I suppose there's something to be had for all the rain.
Look at this green hillside and wildflowers near Gorman, shot on the way back from a weekend with good friends in Redlands.
(taken with my new lame-named but cool as hell iPhone app, Hipstamatic -- so much fun.)
Currently reading A Single Man, which was a great book to begin in the Jewel of the Inland Empire. The bungalow and farmhouse architecture of Redlands, as well as the late 50s/early 60s town vibe, the conservative populace, and the warm days full of orange blossom breezes and hazy, palm tree horizons really added to the book. Now I can't wait to see the movie.