I finally got the example web client and pachube streams working. I had to poke around around for a couple of weeks to find someone that had come across the problem before. I was pretty sure that I had something not all together right. I finally found a post (unfortunately I can't give proper props because I can't find it now) that indicated that I should add gateway and subnet to the Ethernet.begin(mac, ip, gateway, subnet); I added this to both sketches and they now work great. Who updates the 'official' documenation and may consider updating the documentation? This may have saved me a week.
It's all working fine now.