the sort of thing that they would obviously try to avoid, but here we are.”

    …Ingomar Club President Louie Bucher declined to comment on the lawsuit, as did the club’s General Manager Paul McNally, who would not say if Pagani still works for the Ingomar.

    Uh oh. Here we are. Always good to be on your best, professional behavior and demeanor at all times. Is this a single incident– or one involving others? Depositions, subpoenas, and the potentially broader suit for management and female employees alike is in the making if not resolved. Mr. Bucher? He’s a very smart educational administrator knowing better.

    We’ll see how this turns out if and when more information is presented. That’s a big IF</.

  12. And Another Thing....
    March 3, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Does the City of Eureka still pay for a membership in the Ingomar Club for the Mayor? Seems like they did in the days of Phleming.

  13. Anonymous
    March 3, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Yes 10:44, you clearly don’t see the point in outing members of this club. The peasants will see the point.

  14. March 3, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Since the Ingomar is a club made up largely of (male) business people, what part of the sexual harassment and hostile work environment laws could they possibly not understand?

    Zero excuses on this one. It should have been dealt with in four hours, not four months and then a lawsuit.

  15. High Finance
    March 3, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Class envy is for losers.

    Appealing to class envy is the only reason Heraldo posted this non story here and the only reason many of you have commented on it. Nobody commented on the County Welfare office employee who was alledged to have done the same thing.

    A new Ingomar employee is alledged to have harrassed a female employee. The alledged harrasser is no longer employed here. So what is there to be “outed” about ?

    It is not a “good old boys club”. Women have been members for the last twenty years. A couple of years ago a woman was the president. Other women have and do serve on the board of directors.

  16. Anonymous
    March 3, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    I have to completely agree with Mr. Hi Fi. Class and status envy is SO for losers.

  17. March 3, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    You’re wrong, HiFi. But that’s not unusual.

  18. Anonymous
    March 3, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Oh, I don’t know… when this thing goes to trial, it wouldn’t be so hot for a man earning $352,000 to be testifying in court about whether he saw anything.

  19. Sam Spade
    March 3, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    “Class envy is for losers.” I don’t envy people who employ their neighbors at the lowest possible wages, rent homes to them for the most money they can get, and sell gasoline to them at prices which would make Caligula blush. I am happy I am an honest working person who makes a living, not a killing. I am happy I am not a greedy scumbag. I am happy I do not view greed as a virtue. I don’t ever have to screw someone so I can get ahead, I’m not part of that rat race. It’s for the Rats.

  20. Anonymous
    March 3, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    You tell ’em Sam!

  21. Down the Road
    March 3, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    High Hi: Are you dense? The failure of management
    to take corrective action after the abuse was reported
    is where the major infraction occurred. This in itself
    is gross negligence on the employer’s part and the
    identity of these people should be public.

  22. Anonymous 2
    March 3, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    HiFi is obviously a member of the “good ole boys club”!

    Woman president or not, Board members or not, women are not accepted or treated the same as the men in that place!

  23. tra
    March 3, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    The alledged harrasser is no longer employed here…

    Well that’s not what the T-S article says. The Ingomar’s managment declined to state whether Pagani was still employed there or not. But one source tells the reporter that Pagani on “administrative leave.” Generally folks on “administrative leave” continue to get paid by their employer.

  24. Anonymous 2
    March 3, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    tra hit the head on the nail!

  25. High Finanze
    March 3, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    It’s only you commies that worry about getting your facts straight.

    What’s the matter, is it too painful to understand how the Ingomar and your welfare department have the same problems?

    Both attempt to benefit from public wealth, one is simply more successful than the other.

    Success-envy is so sad.

  26. Sam Spade
    March 3, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Tisk, tisk Hi-Fi. Resorting to name calling? We should be on our knees thanking you, much like the Ingomar employee was asked to do.

  27. tra
  28. A-Nony-Mouse
    March 3, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Beauty! Once again HiFi SPRINGS into action, defending the indefensible, championing the wrongdoers, and standing up for ignorance of the law everywhere. What would we do without him?

  29. Mitch
    March 3, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    I think HiFi is on Heraldo’s payroll. Look how many more comments a thread gets as soon as HiFi scatters chum.

