Had a great week at the Frontiers in Optics conference in Rochester, presenting our recent experimental work integrating gold nanotips in a step index fiber. Conferences are always inspiring, but this was a particularly special event, marking the 100 years of the Optical Society of America. Several Nobel prize speakers participated in a fascinating panel discussion following Michio Kaku‘s talk on speculations regarding the next 100 years. The conference dinner party was spectacular! (See if you can spot me dancing.) It was also great to catch up on with old friends, and make some new ones. Towards the end I also had the chance to drive up to Toronto and visit Peter Herman’s group – I gave a talk on fiber plasmonics, and we discussed a collaboration. What a week!