We talk a great deal about flight. As a new FO, I've pestered many a captain about weather, weight and balance, routings, speeds and power settings. Still, I sense even the experienced among us talk about flying much of the time. We talk about the company. Never have I heard so much rumor. In my previous working life as a surgeon, we compared notes at the scrub sink or in the doctors' lounge. The conversations at the sink rarely lasted more than five minutes; in the lounge not more than 30. That's not an abundance of time in which to dissect the hospital CEO's latest cost-saving strategies. But on the road with another pilot we have hours to fill with stories, tales, fables, rumors, suspicions and conjectures.