Okay, so maybe 2013 hasn't been a great year, but there were still a few happy surprises. Here are three of them:
1. The much feared new coach of the Vancouver Canucks, John Tortorella, turning out to be a very likable guy.
2. Now that the CFL season is over, Vaughn Palmer's "Voice of BC" becoming the most interesting TV show on the air.
3. The agenda of Pope Francis, which, whatever one's faith or politics, or lack thereof, is proving a blessing for us all.
And now we say, along with ever optimistic sports teams, no matter how 2013 went, wait 'til next year.