Where are you in California? I grew up in LA and hated it. The air is dry and smells like nothing at best. If you're in a northern area I suppose it can't be too bad, though. I'm in Washington state now and I finally know what real earth smells like. I would never give it up.
I'm guessing you like earthy teas: kukicha, puerh, lapsang souchong, roasted mate (analogous to coffee. I drink it daily)?
I can't say that I've noticed it myself... but I am very aware of the natural scents of the people around me. I blame it on my lack of eyesight (Neurological condition; best corrected vision is about 20/50. It's enough of a hindrance.) which has also led me down a path not so concerned with sports, as I have difficulty tracking moving objects. So I'll have to disappoint you on the subject of hockey.
EDIT: Just caught you on the hockey ref on the other thread.