    Heraldo, it’s an easy formula — you don’t need to keep paying the guy. The rest of us will just kick in mutterings about class envy and the crime of charging taxes as soon as things begin to get slow.

    Sure, it’s a tough job market out there, but you can lay him off. He’s world class and I’m sure no Indian telemarketer can compete with his accent. I’m sure he’ll find an insurance sales boiler room to work in no time.

  30. Anonymous
    March 3, 2011 at 2:18 pm


  31. Anonymous
    March 3, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    More false claims from some one trying to get out of work and files a lawsuit.

  32. Weighing in
    March 3, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    I think maybe you need to read this story from the bottom up.

    In this last paragraph it says Ms. Partsafas had her hours cut back.

    It appears that THEN she filed a lawsuit.

    The TS does not always get things straight but it looks to me like the reduction in hours might have created a disgruntled employee.

  33. Sam Spade
    March 3, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    “a disgruntled employee” I knew there was more to the story and that those wonderful folks at the Ingomar Club would never have done such illegal activities. (eyes rolling)

  34. Plain Jane
    March 3, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    I suppose its not possible that her hours were cut to punish her for complaining. You’d think some of these posters have ever heard what constitutes a hostile work environment.

  35. Not A Native
    March 3, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Ya know, if I got hit on by my manager and after rejecting him got my hours cut, I’d be plenty “disgruntled”, to put it lightly.

  36. Taxidermist
    March 3, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Has anyone seen Tony Pagani? I want to hunt him down and mount him.

  37. hazey
    March 3, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Women in the U.S. are currently making seventy-four cents to every dollar that a man in the same job makes. Men around the world make sex slaves of children and women. Men make war on other tribes and religions. Me thinks it’s time to make a little blue pill to reduce testosterone rather than to increase it.

  38. High Finance
    March 3, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Sam 12.40pm.
    You are as greedy as anyone. You try to come off as sanctimonous & pure but you sure demand as much as you can in wages from your boss. You shop where groceries are cheapest when your neighbor who owns the corner store is desperate for new customers.

    Down the Road 1.21pm, Read between the lines. The employee is no longer there. Don’t be so dense.

    Tra 1.35pm. Nonsense. “Administrative leave” simply means the guy is no longer there but they don’t want to officially fire him when there is a pending lawsuit. I don’t know where you get your facts from, but that does NOT mean he is being paid.

    Sam, 1.57pm. Reread 1.55pm again. That is NOT me. Heraldo allows the imposter to pose as me because he says it is obviously not. But Heraldo did erase the imposter who posted as Haraldo.

    Mouse, 2.11pm. Idiot. What indefensible action did I “defend” ?

    As far as the employees hours being cut, the Ingomar is suffering through the recession like most local businesses are. Many of the other employees have also had their hours cut.

    And Mitch? Heraldo couldn’t afford me. My lowest paid employees make more than he does.

  39. Charley Sheen's emaciated visage
    March 3, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Leave the Ingomarians alone!

  40. E. Percival Ne'er-do-well Esquire III
    March 3, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Your “class envy” crap is getting old HF. You might want to show some before you admonish others for being envious of it.

  41. skippy
    March 3, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Many workplaces have ‘zero tolerance’ harrassment policies in place. Perhaps you’ve signed one for acknowledgement purposes that’s gone into your personnel file? Many businesses and insurance carriers in today’s climate demand it, offering free trainings clearly hitting that issue home.

    Sexual harrassment is simply not allowed nor tolerated– allowance leaves employers and managers in the sticky wicket of being culpably liable leading up to lawsuits and– gasp– deep pockets and punitive damages if ignored. Employers and attorneys are well aware of this.

  42. Sam Spade
    March 3, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Hi-Fi, wrong as always! I make less $ than I could, much less. I don’t spend my time chasing money, I chose instead to enjoy life and my friends & family instead, a better investment of my time. Additionally, for many years I have shopped at the Farmer’s Market and at small stores because I walk my walk, I only drink local coffee. The “Ingomar is suffering”??? Yeah, so are the Fannie Mae Execs with their multi-million dollar bonuses while the company goes down the tubes. I wish my neighbors were “suffering” as bad as the Ingomar Club. Heraldo make LESS than minimum wage? How do you know this? Have you seen Heraldo’s paycheck?

