Hey, you are welcome to check out Virinis. We are a longstanding shell, with a mixture of old, new and returning players. We go through patches in the day of being quiet, or very busy, as I'm sure most shells do.
Generally there are people on GMT eveningtime, and then on into US time. Several members are from weird timezones, so there almost always someone to talk to.
Have a look at http://www.virinis.com
or give me a shout in game if you want to grab a pearl.