Nick, I've used the chatroom many times. The problem is getting folks to notice when you're in there. We've had a thread called "Chatroom alert" that we've bumped along to each new episode forum for high visibility, and when you add a post indicating you'd like to chat, it pops to the top of the forum. So you could try that next time you want to chat.
Tony, his spirits crushed after b-lining to the fridge first thing in the morning: "Who ate the last piece of cake?"