  43. Charley Sheen's emaciated visage
    March 3, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    You nailed it HiFi, I see you have the tiger blood. Can you introduce me to this Jennifer person? Is she a babe? There’s always room for more goddesses.

  44. Rockin' on at the Mar
    March 3, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    And Carol, thanks so much for the history lesson about Eureka. Are you working on a book? Is Plain Jane = to Fox Studio? Sure looks the part.

  45. Charley Sheen's emaciated visage
    March 3, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Correct, Rockin’. These fools just don’t get it. If you have money, like us, then your talent must have been rewarded! People like us make our own rules and society loves us for it! If your boss disses you, buy the company! If the regulators try to give you grief, buy the legislators! If the courts threaten you, Load up the bench! Yeah! Cry me a river commies!

  46. Anonymous
    March 3, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Maybe you wish the Ingomar were broken up and made into apartments. The group that are members take good care of this beauty. They are a nice bunch if you would just take off your “judgmental” glasses.

  47. Anonymous
    March 3, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    they sure took care of the beautiful Jennifer.

  48. Anonymous
    March 3, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    of course she is just a person.

  49. Anonymous
    March 3, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    The members didn’t do anything wrong. The suit is against the Ingomar as a business and a staff (probably ex staff) member. You got hoity toity issues?

  50. voy-your
    March 3, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    This is why I have seen HiFi with different young men…. oh yes, money can buy so much, until the party is over and then money has to buy some more, shall we say, class.

  51. grant whore
    March 3, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    HiFi keep em coming, you’re cracking us up. I love someone who picks an anonymous blog name that flaunts his “high finance” and then claims “class envy is for losers”. Class envy? No one here seems envious of class or social status, don’t flatter yourself. Personally, i think class war is much more interesting and exciting!

  52. Anonymous
    March 3, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    mocking hi fi by insinuating that he’s gay. what a way to show him the superiority of the liberal cause.

    hi fi, a pretty much agree with your comments on this one. you are not alone.

  53. Down the Road
    March 3, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Hi Fi: I would be willing to bet you have to shave
    all your cheeks and your knuckles barely miss
    dragging on the sidewalks.

  54. High Finance
    March 3, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Thanks guys for proving that class envy does make you ugly.

  55. Mitch
    March 3, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Point hifi’s.

  56. skippy
    March 3, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Ditto to Mitch’s 6:55 and Hi-Fi’s 6:46. Keep some class cause it gets ugly when we disagree. You’ll make yours truly agree with Hi-Fi while we’d usually differ.

    Thanks. These are blogs, not bogs. Not sure if this follows under Roberts Rules of Order… or the Marquess of Queensbury rules. It’s in there somewhere.

  57. Ex-Ingomar employee
    March 3, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Not the first time there has been a lawsuit (and she won!). It was a creepy place to work.

  58. Anonymous
    March 3, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    IS this her first lawsuit?

  59. So what
    March 3, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Three of my favorites (HiFi, Mitch and skippy) agree: The children condemn what they don’t understand. In the minds of the simple; because its “exclusive” its gotta be evil. You’d think it was the Bilderbergs, Bohemian Grovers, Masons, Skull&Bones…. you name the rest. You paranoid small people are laughable if you weren’t so numerous.

    ps. If guilty I hope they nail the guy. Because he’s a pig, not because of where he works.

  60. Owltotem
    March 3, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    “Hunt and mount?” He’s lucky he’s only getting sued!

  61. tra
    March 3, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    And consider the fact that “mount” could have two different potential meanings here. Neither one good.

  62. Anonymous
    March 4, 2011 at 12:15 am

    As an ex-member of the Ingomar Club, I can tell you it is not nearly as “exclusive” as many people seem to think or imply. Like so many social clubs, its popularity has faded and membership dwindled. This sounds like a sad situation but can’t imagine the members were aware of or party to the alleged harassment.

    On another note, I find HiFi’s constant references to class envy to be offensive…or, shall we say, ugly.

  63. Walt
    March 4, 2011 at 6:05 am

    If they sold it to the Squireseses ANYone could join!

