Ten years today, thousands were left in the dark due to the largest blackout in history.
It was one of those days.
"It was a little scary at first," said Richard Mekkri.
People remember exactly where they were.
Jeana "At the gas station, it was quite a line and people getting heated with each other," said Jeana Bonnaci-Roth.
And what they were doing.
"Some friends and co workers were out to dinner at Zebb's," said Mekkri. "We couldn't pay our bills because everything was automatic."
Aug. 14, 2003, just after 4 p.m., 50 million people experienced one of the largest blackouts ever.
"I do remember trying to call my folks and not getting any answer," said Sumner Pearsall.
At least two-thirds of Monroe County residents were without RG&E services.
For Mekkri , it was a nerve wracking day.
"We were nervous because we thought it was September 11th again, which I'm sure a lot of people think."
The major event happened on the heels of 9/11.
"I saw people running out of the subway in New York City. I didn't know if it was another attack or what it was," said Fred Rion, emergency preparedness administrator for Monroe County.
Rion was living downstate at the time. He says the incident helped shape current communication between state and county agencies if it were to happen again.
"We have taking a lot of steps within Monroe County to enhance our infrastructure, our public safety communications infrastructure, by adding or replacing outdated equipment. Generator backup is at almost all of our facilities."
Rion says preparing for a blackout while planning events is routine, so if it happens again the county will be ready.