She was kidding. Mostly.
For a week now, since one of their neighbors was linked to the apparent bizarre hoax involving college football star Manti Te'o, the residents of Elderberry Court have been at the center of a national media spotlight.
Satellite trucks and news vans cruise the street or park, engines idling.
Like detectives on a stakeout, reporters sit in their cars hour after hour, waiting for ... something. Anything.
As of Wednesday afternoon, former Antelope Valley High School football star Ronaiah Tuiasosopo and his family still weren't talking.
So reporters have been knocking on their neighbors' doors, ready with some version of the question: "Do you know the Tuiasosopos?"
Nearly every one of the 13 houses on the cul-de-sac seems to have a dog, if not more than one. Not only do they go wild at a knock on the door, like dogs everywhere, but they seem to have learned the scent - or the footstep? - of reporters. Some started barking wildly even before there was a knock.
"The dog is driving me crazy," said Mary, who like most residents would not give her last name.
"When is this all going to end?" she wondered. "I'm thinking we should have a neighborhood meeting, go down to the Hawaiians and ask them to make a statement so you all will please go away." (The Tuiasosopos are of Samoan, not Hawaiian, descent.)
No one answered the door Wednesday at the Tuiasosopos' tan and brown-striped house.
A Jan. 16 report on sports news website Deadspin said Ronaiah Tuiasosopo tricked Te'o, a Notre Dame star, into believing he was dating a woman who, in reality, did not exist. Te'o later told ESPN that Tuiasosopo had confessed and apologized.
The story of the romance and the woman's supposed death from leukemia drew national media attention last year as Te'o competed for the Heisman trophy.
On Wednesday morning, a week after the Deadspin report, the scene in Palmdale was relatively quiet.
A New York Daily News reporter sat in her car and a TMZ videographer in his Jeep, both looking at iPads. Up the street sat a van from KABC-TV (channel 7).
Neighbors said they'd seen a CNN van and talked to two women who said they were from the Dr. Phil show.
Though most neighbors said they did not know the Tuiasosopos well, they were sympathetic.
"Couldn't have asked for better neighbors," said a woman who gave her name as Lil. "They keep to themselves and don't cause any problems."
Jim Powell said he did not know the family but felt sorry for them and hoped they could move on.
"They just need to help a troubled young man," he said.
Another neighbor seemed to feel protective of the family.
The man, who did not give his name, said he had feigned confusion early on when a reporter asked about the Tuiasosopos and insisted his neighbors were "the Joneses."
"My next-door neighbors, whoever they may be, are wonderful people," he said Wednesday.