  64. McKinleyville Kris
    March 4, 2011 at 7:02 am

    But then the toilets wouldn’t work.

  65. Innocent Bystander
    March 4, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Hi Finance,

    Your arrogance is absolutely amazing. If you think that people whose bank accounts are smaller than yours are envious, you’re delusional.

    Speaking from personal experience, people who have lots of money are among the most miserable, unpleasant, unhappy people I’ve ever met (hello, Rob Arkley!). Have you ever spent time in a third world country, where people don’t have anything at all? If so, you would know that many of those people are among the happiest people on earth, because their sense of self-worth isn’t dependent on their stuff; it’s about family, community, and faith – you know, the important things.

    Having spent time at both the Bohemian Club and the Ingomar Club (which is a joke, compared to the former), I can also say from personal experience, that neither is all it’s cracked up to be. Give me a break. Mediocre food, over-priced drinks, pretentious company, and a ridiculous sense of entitlement. Exactly the way I want to spend my time (**rolls eyes**)

    Get over yourself.

  66. Innocent Bystander
    March 4, 2011 at 9:33 am

    In fairness, I will also add that it’s silly to think that those “exclusive” clubs are inherently evil, any more than fraternal organizations such as the Masons, Els, or Moose are. While you can’t deny that old boy-style networking happens there, their real purpose is to provide a social venue for people of like-mind – not to plot the demise of the “lower classes.”

  67. Plain Jane
    March 4, 2011 at 9:51 am

    For me the issue here isn’t about the good ole boys club. I appreciate the fact that they saved the Carson Mansion from the wrecking ball that destroyed so many of our lovely old mansions. I know a number of members, nice people for the most part. As I see it, the problem is that the manager of the Ingomar Club did nothing to address the complaints of a fairly longterm employee and then cut her hours, a classic tactic to create a hostile work environment. Did the board know about the complaint and / or the subsequent actions of the manager? The accused is not currently working there (permanently?) but the manager who enabled him is.

  68. March 4, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Did I miss the part where someone pointed out Seven-O-Heaven is not only brilliantly comic, but also astoundingly prescient?

  69. High Finance
    March 4, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Innocent, your comprehension skills are clearly lacking. Most people are not afflicted with class envy of those with bigger bank accounts. Just most of the liberal posters here.

    Your “personal experience” is tainted with your own prejudices. Many studies have shown that unhappy rich people were unhappy when they didn’t have money. Nobody said that not having money means you are unhappy. I think people like PJ & Mouse would be unhappy no matter how much money they have.

    Your prejudice is also showing by your assertion that Robin Arkley is Miserable.

    And your imagery of the poor folk in the most dire situations in the world as the “happiest people on earth” reminds me of the patronizing plantation owners talking about their slaves. I think you are living in some fantasy world of your own.

    What arrogance you have to imagine yourself competant to speak for them !

  70. High Finanze
    March 4, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    You’re right, it’s lonely at the top, but comforting to look down upon everyone at the bottom. I’m never Higher than when bouncing up and down on the egos of those I defeat.

    Remember this: “From each according to his abilities, to each who have none”…

    It’s the fundamental rule of empire. Love it or leave it.

  71. High-larious
    March 4, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    HiFi thinks he’s a big fish in a little pond, others think they’re little fish in a big pond.

    All are fish inside other fish.

  72. Anonymous
    March 4, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    How many times has this silly HiFi comrade, who recently referred to himself as “your superiors”, shown us his “class”?

  73. Plain Jane
    March 4, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    HiFi’s ego can’t handle the fact that the group he claims to belong to are are despised because of their limitless greed, not because of their wealth. If you haven’t seen Stewart’s “The Crisis in the Dairyland,” treat yourself.

  74. Sam Spade
    March 4, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Hi-Fi. I have spent a lot of time in the third world and yes, everyone wants to continually improve the quality of their life, it’s part of living. However, studies show many people to be happier than Americans are. I find many but not all Americans to be spoiled, entitled, and arrogant. Much like you my friend. “Innocent, your comprehension skills are clearly lacking.” Well, well, well. If that isn’t the pot calling the kettle black.

  75. Not A Native
    March 4, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Most likely this lawsuit will be settled and the public won’t know the details of what happened or who was involved. The Ingomar likely has board members who faced a similar situation in the Tyson matter.

