@ AnthonyDunn – I probably could have chosen the exit rows when I selected a seat two days prior to the flight. But by the time I got to the lounge (two hours before the flight so quite early), the only seats were 8E or 28D – maybe 26/27 something.
I always choose front of economy aisle on short flights as for me it is about getting on and off the flight quickly. I actually avoid the exit row as everyone goes for that and you almost never see a middle seat free. And for me elbow room is more important than leg room.