The gold Mylar balloons spelling “LABOR DAY! ” were getting limp at Club Exstasy.
But early Monday morning, everything else in the Prince George’s County strip club was lively.
It was 4 a.m., the birds were just beginning to chirp outside, and there were four lap dances happening around the all-nude club, on the red, vinyl banquettes or the cheap, metal chairs.
Three dancers were busy on the three poles, spinning, swinging or straddling, after carefully wiping them down with antibacterial wipes.
A dancer who approached me three times for a lap dance (“Women pay better,” she later explained) said she was anxious to get home before her kids, 3- and 5-year-old girls, woke up.