    One thing in the TS article confuses me. It says Partsafas, now 25yo, has been events coordinator since 2003. Has she really been doing the same job since she was 18? If so, I assume its not a particularly skilled position and she might be dissatsfied and want to leave anyway. While no one should have to tolerate harassment that the suit alleges, I’m hoping she has other job prospects.

  76. Plain Jane
    March 4, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    I am reminded of the story of the American businessman on vacation in Mexico. He sees a Mexican fisherman lounging in the shade of his overturned boat on the beach and asks him why he isn’t out fishing. The MF says he went fishing early in the day and caught all he needed. AB tells him if he fished all day he could buy a motor and eventually work his way up to a fishing fleet with everyone else doing all the work. MF asks AB, then what would I do all day? AB says you could take it easy, lay around on the beach, whatever you want. MF chuckled to himself and settled back into the shade.

  77. Anonymous
    March 4, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    I hope he has saved some fish for a rainy day.

  78. Not A Native
    March 4, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Yeah its great when your productivity is high enough to balance gainful endeavor with personal avocation.

    Unfortunately though, the AB had ready capital and bought the boats, hired fishermen, exporting part of the catch to his US friends. Now fish prices are down and fewer fish in the waters. The MF can’t catch as many in the morning and has to work longer and go further out to sea. Eventually, the MF is asking for a job from the AB and will work nine hours a day, six days a week and eat less fish. This year, the AB has leisure time to take a trip to Ecuador.

  79. Walt
    March 4, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    PJ, if he were a hen, he would “lay around on the beach.” That’s no lie.

  80. Happy poor folk
    March 4, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Yasaah mister, I is happy. My baby died last week because of the flu and my mammy has Aids but no medicine. The big quake collapsed my uncles house and killed his wife but we is all happy Mr Spade.

    Now please buy this carving that took me a week to make, its only $2 dolla. What, you wanna pay only $1 dolla?

    OK, we sure is happy. Yesirree.

    Miss Jane, yes we is all lazy here. All we wanna do is lay on the beach.

    You guys are borderline racist in your attitudes. Do you even read your own posts to see how you sound ?

  81. Anonymous
    March 4, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    So HiFi is saying it’s not those with less who suffer from class envy, but just (most of) the liberals who post on this blog? This is confusing. How does he/she know this or make that assumption? Is it because they disagree with his point of view or because they don’t admire people like the Arkleys? Can’t people have a different viewpoint without being jealous? Also, how does he know that some of the liberals posting here aren’t well off, themselves?

    As for Mr. Arkley, I would not say that he’s totally miserable; but is certainly not 100% happy unless he is top dog. Also, when challenged, he does seems to have a penchant for making others miserable!

  82. Plain Jane
    March 4, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    That old Protestant work ethic colors your view, 4:25. The story wasn’t about a lazy Mexican but one who is fulfilling his needs and enjoying life as opposed to the American businessman who thinks life is about accumulating stuff and who, consequently, can never have enough. The Mexican can already lay on the beach if he wants to without laboring daylight to dark for most of his life to do it. Consider the lilies of the field…

  83. Anonymous
    March 4, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    I got it, Jane. I think the other comments were true as well. With that life of enjoying it day and only working for as much as you need for the day is admirable, but with it comes risk that tomorrow the fish will not come and if you aren’t prepared you and your family could suffer. Being happy with less is certainly a great way to be, though.

    SO many people are one paycheck from not being able to cover their bills, barely making it each month. Having a buffer of a few months in case something happens is smart, but not always possible. Living with less can help.

  84. One of many
    March 4, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Even though I am a disgruntled former member of the Ingomar Club I believe it is good for our town that the members of the club financially support its upkeep for the benefit of us all who get to see it from its best vantage point — from the outside.

  85. Plain Jane
    March 4, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Of course, Nan. And when the regular people complain that he is wrecking their environment and their economy with his greed, he just accuses them of class envy.

  86. Imposter Mouse
    March 5, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    blah blah blah

  87. empires end
    March 5, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    class awareness means knowing which side you are on.

    class consciousness means knowing who is there with you.

