If you click on chat and go to enter chat, it will bring up the chat room in another page / browser on your computer. If no one is there do not close the chat. You can now click from one page to the other to see if anyone has joined chat while you still come back to the main page to read and answer forums and ask questions. This lets people know that someone is waiting in the chat room and would like to strike up a conversation about the day.
no wonder you were chosen a lady of the evening two days in a row. you are the most knowledgeable chatter (except for brian) in the chat kingdom.
i doubt that anyone will be in the chat room for the next three weeks as they will be busy still trying to read all you forum posts.