    (or maybe I go awareness and consciousness reversed but the point remains the same.)

    class warfare means the ongoing destruction of the middle class and, subsequently, our nations greatness. this latest attack by the forces of feudal tyrrany began under ronny raygun (zap!) andresulted in a redistribution of wealth that has left us on the brink of collapse.

    when “success” is the exploitation of everything- workers, consumers, the living planet that is our source of life, truth, honor and humanity- then I experience no feelings of envy. only disdain and anger!

    eat the rich…

    before they eat you!

    -legal disclaimer: all cannabilistic references are purely metaphorical and rhetorical and should not be construed by so-called conservatives or other forms of pinhead and moron to endorse, celebrate or otherwise advocate for any form of actual cannabilism. any urges by said mental deficients to run foamy mouthed and hysterical into the streets in bellowing response to said literary device should be resisted to save oneself from embarassment. thank you, that is all.

  88. Coffee Boy
    March 5, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Yo Impostor Mouse –

    How goes the “If I only had a brain and more pills?” treasure hunt.

    Or are you still looking?

  89. High Finance
    March 5, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    And Heraldo allows that imposter’s post to remain up – why ?

  90. 69er
    March 5, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    Rener and Costco are both @$3.849 at the present time

  91. 69er
    March 5, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    Make that Renner!!!

  92. 69er
    March 6, 2011 at 12:14 am

    Got on the wrong cess pool, sorry, but since I am here I would just like to state that I have known and now know several of the membersof the Ingomar Club and those that I know are decent and respectable men. The first time ever that I was inside the building was with my employer who was a member and asked me to go there with him while he attended a meeting. He introduced me and left me in the lounge and told me to have a couple on him. This was in 1958 and he has passed on now and the businesses that he was affiliated with have also with the exception of one whose stock holders have held together and still profers. I and my wife have been to several functions over the years on invitation due to the generosity of the members. I am just a retired working stiff and never a member. I also feel that we in the community are very fortunate to have people willing and able to keep this historically significant building from going to ruin as have so many others. Oh and by the way the dress code has changed along with the times and that is a shame, I agree with Art Dalianes on that score.

  93. High Finance
    March 6, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    69er, the voice of reason.

  94. Anonymous
    March 7, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Who here has watched The Ruling Class with Peter O’Toole? Brilliant.

  95. Anonymous
    March 10, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Mr. Carson had a reputation of treating his employees well. He paid adequate wages, reduced the working hours, and had the respect of his fellow men. Carson’s men were also very well fed and cared for. One day a fellow lumberman said to him, “Mr. Carson, you feed your men entirely too well, much better than any of the other concerns on the Bay.”
    –From the Ingomar Club’s website

    For many Eureka residents and tourists from the world over, the historic Carson Mansion is merely an architectural splendor and peek into a time long past. To William Carson, it was another opportunity to provide quality employment while building a magnificent home for his family. William Carson represented the best that American entrepreneurship has to offer; finding a niche market with a valuable and renewable resource while simultaneously developing a business model that values the employee above all else.
    Sadly, the notion of maintaining happy, productive staff to ensure a better quality of life and product is rapidly disappearing from the American workplace. William Carson’s mansion is a current example of this tragic shift. Last week’s revelation of a pending suit for alleged retaliation for a sexual harassment claim at the exclusive Ingomar Club barely reveals the challenges facing the current staff members.
    The basic right to work in a harassment-free environment is clearly undervalued by the upper management and Board of Directors, and now the staff will have to bear the brunt of the financial troubles facing Eureka’s playhouse for its rich and famous. In other words; the person washing dishes will have their wages and hours cut to avoid raising monthly membership dues. The dishwasher will have an even harder time paying rent so that member who enjoys all privileges can return to their presumably luxurious estate each evening, having avoided the inconvenience of an increased monthly fee.

  96. Anonymous
    March 10, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    This Club’s membership maintains a delusion of anonymity. There are no secrets in a small town. You ask us to buy your cars, eat at your restaurants, and utilize your many services. Some of you have even been recently elected with a campaign promise to provide quality jobs that are desperately needed. Humboldt County’s 12% rate of poverty can only rise if its wealthiest residents can not be “burdened” with a slight increase in their monthly bar tab.

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